When we worked in Madhattan, we would rush through Grand Central every day, once our magazine deadlines were over.
These days, grand Central Publishing allows us to rest. Unless, of course, we rush through their nifty titles.
Here are some last-minute ideas for those on your gift who deserve th write stuff,
FOR THE WOMEN IN YOUR LIFE
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks ($27)
Injured in a car crash, Ira Levinson clings to memories of his wife Ruth and the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage. Nearby, Sophia Danko finds herself falling for a young cowboy named Luke and imagining their future—one that could be destroyed by his secret. Their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys.
Rose Kennedy's Family Album Foreword by Caroline Kennedy ($45)This remarkable history features a selection of more than 300 images collected by Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, many never seen before, of the beloved and revered Kennedy family. Covering everything from the family’s first home to beach vacations, children’s birthdays to first Communions, the images capture the formative years of a uniquely American dynasty. This is a piece of Americana that readers will treasure.
FOR HUMOR HOUNDS
Egghead: Or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone by Bo Burnham with drawings by Chance Bone ($22)
Bo Burnham was living in his parents’ attic when he became a YouTube sensation. Now he brings his brand of brainy, emotional comedy to the page through off-kilter poems and thoughts on everything from death to farts. This weird book will make you think, laugh, and think “why did I just laugh?”
Hollywood Said "No:" Orphaned Film Scripts, Bastard Scenes and Abandoned Darlings from the Creators of Mr. Show by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross with Brian Posehn ($17)
Take a peek at never-before-seen scripts and a bonus section of orphaned sketch ideas from Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. This comic tome
Deadline ($26) by Sandra Brown
While covering the disappearance and presumed murder of former Marine Jeremy Wesson—whose biological parents are terrorists on the FBI’s Most Wanted list—Dawson Scott finds himself developing feelings for Wesson’s ex-wife, Amelia. Suddenly Dawson himself becomes a suspect. Haunted by his own demons, he takes up the chase for the notorious outlaws…and the secret, startling truth about himself.
Identical by Scott Turow ($28.00)
This is the story of identical twins Paul Giannis, a candidate for Mayor of Kindle County, and Cass Giannis, who has been released from the penitentiary 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Athena Kronan. As Athena’s murder investigation is reopened and a complex web of murder, sex, and betrayal dramatically unfolds, the chilling truth is revealed: people will believe what they want to believe.
White Fire by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ($27)
Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive ski resort to help Corrie Swanson. His appearance coincides with the first attack by a murderous arsonist. Even more astonishing is Corrie’s discovery about several miners who were killed 150 years ago by a rogue grizzly bear and a mysterious connection to a fabled, long-lost Sherlock Holmes story. With the resort in danger, Pendergast must solve the enigma of the past before the town of the present goes up in flames.
King and Maxwell by David Baldacci ($28)
When a teenage boy receives a communication from his supposedly dead father, he hires Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to solve the mystery. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Sean and Michelle soon realize that they’ve stumbled onto something big. As they hunt for the truth, they’re determined to help and protect Tyler—though they may pay for it with their lives.
The October List by Jeffery Deaver ($26)
Two days ago, Gabriela’s life was normal. Then, out of the blue, she gets word that her six-year-old daughter has been taken. She must pay half a million dollars and find a mysterious document known as the “October List” within 30 hours, or she’ll never see her child again. Told in reverse, this mind-bending novel unfolds from its dramatic climax back to its surprising beginning.
FOR THE POP CULTURE FANATIC
Everybody's Brother by CeeLo Green with Big Gipp & David Wild ($28)
He inspires awe with his colorful costumes and helps ordinary people find a Voice. Without a doubt, CeeLo Green is a superhero of soul—and every superhero has an origin story. This is the untold story of CeeLo’s rise from the streets of Atlanta to the top of the charts. CeeLo gives his fans what they’ve been waiting for: an all-access pass into his perfectly imperfect piece of mind.
The Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things Edited by Anna Holmes ($27)
Within months of Jezebel’s May 2007 appearance, the blog became a hit. Filled with entertaining sidebars, arresting images, and contributions from the writers and creatives who give the site its distinctive tone and broad influence, this encyclopedia is a must-read of everything important to the modern woman, a guide to pop culture, feminism, fashion, sex, and much more.
FOR THE FOODIES
Daniel: My French Cuisine by Daniel Boulud ($60)
From coming of age as a young chef to adapting French cuisine to American tastes, Daniel Boulud reveals how he expresses his culinary artistry at his Restaurant Daniel. Diverse and informative essays, more than 120 gorgeous photographs, and 75 signature recipes make this definitive yet personal cookbook a welcome addition to the art of French cooking and a must-have for sophisticated foodies everywhere.
The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book: Uncommon Recipes from the Celebrated Brooklyn Pie Shop by Emily Elsen and Melissa Elsen ($30)
The Elsens’ pie-baking book is anything but humble. Lavishly designed, this stunning collection features more than 60 delectable pie recipes organized by season and a detailed techniques section. It may not be your mother’s cookbook, but it’s sure to be the one that every baker from novice to pro will turn to again and again.