This year, give books: 66 books from 2013 you won’t want to miss

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We won’t waste time trying to justify why you should buy books; if you’re in the books-are-dead crowd, you’re probably not reading this. But if you agree that books still matter, you already know that they are the perfect present – they can help pass an hour or change the direction of a life. What other gift has so much power?
Not socks, that’s for damn sure.

And hey, we’re no purists; fit each book to its use. You’ll want to experience The Wes Anderson Collection in all its weighty coffee-table beauty, whereas some of our more prosaic cookbook picks may be most useful in the kitchen as a Kindle edition. Just remember, it’s tough to fetchingly wrap a wireless transmission. — Jessica Bryce Young