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The Nerdiest of Elves

This week, Jeff and Rebecca take a break from the news to talk about what books to give as gifts this holiday season. They answer listener recommendation requests, give general recommendations, and even give recommendations for each other. This episode is sponsored by Random House’s 2013 Holiday Guide.


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Here are the books we recommended, for a whole range of readers:

Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell

The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell

Charlatan by Pope Brock

Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure by Matthew Algeo

Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah Maclean

Fables by Bill Willingham

Provence, 1970 by Luke Barr

Born Round by Frank Bruni

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

Anything That Moves by Dana Goodyear

L.A. Son by Ray Choi

Life is Meals by James and Kay Salter

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Reality Boy by A.S. King

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Troubled Man by Henning Menkel

Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes

The Sparrow by Maria Dora Russell

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Home by Marilynne Robinson

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams

Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway

Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

She Matters by Susanna Sonnenberg

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

Diving Belles by Lucy Wood

Saga by Brian K. Vaughn

Hawkeye by Matt Fraction

The Paris Architect by Charles Baudelaire

The Two Hotels Francfort by David Leavitt

The Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

Department of Speculation by Jenny Offill

I Married You For Happiness by Lily Tuck

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