Weekly Picks: Gift Books

meditationsThis week we bring you a special edition of our weekly picks as a way of highlighting some of the amazing, beautiful pocket sized books we are carrying at the front desk.  From various publishers, focusing on literary, political, philosophical, and critical theory, the portable well made books make perfect small gifts for any book enthusiast.

The Penguin Great Ideas series are reprints of the some of the most world-changing, influential, and inspirational pieces of literature.  Beautifully packaged to mimic classic typeset broadsides, these lovely books range in price from $8.95 to $10 and include titles such as Where I Lived, and What I Lived For by Henry David Theoreau, Why I Write by George Orwell, and Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.

Also at the front desk are several lovely poetry books from New Directions Publishers: Love Poems by Pablo Neruda, Songs of Love, Moon, & Wind: Poems from the Chinese translated by Kenneth Rexroth, Written on the Sky: Poems from the Japanese translated by Kenneth Rexroth, Book of Hours by Rainer Maria Rilke, and Poetry as Insurgent Art by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. From New Directions Bibelot series we have The Red Notebook by Paul Auster, Everything and Nothing by Jorge Luis Borges, A Devil In Paradise by Henry Miller, as well as works from Dylan Thomas and more from Pablo Neruda. We also hand-picked some of our favorites: Stolen Sharpie Revolution 2 by Alex Wrekk, The Coming Insurrection by The Invisible Committee, Spirited Away: BFI Film Classic by Andrew Osmond, The Wizard of Oz: BFI Film ClassicThis is Water by Salman Rushie, by David Foster Wallace, Insects and Flowers by Maria Sibylla Merian, Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg, Violence by Slavoj Žižek, 33 1/3 Series: Velvet Underground and Nico by Joe Harvard, Venus by Augusten Rodin, and The Bicycle Commuter’s Pocket Guide by Robert Hurst.

Check them out below!


Janina Larenas is the book buyer for the New Book Department. She is a printmaker and book artist who works with a variety of mediums to create narrative imagery. Her pieces range from stickers and posters to science illustration, embroidery to zines, often merging technical crafts with fine art presentation.