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The GOOD Gift Guide: Non-Self-Help Books That Will Improve Your Life

5 lovely, inspiring, informative books that don’t scream “you need help.”

Under no circumstances should you ever gift someone a self-help book. But giving a present that has the end result of improving the receiver’s life? That just might be priceless. It’s a hard trick to pull off, though. We’ve selected a few nifty, new publications that happen to be both aesthetically dreamy and intellectually stimulating, all but assuring your loved one will be more creative, a better cook, more globally savvy, happier, or perhaps just the coolest person at their next party.

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The GOOD Gift Guide: Gateway Graphic Novels

You don’t have to be a fanboy to enjoy these five great comics from 2014.

It’s 2014—how are you still not reading comics? While the funny pages were once just the domain of muscle men with their underwear on the outside, lasagna-craving cats, and dangerous juvenile delinquents named Dennis, those days are long gone; the comic book medium is now being used to tell pretty much every kind of story there is. Here are some suggestions for those who might not be up to date on what’s going on in the wide world of the graphic novel, a few guaranteed good reads that’ll get you and your friends hooked—soon you won’t want to read any dialogue that’s not in a word bubble. So what are you waiting for? Go be cool and read some comics.

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The GOOD Gift Guide: A Beginner’s Manual for Coffee Table Books

A handy list of coffee table books to buy for anyone looking to add to (or start) their collection.

In most homes, the coffee table serves a variety of purposes—part mail collector, part prop for weary feet, part dining area, part entertainment space, to name a few. Usually within close proximity to a cushy couch or two, it may be the most frequented meeting point in your humble abode. Besides the more functional aspect, though, your coffee table and its contents also say quite a bit about you. Along with the carefully placed knick-knacks, the books you choose to pile upon said table are a representation of your style and interests—actual and aspirational. Sure, your well-curated mixture of tomes may stretch the truth a tad, making you look cooler than you are, but we’ll play along. (Hey, it’s a little like your Instagram, but we’ll shelve that for now.)

If you’re lacking in the coffee table book department, you’re in luck. Here are five selections to beef up your own stack.

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