The Hold List: Editors’ wish list

Posted by the editors of BookPage on December 03, 2018

Hint, hint to all our friends and family, because we know you’re reading this every month: These are the books we’d most love to receive as a holiday gift. Our bookshelves might appear to be overflowing, but there’s still room—we promise.


Päntsdrunk by Miska Rantanen

When I first heard of this book, I was sure it was an elaborate (yet delightful) joke. So I was utterly overjoyed to learn that drinking alone in one’s underwear is in fact a real, cherished Finnish pastime. I would like—no, I deserve to be gifted Rantanen’s guide to the glories of staying in, if only to read it forcefully aloud to the next friend who dares to suggest I join them for an early morning hike. —Savanna, Editorial Assistant


Radiant by Traer Scott

I have a dream of living on an estate with a bunch of farm animals one day, but for now, there are these beautiful portraits of endearing and delightful animals, many of whom were rescued from dire situations. Each photo is accompanied by a biography describing the happy animals’ personalities—like Henri the turkey, who loves grapes, or Bean the goat, who sleeps at the foot of his mom’s bed. —Lily, Associate Editor


The History of Graphic Design: Vol. 2 by Jens Müller

Covering the 1960s to today, Müller’s second volume in a comprehensive global history of graphic design is packed with gorgeous images and information on the innovators and movements in visual communication. From iconic advertising and brilliant subway maps to eye-catching product packaging, this 480-page volume and its 3,500 designs are a visual data nerd’s dream. I am that nerd, and I want this book. —Stephanie, Editor


Just Kids: Illustrated Edition by Patti Smith

In her National Book Award-winning memoir, the inimitable Smith tells the story of her romantic and endlessly creative life with acclaimed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The newly added photographs, which Smith admits were difficult to track down, make this already cinematic story even more evocative. Smith has had a particularly powerful impact on my life, and I relish the opportunity to wade back into this work. —Hilli, Assistant Editor


Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq

Poetic fragments, scraps from dream journals and other observations fill the pages of this revolutionary work from Inuit throat singer Tagaq. A wild and terrifying amalgam of myth and memoir, it tells the story of a teenage girl living in a small Nunavut community in the 1970s, and something about the way Tagaq seeks healing by staring directly at violence and trauma reminds me of the work of poet Warsan Shire. —Cat, Deputy Editor

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