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Checking the list: From foodies to 'Gilmore Girls' fans, books that make good gifts

Like to give books as gifts? Here's a list of suggestions from Baltimore County librarian Paula Gallagher.
Like to give books as gifts? Here's a list of suggestions from Baltimore County librarian Paula Gallagher. (Steve Ruark/Baltimore Sun Media Group)
Paula Gallagher, a librarian with the Baltimore County system and a regular contributor to the Roughly Speaking podcast, has selected some books that might make good gifts for friends and relatives. She’s categorized titles with recipients in mind -- from the science enthusiast to the home cook and foodie to those who enjoy reading about celebrities, pop culture and history. You can catch Paula’s comments on each of these titles by listening to the first segment of the latest episode of Roughly Speaking. In addition to this holiday list, you can find good books -- many of them fiction -- that Paula recommended earlier this year as a critic on the podcast.

For the Science Enthusiast:

“I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life,” by Ed Yong.

For the Puzzle Enthusiast

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“Cracking the Cube: Going Slow to Fast and Other Unexpected Turns in the World of Competitive Rubik’s Cube Solving,” by Ian Scheffler.

For the Cook:

“The Spice Companion: A Guide to the World of Spices,” by Lior Lev Sercaz.
“Taste & Technique: Recipes to Elevate Your Home Cooking,” by Naomi Pomeroy.
“A Modern Way to Cook: 150+ Vegetarian Recipes for Quick, Flavor-Packed Meals,” by Anna Jones.
“The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook: Entertaining for Absolutely Every Occasion,” by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.
“Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine,” by Sarah Lohman

Pop Culture and Celebrities

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“George Lucas, a Life,” by Brian Bay Jones.
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“Scrappy Little Nobody,” by Anna Kendrick.
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“Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between,” by Lauren Graham.
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“The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests,” by Chris Smith.
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“Born to Run,” Bruce Springsteen.
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For the History Buff

“American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant,” by Ronald C. White.
“William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country,” by James
Lee McDonough.
“Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World,” by Steven Johnson.

For the Modern Art Maven

“Walk Through Walls,” by Marina Abramovic.

For the Fan of All Things Retro

“The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter,” David Sax.
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