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5 (More) Books to Give as Gifts this Holiday Season

5 (More) Books to Give as Gifts this Holiday Season

5 (More) Books to Give as Gifts this Holiday Season

Bonus: A Subscription to Introverts Retreat Box

5 (More) Books to Give as Gifts this Holiday Season

5 (More) Books to Give as Gifts this Holiday Season

The people at Introverts Retreat Box sent this to me and I absolutely love it! It might be my favorite book box currently available. I am an introvert through and through so that could be one reason why this box really spoke to me. It included a book (obviously), a French-press coffee maker, coffee, several bath and body items, a coin purse, some candy, and a little sign. This box would make a perfect gift for your book-loving best friend!

  1. For the Reader Who Has Everything: A Book from the Picador Modern Classics Collection

“For more than twenty years, Picador has been producing beautifully packaged literary fiction and nonfiction books from Manhattan's Flatiron Building. Our Twentieth Anniversary Modern Classics line pairs iconic books - The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse, Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson, and Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson - with a design that's both small enough to fit in your pocket and unique enough to stand out on your bookshelf.”

5 (More) Books to Give as Gifts this Holiday Season

5 (More) Books to Give as Gifts this Holiday Season

From the publisher: First published in 1993, The Virgin Suicides announced the arrival of a major new American novelist. In a quiet suburb of Detroit, the five Lisbon sisters-beautiful, eccentric, and obsessively watched by the neighborhood boys-commit suicide one by one over the course of a single year. As the boys observe them from afar, transfixed, they piece together the mystery of the family's fatal melancholy, in this hypnotic and unforgettable novel of adolescent love, disquiet, and death. Jeffrey Eugenides evokes the emotions of youth with haunting sensitivity and dark humor and creates a coming-of-age story unlike any of our time. Adapted into a critically acclaimed film by Sofia Coppola, The Virgin Suicides is a modern classic, a lyrical and timeless tale of sex and suicide that transforms and mythologizes suburban middle-American life.

2. For the Poetry-Lover: The Farm by Wendell Berry

5 (More) Books to Give as Gifts this Holiday Season

5 (More) Books to Give as Gifts this Holiday Season

The Farm
By Wendell Berry

From the publisher: First printed in 1995 by Gray Zeitz of the beloved Larkspur Press in Monterey, Kentucky, this gift edition is a beautiful reproduction of Wendell Berry’s book-length poem, illustrated with the original drawings by Carolyn Whitesel.

3. For the Meditator: ZenDoodle Journaling: Creative Reflections

5 (More) Books to Give as Gifts this Holiday Season

5 (More) Books to Give as Gifts this Holiday Season

4. For the Artist: Art Matters Because Your Imagination Can Change the World by Neil Gaiman and Illustrated by Chris Ridell

5 (More) Books to Give as Gifts this Holiday Season

5 (More) Books to Give as Gifts this Holiday Season

From the publisher: A stunning and timely creative call-to-arms combining four extraordinary written pieces by Neil Gaiman illustrated with the striking four-color artwork of Chris Riddell.

“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.”—Neil Gaiman

Drawn from Gaiman’s trove of published speeches, poems, and creative manifestos, Art Matters is an embodiment of this remarkable multi-media artist’s vision—an exploration of how reading, imagining, and creating can transform the world and our lives.

Art Matters bring together four of Gaiman’s most beloved writings on creativity and artistry:

  • “Credo,” his remarkably concise and relevant manifesto on free expression, first delivered in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings

  • “Make Good Art,” his famous 2012 commencement address delivered at the Philadelphia University of the Arts

  • “Making a Chair,” a poem about the joys of creating something, even when words won’t come

  • “On Libraries,” an impassioned argument for libraries that illuminates their importance to our future and celebrates how they foster readers and daydreamers

Featuring original illustrations by Gaiman’s longtime illustrator, Chris Riddell, Art Matters is a stirring testament to the freedom of ideas that inspires us to make art in the face of adversity, and dares us to choose to be bold.


5. For the Creative: 99 Stories I Could Tell You by Nathan W Pyle

(And for a late gift…on sale 12/31!)

5 (More) Books to Give as Gifts this Holiday Season

5 (More) Books to Give as Gifts this Holiday Season

From the publisher: From the bestselling author of NYC Basic Tips and Ettiquette comes 99 Stories I Could Tell, a guided journal with 99 prompts plus a customizable cover. Nathan Pyle takes journalers for a creative ride through the pages of this product--each prompt comes with a mix of black lines (solid boundaries to color) and blue lines (to trace and use as a jumping off point for further imagination. The prompts move from extremely suuportive towards the start of the journal (giving the journaler lots of structure so as not to intimidate them) to more free-form , the idea being that the journalers skills will increase the more they progress.

The prompts themselves are a collection of inventive and humorous trips down memory lane, helping journalers curate and draw their most prized recollections, and also to unearth memories they didn't know they had (a lie you were told as a child that you believed until recently, or the first fictional death you experienced). With a well-honed sensibility for what shares well online and what people are searching for, each of the 99 stories has been chosen because it prompts emotional resonance and will be content people will be excited to share on their social media. The prompts can also be mixed and matched to create all new narratives, the way musical notes can be lined up differently to make new tunes.

Package wise, this journal is a large square, big enough to satisfy doodlers, but light enough to easily fit in a backpack or totebag. The book's jacket is a silk-screened PVC case which adds to the nostalgic feel (reminiscent of a toy); the jacket is also removemable to reveal an uncoated cover where journalers can embellish the design in their own way, making each and every journal totally customizable.

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