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Holiday Shopping Ideas from New Directions’ Staff

Books Make Great Gifts

Of course, chances are that if you're reading this, you may well agree with that sentiment, so let's get straight to the point: With so many books to choose from, we thought we would offer our own suggestions as you finish up (or just start) your holiday shopping for the readers in your life. 

And if you'll indulge us for another moment, we'd also like to suggest that you support your local independent bookstore this holiday season. Times are tough, to put it mildly, and they'll appreciate it more than we can possibly imagine. 

As the redeemed Scrooge pledges at the end of A Christmas Carol, "endeavour to assist your struggling family."

Happy holidays from all of us at New Directions.

 


Lightning Rods, by Helen DeWitt

Laurie says:

A brilliant, smart, thoughtful, laugh-out-loud funny take on sex in America’s corporate world. It’s the best of American dry, wicked humor.

Read more about it here.

 


The Seamstress and the Wind, by César Aira

Kelsey says:

My favorite Aira. Only he could make a story about monsters, a lost wedding dress, and a runaway semi truck this hilarious and terrifying.

Read more about it here

 


Birds, Beasts, and Seas: Nature Poems from New Directions

Jeffrey says:

An eclectic, global collection of nature poems from ancient times to the present.

Read more about it here

 


Memories Look at Me, by Tomas Tranströmer

Tom says:

The Nobel laureate's poetic memoir in a stocking-sized edition.

Read more about it here.

 


Nox, by Anne Carson

Declan says:

Anne Carson brought "Nox" to us a couple of years ago, and we couldn’t say no. It’s a beautiful object to behold. It’s also a heartbreaking homage to her brother, who died and left an emptiness.

Read more about it here.

 


The Hour of the Star, by Clarice Lispector

Laurie says:

A new translation and the real, breathtaking, "aha!" reason why she’s still rated one of Latin America’s top writers. Beautiful.

Read more about it here

 


The Microscripts, by Robert Walser

Barbara says:

Thanks to Christine Burgin, who created such a stunningly gorgeous book, this wins the New Directions Beauty Pageant: and on top of its pulchritude, the unforgettable contents — wonderfully translated by Susan Bernofsky — pull your heartstrings.

Read more about it here.

 


The Night Before Christmas, by Nikolai Gogol

Declan says:

An unforgettable Pearl by Gogol; a great, lively read for Christmas or for any time of year.

Read more about it here.

 


Monsieur Pain, by Roberto Bolaño

Barbara says:

One of his most strange and enthralling novels: the tarot cards, Spanish spies, the strange movie-going, and I love the fish tanks. I think it may be his most  tender novel.

Read more about it here

 


A Season in Hell & The Drunken Boat, by Arthur Rimbaud

Michael says:

The original Alvin Lustig cover, with a new introduction by Patti Smith. What else do I need to say.

Read more about it here.

 


By Word of Mouth: Poems from the Spanish, 1916-1959, translations by William Carlos Williams

Tom says:

From perhaps America's greatest poet, translations from all over the Spanish-speaking world, done to both introduce the poets to an American audience, and broad the scope of American poetry. Even diehard WCW fans won't have this collection yet. 

Read more about it here

 


The Colors of Infamy, by Albert Cossery

Michael says:

Albert Cossery is a "classic" New Directions author. Though first published by us in the '40s and '50s, we are excited to have rediscovered this Egyptian-French author with this short and humorous novel.

Read more about it here.

 


Good Offices, by Evelio Rosero

Jeffrey says:

A page-ripping, suspenseful tale of murder and redemption set in a church in present-day Colombia.

Read more about it here.

 

 


Driven to Abstraction, by Rosmarie Waldrop

Kelsey says:

Waldrop's poems are full of geometry, wit, and grace, with words that spark like electricity. 

Read more about it here

 


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