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Episode 293: Holiday Gift Guide 2022

BY MEGAN LABRISE • November 8, 2022

Discover the books you’ll want to give and receive this holiday season.

On our fifth annual Holiday Gift Guide episode, editor-in-chief Tom Beer joins host Megan Labrise for a celebration of the year’s best in art books, cookbooks, deluxe illustrated editions, and more—with help from Kirkus’ editors and two extra special guests.

First, Mary E. Pearson, the New York Times–bestselling author of 10 novels, discusses the illustrated and expanded prequel to her wildly popular Remnant Chronicles trilogy: Morrighan: The Beginnings of the Remnant Universe (Henry Holt, Nov. 29). A must-have for fans—and a heady introduction for newcomers to the Remnant Universe—Morrighan centers on a forbidden love, between a child of the Remnant and a scavenger, that may “[herald] a better future for their fractured world” (Kirkus).

Then, naturalist and explorer Tim Laman, author of Bird Planet (Abrams, Oct. 4)—a prolific National Geographic contributor and 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year winner—tells us what it takes to make dazzling portraits of the world’s birds. (Hint: A not insignificant amount of tree climbing is involved.) Bird Planet features gorgeous reproductions of some of Laman’s best work, including his successful bid to photograph all known species of birds of paradise in New Guinea.

Finally, editors Laura Simeon, Mahnaz Dar, and Laurie Muchnick share some of this season’s hottest gift books. And in a sponsored interview, Megan talks with Julie Fogliano, author of I Don’t Care, illustrated by Molly Ives and Juana Martinez-Neal (Neal Porter Books, Oct. 4): “A friendship book made by friends.…Show you care by sharing this book with others” (starred review).

 

Editors' picks:

The Complete Cookbook for Teen Chefs: 70+ Teen-Tested and Teen-Approved Recipes To Cook, Eat, and Share by America’s Test Kitchen Kids (America’s Test Kitchen Kids)

Luminary: A Magical Guide to Self-Care by Kate Scelsa (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Twelve Dinging Doorbells by Tameka Fryer Brown, illus. by Ebony Glenn (Kokila)

What’s for Dessert: Simple Recipes for Dessert People by Claire Saffitz (Clarkson Potter)

 

Thanks to our adverisers:

The Value Equation by Christopher H. Volk

An Improbable Astronaut by Roy D. Bridges

The Medievalist by Phil Adamo

Praesidium by McKinley Aspen

 

Fully Booked is produced by Cabel Adkins Audio and Megan Labrise

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