What We’re Giving: Holiday 2023

Elegant gift-wrapped box with a golden ribbon, surrounded by star confetti, symbolizing the spirit of giving for holiday 2023.

In need of inspiration for your holiday gift lists? Team Celadon shares the books they’re giving to friends and family, including cookbooks, literary fiction, art tomes, and more.

A novel titled "cutting for stone" by abraham verghese, depicted with an artistic cover featuring a figure holding a red umbrella walking through a lush, flower-filled forest. below the title is a small photograph of the author, a woman smiling warmly, wearing glasses.

Cutting for Stone

By Abraham Verghase

“I am going to give everyone in my family a copy of Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghase because you just can’t be related to me if you haven’t read this gorgeous family saga.” —Deb Futter, President and Publisher

A woman with a content smile cooking in a homely kitchen, surrounded by wooden utensils and a rustic aesthetic, represents the essence of 'big heart little stove' by erin french, celebrating home-cooked meals and cherished moments.

Big Heart Little Stove

By Erin French

“A lot of my friends and family love to entertain, and I can’t think of a better gift than Erin French’s new cookbook, Big Heart Little Stove. Erin is the chef-owner of The Lost Kitchen in Freedom, Maine, and her book is the perfect combination of simple recipes for every day or entertaining, along with tips for making a warm and loving environment. She even gives suggestions for food styling, place settings, and flowers. A great gift for the home cook in your life.” —Rachel Chou, SVP, Associate Publisher

A promotional graphic featuring the cover of a biography about a legendary basketball player, known by his nickname "magic," set against a dynamic yellow background with a large stylized rendering of his nickname, while the athlete is holding a basketball mid-action. a smaller image of a man with glasses, presumably the author, is included near the bottom right.


By Roland Lazenby

“A shameless plug for a book that I edited and love. But it truly is a great gift for that basketball fan in your life!” —Ryan Doherty, Editorial Director

Promotional artwork featuring the distinct urban realism of edward hopper, paired with a portrait of an appreciative admirer.

Edward Hopper's New York

By Kim Conaty

“My family is full of artists and art lovers, so my first stop for holiday shopping is usually a museum bookstore. This year, I’m eyeing Edward Hopper’s New York to give to my husband, who is a huge Hopper fan and loved the Whitney’s most recent exhibit of the artist’s work.” —Jennifer Jackson, Executive Director, Marketing


By R.F. Kuang

“It’s a quick, captivating read with a powerful voice, and there’s plenty to talk about afterward.” —Erin Cahill, Manager of Studio Art

A smiling woman is overlayed in the bottom right corner on the cover of a book titled "the starling house" by alix e. harrow, accompanied by an emblem indicating it's a reese's book club selection.

Starling House

By Alix E. Harrow

“This book blew me away—I’m giving it to all my friends who loved Rebecca or Mexican Gothic. It truly is such a gorgeously written book about the scars of history and the hard work of those who try to break cycles. I couldn’t put it down!” —Sandra Moore, Marketing Assistant

The image is a creative portrayal of a book cover for "the frugal wizard's handbook for surviving medieval england" by brandon sanderson. integrated into the design is a circular inset featuring a monochromatic photograph of a smiling woman, suggesting that she may be connected to the book, possibly as the author, a character, or a reader associated with it. the book cover is styled with a mix of fanciful and old-fashioned typography and decorative elements that evoke a sense of whimsy and historical charm.

The Frugal Wizard's Guide for Surviving Medieval England

By Brandon Sanderson

“I’m gifting The Frugal Wizard’s Guide for Surviving Medieval England to my father this holiday season. As he’s a big fan of Robert Jordan and Robert Asprin, I think this Brandon Sanderson title will hit just the right spot. Time travel, medieval times, magic... What more can you ask for?” —Yelizaveta Rogulina, Intern

A book cover for "little thieves" by margaret owen, featuring a stylized illustration with a central figure surrounded by an assortment of mystical creatures and motifs, overlaid with a circular portrait of a smiling young woman at the bottom.

Little Thieves

By Margaret Owen

“I’m giving Little Thieves to a friend for our annual book exchange. This fairy-tale retelling is filled with witty banter that made me laugh out loud. The main character, Vanja, is fierce and capable — you can’t help rooting for her!” —Megan Draper, Intern

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