Happy Holidays from Gramercy Books!

The Gramercy Books staff has scoured the store! Here’s their list of books for all ages and interests during this holiday season. Don’t forget Bexley Holiday Hop (December 8th) with 25% off all calendars that day, and our December 12th birthday party (we’re 3!!) with 20% off everything in the store, our “grand merci” for your loyal support!


  • The Dutch House (Sept. 24), by Ann Patchett, is a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings. 
  • The Giver of Stars (Oct. 8), by Jojo Moyes, is a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and set in Depression-era America. 
  • The Water Dancer (Sept. 24), by Ta-Nehisi Coates, is a mystical and magical story tied to the journey of American slavery. 
  • Agent Running in the Field (Oct. 22), by John Le Carré, is a brilliant portrait of our time that is emotionally and psychologically true, but it’s a novel for anyone who loves spy thrillers. 
  • Blue Moon (Oct. 29), by Lee Child, the 24th in the Jack Reacher series, is another amazing suspense thriller by a master. 


  • The Body: A Guide for Occupants (Oct. 15), by Bill Bryson, a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body that is a must-read owner's manual for everybody. 
  • Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America (Nov. 5), by Sherrod Brown, a timely history of 20th century American progressivism seen through the work of those who sat at the desk where Senator Brown now sits. 
  • Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness (Nov. 5), by Susannah Cahalan, the journalist and New York Times bestselling author who investigates madness in a gripping true-life detective story.


  • The Contender: The Story of Marlon Brando (Oct. 15), by William Mann, reveals the star and the man in full, including the childhood traumas that reverberated through his professional and personal life.
  • Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years (Oct. 15), by Julie Andrews, is the actress’s reflections of her astonishing career, including such classics as Mary PoppinsThe Sound of Music, and Victor/Victoria.
  • The Education of an Idealist (Sept. 10), by Samantha Powers, is an intimate, powerful, and galvanizing memoir by a Pulitzer Prize-winner and former UN Ambassador. 


  • Joy of Cooking: 2019 Edition Fully Revised and Updated, (Oct. 31): In the nearly ninety years since Irma S. Rombauer self-published the first three thousand copies of Joy of Cooking in 1931, it has become the kitchen bible, with more than 20 million copies in print. This new edition of Joy has been thoroughly revised and expanded by Irma’s great-grandson John Becker and his wife, Megan Scott. 
  • Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over (Oct. 22), by Alison Roman: The social media star, New York Times columnist, and author of Dining In offers unfussy food, unstuffy vibes, and the permission to be imperfect. 
  • Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites (Oct. 24), by Deb Perelman, an award-winning blogger, presents more than one hundred real recipes for real people—those with busy lives who don’t want to sacrifice flavor or quality in their kitchens. 


  • Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders (Oct. 15), by Joshua Foer, Ella Morton, and Dylan Thuras, contains inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust in this new edition with 100 more places added from the original. 
  • The Unique States of America (Sept. 17) put out by Lonely Planet, offers the country’s most iconic and unique destinations and experiences. 


  • The Beautiful Ones (Oct. 29), by Prince, is the coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time in the memoir he began writing before his tragic death. 
  • Blood: A Memoir (Oct. 29), by Allison Moorer: The Grammy and Academy Award-nominated singer-songwriter shares her tragic but inspirational story of an unthinkable act of violence and its ultimate healing through art. 
  • Face It: A Memoir (Oct. 1), by Debbie Harry, lead singer of Blondie, recounts all the grit, grime, and glory of her life and delivers a truly prismatic portrait of a rock icon. 

Ages 4-7

  • The Crayons’ Christmas (Oct. 15), by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers: The Crayons are back and just as charming and funny as ever! 
  • Sofia Valdez, Future Prez (Nov. 5), by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, is the latest in the “girls can do anything” series that began with Rosie Revere, Engineer. 

Ages 8-12

  • Wrecking Ball (Nov. 5), by Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 14), should be on every kid’s want-to-read list. 
  • Guts (Sept. 17), by Raina Telgemeier, is a graphic novel that will comfort any young reader who is anxious or fearful. 
  • White Bird: A Wonder Story (Oct. 1), by R.J. Palacio, is a graphic novel about the power of kindness. 

TEEN, Ages 12+

  • Call Down the Hawk (Nov. 5), is the first in a new trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater. 
  • The Toll (Nov. 5), is the conclusion to the hugely popular Arc of a Scythe trilogy. 


Written by Linda Kass

About the author: I began my career as a magazine writer and correspondent for regional and national publications and am now an assistant editor for Narrative, an online literary magazine. My debut novel, Tasa’s Song, was inspired by my mother’s early life in eastern Poland during the Second World War. It won a Bronze Medal for Historical Fiction from the Independent Publisher Award Program and was a 2016 Foreword INDIES Award Finalist. I am also the proud owner of Gramercy Books, serving all of central Ohio!

Learn more about me on my personal website.