What Books are the ABA Team Gifting This Year? – BTW
This year, Bookselling This Week surveyed the staff of the American Booksellers Association to find out what books and non-book items they are giving as gifts this holiday season. Here are their answers (names in alphabetical order):
Lauren Anastasio, Member Relations and Registration Coordinator
What I’m Giving: I love gifting Menus: A Book for Your Meals and Memories by Jacques Pépin (Mariner Books). It’s kind of a menu journal/guest book with illustrations by Jaques Pépin where you can record what you served at holiday dinners and who attended, and guests can write their own notes. I think it’s a beautiful way to remember the holidays that doesn’t involve social media
Kate Brennan, Membership and Data Coordinator
What I’m Giving: My younger sister has recently shown an interest in reading and has requested milk and honey by Rupi Kaur (Andrews McMeel Publishing). I also gifted myself a couple of books already, Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath by Heather Clark (Knopf) purchased at Book Club. The other book is The Gnome Stories by Ander Monson (Graywolf Press) from Community Bookstore. The cover was adorable, I couldn’t pass on it!
Ray Daniels, Chief Communications Officer
What I’m Giving: I am sad to say I only have one friend who really reads anything aside from news and magazines. I am gifting him An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (Algonquin Books). My niece loves Doc McStuffins, so she will get something from that series.
Phil Davies, Director of IndieCommerce
What I’m Giving: I’m sending A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Penguin Books) to my uncle in Colorado.
Gen de Botton, ABC Children’s Group Manager
What I’m Giving: Taking supply issues very much to heart, I completed my holiday shopping by mid-November, and every book I bought, I gifted to myself. It was a holiday miracle when Third Place Books went above and beyond to get me a signed copy of Dave Grohl’s The Storyteller (Dey Street Books), and I couldn’t walk out of Paper Boat Booksellers the other day without Stuntboy, in the Meantime by Jason Reynolds and illustrated by Raúl the Third (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books). At the close of 2021, there is only one thing left on my wishlist: More bookshelves.
Greg Galloway, Director of ABA Technology
What I’m Giving: I’m gifting the yet-to-be released Screaming for Vengeance by Judas Priest, Chris Mitten (Illustrator), …….