6 Literary Gift Books for 2019 Holiday Giving and Beyond

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For the book-lover in your life, here are a half dozen literary gift books — all related, directly or fancifully — to a few of the beloved literary ladies on this site. These 2019 publications (with the exception of the Brontë collection boxed set, late 2018), offer some fresh takes in homage to (or by) some of our favorite authors.

Here you’ll find a beautiful, full-color book on Emily Dickinson’s affinity for gardens and botany; a new collection of words of wisdom from Toni Morrison; quotes from Agatha Christie’s amateur sleuth Miss Marple; a retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice from the standpoint of Charlotte Lucas; a fun compilation of Austen-inspired cocktails; and a beautiful boxed set of the Brontë sisters most iconic novels. 

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Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life
by Marta McDowell

Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life

From the publisher: “In Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life (Timber Press, $24.95), Marta McDowell traces the beloved poet’s life as a gardener and reveals the many ways in which her passion for plants is evident in her extensive collection of poems and letters. The book follows Emily Dickinson’s love of nature and plants through an entire year — forced hyacinth bulbs in winter, saved seeds in the summer, and pressed flowers to include in correspondence.

Packed with contemporary and historical photography, botanical illustrations, excerpts from Dickinson’s letters, and some of her most cherished poetry, this revealing book is a must-have keepsake for Dickinson fans.”

Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life on Amazon*
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The Measure of Our Lives:
A Gathering of Wisdom by Toni Morrison

The Measure of Our Lives - Toni Morrison

The Measure of Our Lives: A Gathering of Wisdom by Toni Morrison, is described by the publisher as: “At once the ideal introduction to Toni Morrison and a lovely and moving keepsake for her devoted readers: a treasury of quotations from her work. With a foreword by Zadie Smith.

This inspirational book juxtaposes quotations, one to a page, drawn from Toni Morrison’s entire body of work, both fiction and nonfiction–from The Bluest Eye to God Help the Child, from Playing in the Dark to The Source of Self-Regard–to tell a story of self-actualization. It aims to evoke the totality of Toni Morrison’s literary vision. The Measure of Our Lives brims with elegance of style and mind and moral authority.”

The Measure of Our Lives on Amazon*
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Murder, She Said: The Quotable Miss Marple

Murder, She Said - the quotable Miss Marple

Murder, She Said: The Quotable Miss Marple by Agatha Christie (William Morrow, $16.99) is described by its publisher: “Christie’s witty and wise sleuth, Miss Marple, takes center stage in this stylishly packaged collection just in time for the holidays. The razor-sharp mind of the world’s favorite armchair sleuth is brilliantly revealed in Murder, She Said, an anthology of Miss Marple insights and bon mots, curated from Agatha Christie’s classic novels featuring the delightful amateur detective.

The perfect addition to the Miss Marple mysteries for both aficionados and new fans, this companion volume also includes Agatha Christie’s illuminative essay, ‘Does a Woman’s Instinct Make Her a Good Detective?'”

Murder, She Said on Amazon*

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The Clergyman’s Wife: A Pride and Prejudice Novel
by Molly Greeley

The Clergyman's Wife by Molly Greeley

Retellings of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen are perennial favorites in the literary world. Most feature the ever‐popular Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, sometimes set in different time periods or new worlds. The Clergyman’s Wife (William Morrow, $15.99) is the first retelling about Charlotte Lucas, and, with its themes of status, love, and loss, will be sure to attract smart women who read, and will resonate with Pride and Prejudice fans.

Engrossing and charming in its own right, The Clergyman’s Wife is full of sharp observations—heartfelt and occasionally subversive‐‐about one woman’s experience of motherhood, marriage, loss, love, and hope in Jane Austen’s 18th century.

The Clergyman’s Wife on Amazon*
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Gin Austen by Colleen Mullaney

Gin Austen by Colleen Mullaney

Another gift for Janeites, Gin Austen: 50 Cocktails to Celebrate the Novels of Jane Austen by Colleen Mullaney (Sterling Epicure, $16.95) is a clever little book celebrating the exquisite novels of Jane Austen with boozy delicacies and attendant wordplay. From the publisher:

“In six enduring novels, Jane Austen captured the fancies and foibles of Regency England, and this book celebrates the picnics, luncheons, dinner parties, and glamorous balls of Austen’s world. Learn what she and her characters might have imbibed, and what tools, glasses, ingredients, and skills you simply must possess. Sample a cocktail from Gin Austen.”

Gin Austen on Amazon*
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The Brontë Collection Boxed Set

The Brontë Collection boxed set

This boxed set features the most iconic works of the Brontë sisters (Arcturus Publishing Limited , $33.49). From the publisher: “Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë were not prolific novelists, but those that they did write have become some of the best-loved works in English literature.

Collected together here are six titles, beautifully bound, that make the perfect introduction to the sisters’ work. They include: Jane Eyre; Agnes Grey; Villette; Wuthering Heights; The Professor, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Moving from the wilds of Yorkshire to small-town France, these are tales of passion and romance.”

The Brontë Collection Box Set on Amazon*

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