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Kobo's 2019 Holiday Picks

By Kobo • December 23, 2019Kobo in Conversation Podcast

In this special episode of Kobo in Conversation, Kobo staff share their top book recommendations for the holiday season.

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

Courtney says Three Women is journalism that reads like juicy fiction about quiet everyday stories of female lives that often go unspoken. She recommends this to anyone who gravitates toward strong female voices.

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More Than This by Patrick Ness

Carmen couldn't put this dark page-turner down and recommends it to anyone looking for mature YA science fiction.

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Wilder Girls by Rory Power

From the moment she picked this book up, Allyson spent every waking moment thinking about it. She recommends it to fans of dystopian fiction, particularly The Hunger Games and Divergent.

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The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched the Quant Revolution by Gregory Zuckerman

Kobo CEO Michael enjoyed this book chronicling the career of Jim Simmons and the rise of Renaissance. He recommends it to those who are interested in investing and finance.

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What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture by Ben Horowitz

This book gets into the nuts and bolts of how business culture gets created. Michael recommends this book for those who are running a business and/or people managers.

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Me by Elton John

Zack recommends this audiobook to anyone who is a fan of Elton John and is wondering whether they want to get into audiobooks, because it's a great reflection of how wonderful the medium can be.

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Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

Michelle loves this book because it's hands-on, accessible, and easy to apply. She recommends it for anyone who wants more for themselves but has a hard time pushing themselves toward their goal.

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Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino

Elizabeth enjoyed Jia Tolentino's way of bringing controversial topics together and trying to make sense of them. She recommends this book to millennials who exist on the internet and enjoy Roxane Gay and Joan Didion.

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The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

Laura thinks this book would appeal to anyone looking for a page-turner full of family drama. She recommends reading it before it premieres as a series with Amy Adams.

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Marina thinks this sci-fi/fantasy is one you should take your time with. She found it very moving, magical, and rewarding and recommends it to readers who enjoyed Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane or Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Shadow of the Wind.

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Chameleon Aura by Billy Chapata

Viknesh enjoyed this book of poetry focused on creating and keeping an aura that is bright for yourself. He recommends this book to people who like poetry, but also those who like self-help and self-improvement.

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More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) by Elaine Welteroth

Cristina was drawn to More Than Enough because she was familiar with Welteroth's career at Teen Vogue and her role in transforming it into a cultural icon. She recommends this book to anyone interested in celebrities and fashion, and women who are career focused.

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The Century Trilogy by Ken Follett

Nastaran enjoyed this gigantic historical epic following five different interrelated families throughout history and recommends this to any history buff.

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In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado

Deandra can't stop recommending this genre-bending memoir chronicling an abusive relationship. She recommends gifting this book to those avid readers on your list who seem to have read everything.

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The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by Steve Brusatte

Nathan deems this "a layperson's guide to what's going on with dinosaurs." He recommends this to readers that watched Jurassic Park, are into and thrilled by dinosaurs, and are peripherally aware of and interested in paleontology.

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Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang

Nathan can't recommend this collection of "gems" highly enough. He found each short story to be its own experience within a unique "technological realism" genre.

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We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer

CEO Michael found this book had the biggest personal impact on him this year. He recommends this to anybody interested in the environment and worried about climate change.

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American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard

This book is an entirely new look at the American political landscape, and how that landscape came to be. Michael recommends this for the American history aficionado, those deeply interested in the Civil War, and people who can't pull themselves away from CNN, CNBC, or Fox News.

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The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff

Ben found The Mastermind fascinating in its form as both biography and investigative journalism chronicling the life and many crimes of Paul Le Roux. He recommends this to anyone who enjoys true crime, international drug empires, and stories with twists that you can't quite predict.

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Inside Out: A Memoir by Demi Moore

Erin found this to be a reflective and eye-opening look into the depths of Demi Moore.

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