Gift Ideas from Renate

ABC Gift Ideas 2015Every year we present you with our Gift Ideas: books, magazines, games or merchandise that we think would make great gifts in the December month.

This year we decided to introduce all our buyers to you at the same time.  That way, if you want an expert, you’ll know exactly who to turn to in which store.


Gift Ideas 2015 from Renate

Renate works in Amsterdam, and is the buyer for the Fiction, Essays, Poetry, and Memoirs sections.

Gift Ideas on display in the picture above:

What books from the list above do you want to highlight?

“Since these are Gift Ideas, I picked beautiful books, both on the inside and the outside.  I’m a big fan of Clarice Lispector, and this New Directions edition of her Complete Stories is just gorgeous.  And The Early Stories of Truman Capote is also an ideal gift book.

“I haven’t read much fiction this year, but from the novels I did read, The Vegetarian really stood out.  It was published in Korea in 2007, but not translated into English until this year.  An amazing story.

Between the World and Me I can also recommend.  It is a very confronting essay-slash-memoir, written as letters to his son, about what it is like to be black in the US.  It is a book everyone should read.”

What soon-to-be-released title do people need to pre-order?

“Faber and Faber will be re-issuing I Love Dick by Chris Kraus.  It’s a cult feminist novel – really good and funny, too.”

More buyers with their gift ideas will be presented on the blog every day. An overview post can be found here.