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Holiday Gift Guide: Children's and Young Adult

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 Kramerbooks' Holiday Gift Guide, Board Books

BOARD BOOKS

A B See by Elizabeth Doyle
A delightful twist on the traditional alphabet book, this is a seek-and-find for little hands where bright colors and busy illustrations make up each letter.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Science

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Kramerbooks' Holiday Gift Guide, Science

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
A compassionate and clear-eyed weaving together of the stories of doctors, health-care providers, and the author's own father’s death. Gawande uses his unique access and platform to examine how we grow old and die in this country - for better and for worse.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Mystery, Science Fiction, and Fantasy

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Kramerbooks' Holiday Gift Guide, Mystery & Science Fiction 1

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Staff Pick: The Moor's Account by Laila Lalami

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The engrossing tale of a young Moroccan enslaved by the Portuguese in the 16th century, who eventually ends up in a Spanish expedition to explore "undiscovered" Florida. It is a thrilling story, from beginning to end, touching on issues of slavery and bigotry, cruelty and kindness, hope and despair; a fetching good read about historical material rarely addressed in fiction and told in the voice of an exceptionally appealing protagonist.

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Staff Pick: The Door by Magda Szabo

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This is a remarkable novel about the relationship between two women, a writer and her servant, set in Budapest in the 1960s. In beautiful prose, the author describes decades of the complex and often bizarre lives of Magda and Emerence, pushing the reader to reflect on many issues, particularly intimacy and respect.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Fiction, Part 2

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Kramerbooks' Holiday Gift Guide, Fiction 1

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Holiday Gift Guide: Fiction, Part 1

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Kramerbooks' Holiday Gift Guide, Fiction 1

Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving
As always, Irving the author investigates himself in a robust, complex story about a writer finding his way - yet again. It’s charismatic, written in classic Irving fashion, yet it escapes the New England of his earlier works. It’s a global tale of the search for one’s own past.

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Staff Pick: The Dig by Cynan Jones

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Set in contemporary, rural Wales, Jones describes the parallel lives of a hard working sheep farmer and a marginal, violent lout. Their lives eventually touch after a tense narrative, told in a sparingly beautiful prose style. In it is one of the most moving depictions of grief that I can ever remember reading.

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Staff Pick: Here by Richard McGuire

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The book as object: an exquisite thing. These stories float around the room even when the room doesn't exist.

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From one of the great comic innovators, the long-awaited fulfillment of a pioneering comic vision. Richard McGuire's Here is the story of a corner of a room and of the events that have occurred in that space over the course of hundreds of thousands of years. Pantheon Books, $35.00

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Holiday Gift Guide: Politics and Current Events

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