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2019 Book Gifts for the Holidays: New and Old Releases Perfect for Every Reader in Your Life

For the bibliophile who has it all, here are 12 new, inspiring, thrilling, and just plain pretty tomes perfect for giving away (or better yet, digging into yourself) this holiday season. Happy gifting!

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For the New Yorker: Bill Cunningham: On the Street

No one understood the “parade of daily life” quite like Bill Cunningham, a documentary-style photographer who captured fashion trends on the streets of New York and Paris from the 70s until his death in 2016. From key events (the 1980s transit strike; 9/11) to less historic moments (the rise of casual Fridays; selfie culture), this is a beautiful, inspiring portfolio of one of the great photographers of our time.

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For Mindfulness: The Art of Flaneuring

The more we travel, the more we realize this: discovery is a state of mind. If the rise of hygge inspired you to rethink your own personal lifestyle, it's time to meet your new mantra: flaneuring. Meaning "to wander with intention," it's a concept proven to boost creativity, manage stress, and promote overall well-being. With the help of this cute-as-a-button guide, you'll get inspired to take a different path—literally—to satisfy a sense wanderlust without having to fly across the world.

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For the Coffee Table: The Japanese Garden

Just couldn’t squeeze in a hop to Tokyo this year? You can still get a taste of one of Japan’s greatest gifts to horticulture—the Zen garden—along with other Japanese garden varieties with this covetable (and considerable) volume. Honestly, the minimalist, symmetrical cover is worth the cost alone.

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For the Thrill-Seeker: The Lost Night

The Girl on the Train meets Girls meets I Know What You Did Last Summer. However you spin it, Andrea Bartz’s debut novel is the thriller we all need to read this winter.

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For the Beauty Junkie: The Korean Skincare Bible

From BB creams to sheet masks, Korean products have taken the American beauty biz by storm. This "no-nonsense guide" is a one-stop shop that takes the guesswork out of skincare, K-beauty–style, from step-by-step guides on makeup application to tried-and-true routines that promote skin health.

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For the Italy Lover: Gray Malin: Italy

After the success of Beaches and Escape, Gray Malin is going niche—and we can think of no better place to pinpoint on than Italy. With shots capturing the fairytale villas overlooking Lake Como and the umbrella-lined beaches of the Amalfi Coast, this is one visual tour that belongs on every Italiophile’s shelf.

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For the Homemaker: For the Love of Books

Home libraries are more than just filler furniture used to cover up a wall. They're a statement piece, an extension of yourself and the most loved stories in your life. In this book about books, the design experts at Juniper Books weigh in on how the physical books we keep tell a bigger story about who we are, and provide tips and advice on how to create and curate your personal collection to lasting effect.

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For the Next Big Thing: Daisy Jones & The Six

Reese Witherspoon and Amazon have already signed on to adapt this coming-of-age novel, centered around up-and-coming singer Daisy Jones as she joins forces with an iconic 1970s rock band and its guitarist, Billy Dunne. The book's parallels with Fleetwood Mac are no accident.

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For the Curious Traveler: History of the World Map by Map

This compendium of maps continues to be the ultimate gift for anyone who's ever had an interest (or passion) for world history and charting events as they moved across borders and continents.

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For the Nerdy Aesthete: Dust Jacket Sets

Personal libraries filled with less-than-stellar book art is a reality we all face. That's why we're loving what Juniper Books is doing for epic trilogies like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings: designing gorgeous, matching dust jackets that would make even non-fantasy-lovers swoon.

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For the Motivationally Challenged: You are a Badass

Let’s face it: everyone needs this book in their lives. Let it serve as a daily reminder that yes, you are awesome; yes, you are enough; and yes, you can do it!

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For the DIY Renter: Home Sweet Rented Home

Feeling suffocated by small square footage and tiny furniture? (Hello, fellow New Yorkers!) Your temporary digs might not feel like home, but with a bit of elbow grease and this handy DIY manual, it’s about to. Award-winning interiors guru Medina Grillo shares her best tips, tricks, and step-by-step projects for adding color and art to your apartment—no paint or expensive couches required.

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