Great Gift Books

Wrap and Go Lit baubles and gems for everyone on your list.

November 5, 2008 3:38 PM
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FOR THE PARTY GIRL: Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, Chelsea Handler's best-selling book about her martini-swilling, hilarious self.

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FOR DAD, to prove that you didn't waste that $100,000 education: The Post-American World, Newsweek editor Fareed Zakaria's treatise on, not the decline of America's economic supremacy, but "the rise of everyone else."

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FOR MOM, so she can make some sense of your dilettantish lifestyle: I Was Told There'd Be Cake, by Sloane Crosley, a 20-something essayist's chronicle of life between college and mortgage.

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FOR THE LOVELORN NEUROTIC who can't let go of her therapist: Atmospheric Disturbances, Rivka Galchen's nutty tale about an agitated shrink who thinks his wife has gone missing.

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FOR YOUR SPINSTER AUNT who went on that Da Vinci Code bus tour last year: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the absorbing first book in Swedish author Stieg Larsson's trilogy about murder, masochism, computer hacking, neo-Nazism, and, well, love.

The First 30 Days

FOR EVERY PERSON experiencing change. From switching careers to getting in shape - even falling in love - there is change all around us. This book teaches you the skills you'll need to face it. $24.95, First30Days.com

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FOR YOUR BROTHER, who's strung out from watching too many Law & Order marathons: Lush Life, Richard Price's compulsively readable police procedural about the killing of a bartender on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

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FOR THAT SKINNY BITCH: In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, Michael Pollan's case - and plan - for eating healthy.

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FOR THE COLD-WAR BUFF: Child 44, Tom Rob Smith's thriller about a serial killer stalking little children in 1950s Soviet Russia.

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FOR THE FASHIONISTA: Yves Saint Laurent: Style, a celebration, by YSL cofounder and lifelong partner of the designer, Pierre Berg, on 40 years of iconic fashion, including that sexy girl-tux.
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