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!

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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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8. "Pumpkinflowers" by Matti Friedman

"An unforgettable nonfiction account of men changed by war, told in a voice that is both straight forward and undeniably literary."

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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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