2023 Winter Gift Guide

We’re celebrating the season by offering 40% off with code SNOW23 now through December 15. Read more to discover our staff favorites, stocking stuffers under $10, and great gifts of all varieties.

If you happen to grab a few books for yourself while you’re here, we won’t tell.

Happy reading!

Perfect Presents

Marisa Siegel, Senior Acquisitions Editor for Trade, recommends Quinn Carver Johnson’s debut collection The Perfect Bastard for readers of poetry, fans of wrestling, and anyone who loves a good underdog narrative. 

Faith Wilson Stein, Senior Acquisitions Editor, recommends Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov’s classic The Twelve Chairs, an uproarious picaresque and scathing satire whose targets for sendup—political, social, and familial—are as timeless as they are timely. (And what do we always end up needing at the holiday dinner table? Another chair!)

Iván Pérez-Zayas, Acquisitions Coordinator, suggests several titles, including Herman Melville’s classic Moby-Dick, or the Whale, Raúl Zurita’s collection of poetry Sky Below, edited collection The Latin American Ecocultural Reader, and Leon Forrest’s virtuosic epic Divine Days.

Courtney Smotherman, Rights, Permissions, and Office Administrator, loves two books that play with the past and how we understand it: Quiet Armor by Stevie Edwards and Secret History by David Barber.

Megan Stielstra, Senior Acquisitions Editor for Regional Titles, thinks everyone should read neck | bone: visual verses by Chicago Poet Laureate avery r. young, Improvisation for the Theater by master teacher Viola Spolin, oh, you thought this was a date? by apocalypse poet C. Russell Price, and Bluebirds Used to Croon in the Choir by Chicago writer Joe Meno.

(And she’d never suggest it herself, but we also recommend you grab copies of Megan’s own story collections: Everyone Remain Calm and Once I Was Cool.)

Staff Recommendations

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