2019 gift guide for book lovers

Here’s what to give every book lover (so, everyone) on your list, from your overachieving bestie to your music-loving dad. Wrap in Cardinal red and pat yourself on the back.

For your dad, who collects vinyl and has the best vibes.

First: Sandra Day O’Connor, an Intimate Portrait of the First Woman Supreme Court Justice, by Evan Thomas.

Music: A Subversive History, by Ted Gioia, ’79, MBA ’83; Basic Books. Meet the revolutionaries behind centuries of musical progress. You’ll never listen to Bach the same way again.

For your awesome mom, who took you to work with her when school was closed.



First: Sandra Day O’Connor, an Intimate Portrait of the First Woman Supreme Court Justice, by Evan Thomas; Random HouseWhen O’Connor, ’50, LLB ’52, took her seat on the court in 1981, she let 40 minutes of oral argument elapse before asking a single question, aware that every move by the court’s first woman would make history. But as she began to speak, the lawyer at the lectern bulldozed ahead and drowned her out. Recalling the moment in her journal, she wrote, “He is loud and harsh and says he wants to finish what he is saying. I feel ‘put down.’ ” In First, Evan Thomas reveals what O’Connor was thinking along the path to becoming the most powerful woman in America.

For your history-buff work spouse, who can’t say no to a WWII novel. 

The World That We Knew, Alice Hoffman, MA ’75; Simon & Schuster. Hoffman spins a rich tale of love and death, good and evil, and ancient magic against the backdrop of Nazi Germany.

Read the full article on the Stanford magazine website.