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Here are the books that authors Michael Connelly, Jodi Picoult, Paula Hawkins and John Green will be giving to their friends and family this year.
1. “Two Kinds of Truth” author Michael Connelly’s recommendation: “Wonder Valley” by Ivy Pochoda
“The book I am giving away this holiday season is ‘Wonder Valley’ by Ivy Pochoda,” Connelly told ABC News. “It’s set in L.A. It’s beautifully written. It’s got a lot of mystery.”
2. “Small Great Things” author Jodi Picoult’s recommendation: “Breaking Bread” by Martin Phillip
Picoult said she is giving a copies of the book this year. “Not only is it a beautiful cookbook, but it is a beautifully written memoir about how baking has woven through Martin’s life,” she told ABC News.
3. “The Girl on the Train” and “Into The Water” Paula Hawkins’ recommendation: “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng
Hawkins said that she will be gifting a copy of Ng’s new book this year, describing it as “a wonderful novel.”
4. “Turtles All The Way Down” and “The Fault in Our Stars” author John Green’s recommendation: “Piecing Me Together” by Renee Watson
“This holiday season, the book I’m giving out to friends is ‘Piecing Me Together’ by Renee Watson,” Green said. “I hope none of my friends are watching.”
If you’re still searching for book recommendations, ABC News’ Michael Strahan, George Stephanopoulos, Paula Faris and Adrienne Bankert exchanged books live on “GMA” today.
Here are the ones they chose:
“Higher Is Waiting” by Tyler Perry
Strahan gave Faris “Higher Is Waiting,” described as a spiritual guidebook that draws on inspiration and experiences from Perry’s upbringing in New Orleans to today and how he has relied on his faith to guide him through hard times.
“Sneakers” by Rodrigo Corral, Alex French, Howie Kahn
Stephanopoulos picked out “Sneakers” for Strahan. The book goes inside the $85 billion dollar a year sneaker industry and features photos and interviews with industry gurus, influencers and celebrity sneaker lovers.
“You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are” by Rebekah Lyons
Faris gave Bankert “You Are Free,” a Christian lifestyle book.
“Grant” by Ron Chernow
Bankert gave Stephanopoulos the latest book by Chernow, the acclaimed biographer of Alexander Hamilton. In his latest biography, Chernow dives into the life of Ulysses S. Grant.
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