When it comes to stocking stuffers, a book may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But there are actually lots of diminutive books out there that bibliophiles of all sorts would be thrilled to find among the candy and fruit and trinkets in their stockings. Like these:

FOR LITERARY FOLKS

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The Thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald Edited by Dave Page A fascinating peek into the boyhood diary of the beloved author when he was only 14 years old and living in St. Paul, Minnesota. Crushes, school drama, tell-tale signs of an emerging writer—it's all there. Includes photographs.

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marktwainA Mark Twain Christmas By Carlo DeVito Twain may be well known for his snark, but when it came to his family and celebrating the holidays, he was all heart. This heartwarming book allows readers to drop in on the Twain family during three different holiday seasons: 1875, 1908 and 1909. A treat for bibliophiles and Christmas lovers.

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tequilamockingbirdTequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist By Tim Federle Is there a more perfectly matched pair than literature and cocktails? This super-fun book features 65 book-inspired, ingeniously named cocktail recipes, like Rye and Prejudice, Bridget Jones's Daiquiri, The Last of the Mojitos, A Rum of One's Own and Are You There, God? It's Me, Margarita.

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wordbirdsWordbirds: An Irreverant Lexicon for the 21st Century By Liesl Schillinger Because the English language is ever-evolving, Schillinger offers up this amusing glossary of newly minted words that everyone should know. Like, if you overhear your co-workers calling you a wordpecker, you don't want to be clueless. Hint: it's not a compliment.

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schottenfreudeSchottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition By Ben Schott Speaking of glossaries, this clever one comes from the author of Schott's Original Miscellany. It features more than 100 German compounds that apply to various "human conditions," such as entlistungsfreude, for "the sense of satisfaction afforded by crossing things off lists."

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sylviaplathdrawingsSylvia Plath: Drawings Introduction by Frieda Hughes This charming book—which will likely only fit in super-super-size stockings—features Plath's impressive artwork drawn from 1955 to 1957, during which she was a Fulbright scholar at Cambridge and falling in love with Ted Hughes.

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FOR REFLECTIVE TYPES

stitchesStitches: A Handbook On Meaning, Hope and Repair By Anne Lamott A moving meditation on the search for meaning and strength to overcome tragedy and other challenges, from the beloved and best-selling author of Help, Thanks, Wow and Some Assembly Required.

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thinkhappybehappyThink Happy, Be Happy More than 30 different artists contributed to this little gem that is sure to bring a smile to its recipient. The bright, colorful—and let's face it, simply cheerful—art is accompanied by inspirational and encouraging phrases, and fun tidbits, recipes, playlists and list lists.

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fourdoorsThe Four Doors: A Guide to Joy, Freedom, and a Meaningful Life By Richard Paul Evans Best-selling novelist Richard Paul Evans offers four guiding principles for people looking to overcome struggles, realize their dreams and live more fulfilling lives.

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FOR READERS WHO LOVE TO LAUGH

downtontabbyDownton Tabby By Chris Kelly This hilarious, cat-centric parody of the ever-popular "Downton Abbey" will have fans of the show LOL-ing. Particularly amusing are the "uninvited by necessary words from the dowager," including such gems as "Don't make a fuss about breaking things like vases. Darting from the room as if shot by a gun is apology enough."

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throwthedamnballThrow the Damn Ball: Classic Poetry by Dogs By R.D. Rosen, Harry Pritchett and Rob Battles From the writers of Bad Dog comes this delightful collection of poetry "written" by dogs. The book is full of droll canine homages to the most classic and well-known poems by the likes of Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson and William Carlos Williams. Perfect for dog lovers.

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100ghosts100 Ghosts: A Gallery of Harmless Haunts By Doogie Horner A book with 100 illustrations of ghosts may sound bizarre, but, trust me, these super-creative and imaginative ghost versions of Marilyn Monroe, a nudist, a ventriloquist, a jellyfish and all of the others are guaranteed to amuse.

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truehistoryofartThe (True!) History of Art By Sylvain Coissard and Alexis Lemoine

Ever wondered what made Mona Lisa smile, what made Munch's man scream in horror or why Cézanne is wearing a bandage in his self-portrait? This book offers simply hilarious visual depictions of what might have happened just prior to what you see in some of the most famous and iconic works of art.

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FOR THE INQUISITIVE

howtotieascarfHow to Tie a Scarf By Potter Style Yes, there are actually 33 (and likely even more) ways to tie a scarf. Featuring classic methods and truly innovative ideas, this gorgeously illustrated guide will turn any woman into a stylish fashionista with merely a few twists and knots.

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lonelyplanetphotographytipsLonely Planet's Best Ever Photography Tips By Richard I'Anson Written by an expert with more than 30 years of experience and whose work has appeared in more than 500 Lonely Planet travel books this pocket-size guide offers 55 tips for taking the best pics, whether you're using your phone or professional equipment.

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ukulelehandbookThe Ukulele Handbook By Gavin Pretor-Pinney and Tom Hodgkinson This fun book is packed with just about everything you'd ever want to know about ukuleles—from its history to famous players to instructions on how you can learn to play in six weeks to a songbook of 14 tunes to work on to hone your new skill.   Readers, are you hoping to find any of these books in your stocking Wednesday morning?  

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