If anyone in your family loves history, the Civil War, or simply a great and suspense-filledl read, order Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Started the Civil War by Tony Horwitz.
This riveting account of a successful act of domestic terrorism committed by a fanatic who achieved more than he ever dared dream in his defeat opens the years before the Civil War to the non-specialist as few books about the War ever attempt to do.
And for the motorcycle adventurer in your life –or even the would-be adventurer who probably couldn’t get the kickstand to go up– get a copy of the charming There & Back Again To See How Far It Is, the account of an Englishman lost (sort-of) in America atop his new Harley. Very few people get to live their Hog fantasy. Tim Watson did, and with a very English sense of humor, lays out the path you or you friend might want to follow.