Look Me In The Eye: My Life With Asperger's by John Elder Robison
This is an incredible first-person account of what it's like to navigate an already difficult childhood while also dealing with Asperger's. Robison is the older brother of Augusten Burroughs, who has written extensively about their unconventional (and frankly horrifying) family life. Robison gives us a bird's eye view of how Asperger's compounded the problems he faced in an abusive home, but also provided him with a ticket out. We follow him through his adult years, as he negotiates relationships, parenthood, and careers that put his unique abilities to amazing use.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Cirque des Reves appears without warning, is only open from dusk until dawn, and disappears again just as suddenly. It is full of wonder and amazement, and its devotees follow it across the globe hoping for a chance to experience it again and again. No one suspects, however, that the magical atmosphere is exactly that - magic. Beneath the beautiful facade, the circus is a battleground between two magicians, Marco and Celia, whose mentors have bound them to their mysterious competition. Their admiration for one another's creations grows into a forbidden love that threatens to destroy everything and everyone they touch. This is the perfect winter holiday read. Grab a cup of cocoa, a warm blanket and enjoy!
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
Even if Westerns aren't your genre, give this one a try. Told from the point of view of Eli Sisters, a reluctant hired killer enduring a particularly tricky job with his brother Charlie, it is a dark tale that is touching, hilarious, and occasionally even beautiful. One of the jacket reviews said it best: "I can't recall ever being this fond of a pair of psychopaths".
Debt-Free Forever: Take Control of your Money and your Life by Gail Vaz-Oxlade
Gail Vaz-Oxlade is the straight-talking host of Til Debt Do Us Part, and she brings that same bottom-line pragmatism to this book. Find out how to manage consumer debt, plan for retirement, and get real about your financial well-being.
My Milk Toof: The Adventures of Ickle and Lardee by Inhae Lee
My Milk Toof is the story of what happens when your baby teeth come back to visit. Follow Ickle and Lardee's adventures through Lee's beautifully staged intricate photographs. This is such a delightful book - a sure bet for kids and adults alike!
The Queen's Lady by Barbara Kyle
Honor Larke has escaped a life of extreme hardship to become the ward of Sir Thomas More and a lady in waiting to Queen Catherine of Aragon. After witnessing a horrible atrocity, she risks everything - and enters into a reluctant alliance with the reckless Richard Thornleigh - to bring down the man she thought she'd never betray.
River Monsters: True Stories of the Ones that Didn't Get Away by Jeremy Wade
Jeremy Wade will put your best fish stories to shame. In this book, the host of Animal Planet's River Monsters takes you behind the scenes of some of the best episodes of the series, and introduces you to some of the most dangerous, most intriguing - and often misunderstood - creatures on earth.