Top Books for Holiday Gift Giving

Here's what Amazon editors chose especially for Post readers this season.

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Fiction

The Starless SeasThe Starless Sea

by Erin Morgenstern

In The Night Circus author’s new novel, a student in Vermont uncovers a book filled with tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, nameless acolytes, and astonishingly, a story from his own childhood.

(Doubleday)

Blue Moon coverBlue Moon

by Lee Child

Jack Reacher comes to the aid of an elderly couple under threat from rival gangs, delivering the justice that comes along only once in a blue moon. Early readers are saying this is one of Child’s best.

(Delacorte)

The Confession Club coverThe Confession Club

by Elizabeth Berg

In this heartwarming, inspiring novel, a monthly dinner party in Mason, Missouri — sparked by a surprising revelation — is renamed the Confession Club, where friends are free to share their secrets.

(Random House)

The Innocents bookThe Innocents

by Michael Crummey

Orphaned siblings are left to live in an isolated cove on Newfoundland’s northern coast. With little knowledge of the world, they must survive on their wits and any lessons they can recall from their parents.

(Doubleday)

The Revisioners CoverThe Revisioners

by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

This National Book Award-nominated author’s newest novel explores race, legacy, trust, and hope in the South in chapters that alternate between the 1920s and the present.

(Counterpoint)

Nonfiction

The Man Who Solved the Market bookThe Man Who Solved the Market

by Gregory Zuckerman

The true story of Jim Simons, a former code breaker who mastered the stock market, averaging annual returns of 66 percent and building his personal worth to $23 billion.

(Portfolio)

The Winter Army bookThe Winter Army

by Maurice Isserman

The epic story of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division, who broke Germany’s last line of defense in Italy’s mountains in 1945, spearheading the Allied advance to the Alps.

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

The Great Pretender bookThe Great Pretender

by Susannah Calahan

The Brain on Fire author investigates a 50-year-old mystery behind a dramatic Stanford experiment that changed the way we view mental health.

(Grand Central Publishing)

Notre-Dame bookNotre-Dame

by Ken Follett

The bestselling author reflects on the great cathedral — its history, its influence, and the emotions that gripped him when he learned about the fire that threatened to destroy it.

(Viking)

That Wild Country coverThat Wild Country

by Mark Kenyon

Part travelogue, part history, That Wild Country takes readers on an intimate tour of our wild public places, examining how they came to be and what the future might hold for them.

(Little A)

This article is featured in the November/December 2019 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. Subscribe to the magazine for more art, inspiring stories, fiction, humor, and features from our archives.

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