A Monthly Update from Penguin Classics

By Spenser Stevens | December 16 2021 | GeneralLiterature

Because what you read matters.


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Welcome to the annual Penguin Classics Holiday Gift Guide! Check out what our editors recommend for the different people in your world. And if you’d like to explore more, here’s our list of 75 recommended reads—some familiar and some surprising—to lead you to rewarding journeys through the expanses of the Penguin Classics shelves. Let us know on social media what you’re gifting (and are hoping to get!) this holiday season (we’re @PenguinClassics everywhere).


For the one who loves a good story from page to screen: Passing by Nella Larsen


For the one who keeps building their personal canon: Penguin Vitae


For the one who gravitates toward sci-fi sagas: Dune by Frank Herbert


For the one who knows that poetry is not a luxury: The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde


For the one who seeks wonder and fantasy: Monkey King by Wu Cheng’en


For the one who collects the season’s most timely classics: The Penguin Christmas Classics