Wrap up these reads for holiday gift giving with perfect under-the-tree picks.

home_books_WhatIf“What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions”

by Randall Munroe (hardcover, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014, 320 pages, $24).

From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.

home_books_HeartNeeds“What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days: 52 Encouraging Truths to Hold On To”

by Holley Gerth (hardcover, Revell, 2014, 256 pages, $13.99).

Whether it’s a bad hair day or a broken heart, Gerth offers hope and encouragement to get us through whatever life brings.

home_books_WinterCocktails“Winter Cocktails: Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks”

by Maria del Mar Sacasa (hardcover, Quirk Books, 2013, 160 pages, $22.95).

When the days grow longer and the air gets crisp, it’s time to gather with friends for drinks that’ll put a rosy glow on your cheeks.

home_books_SecretMuseum“The Secret Museum: Some Treasures Are Too Precious to Display”

by Molly Oldfield (hardcover, Firefly Books, 2013, 352 pages, $35).

Consumed by curiosity about what is behind the closed doors of museums’ back rooms, Oldfield spent two years touring the world in search of the most-extraordinary inventions, legacies and artifacts hidden from the public.

home_books_PostSecret“The World of PostSecret”

by Frank Warren (hardcover, William Morrow, 2014, 288 pages, $29.99).

A ton of secrets, one postcard at a time.

Books provided by the Stark County District Library, www.starklibrary.org

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