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Gift Guide: Books
Every Person in New York

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is our favorite novel of the year and Boris is one of our favorite characters ever.

Journalist Ari Shavit's My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, writes about that country with clarity and insight.

It takes some goolies to pen a new Bertie and Jeeves, but Sebastian Faulks, in Jeeves and the Wedding Bells, does a pretty good Wodehouse.

Times food columnist David Tanis writes about what he makes in the way of simple and comforting food in One Good Dish.

The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard is the ideal companion for contemplating the night skies and the meaning of darkness.

Two on running: Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall is a terrific read even for couch potatoes… The Courage To Start: A Guide To Running for Your Life is a great kick out the door.

In the novel White Dog Fell from the Sky, Eleanor Morse writes beautifully, memorably of the effects of apartheid in the 70s on her characters.

The Tenth Witness is a prequel to Leonard Rosen's debut novel All Cry Chaos, filling in the backstory of Henri Poincaré and how he became an agent for Interpol.

If you want to read about the Beatles, Mark Lewisohn is the expert on the subject and the first volume of Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years, just published, is the place to start.

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