More than 40 Penguin authors are sharing book recommendations for holiday gift-giving as part of Penguin’s What to Give & What to Get campaign. The program, started last year, includes books from any imprint that are new, old, for children and adults.
Elizabeth Gilbert mentions 19th-century classics by George Eliot and Anthony Trollope; Patricia Cornwell singles out Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick (Back Bay, 1995); and Sue Monk Kidd goes with The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Putnam/Amy Einhorn, 2009). Videos are a new component to this year’s program; penguin authors Nick Hornby, Kate Jacobs, Robert B. Parker and Frank Bruni share favorite books by speaking on camera. The videos are posted on the What to Give & What to Get site. A similiar, industrywide program is expected to start after Thanksgiving.