The Book Riot Podcast, #50: Gift Recommendations for Moms, Dads, and Grads

Jeff O'Neal

CEO and co-founder

Jeff O'Neal is the executive editor of Book Riot and Panels. He also co-hosts The Book Riot Podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @thejeffoneal.

Jeff O'Neal

CEO and co-founder

Jeff O'Neal is the executive editor of Book Riot and Panels. He also co-hosts The Book Riot Podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @thejeffoneal.


The Book Riot Podcast, Episode #50: Gift Recommendations for Moms, Dads, and Grads

In this special episode, Jeff and Rebecca field listener book recommendation requests for gifts for moms, dads, and grads. This episode is sponsored by Oyster and our own summer tshirt.


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Links discussed in the show:

Book Riot Podcast Holiday Gift Guide

Swiss Army Recommendations

Books Mentioned

Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown

Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway

Doc by Mary Doria Russell

The Sister Brothers by Patrick deWitt

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

Dare Me by Megan Abbott

Out by Natsuo Kirino

The Hunters by James Salter

Zone One by Colson Whitehead

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Possession by A.S. Byatt

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn

The Martian by Andy Weir

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

Deployment by Phil Klay

What It Is Like To Go To War by Karl Marlantes

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

Living with a Wild God by Barbara Ehrenreich

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Arcadia by Lauren Groff

When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams

Cowboys Are My Weakness by Pam Houston

The Siren by Tiffany Reisz

The Rules of Scoundrels series by Sarah MacLean

Provenance by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo

You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney

The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Stiff by Mary Roach

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The Group by Mary McCarthy

Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Beowulf on the Beach by Jack Murnighan




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