A Monthly Update from Penguin Classics: Gift Guide Edition

By Spenser Stevens | December 21 2023 | General

Because what you read matters.


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Greetings and welcome to the publisher’s office for a brief visit into the world of Penguin Classics where our editorial team shares some insight into our daily lives through classics. Meet us over Instagram where we post our newest titles and highlights from our 2,000+ title catalog, perhaps the largest classics dive you can enjoy. But here are some books we’re thinking about right now.

Our annual Penguin Classics Holiday Gift Guide is here! Check out what our editors recommend for your favorite readers. Let us know on social media what you gifted (we’re @PenguinClassics everywhere).

THE COLOR PURPLE—Alice Walker’s novel resonates from page to stage to screen for healing, transformation, and the enduring power of sisterhood. (Elda)

DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP—with the Mateo Romero painting on the black-spine cover of Willa Cather’s classic, a gift for all the art-loving folks in my life. (Elizabeth)

RASHOMON—for the way it foreshadows our age of disinformation, when the truth depends on whom you ask. (John)

THE BEST OF EVERYTHING—the lighthearted, escapist read everyone needs right now. Take it from SJP herself. Whether you love the mid-century working-girl setting or you just started binge-watching SATC, you’ll love the Carrie & Samantha & Charlotte & Miranda prototypes. (Elizabeth)

PENGUIN DROP CAPS—customize a literary monogram to cherish for years out of novels by Shirley Jackson, William Golding, Chang-rae Lee, Salman Rushdie, John Steinbeck, Kazuo Ishiguro, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Amy Tan, and more. (Elda)

PENGUIN CHRISTMAS CLASSICS, PENGUIN CLASSICS MARVEL COLLECTION, and PENGUIN VITAE series (favorites include WINTER IN THE BLOOD and IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES)—for people who love gorgeous, collectible books. (Emma)

For the Classics Core fans, gift something to yourself or a favorite person from our 75 recommended reads. How many have you read?

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Thank you for reading. Come visit us again. Wishing you peace for the holidays and in the new year.

Because what you read matters. – Elda Rotor