Books for Everyone on Your Gifts List

They're easy to wrap. They're the gift that you can open up again and again. But are you having trouble finding a book for that special someone this holiday season?

Fear not!

Sarah Nelson, books editor at O, The Oprah magazine, highlighted on "The Early Show" books that are sure to delight the reader and the non-reader on your list.

Holiday Gift Guide

FOR THE FOODIE ON YOUR LIST - All books priced between $5.95-$40. You don't have to be a chef to appreciate a good cookbook. This section is for anyone who loves food, talking about it, preparing it, eating it!

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**Sarah's gold star goes to: "National Geographic Food Journeys of A Lifetime" from National Geographic - Not a cookbook, but a wish-book for eaters of the best places in the world to eat and buy food, restaurants and markets, $40.
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"Get Cooking: 150 Simple Recipes To Get You Started In The Kitchen" by Mollie Katzen (HarperStudio) - An adorable informative primer for the kitchen-phobe, $24.99.
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"100 Words For Foodies" from the editors of American Heritage Dictionaries (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) - You don't need to cook like a master chef in order to sound like one! A handy pocket guide, $5.95.
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"I "Heart" Macarons" by Hisako Ogita (Chronicle) - Macarons -- the new cupcake? You'll never believe the "toothsome" possibilities of this little pastry that could, $14.95.
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"Mad Hungry: Feeding Men & Boys, Recipes, Strategies & Survival Techniques, Bringing Back The Family Meal" by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan) - Designed for the chef who cooks for men and boys. Recipes tailored for the big(ger) appetites under your roof, $27.95.
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"Mastering Cheese: Lessons for Connoisseurship from a Maitre Fromager" by Max McCalman and David Gibbons (Clarkson Potter) - An essential companion for the cheese lover who fancies him/herself to be an expert, $40.

FOR THE BOOKWORM ON YOUR LIST - all books priced between $25 and $30. If the person on your list loves to curl up with a good book that's all the buzz, look no further. A selection for non-fiction and fiction lovers alike.

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**Sarah's gold star for fiction goes to: the Stieg Larssen books, "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," $14.95 and "The Girl Who Played With Fire," $25.95 (both Knopf) - "The thing about the Larsson books is that they're set in Sweden, and so what might be a typical law and order SVU episode here has a brooding, other-worldly quality.That and the fact that Lisbeth Sander, the heroine, is so weird -- bisexual, tattooed, very geeky -- that she's extremely lovable." - Sarah Nelson

The third book in this series will be published next year.

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"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett (Putnam) - "Early Show" staffers loved this novel about race relations and home economics in the heart of the Deep South of 1962, $24.95.
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**Sarah's gold star for non-fiction goes to: "The Lost City Of Z: A Tale Of Deadly Obsession In The Amazon" by David Grann (Doubleday) $27.50 - "'Lost City of Z' is like a boys' adventure story all grown up. The author - not an outdoorsy, camping type - became as obsessed with the mythical Amazonian culture as the early 20th century explorers he started out writing about." - Sarah Nelson

"When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women From 1960 to the Present" by Gail Collins (Little, Brown) - Whether or not you lived through the "revolution," you know someone who did. Collins of the New York Times starts her tome in the year 1960 (when most American women had to get their husbands' permission to apply for a credit card) and ends with Hillary Clinton's historic presidential campaign, $27.99.

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"Lit: A Memoir" by Mary Karr (Harper/HarperCollins) - You may remember (and love) Mark Karr from her acclaimed childhood memoir "The Liar's Club" In this new memoir the poet/writer, whisks us into her adult life: marriage, parenthood and yep, you guess it: drinking. $25.99.
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"The Source of Miracles: 7 Steps to Transforming Your Life Through the Lord's Prayer" by Kathleen McGowan (Fireside) - On Easter Sunday in the year 2007, the Los Angeles Times reported that two billion people were united by one common denominator: they had all, at one point that day, recited The Lord's Prayer. But what does it mean for the person saying it? This enjoyable read walks you through the seven steps to transforming your life through the prayer that Jesus wrote. $22.00.

For more of Nelson's picks, go to Page 2.

FOR THE HIP, YOUNG READER ON YOUR LIST - all books priced between $12.95-$25 For our children's book holiday round up check out our Saturday Show page. This section focuses on "Young Adult" readers, although the twenty-something on your list will love these cool picks as well.

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**Sarah's gold star goes to: "Tempted" by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast (ppbk ATOM / hc St Martins) $17.99 - "Tempted is a mother daughter effort, which makes it unusual and interesting -- and it's about vampires, the only topic that -- judging by sales of these books -- is the one thing keeping the publishing business undead." - Sarah Nelson
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"Ophelia Joined the Group of Maidens Who Don't Float" by Sarah Schmelling (Plume) - Classic literature meets Facebook! Follow the newsfeeds of your favorite novelists and fictional characters as they join (and quit) Facebook groups, write on their friend's (and frenemies') walls, and post status updates, $15.
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"The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider's Guide to Careers in Fashion" (Razorbill) - Tips, advice, and a veritable feast for the eye direct from the desks from Teen Vogue, $24.95.
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"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" by Jane Austen ($12.95) and Seth Grahame-Smith and "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters" ($12.95) by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters (Quirk) - The Dashwoods and the Bennets have never shown such resolve! As the titles suggest, it's not just the class system they are up against in these Jane Austen adaptations.
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"Tricks" by Ellen Hopkins (Simon & Schuster) - A novel in verse about five teenagers from varying backgrounds who turn to prostitution, a number one New York Times bestseller. $18.99.
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"The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press) - Book one in a trilogy that will have teen readers in the know saying "Bella who?" (We will also have book two "Catching Fire" on set. Book Three will be released this August.) $17.99 (all hc/books).
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"The Satorialist" by Scott Schuman (Penguin) - If a guy walks up to you on the streets of New York, Paris or Milan, introduces himself as Scott Schuman, and asks to take your picture, say yes! Schuman is a 15-year fashion industry veteran and his street fashion photography website is one of the hottest online destinations for fashionistas, now between two soft covers. $25.

FOR THE PERSON ON YOUR LIST YOU WANT TO IMPRESS: STAND OUT "COFFEE TABLE" BOOKS - all books priced between $25-$60. Perfect picks for your holiday host this year, and a safe bet for the kindle/nook/sony enthusiast on your list. This category has it all: FASHION with our First Lady, FAME with Michael, birds and national parks for the NATURE LOVER, and a beautiful new edition of the classic "The Little Prince" - a pop-up version - for the child in all of us.

**Sarah's gold star goes to: "The Original Of Laura" by Vladimir Nabokov, assembled by his son Dmitri Nabokov (Knopf).

Unfinished novel from the author of Lolita, compiled by this son, Dmitri. There are also a lot of great traditional coffee table art books we could mention, and I can if you want, but this is particularly cool because it has notecards and jottings in the book (the note cards actually come out, are freestanding) with the author's thoughts. $35.

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"Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy" by Mary Tomer(Center Street), $25.99.
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"The National Parks: America's Best Idea" by Ken Burns (Knopf), $50.
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"Bird" by Andrew Zuckerman (Chronicle), $60.
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"The Little Prince, Deluxe Pop-Up Book: Unabridged Text" by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry (Houghton Mifflin). $35.
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"Michael" by The Editors of Rolling Stone (HarperStudio), $29.99.

STOCKING STUFFERS FOR THE NON-READER - all books priced between $5-$20... An impressive range of gift ideas: from eco-journals and vintage notebooks to postcards, bad poetry, word games, vegetables behaving badly, notes from jilted lovers, and texts from Obama (not really).

"Obama's Blackberry," Kasper Hauser (Little, Brown) - imaginative parody of our 44th president's emails and text messages.

"Dear Old Love," compiled by Andy Selsberg (Workman) - Anonymous notes to former crushes, sweethearts, husbands, wives and ones that got away.

"Twimericks," Lou Brooks/ (Workman) - limericks meet tongue-twisters in this energetic little tome.

"'B' Is For Bad Poetry," Pamela August Russell (Sterling) - Wouldn't know a good poem if it bit you? This little collection will make you an expert in the bad.

"Someecards" flipbook of 45 postcards for expressing your most irreverent Christmas wishes -- if you have any! If not, there's a companion postcard flipbook: "45 Cards For All Occasions, From Extremely Important To Utterly Important" (Sterling).

"Bent Objects," Terry Border (Running Press) - A photo essay of the "secret life of everyday objects."

Harlequin's 60th anniversary "Perfect Pocket Journals" with fabulous vintage cover art (Harlequin).

Ecosystem Journals (Sterling) - A "greener" and more colorful version of the traditional black moleskin.

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