13 meaningful books that make thoughtful gifts

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Looking to make an impact this holiday season? Try giving a book that really makes people think! We have pulled together 13 of the most meaningful books that are sure to affect any reader. Plus, there is a book for everyone on your gift giving list from your child, your spouse or a distant friend. You may also find yourself wanting to add a few of these reads to your own library!

Books that leave an impact

1,000 Places to See Before You DieThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying UpThe Giving TreeThe Five People You Meet in HeavenThe AlchemistLove PoemsThe Catcher in the RyeThank You for Being LateSiddharthaMan's Search for MeaningThe Last LectureZen and the Art of Motorcycle MaintenanceThe Sun Also Rises

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10. “Swing Time” by Zadie Smith

“A masterful novel that tackles big issues — race, class, and the ups and downs of long-term friendship — told with a dancer’s grace and ease.”

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9. “Before the Fall” by Noah Hawley

“From the award-winning creator of ‘Fargo,’ a thrilling page-turner about an airplane crash and its seemingly heroic survivors.”

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7. “Another Brooklyn” by Jacqueline Woodson

“A poetic, breathtaking novel about growing up female and black in the 1970s — a time of conflicting pressures and sometimes crushing assumptions.”

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6. “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren

“An inspiring and entertaining memoir about work, life, and love from a plant scientist who is just as adept at analyzing the natural world as she is at illuminating human relationships.”

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5. “Mischling” by Affinity Konar

“Affinity Konar’s beautiful novel about twin sisters who survive Auschwitz is precisely crafted, acutely sensitive, and ultimately uplifting and hopeful.”

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4. “The Nix” by Nathan Hill

“A big, smart novel about so many things: family, politics, revolution, and the things we choose to remember (and forget).”

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3. “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance

“A very personal tour of a segment of our culture that’s losing its way in modern America.”

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2. “The Wolf Road” by Beth Lewis

“Part literary thriller, part western, this is a debut novel about a young tomboy trying to survive a post-apocalyptic wilderness as she searches for her parents.”

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1. “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead

“A brilliant, wise, fantastical yet grounded portrayal of a young slave seeking her freedom on a real underground railroad.”

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