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Check out these bestsellers for your favorite bookworm!

From memoirs to novels to self-help, we’ve got you covered–all for under $20. The literary buff in your life will thank you for the gift of a good book.

Humans of New York: Stories

Photographer Brandon Stanton quickly gained popularity from his project known as Humans of New York, in which he takes portrait photos of random individuals in New York, asks them questions, and places a quote alongside their pictures. The people of New York offer surprising insight and depth, making readers think twice about the strangers they pass on the streets.

The Alchemist   

This novel by Paul Coelho is concerned a modern classic. The tale depicts the journey of a shepherd boy who seeks vast riches. Along the way, he gains life lessons rich in wisdom.

Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words

Have you ever tried to learn more about some incredible thing, only to be frustrated by incomprehensible jargon?  Randall Munroe is here to help.  In Thing Explainer, he uses line drawings and only the thousand (or, rather, “ten hundred”) most common words to provide simple explanations for some of the most interesting stuff there is, including:

  • food-heating radio boxes

In this book, Randall Munroe attempts to explain complicated daily mechanisms–from microwaves to human body cells–in simplistic language and figure drawings. This book makes a great gift for those who are curious about technology and the world around them.

Orphan Train

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This novel by Christina Kline tells the fictional story of a young girl experiencing a very real historical event. In the 1850s, orphans in the United States were sent on trains to find families that were willing to adopt them, essentially creating the first form of foster care. This novel depicts a modern day foster youth who discovers that an elderly woman she works with was a rider on the Orphan Train, and the two find a connection in their similar experiences.

Go Set a Watchman

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Literature buffs who loved “To Kill a Mockingbird” will truly appreciate Harper Lee’s sequel to the classic novel. “Go Set a Watchman” follows the familiar character “Scout”–now an adult–as she returns home to visit her now elderly father, Atticus.

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

The author of this book, Brene Brown, is a renowned social worker known for her popular TED Talk on the topic of vulnerability. Brown encourages an authentic way of living with this book, which is designed to show others how to live “wholeheartedly.”

Why Not Me?

In the past few years, female comedians have been speaking up about their lives with witty autobiographies, and Mindy Kaling is no different. Known for her work as a writer and actress for “The Office,” Kaling tells the story of her professional development with the same tongue-in-cheek humor she employs in her career.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

In this memoir, author Jenny Lawson puts a hysterical twist on her experiences with mental illness. Even in the midst of debilitating depression and anxiety, Lawson shows us what beautifully hilarious moments can stem from hardship.

The Goldfinch

This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel begins tragically when the 13-year-old protagonist loses his mother in a car wreck and is abandoned by his father. After glimpsing a mesmerizing painting that reminds him of his lost mother, Theo Decker’s life changes drastically.

Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Patterns

Though formerly reserved strictly for children, research has shown that adult coloring books can provide stress relief due to the meditative, focused state of mind achieved while coloring. This makes a great gift for someone with anxiety disorders or who someone who could simply use a relaxing outlet from time to time.

The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution

Those who boast a passion for both history and science will love this nonfiction account of the Scientific Revolution. Written by history professor David Wootton, this book charts 500 years of historical figures and events that molded modern scientific thought.

Fates and Furies

In this novel, Lauren Groff shows what happens to a picture perfect marriage 10 years down the road. Groff explores the dynamics of marriage from the perspectives that both partners have on the same situation, offering an insightful twist to the classic love story.

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family  

This biography, written by Amy Nutt, chronicles the journey one family undergoes as one teenage twin discovers she is transgender. While resistant to the idea at first, Nicole’s family learns to accept and embrace her new identity.

Mrs. Engels

This unconventional romance novel details the relationship between a Marxist revolutionary and an illiterate Irish woman. Though protagonist Lizzie Burns seems uneducated, she ultimately shows what it means to truly connect with and understand your lover.

A Guinea Pig Pride and Prejudice

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single guinea pig in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

It is a truth personally acknowledged by Mrs. Bennet that all five of her furry daughters-Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia-are in need of husbands.

To her mother's grave disappointment, Elizabeth Bennet is headstrong and won't take just an

This hilarious novel retells the classic story, “Pride and Prejudice,” by replacing the characters with guinea pigs. Jane Austen fans are sure to appreciate the absurd homage to her literary masterpiece.

Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs

Sally Mann tracks her family’s history living in the American South with the use of both poignant language and photography. This memoir explores themes such as racism, family, and mortality.

H is for Hawk

This memoir depicts the story of Helen Macdonald. After her father–a renowned falconer–died suddenly, Macdonald sought connection to him by attempting to tame the fierce, unruly goshawk.

642 Tiny Things to Write About

The next installment in the bestselling series presents 642 writing prompts in an irresistible new format. Delightful and thought-provoking, this book is perfect for stumped writers, journalers, or any creative type needing a tiny flash of inspiration.

This book is written by writers, for writers. It contains 642 writing prompts for creative folks seeking inspiration.

Doodling for Bookworms: 50 Inspiring Doodle Prompts and Creative Exercises for Literature Buffs

Combine your love of classic literature and doodling with this fun, quirky, and inspirational doodle journal!

Book lovers, bibliophiles, and literati, get ready to take your clever illustrations and lit memes to the next level. Designed to appeal to seasoned artists and doodle enthusiasts alike, Doodling for Bookworms is packed with more than 50 fun and inspirational prompts

Those who love both drawing and reading will love this creative exercise book. This book includes 50 prompts, drawing exercises, and literary facts.

My Brilliant Friend

Combine your love of classic literature and doodling with this fun, quirky, and inspirational doodle journal!

Book lovers, bibliophiles, and literati, get ready to take your clever illustrations and lit memes to the next level. Designed to appeal to seasoned artists and doodle enthusiasts alike, Doodling for Bookworms is packed with more than 50 fun and inspirational prompts

This novel is the first in a series of four. It traces the lives of two best friends–Elena and Lila–whose paths diverge and converge throughout their lifetimes.

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