18 Of The Best New Books To Gift This Holiday Season

What better gift than a great new book?

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If there’s a better holiday gift than a great new book, we haven’t found it. No matter how full our bookshelves get, you can bet there is always room for one more. Take a spin around the new release section at your favorite bookstore to find something to give your loved ones this season, or check out our list for some inspiration. We’ve rounded up a few buzzy new books for everyone on your list. Whether they’re devoted to their monthly book clubs or refuse to read anything but romance novels, there’s a book here for even the most difficult-to-shop-for people in your life. Order from your favorite local bookstore, wrap it up, and check holiday shopping off your to-do list today. 

For Book Clubbers

The Candy House by Jennifer Egan

The Candy House


A magician of voice and style, Jennifer Egan’s new book was highly anticipated this year, and it’s one you’ll be rereading for years to come.

Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow

Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow


Family and home are at the heart of this touching, generation-spanning new novel by Tara M. Stringfellow, which is set across seventy years in the life of a family in Memphis.  

Now Is Not the Time To Panic by Kevin Wilson

Now Is Not The Time To Panic by Kevin Wilson


Readers can always count on Kevin Wilson to introduce them to memorable characters, and his new novel is one of the best yet, an imaginative journey filled with an unforgettable cast of small-town personalities.

Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng


Celeste Ng’s books always make a splash and never fail to find their way to book club rosters everywhere. This one is about a son’s journey and a mother’s love passed on through storytelling. 

Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout 

Lucy by the Sea


Fans of My Name Is Lucy Barton will be eager to read Elizabeth Strout’s new book, which is a return to the characters she introduced in her 2016 novel. 

For History Buffs

And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle by Jon Meacham

And There Was Light


Fans of Jon Meacham’s previous biographies will be happy to hear that he’s back with a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, a perfect gift for readers this holiday season. 

The Mosquito Bowl: A Game of Life and Death in World War II by Buzz Bissinger

The Mosquito Bowl: A Game of Life and Death in World War II by Buzz Bissinger


A lesser known story from history–one of college football and the United States Marine Corps during World War II–unfolds in this new novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Buzz Bissinger. 

River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile by Candice Millard

River of Gods


This fast-paced dive into the journey of two mid-19th century British explorers seeking the source of the Nile River is a page-turner. 

For Mystery Fans

The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman

The Bullet That Missed


Wannabe sleuths will love the latest installment in The Thursday Murder Club, Richard Osman’s well-plotted (and reliably hilarious) mystery series. 

The Maid by Nita Prose

The Maid


This murder mystery is billed as “a Clue-like, locked-room mystery and a heartwarming journey of the spirit”–we can think of more than a few people on our holiday shopping lists who would love it.

The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb 

The Violin Conspiracy


A classical musician seeks to retrieve a stolen heirloom violin in time for an important music competition in this beautifully woven mystery by Brendan Slocumb.

For Romance Readers

By the Book by Jasmine Guillory

By the Book


The publishing industry is the backdrop of the latest love story by Jasmine Guillory, one of the buzziest romance writers working today.

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Lessons in Chemistry


A favorite since it was published earlier this year, Bonnie Garmus’ Lessons in Chemistry has become a must read. 

For Young Bookworms

Knight Owl by Christopher Denise

Knight Owl


The main character of this fun picture book is a medieval owl whose story is told through wordplay and exciting illustrations.

The Door of No Return by Kwame Alexander

Door of No Return


Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award winning YA author Kwame Alexander returns with the first installment in a new trilogy, an enthralling adventure that young readers will love. 

For Southern Cooks

Gullah Geechee Home Cooking by Emily Meggett

Gullah Geechee Cookbook


Known as the matriarch of Edisto Island, Emily Meggett shares a collection of dishes from the Gullah Geechee tradition in her new cookbook, one destined to be a favorite for years to come.  

I Am From Here: Stories and Recipes from a Southern Chef by Vishwesh Bhatt

I Am From Here


Vishwesh Bhatt, the Oxford, Mississippi-based 2019 James Beard Foundation Best Chef South, has published a new cookbook with plenty of recipes to savor and keep forever. 

Southern Living 2022 Annual Recipes by the Editors of Southern Living 

Southern Living 2022


We couldn’t end the list without including the both useful and collectible new installment in the Southern Living Annual Recipes series. 

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