Unofficial NYRB Holiday Gift Guide December 13, 2022

We included an “unofficial and rather unorthodox gift guide” in our December monthly newsletter and decided to repost it here. Find books for some very specific people in your life using the lists below.

For Those Who Want to Change the World

For that noble friend or family member who is always listening to public radio, reading thoughtful nonfiction, and canvassing for human rights and environmental issues.

  1. Bright Unbearable Reality by Anna Badkhen
  2. Memoirs of a Revolutionary by Victor Serge
  3. Wilding by Isabella Tree

For the Lover of Myth and Epic

Think House of Dragons devotees or the young ones in your life who have discovered Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series.

  1. After by Vivek Narayanan
  2. The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson
  3. Seasons of Splendour by Madhur Jaffrey

For the Naturalist

These books will delight those who love their animals and the natural world. 

  1. Bambi by Felix Salten
  2. Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson
  3. D’Aulaires’ Book of Animals by Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

For Les Enfants Terribles

For the rebels, the provocateurs, the pushers of envelopes. You know the ones. 

  1. The Drunken Boat by Arthur Rimbaud
  2. Ringolevio by Emmett Grogan
  3. Loretta Mason Potts by Mary Chase

For the Romantic

For those who preach the message of love above all. 

  1. Gold by Rumi
  2. Love Sonnets & Elegies by Louise Labé
  3. Ooh-La-La (Max in Love) by Maira Kalman