Start the holiday season off right with some of TheReadingRoom’s picks! From well-known autobiographies like Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl to the popular thriller Gray Mountain by John Grisham, our list has books that will help you start shopping for the season’s best. Add all of our favorites to your bookshelf here!
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The star of HBO’s Girls writes about her life as a female in Hollywood and what she’s “learned” so far in terms of life, love, body image, and more. The first book from Dunham is very well thought out and written as she shares some amusing anecdotes like: “Take My Virginity (No Really, Take It)”, “Girls and Jerks”, and “Is This Even Real?”
Told mostly in flashbacks, Anthony Doerr’s bestselling novel follows a blind, French child Marie-Laure and Werner, who is serving the Thousand Year Reich as a technocratic private. Their paths converge in Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s father is holding the Museum of Natural History’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. This beautiful and well-written story is definitely a must-read.
This novel that explores a mother-daughter relationship should definitely be on your holiday shopping list. Jenna’s mother, Alice, disappeared following a tragedy. Jenna has never believed her mother abandoned her and, along with psychic Serenity Jones and private detective Virgil Stanhope, begins to search for her. Her mother, a scientist who studied grief among elephants, left her journals, which Jenna hopes will offer a clue to where she went. This thrilling and moving novel will leave you wanting more.
The true story of the nine boys from the University of Washington’s crew team who won the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Against all odds, they were able to defeat the German team. The book draws from the boy’s journal entries focuses on Joe Rantz, a teenager with no family who rows find his place in the world. This is definitely a must for lovers of non-fiction and historical books.
Actor Cary Elwes, who played Westley in 1987 classic The Princess Bride, gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the iconic film. It includes new stories and interviews with actors including Robin Wright (Buttercup), Wallace Shawn (Vizzini), Billy Crystal (Miracle Max), Christopher Guest (Count Tyrone Rugen), and Mandy Patinkin (Inigo Montoya). Fans of The Princess Bride will absolutely love this enchanting look at the film and its history.
B.J. Novak—you may know him from The Office—created a hilarious book for children…with no pictures. Instead, there are words that sound silly when said out-loud—something people of all ages will enjoy. Examples include BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY. Kids can’t get enough!
The ninth book in the series follows Greg Heffley as he goes on a family road trip. Lovers of the series will enjoy the newest of the bunch—which includes mishaps involving gas station bathrooms, crazy seagulls, and a lot of family fun!
Just released, King’s latest thriller is said to have “the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written”. We’ll let you be the judge of that! Revival centers on a small New England town, Jamie Morton, and a Reverend who curses God when tragedy strikes his family. The Reverend and Jamie meet later in life—with Jamie learning revival has many meanings.
Ina Garten’s latest cook is perfect for the holiday season. What’s better than actually being able to enjoy your own party? Garten’s book contains recipes for party favorites like Summer Rosé Sangria, French Chicken Pot Pies, and Decadent (gluten-free!) Chocolate Cake. Whether you use this cookbook for entertaining or simply to prepare your weekly meals ahead of time—it’s definitely a must-have this holiday season.
The non-fiction book tells the story of Lieutenant Louis Zamperini’s bomber crash and effort to survive in the Pacific Ocean as he clings to life on a raft. The World War II airman’s tale includes information about his life as an Olympic athlete before the war. Facing numerous challenges that involved thousands of miles of oceans, sharks, and starvation/dehydration, Zamperini’s fight for survival is told wonderfully by Hillenbrand.
Three wealthy cousins, who have seemingly perfect lives, and one stranger meet while summering in Martha’s Vineyard. The narrator, Candace, has a tragic accident and is found washed ashore one morning. Try as she might, she can’t seem to figure out what happened to her—and returns two summers later in an attempt to resolve this issue. While it starts out like your typical Young Adult novel, there are many twists and turns that make this a really great read.
This legal thriller takes place in Brady, VA, where former Wall Street lawyer Samantha Kofer discovers the secrets of the small town. After the recession hits 2008, she is let go and given the option to work for legal aid clinic away from New York City. Samantha takes on the dangerous world of coal mining, where the litigation could turn deadly.