Holiday Gift Book Round Up – Part 1

It’s the that time of year when booksellers start thinking about what books customers are most likely to be looking for this holiday season. So here’s a long post with some suggestions. Next time I’ll cover cookbooks and coffee table books.

If the title has been previously covered in this blog, the hyperlink will take you to the original blog entry.



Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of A Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator (9780062325891) by Homer Hickam. $25.99 hardcover. 10/13/15 on sale.

The author of the bestselling Rocket Boys offers a fictionalized account of his parents’ cross-country journey to return an alligator given to them as a wedding gift. It’s an Indie Next pick–a sweet-hearted road story and ultimately a lovely tale about the power of love.

“It is by far my favorite book of the year. Who would’ve thought an alligator could be so endearing!!! It is such a delightful book that I can’t stop smiling as I’m reading it.”
— Deborah Carson, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH


The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto (9780062294418) by Mitch Albom. $25.99 hardcover. 11/10/15 on day laydown.

You really only need to hear the words “Mitch Albom” to know to put this out on bestseller and gift tables. Albom says this book about music and its transformative power is the book he’s been waiting to write his whole life. It will be an Indie Next pick in December and will have major national media.

There’s a very clever You Tube campaign for this one…







50 Years, 50 Moments: The Most Unforgettable Plays in Super Bowl History (9780062302601) by Jerry Rice and Randy O. Williams. $29.99 hardcover. 11/3/15 on sale.

A full color compendium of the greatest moments of the Super Bowl championship games, spanning fifty years and told by “The greatest wide receiver to ever play the game.”



Game of Scones: All Men Must Dine: A Parody (9780062445544) by Jammy Lannister. $16.99 hardcover. 11/10/15 on sale.

A gruesome and hilarious stocking stuffer for Game of Thrones fans…



Yes Please Vinyl Edition (9780062435361) by Amy Poehler. $24.99 vinyl audio. 11/24/15 on sale.

This new excerpted take on the on the bestselling CD features seven highlights from the full recording with the voices of Poehler, Carol Burnett, Mike Schur, Kathleen Turner, and a live recording from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles. And it’s pressed in hot pink! The package includes a digital download to the full audio recording of the book.

Yes Please Vinyl


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