The Gift List

Whether you need to get a gift for a friend, family member or your self, books are always a winner. I've compiled a list of favorite reads to keep you and your close ones entertained during the holidays and well into 2015. 

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls
by David Sedaris:

Showing up on Late Night television wearing Culottes from Tokyo that more resembled Ganchos, David Sedaris' new book is just as quirky. Coming up with the name from a fan book signing, he writes about his hilarious travels; describing everything from French Dentistry to Beijing squat toilets. Gracing the top 10 book list of 2014 for over 27 weeks, it’s sure to be a great, quick read.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

A personal favorite author of mine, Murakami never disappoints with his magical realism. The protagonist Tsukuru begins to reflect on his lonely life and lack of identity and purpose. Reflecting on his past relationships he revisits the events that have led to the derailing of his present. Having to face reality and mend old ways he begins his discovery of happiness. Like a true Murakami novel the ending will leave you haunted, confused, and will inspire self- reflection.

How Did You Get This Number
by Sloane Crosley

Known for her quick wit and endless charm, Sloane creates another must read. This novel appreciates how modern day, sophisticated, intelligent women can be throw into random everyday dilemmas. Such as, a bear showing up at wedding to crazy taxi rides in the city. She’ll having you laughing and crying and equipping you with all the right tools to overcome life’s mundane schedules, and unexpected conundrums.

Wild- From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed

Based on a true story Strayed lost her mother at the age of 22, not to mention a disintegrating marriage and loss of family ties. She decides to journey on a 1,000 mile trek alone in search of herself and life’s meaning. This story was so compelling it was recently released as a movie- Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon, but we suggest you read the book first!

Yes, Please
by Amy Poehler

Well known for her role on Parks and Rec and comedic acts on Saturday Night Live, Amy is the go-to-friend you always want to bring to a party. This autobiography talks about a cluster of things from her childhood, her taste in music, to the hilarious ups and downs of parenthood. Full jokes and relatable escapades Yes, Please is abundant with laughs and wisdom by one of our favorite entertainers.


by Stephen King

What booklist would be complete without a Stephen King thriller. Joyland is a classic king novel with a mix of horror and a dash of supernatural thriller. Taking place in 1973 the story takes place in a small town in a North Carolina amusement park. The protagonist decides to face the towns legacy of brutal murders that will put him on a journey, which alters his life forever. So after you're done with your warm Holiday cheer dive into a great suspense story.

Little Black Jacket
by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld 

Two notorious names in fashion have collaborated an updated version of Chanel’s Little Black Jacket. We have that black little dress and the jacket is just as much a staple piece for your closet. With different versions of the jacket styled for a multitude of A-list actors, singers, and designers, this book is a timeless tribute to Chanel’s vision.

Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style
by Jérôme Gautier 

Chanel's iconic style portrayed through hundreds of images, taken by some of the fashion elite, including Richard Avedon, Gilles Bensimon, Patrick Demarchelier, Horst P. Horst, Annie Leibovitz, Man Ray, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, and Ellen von Unwerth. Gabrielle Bonheur displays her elements of design and defining detail throughout the eleven chapters, comparing the old, new,and forever elegant styles of “Cocco”

Ugly Book ClubKate TaylorUBC