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Gift Ideas for Birthdays

Even if you can’t be there in person, celebrate your friends’ birthdays with thoughtful gifts they’ll appreciate during social distancing. Discover highly acclaimed fiction, hilarious memoirs, beautiful cookbooks, and even a coloring book or two.

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    Flour Water Salt Yeast Book Cover Picture
    Flour Water Salt Yeast Book Cover Picture

    Flour Water Salt Yeast

    by Ken Forkish

    From Portland’s most acclaimed and beloved baker comes this must-have baking guide, featuring recipes for world-class breads and pizzas and a variety of schedules suited for the home baker.
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    Flour Water Salt Yeast Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $35.00

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    Wow, No Thank You. Book Cover Picture
    Wow, No Thank You. Book Cover Picture

    Wow, No Thank You.

    by Samantha Irby

    From Samantha Irby–beloved author of New York Times bestseller We Are Never Meeting in Real Life--a rip-roaring, edgy and unabashedly raunchy new collection of hilarious essays.
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    Wow, No Thank You. Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $15.95

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    Book Club: A Journal Book Cover Picture

    Book Club: A Journal

    by Read it Forward

    Whether your friend’s book clubs are organized affairs or excuses to gather with friends, this brightly designed journal gives them plenty of space for writing, a reading list of crowd pleasers, and fun icebreakers so they can show up and share.
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    Book Club: A Journal Book Cover Picture

    Stationery & Accessories
    $14.99

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    The Vanishing Half Book Cover Picture
    The Vanishing Half Book Cover Picture

    The Vanishing Half

    by Brit Bennett

    The Vanishing Half is a stunning new novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white.
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    The Vanishing Half Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    World of Flowers Book Cover Picture
    World of Flowers Book Cover Picture

    World of Flowers

    by Johanna Basford

    This book invites you to travel the world and beyond into fantastical realms, discovering exotic blooms and extraordinary plants along the way. From floating gardens of water poppies in South Africa to delicate cosmos in Japan, and from fanciful toadstools to enchanted fairytale gardens, an abundance of fascinating florals awaits, ready for you to bring to life in color.
    World of Flowers Book Cover Picture
    World of Flowers Book Cover Picture

    Adult Coloring Book
    $16.95

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    How Much of These Hills Is Gold Book Cover Picture
    How Much of These Hills Is Gold Book Cover Picture

    How Much of These Hills Is Gold

    by C Pam Zhang

    An electric debut novel set against the twilight of the American gold rush, two siblings are on the run in an unforgiving landscape—trying not just to survive but to find a home.
    How Much of These Hills Is Gold Book Cover Picture
    How Much of These Hills Is Gold Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    My Inner Sky Book Cover Picture
    My Inner Sky Book Cover Picture

    My Inner Sky

    by Mari Andrew

    Mari Andrew shares a collection of essays and illustrations, divided into phases of the sky–twilight, golden hour, night, and dawn–that serves as a loyal companion for life’s curveballs.
    My Inner Sky Book Cover Picture
    My Inner Sky Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $22.00

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    The Midnight Library Book Cover Picture
    The Midnight Library Book Cover Picture

    The Midnight Library

    by Matt Haig

    The Midnight Library Book Cover Picture
    The Midnight Library Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    The Nickel Boys Book Cover Picture
    The Nickel Boys Book Cover Picture

    The Nickel Boys

    by Colson Whitehead

    The Nickel Boys Book Cover Picture
    The Nickel Boys Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $15.95

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    Mexican Gothic Book Cover Picture

    Mexican Gothic

    by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . . From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes “a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” (Kirkus Reviews) set in glamorous 1950s Mexico.
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    Mexican Gothic Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    God-Level Knowledge Darts Book Cover Picture
    God-Level Knowledge Darts Book Cover Picture

    God-Level Knowledge Darts

    by Desus & Mero

    Who could have predicted that, after a fateful meeting in a Bronx summer school in the 1990s, Desus & Mero would turn their friendship into an empire of talking to each other. And it’s no surprise—tuning in to them is like listening to the funniest, smartest people you know dissect a topic and then light it on fire. Now they’ve written the most essential guide to life, in which all the important questions are asked: How do I talk to my kids about drugs if I do them, too? What are the ethics of ghosting in a relationship? How do I bet on sports?
    God-Level Knowledge Darts Book Cover Picture
    God-Level Knowledge Darts Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    Normal People Book Cover Picture
    Normal People Book Cover Picture

    Normal People

    by Sally Rooney

    Normal People is the story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find that they can’t.
    Normal People Book Cover Picture
    Normal People Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    See You on Sunday Book Cover Picture

    See You on Sunday

    by Sam Sifton

    From the New York Times food editor and former restaurant critic comes a cookbook to help us rediscover the art of Sunday supper and the joy of gathering with friends and family.
    See You on Sunday Book Cover Picture
    See You on Sunday Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $35.00

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    Devotions Book Cover Picture

    Devotions

    by Mary Oliver

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    Devotions Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $20.00

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    Modern Comfort Food Book Cover Picture

    Modern Comfort Food

    by Ina Garten

    In Modern Comfort Food, Ina Garten shares 85 new recipes that will feed your deepest cravings. Many of these dishes are inspired by childhood favorites—but with the volume turned way up, such as Cheddar and Chutney Grilled Cheese sandwiches (the perfect match for Ina’s Creamy Tomato Bisque), Smashed Hamburgers with Caramelized Onions, and the crispiest hash browns that are actually made in a waffle iron!
    Modern Comfort Food Book Cover Picture
    Modern Comfort Food Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $35.00

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    The Office of Historical Corrections Book Cover Picture
    The Office of Historical Corrections Book Cover Picture

    The Office of Historical Corrections

    by Danielle Evans

    Danielle Evans is widely acclaimed for her blisteringly smart voice and x-ray insights into complex human relationships. With The Office of Historical Corrections, Evans zooms in on particular moments and relationships in her characters’ lives in a way that allows them to speak to larger issues of race, culture, and history.
    The Office of Historical Corrections Book Cover Picture
    The Office of Historical Corrections Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Dear Girls Book Cover Picture

    Dear Girls

    by Ali Wong

    Ali Wong’s heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the two she put to work while they were still in utero) cover everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.
    Dear Girls Book Cover Picture
    Dear Girls Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    Outside the Lines Book Cover Picture
    Outside the Lines Book Cover Picture

    Outside the Lines

    by Souris Hong-Porretta

    Outside the Lines Book Cover Picture
    Outside the Lines Book Cover Picture

    Adult Coloring Book
    $18.00

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