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3 Novel Gift Ideas for the Hudson Valley Book Lovers in Your Life

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We asked a few of our favorite Hudson Valley bookstore owners for their recommendations on what to gift the readers in your circle.

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Notable Native People: 50 Indigenous Leaders, Dreamers, and Changemakers from Past and Present by Adrienne Keene, illustrated by Ciara Sana ($18.99)

Notable Native People book jacket

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“This excellent collection introduces readers to a breadth of indigenous voices. With beautiful art and fascinating stories, this book is perfect for curious adults and teens!”

On my nightstand

Beautiful Country: A Memoir by Qian Julie Wang ($28.95)

“I’m looking forward to this new memoir from Wang, who grew up as an undocumented Chinese immigrant in New York City in the 1990s. This is poised to be one of the top memoirs of the season.”

—Suzanna Hermans, Oblong Books, Millerton and Rhinebeck

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The Comfort Book by Matt Haig ($22)

The Comfort Book book jacket

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“This is a versatile, uplifting read that counters everyday stresses with wisdom and warmth. The feel-good vibes (and festive cover) make it ideal for people of all ages.”

On my nightstand

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead ($28.95)

“Who can resist this combo of crime novel and family saga with a dash of social commentary? Exciting but thoughtful, from a double Pulitzer Prize-winning author.”

—Laura Scott Schaefer, Scattered Books, Chappaqua

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An Unapologetic Cookbook by Joshua Weissman ($30)

Unapologetic Cook Book book jacket

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“I first discovered Weissman on TikTok and his videos are not only entertaining but very informative. He makes incredible looking meals, mostly from scratch and usually very affordable. This book contains cooking basics, as well as simple and gourmet meals that are sure to wow whoever is lucky enough to eat them.”

On my nightstand

How to Be a Moonflower by Katie Daisy ($19.95)

“It’s sort of an adventure field guide about nighttime and all the different flora and fauna you can discover, but also contains poems, quotes, and drawings that illustrate the quietness and beauty of nighttime. Not only does it contain beautiful artwork, but Katie Daisy gives you tips to go on little journeys by yourself. She wants people to see the world with the same sense of awe we had as children.”

—Jamie Ferris, Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties and New Paltz

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The Every by Dave Eggers ($25)

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Photo courtesy of McsWeeney’s Publishing LLC

“The book I’m most excited about is the hardcover edition of Dave Eggers’ follow-up to his 2014 novel, The Circle, which is available only through the publisher and independent book stores. A great book that looks sharp on your coffee table and comes with indie street cred bragging rights—what could be better?”

On my nightstand

Snow by John Banville ($16.99)

“Because I only read a sample of John Banville’s captivating mystery when it was in hardcover last year, I can’t wait to dive back in now that it’s out in paperback. The story takes place in a secluded mansion in the snowy Irish countryside, and you can almost hear the fireplace crackle and the dread creep as you soak in Banville’s expert, surefooted prose.”

—Jesse Post, Postmark Books, Rosendale


Related: Get Lost in Literature at the Hudson Valley’s Independent Bookstores

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