Penguin asked its stable of writers what books they plan to give friends during the holidays, and what books they'd hope to receive. Here's a quick sampling. And if you want to list your own gift ideas, feel free to add them to the comments below.
Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, is giving The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. And so, too, is Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma). It won the Pulitzer after all.
Friends of Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) will be getting The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman. And, in turn, they may be giving her biographies of great adventurers like Captain Cook and Ernest Shackleton. (Personally, I'd recommend Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage. Great read.)