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Black Friday Book Buying Guide

9780140143454L.jpgJust in time for the annual post-Thanksgiving gift-buying spree that American retailers insist on calling “Black Friday,” Penguin has published an author-driven gift guide for literary types.

The What To Give & What To Get guide features 37 big writers explaining which books they want for the holidays and which books they will give as gifts. Some highlights:

Wall Street guru Michael Lewis is staying a million miles away from gloomy financial books this holiday season–giving Philip Pullman’s mystical series His Dark Materials to his friends while asking for Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers as a gift.

At the same time, Julia Alvarez is giving her family Can’t Remember What I Forgot: The Good News from the Front Lines of Memory Research by Sue Halpern and hoping somebody will give her a copy of Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama. (Via Jacket Copy.)

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