Best Books of 2017 to Gift Everyone in Your Life

For the Science Geek:

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Beloved astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has received many distinguished accolades throughout his career. His passion for the cosmos, combined with his down-to-earth wit, expertly guides casual readers into the great beyond in the shortest amount of time.

 

For the Historian:

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

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Taking place under the shadow of the first World War, bestselling author Kate Moore’s The Radium Girls traces the lives of the hundreds of young women who toiled and suffered amid the radium-dial factories. What follows is a true story of awe-inspiring strength in the face of scandal and gruesome corruption.

 

For the Activist:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Angie Thomas’s novel follows Starr Carter, a 16-year-old who finds her voice after her unarmed childhood best friend is fatally shot by the police. A timely and heartbreaking read.

 

For the Poet:

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

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From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing, ancestry and honoring one’s roots, expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.

 

For the Romantic:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (released in 2015, book 3 was released in 2017)

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Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jeweled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre's presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever in this Beauty and the Beast-inspired story.

 

For the Stranger Things Addict:

Paper Girls Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughn (released in 2016, book 3 was released in 2017)

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In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.

 

For the Thrill-seeker:

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

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In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .

 

For the Child At Heart:

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan (released in 2015, book 3 was released in 2017)

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Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

 

For the Feminist:

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie's letter of response. Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions--compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive--for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman.