Authors want books as gifts, too. A number of Penguin Group scribes selected page-turners they’d like to give and get this holiday season. Joni and I were happy to see a familiar title on Sue Monk Kidd’s wish list: Novel Destinations, which she describes as “the ultimate book lover’s travel guide.” 

Coincidentally, right now I’m about halfway through Traveling with Pomegranates, a memoir Sue Monk Kidd wrote with her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor. It’s a lyrical and vivid account of their travels together in Greece and France, as well as their emotional and spiritual journeys. One intriguing aspect of the book is the insight Kidd shares on how she came to write her bestselling debut novel, The Secret Life of Bees.

If you check out the What to Give & What to Get feature, be prepared to take notes for your own wish list. Like Sophie Hannah, I’ll be hoping for Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making by John Curran. And if I were on Randa Jarrar‘s list of recipients, I might be getting Edmund White’s The Flaneur, which, she says, “gives you the feeling you’ve gone for a walk through Paris.” Now that’s a great gift. –Shannon McKenna Schmidt