Checking Out: Great books for Holiday Gifts

Books make wonderful gifts when chosen wisely – they give a little glimpse into what the giver found worth sharing, as well as what they think (or hope) will catch the eye of the receiver. With potential to be as personal, relevant, timely, informational, or simply just as interesting as you want it to be, where do you start with choosing a unique title?

A few of Northwest Denver’s library staff members suggested some great ideas below for a book that will resonate – consider them as potential gifts, or just check them out for yourself!

“Baking Class” by Deanna F. Cook

Kid-friendly recipes with clear instructions and lots of easy-to-follow process photos will help eight- to twelve-year-olds bake up something delicious to share, whether it’s dessert or a savory side dish. The back section is stuffed with stickers, cutouts, stencils and more to help young bakers decorate their treats, making this cookbook a special gift.

– Jamie, Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library

“Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland” by Patrick Radden Keefe

If your idea of a good holiday present is a deep dive on the Troubles, then this is your book! No really, this is a supremely engaging history of Belfast that delves into the history of the IRA, the Belfast Tapes, forced disappearances, the legacy of the Price sisters… and more! Give this to a history buff, a lover of mysteries or just someone who enjoys an excellent book.

– Jessie, Smiley Branch Library

“Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law” by Mary Roach

This is a great gift for fans of pop science nonfiction. If you’ve read Roach’s books, you know you will be enthralled by the interesting science topics she chooses to write about. Fuzz invites you to think about how humans and wildlife can coexist. Roach also helps you question what happens when humans invade the habitats of wildlife and the consequences when neither human nor wildlife is safe from the other. While the topic is serious, Fuzz is written with humor and compassion.

– Joan, Woodbury Branch Library

“Things We Lost in the Fire” by Mariana Enriquez

Argentine author Mariana Enriquez has shaped fable-like tales in this collection that are deceptively domestic, but always filled with dark twists. The majority of the main characters in these stories are “mujeres ardientes” (strong women) who are fed up with lives shrouded in extreme violence, which has become a constant occurrence. In these stories the readers have to forget about themselves and follow stories of bodies that disappear or reappear when they least expect it. This collection highlights the author’s native Argentina, giving the reader a window into the worlds of contemporary Argentinians and the political and social upheaval marking their everyday lives.

– Nicanor, Northwest Neighborhood Services Manager


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