'GMA' Gift Guide: Best Books for Holiday Gifts


"The Rembrandt Affair," by Daniel Silva

In this page-turner, Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and spy, is on the job when a Rembrandt is stolen. He soon learns the prized painting is connected to a host of atrocities, from Nazi Germany to terror threats today.

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"Hell's Corner," by David Baldacci

David Baldacci is back with another installment in the Camel Club series. In this thriller, a bomb goes off across the street from the White House and retired CIA assassin Oliver Stone has to figure out who did it. Baldacci, who's penned 19 consecutive bestsellers, has lost no steam in his latest title, according to Kaplan.

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"An Object of Beauty," by Steve Martin

Actor and comedian Steve Martin takes readers inside New York City's glamorous art world through the lens of heroine Lacey Yeager. The ambitious Yeager begins at Sotheby's with an entry-level job and is determined to break into the highest tiers of the business.


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Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy

Take home the series by late author Stieg Larsson. The trilogy, all of which were published after his death, has become a publishing and pop culture phenomenon. At the center of the series is Lisbeth Salander, a bisexual, butt-kicking hacker and unlikely heroine.

The books should be read in order, starting with "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," then "The Girl Who Played With Fire," and last, "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest."

Penguin Classics

From William Shakespeare to Charles Dickens, give the gift of classics this Christmas. Penguin packaged seven hardcover editions of its classic works and updated them with linen paper and patterned covers that give an old-world feeling. Titles include "The Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint," by William Shakespeare; Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings" and "Oliver Twist;" "Little Women," by Louisa May Alcott; Dante's "Inferno;" "The Woman in White," by Wilkie Collins; and "The Hound of the Baskervilles," by Arthur Conan Doyle.

The Harry Potter Books

The magical world of Harry Potter is the perfect holiday gift for kids to grow into. The heart-pounding, often harrowing tales of a young wizard and his friends battling the forces of evil has sold more than 400 million copies and become a worldwide phenomenon. Now, almost 12 years after the publication of J.K. Rowling's first book, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," Scholastic has packaged all seven books in paperback or hardcover boxed sets.


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"Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters," by Marilyn Monroe

"Decoded," by Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter

"Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage," by Hazel Rowley

"The Elephant to Hollywood," by Michael Caine

"Glory In The Fall: The Greatest Moments in World Series History," edited by Peter Golenbock


"Ann Beattie: The New Yorker Stories," by Ann Beattie

"Rescue," by Anita Shreve

"Full Dark, No Stars," by Stephen King

"The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey," by Walter Mosley

"American Assassin," by Vince Flynn

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