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If you’re looking for a gift to give, here are a few suggestions for the holiday season. As a bonus, we’re featuring Substack writers who are also published authors, so you can buy your loved ones a book with a paid subscription to match.
Did you give a gift subscription this year? Share your recommendations with us in the comments!
Crafts & activities
Substack: Stained Page News, a newsletter about cookbooks.
Book: The Austin Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from Deep in the Heart of Texas, a cookbook about the food of Austin, Texas.
Substack: The Daily Respite, a brief interval of relief delivered to your inbox every morning.
Book: Vanishing Fleece: Adventures in American Wool, an account of the yarn-making industry, told through Clara’s cross-country adventure as a knitter in pursuit of the perfect yarn.
Substack: Alien Sideboob, a column with humorous takes on the news and whatever else is on John’s mind.
Book: The Axis of Time, a series of alternate-history fiction that reimagines the outcome of World War II, starting at the eve of Pearl Harbor.
Substack: The Shatner Chatner, a newsletter filled with literary humor and explorations.
Book: Something That May Shock and Discredit You, a mix of personal and cultural history, told through pop culture analysis.
Substack: Cheryl Strayed, a newsletter that includes Cheryl’s “Dear Sugar Letters,” where she answers letters from real people seeking advice.
Book: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, a memoir about piecing one’s life back together on an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike.
Substack: ParentData, a newsletter about pregnancy and parenting-based data.
Book: Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong--and What You Really Need to Know, a series of books that take an evidence-based approach to pregnancy.
Substack: Emily Writes Weekly, a newsletter about parenting, sex and sexuality, and whatever else is on Emily’s mind.
Book: Rants in the Dark: From One Tired Mama to Another, a book for sleep-deprived parents everywhere.
Substack: Chasers of the Light, a newsletter filled with poetry, inspiration, and musings on life.
Book: Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series, a collection of poems typed onto found scraps of paper.
Substack: The Reading, a creative writing advice column.
Book: The Year of Blue Water, a collection of poems about searching for self-knowledge through multiple identities.
Substack: Bad Astronomy, a newsletter for people who want to learn more about Earth, space, and the universe.
Book: Death from the Skies!: The Science Behind the End of the World, a book about the science behind a series of end-of-the-world scenarios, like asteroids and black holes.
Substack: Extra Points, a newsletter that goes behind the scenes of college sports.
Book: What If?: A closer look at college football's great questions, a book about the history of college football's big decisions.
Antonio García Martínez
Substack: Pull Request, a newsletter about tech and culture, written by technologists, for technologists, and about technologists.
Book: Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley, a book about García Martínez’s time working at Facebook on their nascent advertising team.
Substack: Insight, a newsletter for people thinking deeply about the world’s hardest puzzles.
Book: Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest, a book about the internet’s role in modern social movements.