Christmas Gift Ideas: Stocking Stuffers Galore!

With the gift-giving session of Christmas only a week away, some of you may find yourselves completely unsure about what to get for that difficult-to-please reader you know as a friend/colleague/relative. Consider some of the following from the photos below. We’ve got a selection that can appease fiction lovers, philosophy lovers, foodies and those who like to read outside of the proverbial mainstream. Check it out:


Fiction-lovers will undoubtedly be pleased to find one of these popular writers’ lesser-known titles in their gifts:

 Penguin Modern Classics ($5 each!):

 D.H Lawrence’s Odour of Chrysanthemums

William Trevor’s The Mark-2 Wife

H.G. Wells’s The Door in the Wall

Jean Rhys’s La Grosse Fifi

Henry James’s The Beast in the Jungle

Katherine Mansfield’s Bliss

Malcolm Lowry’s Lunar Caustic

M.R. James’s Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book

Stefan Zweig’s Chess

James Joyce’s Two Gallants

Isak Dinesen/Karen Blixen’s Babette’s Feast

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Babylon Revisited

G.K. Chesterton’s The Strange Crime of John Boulnois

Saki’s Filboid Studge, the Story of a Mouse That Helped

Ian Fleming’s The Living Daylights

Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s Hell Screen

Hans Fallada’s Short Treatise on the Joys of Morphinism


Now for the musing philosopher or foodie in your family or circle of friends/colleagues…

Penguin Great Ideas & Great Food Series ($10 each):


William James’s On a Certain Blindness in Human Beings

David Hume’s On Suicide

Soren Kierkegaard’s Fear & Trembling

Arthur Schopenhauer’s On the Suffering of the World & The Horrors and Absurdities of Religion

Seneca’s On the Shortness of Life

Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own

St. Augustine’s Confessions of a Sinner



Colonel Wyvern’s Notes From Madras

Alexandre Dumas’s From Absinthe to Zest: An Alphabet for Food Lovers


Next on our list of suggestions is the publisher New Directions‘ Pearl Series. Excellent authors with excellent book design… While we try to refrain from using the following adjective for bookselling, this series is indeed sexy.

New Directions’ Pearl Series (from $10.99 to $12.50)

Robert Walser’s The Walk

Victor Pelevin’s The Hall of the Singing Caryatids

Nikolai Gogol’s The Night Before Christmas

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s On Booze

Yukio Mishima’s Patriotism

Javier Marias’s Bad Nature, or With Elvis in Mexico

Yoko Tawada’s The Bridegroom Was a Dog

Lampedusa’s Places of My Infancy

Jorge Luis Borges’s Everything and Nothing

Roberto Bolano’s Antwerp


Or if you think the reader you might have in mind is looking for the latest, let them get a head-start on our next Featured Publisher Melville House (starting January 2013). We have selections from both their Art of the Novella series and the Contemporary Art of the Novella:

Melville House Press Books’ Art of the Novella ($11 to $16)


Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Beach of Falesa

Mary Shelley’s Mathilda

Mark Twain’s The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg

Charles Baudelaire’s Fanfarlo

Benjamin Constant’s Adolphe

Giacomo Casanova’s The Duel

Italo Svevo’s The Nice Old Man and the Pretty Girl

Miguel de Cervantes’s The Dialogue of the Dogs

Machado de Assis’s The Alienist

William Dean Howells’s A Sleep and a Forgetting


Imre Kertesz’s The Pathseeker

Lore Segal’s Lucinella

Alejandro Zambra’s Bonsai


Suffice to say, there’s plenty to choose from!

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