With so many digital formats for reading, best-selling mystery writer Laura Lippman says she “more than ever likes to give people books,” particularly first editions she finds at her local Royal Books and ones people wouldn’t have found by themselves. One of her favorite discoveries is Armistead Maupin’s “The Night Listener.” It’s about truth and whether the truth matters, a subject Lippman, the author of 18 novels, says fascinates her. $14 at barnesandnoble.com.
In addition to her Kit- chenAid Stand Mixer, Lippman finds “How to Cook Everything” by Mark Bittman indispensable for anyone who likes to cook. She keeps a copy in her homes in Baltimore and New Orleans. $20.24 at amazon.com.
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“The Art Book.” Gorgeous, lush photos make this book a treat for bibliophiles. The alphabetically organized guide features 600 works by painters, photographers and sculptors from the 13th century to now, many of which can be seen in museums, including the Corcoran and the National Gallery in Washington. $59.95 at phaidon.com.