Giving the gift of words is kind of like buying someone perfume: It's hard to know where to start, harder to know exactly what your gift recipient really likes and distinctly possible you'll end up bringing another white elephant into the world. (Really, just don't ever give anyone perfume. Trust me.) That's why we asked for a little help this year from two of our favorite local booksellers: Garcia Street Books and Collected Works Bookstore. Conveniently, their suggestions are even categorized by gift recipient—so hopefully, you'll know just what to do.

For the geologically and geographically curious:

The Geology of Northern New Mexico's Parks, Monuments, and Public Lands
by the New Mexico Bureau of Geology
Nonfiction, $25.95
A fascinating guide to what lies beneath New Mexico.

An Atlas of Historic New Mexico Maps, 1550-1941
by Peter Eidenbach
Nonfiction, $45.00
For that lovable geek in your family who can see the world as it once was.

For the local historian:
Light, Landscape, and the Creative Quest: Early Artists of Santa Fe
by Stacia Lewandowski
Nonfiction, $44.95
An essential history of the artists who shaped Santa Fe.

Georgia O'Keeffe and Her Houses: Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu
by Barbara Lynes
Nonfiction, $50.00
A new side of Georgia O'Keeffe, through the lens of architecture and form.

Christmas in Santa Fe
by Susan Weber
Nonfiction, $22.00
Weber, of the Plaza's famed Susan's Christmas Shop, offers intriguing background on the local history and culture of the season.

For the thinker:
Both Flesh and Not: Essays
by David Foster Wallace
Nonfiction, $26.99
A new collection of essays by the beloved and recently deceased author.

For the novel-lover:

Flight Behavior
by Barbara Kingsolver
Fiction, $28.99
Classic Kingsolver: a powerful marriage of humanity with its surroundings.

Sweet Tooth
by Ian McEwan
Fiction, $26.95
The New York Times Book Review: "about as entertaining as a very intelligent novel can be and vice versa."

For readers of all ages:

Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom
by Jennifer Holland
Nonfiction, $13.95
The National Geographic photographer pairs stunning images with heartwarming stories.

For the art lover:
Ars Sacra: Christian Art in the Western World
Nonfiction, $200.00 (On sale at Collected Works through Dec. 31 for $150)
This is an enormous, beautiful, richly illustrated book that will be treasured by art lovers.

For the literature lover:
Dear Life: Stories
by Alice Munro
Fiction, $26.95
New short stories by the master of the form.

For the Western fan:
Hard Country
by Michael McGarrity
Fiction, $28.95
An epic novel set in late 19th-century New Mexico, when the West was still wild.

For the cook:
Tasting New Mexico: Recipes Celebrating 100 Years of Distinctive Home Cooking
by Bill and Cheryl Jamison
Nonfiction, $29.95
Tasting New Mexico honors the state's culinary legacy with one hundred recipes from throughout the past century that showcase the best of our cooking. (Throw in a handmade apron, sewn by Collected Works' own Melissa Williams, in the store's cookbook section!)

For the explorer:

The Thrill of the Chase: A Memoir
by Forrest Fenn
Nonfiction, $35
Somewhere in "the mountains north of Santa Fe," Santa Fe resident and larger-than-life character Forrest Fenn has hidden a treasure. This book will tell you where to find it—if you can figure out the clues!

For kids of any age:
The Lost Christmas Gift
by Andrew Beckham
Fiction, $29.95
A unique and breathtaking recreation of the eponymous gift, Beckham incorporates art, maps and historic photographs into this lovely seasonal story.

Stocking stuffer:
Moleskine Rechargeable Book Light
Can't read 'em if you can't see 'em!

202 Galisteo St.

New Mexico: where the West began.
New Mexico: where the West began.
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