Get lost in these pages
Staring at your phone in bed late at night is slowly killing you (maybe; probably). Instead, use this handy clip-on LED light to read things printed on paper in the dark.
“Killers of the Flower Moon”($28.95)
Reading history doesn't have to feel like eating your vegetables. David Grann, best-selling author of “The Lost City of Z,” released one of the best nonfiction books this year: “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.” It's a tragic, spellbinding read.
amazon.com, local bookstores
“They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us” ($11.99)
Writer, poet and sometime Alive contributor Hanif Abdurraqib recently released this collection of essays through local publisher Two Dollar Radio, and the reviews so far have been stellar. “Abdurraqib finds a way to connect with the reader in every single essay,” one critic wrote. Plus, picking up a copy as a gift is a good excuse to visit Two Dollar Radio's new headquarters.
Two Dollar Radio Headquarters
1124 Parsons Ave., South Side
100 Essential Novels Scratch-Off Chart($35)
Even your most bookish friend probably hasn't read all 100 novels on this chart, which features hand-drawn designs of each cover. Once a book has been completed, scratch off the gold foil to reveal more detail underneath.
‘Go Away. I'm Reading.' dust jacket(Free)
Writer/blogger Erin Bowman and her friends realized that every time they began to read, someone or something would inevitably interrupt. So they made 14 printable dust jackets in downloadable, PDF format with sayings like, “Go away. I'm reading.” and “Shh. I'm in book mode.”