Making a reading list and checking it twice

Books by local authors make great holiday gifts.

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Book cover courtesy Simon and Sc

It’s been quite a year for local authors. Pulitzer prizewinning author Geraldine Brooks released her highly anticipated historical novel chronicling the life of King David. West Tisbury library’s Jennifer Tseng made national headlines with her first novel about a small-town librarian who engages in an affair with a 17-year-old patron. Chef and farmer Chris Fischer published his first cookbook of raveworthy recipes, complemented by heartwarming stories of growing up on the Island. Local publishing house Vineyard Stories released its final three books: a group of essays by Pulitzer prizewinner William A. Caldwell, a diary of monthly reflections by the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation’s Adam Moore, and an endearing sketchbook of watercolor scenes and commentaries collected by Gail Rodney.

This holiday season, take your pick from these recent titles by local authors and satisfy the bookworm, foodie, historian, sports enthusiast, poet, or whoever else is on your gift list. Check Bunch of Grapes in Vineyard Haven and Book Den East in Oak Bluffs for local availability.

“The Secret Chord,” by Geraldine Brooks. Hardcover, 302 pages, $27.95.

“Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness,” by Jennifer Tseng. Paperback, 272 pages, $16.

“The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook: A Year of Cooking on Martha’s Vineyard,” by Chris Fischer with Catherine Young. Hardcover, 320 pages, $35.

“Jib’s Hat: A Collection of Short Stories,” by Jib Ellis. Paperback, 102 pages, $10.00.

“Reflections on Martha’s Vineyard,” by Tom Dunlop. Paperback, 144 pages, $19.95.

“A Year on Martha’s Vineyard,” by Adam Moore. Paperback, 120 pages, $19.95.

“A Martha’s Vineyard and Chappy Sketchbook,” by Gail Rodney. Hardcover, 76 pages, $24.95.

“Misfit Blues,” by Michael G. West. Paperback, 194 pages, $14.95.

“The Head of the Snake: The ISIS Assault on Martha’s Vineyard,” by Chris Knowles. Paperback, 242 pages, $9.99.

“The Immigrant: One from My Four Legged Stool,” by Alfred Woollacott III. Paperback, 416 pages, $15.99.

“Divine Alignment: How GodWink Moments Guide Your Journey,” by SQuire Rushnell. Paperback, 272 pages, $14.99.

“Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” by Atul Gawande. Hardcover, 304 pages, $26.

“The Fiction Writer’s Guide to Dialogue: A Fresh Look at an Essential Ingredient of the Craft,” by John Hough Jr. Paperback, 144 pages, $14.95.

“More Money than God,” by Richard Michelson. Paperback, 80 pages, $15.95.

“The Dog Who Saved Me,” by Susan Wilson. Paperback, 352 pages, $15.99.

“Poison Ivy: A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery,” by Cynthia Riggs. Hardcover, 304 pages, $25.99.

“The Food Activist Handbook: Big & Small Things You Can Do to Help Provide Fresh, Healthy Food for Your Community,” by Ali Berlow, foreword by Alice Randall. Paperback, 320 pages, $17.95.

“Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine,” by Dr. Louis W. Sullivan. Hardcover, 288 pages, $29.95.

“A Singular Mission,” by the Rev. Judith Campbell. Paperback, 248 pages, $16.95.

“Martha’s Vineyard: A History,” by Tom Dresser. Paperback, 176 pages, $21.99.

“The Wright Brothers,” by David McCullough. Paperback, 336 pages, $17.

“The Healer: A Doctor’s Crusade Against Addiction and AIDS,” by Beny J. Primm, M.D. Paperback, 182 pages, $14.99.

“Standards Matter: The Why and What of Common Core Standards in Reading and Writing,” by Katherine Scheidler. Paperback, 92 pages, $12.95.

“Clara Bow Died for Our Sins,” by Arnie Reisman. Paperback, 84 pages, $20.

“Valentines and Other Tragedies: Poems,” by M.R. Baird. Paperback, 68 pages, $19.95.

“Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women,” co-edited by Mia Bay, Farah J. Griffin, Martha S. Jones, and Barbara D. Savage. Paperback, 320 pages, $27.95.

“Stepdog,” by Nicole Galland. Paperback, 416 pages, $14.99.

“Emily in the Here and Now,” by Holly Nadler. Paperback, 228 pages, $15.