The following are some of Nancy Pearl's suggestions for gifts:
Adult Fiction Titles
On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry
The story of an Irish-American widow looking back over her life and her husband's involvement in the Troubles. It's just a fabulous novel. If you're somebody who loves wonderful writing, than this is the book for you.
In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard
One of my favorite novels this year, narrated by an unnamed fourteen-year-old girl growing up in a small town in the Midwest. I don't think I'll ever forget the main character.
The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
One of the scariest and best written books I've ever read. It's one of those books you don't want to start too late at night, mainly because you don't want to put it down. A fabulous, boffo ending.
Blind Sight by Meg Howrey
One of those books whose strength is the dialogue. All the main characters are wonderfully developed, three dimensional, and the kinds of people who will stay in your mind.
The Long Goodbye by Meghan O'Rourke
The writing is so magnificent, which makes perfect sense because O'Rourke is a poet. It seems like she's a good friend telling you the story of her mother and those very intimate details of family relationships.
Ghost Hero by S. J. Rozan
S. J. Rozan writes a terrific series of mysteries, and I never think they get enough accolades from the the general public.
Adult Nonfiction Titles
A World On Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War by Amanda Foreman
A wonderful gift for anyone who loves Civil War history or biographies. The story of two societies - American and British - in the five years leading up to the Civil War and what forces made Britain decide to aid the South rather than the North.
A History of thw World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor
Sometimes a book will come along where I think you can give it to every adult on your reading list. This is one of those.
Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean
I think Susan Orlean is one of the best nonfiction writers we have these days.