Everyone on my list gets one!
The best books of the season from
your local independent bookstore.

Nine Perfect Strangers

By Liane Moriarty

Flatiron Books | 9781250069825 | $28.99

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies, comes her newest novel, Nine Perfect Strangers: Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? These nine perfect strangers are about to find out...


By Edward Carey

Riverhead Books | 9780525534327 | $27

The wry, macabre tale of an ambitious orphan in Revolutionary Paris, befriended by royalty and radicals, who transforms herself into the legendary Madame Tussaud. Little is a darkly endearing cavalcade of a novel--a story of art, class, determination, and how we hold on to what we love. "Surfeited with the reality of human capacity and ingenuity." (Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked)

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Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive

By Stephanie Land and Barbara Ehrenreich, foreword

Hachette Books | 9780316505116 | $27

Evicted meets Nickel and Dimed in this beautiful, gritty exploration of poverty in America. While the gap between upper middle-class Americans and the working poor widens, low-wage domestic and service work fuels the economic success of the wealthy. With honesty and great insight, this memoir reveals the dark truth of what it takes to survive and thrive in today's inequitable society. On sale January, 22, 2019. Pre-order now!

Once a King

By Erin Summerill

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9781328949974 | $17.99

Channelers--women with a magical ability--have been persecuted in Malam by those without magic. King Aodren wants to unite his kingdom, but decades of hatred can't be overcome by issuing decrees, and rumors of a deadly Channeler-made substance are fueling people's fears. Can Aodren rewrite the mistakes of the past before his enemies destroy the world he's working to rebuild?

Kingdom of the Blind: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

By Louise Penny

Minotaur Books | 9781250066206 | $28.99

Inspector Gamache, former head of the Sûreté du Québec, has been named executor of a stranger's will and when a body is found, that bizarre will seems far more menacing. But another menace is looming: the opioids used to bring down the cartels have resurfaced, and as Gamache uses desperate measures to retrieve them, he realizes his own blind spots and the terrible things hiding there.

Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants

By H.W. Brands

Doubleday | 9780385542531 | $30

In the early days of the nineteenth century, three men strode onto the national stage: Daniel Webster eloquently spoke for the North's business class; ambitious Henry Clay embodied the hopes of the rising West; and the intellectual John Calhoun defended the South and slavery. In this authoritative story, these political giants battled to complete the Founders' work and decide the shape of our democracy.

The Annotated Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

By Ulysses S. Grant and Elizabeth D. Samet, editor

Liveright | 9781631492440 | $45

With sweeping historical and cultural contexts, this richly annotated, highly collectible edition of Grant's landmark memoir expands the Civil War backdrop against which this monumental American life is typically read. Never has Grant's transformation from tanner's son to military leader been more insightful.

Wild Land

By Peter Pickford and Beverly Pickford

Thames & Hudson | 9781760760076 | $65

Spanning seven continents, Wild Land showcases a unique journey to document and protect the last untouched expanses of wilderness. In over 200 awe-inspiring images, the renowned wildlife photographers portray the epic visual story of some of the most remote and pristine places, from Africa's savannahs to Tibet's highest peaks, Alaska's expansive system of rivers and lakes, to the Antarctic Ocean.

Wolves of Eden

By Kevin McCarthy

W.W. Norton & Company | 9780393652048 | $25.95

Dakota Territory, 1866. The Civil War may be over, but in this thrilling historical novel, the battle for the West is only just beginning. Blending intimate historical detail and emotional acuity, Wolves of Eden sets four men on a deadly collision course in a haunting narrative that explores the cruelty of warfare and the resilience of the human spirit.

The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid

By Dylan Thuras and Rosemary Mosco

Joy Ang (Illus.)

Workman Publishing | 9781523503544 | $19.95

Created by the same team behind the bestselling Atlas Obscura, this is a thrillingly imaginative expedition to 100 of the world's most mysterious and mesmerizing places. Imagine the world's most ingenious tour guide working with an unlimited budget, and this is the journey you'd take: hopscotching from country to country in a daisy chain of attractions.

Santa Bruce

By Ryan T. Higgins

Disney Publishing Worldwide | 9781484782903 | $17.99

Bruce is a lot of things. He is a bear. He is a grump. He is a pretty decent cook. And he is a mother. One thing Bruce is not? Santa Claus. But that doesn't stop the whole forest from lining up to give him their Christmas wishes when he becomes the victim of mistaken identity--again. The award-winning author-illustrator delivers another hilarious story about this bear who just can't catch a break.

Genius Lego Inventions with Bricks You Already Have: 40+ New Robots, Vehicles, Contraptions, Gadgets, Games and Other Fun STEM Creations

By Sarah Dees

Page Street Publishing | 9781624146787 | $19.99

Fascinating new science-powered creations, perfect for kids who love tinkering, engineering, building, experimenting, and inventing. Following two LEGO® minifigure kids who explore LEGO® world and go on adventures, kids learn to build cool and unique gadgets while learning the concepts behind levers, pulleys, suspension bridges, skyscrapers, gears, motorized machines, magnets and more.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

By Kiersten White

Delacorte Press | 9780525577942 | $18.99

Victor Frankenstein--a solitary boy who has everything, except a friend--is Elizabeth Lavenza's escape from a miserable life. Taken in by the Frankenstein family, she is rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and silken gowns. But as the years pass, Elizabeth's calculated survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his depraved whims, as her world becomes consumed by his darkness.

Grow Up, David!

By David Shannon

Blue Sky Press | 9781338250978 | $17.99

No, David!, a Caldecott Honor Book, was based on a book the author wrote and illustrated when he was five years old. Four sequels later, this beloved character continues to capture the hearts of young children as they relish David's exuberance, defiance, and wildly energetic curiosity. Laugh-aloud humor abounds in this "read it again" favorite.

Dork Diaries 13: Tales from a Not-So-Happy Birthday

By Rachel Renée Russell

Aladdin Paperbacks | 9781534426382 | $13.99

Find out if Nikki Maxwell's birthday will be a blast or a bust in the 13th installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series. The exclusive independent bookstore edition comes with a collectible birthday card!


By Shannon Messenger

Aladdin | 9781481497435 | $19.99

Join the next global phenomenon! In this unforgettable seventh book in the bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie Foster doesn't know what to believe and the worst mistake can be focusing on the wrong threat. Sophie must let the past and present blur together, because the deadliest secrets are always the ones that get erased.

24 Hours in Nowhere

By Dusti Bowling

Sterling Children's Books | 9781454929246 | $14.95

Welcome to Nowhere, Arizona, the least livable town in America. Gus and his friends race dirt bikes, hunt for treasure, bond over shared stories of how hard life in Nowhere is, and hope that a new adventure may be a way out. Reading the West Book Award-winning author Dusti Bowling has written another gripping story about friendship, hope, and finding the power within ourselves.

Baby Loves Science: Little Books about Big Ideas

By Ruth Spiro

Irene Chan (Illus.)

Charlesbridge | 9781632890351 | $35.96

Satisfy your baby's growing curiosity about the world with big, brainy science! The boxed set includes: Aerospace Engineering!, Coding!, Gravity!,and Thermodynamics! plus an adorable periodic table poster of the alphabet. This clever collection introduces topics that connect each scientific idea to pieces of baby's world, and beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations and age-appropriate language encourage baby's sense of wonder.