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Last-minute Valentine’s Day gift idea: Books!

PHOENIX (Olivia’s Book Club) — “This book is not going to hurt you! No disappointments, no creepiness,” jokes Changing Hands book buyer Michelle Malonzo about a gift-wrapped book the store is selling as a “blind date book.” The books are selected by staff. While the books are described on the gift tag, they are not named. The idea is to pleasantly surprise the reader. That’s just one of many gift ideas the avid readers of Changing Hands can recommend this week.

For the fans of young adult fiction, Brandi Stewart recommends “19 Love Songs,” a short story collection by David Levithan. The store’s children’s book buyer points out the tween confidence builder “Find Your Rainbow” journal and workbook, or charming picture books like “Parker Looks Up,” “You Loves Ewe!,” or “Caveboy Crush.” 

[TRY IT WITH TESS: Last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts for everyone you love]

For the adult reader, whether they are a love interest or a best friend, Malonzo’s picks highlight the many ways we experience true love: family, friendship, marriage. Among the recommendations worth gifting, “Maid” is Stephanie Land‘s memoir of a mother’s love overcoming a life of poverty. “We Should All Be Mirandas” is the playful celebration of the most practical character on the hit show “Sex in the City.” Also of note are new releases like Claire Pooley’s “The Authenticity Project” and Richard Roper’s “How Not to Die Alone.” “The Authenticity Project” is about an unusual way strangers decide to open up, while “How Not to Die Alone” is about Andrew, whose

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