Every year, Powell's reaches out to some of our favorite authors for some much-needed gift-giving inspiration. Below are 14 writer-approved recommendations to help you find the perfect book for even your most-difficult-to-buy-for loved one.
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To: My kids, who’ve spent a good part of their lives so far in a COVID-isolated world
From: Their dad, who also needs a reminder of how much adventure there is to be had in the small, everyday things (Omar El Akkad, author of What Strange Paradise)
To: My friends in or out of love, or somewhere in between
From: Jules Ohman, author of Body Grammar
To: Anyone who’s had an existential crisis, or is having one right now, or is planning to have one soon.
From: Cecily Wong, author of Kaleidoscope
To: Anyone who checks 538 hoping that numbers will save us from the void
From: Your dear friend who wants you to understand that numbers are just a way to define the void, which is an all-consuming thing of wonder, and, in its own thrilling and tender way, growing closer every day! (Sasha Fletcher, author of Be Here to Love Me at the End of the World)
To: My artist friends who long to read something fun — an innovative, twisty page-turner that is also about the power of art!
From: Gabrielle Zevin, author of Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow
To: My Twitter-obsessed writer pals who are always hungry for the next juicy media drama
From: xoxo, Gilded Age gossip girl (Kim Kelly, author of Fight Like Hell)
To: All my friends with complex family situations
From: Adrienne Celt, author of End of the World House, who wants you to enjoy the catharsis of someone else's brutal (and beautiful) honesty without having to alienate your own loved ones
To: Everyone who loves contemporary stories about Natives thriving in love, loss, and unrestrained vitality
From: Oscar Hokeah, author of Calling for a Blanket Dance
To: My memoir-averse neighbor, because this magical tapestry of a true story will change her mind
From: Laura Stanfill, author of Singing Lessons for the Stylish Canary
To: All my trans and queer friends who are tired of the same old tropes. We deserve to be faulty, complicated characters, too.
From: Casey Parks, author of Diary of a Misfit
To: The reader who likes their romance with a dash of magic, whimsy, and found family
From: Someone who loved The House in the Cerulean Sea and thinks you'll love this one too! (Alison Cochrun, author of Kiss Her Once For Me)
To: My graphic novel and art-loving nephews
From: Your graphic-novel-and-art-loving uncle who is inviting you into the world of graphic memoir for kids (Aron Nels Steinke, author of Mr. Wolf's Class)
To: My friends who love true crime but have high literary standards.
From: Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers and I Have Some Questions for You (get your preorders in now!)
To: The angsty teen inside of you.
From: Mona Awad, author of All's Well