The all-time best books to give and who gives them, compiled from Tory Daily’s past and present Book Issues.


A Hole Is to Dig by Ruth Krauss
John Derian

A Man of the People by Chinua Achebe
Duro Olowu

A Way of Life, Like Any Other by Darcy O’Brien
Alex Kuczynski

A Wonderful Time by Slim Aarons
Anna Dello Russo

A. B. C. by Marlene Dietrich
Lesley M. M. Blume

All the Clothes of a Woman by Hans-Peter Feldmann
Leanne Shapton

American Freak Show by Willie Geist
— Willie Geist

The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook
— Eleni Gianopulos, Eleni’s New York

An Eye for Design by Allegra Hicks
Allegra Hicks


Billy Baldwin Decorates by Billy Baldwin
— Deborah Needleman

Blindness by José Saramago
Mario Batali

Bluets by Maggie Nelson, The Beauty of the Husband by Anne Carson
Stephanie Danler

Beloved by Toni Morrison
Lauren Groff


Creature by Andrew Zuckerman
— Amy Astley

Consider the Oyster by M.F.K. Fisher
Dana Goodyear

Country by Jasper Conran
— Pilar Guzmán

Country Girl by Edna O’Brien
— Tina Brown

Cupcakes and Cashmere by Emily Schuman
— Emily Schuman


Diana Vreeland: An Illustrated Biography by Eleanor Dwight
Jason Wu

Dominion by Matthew Scully
Kathy Freston

D.V. by Diana Vreeland
Booth Moore


Farm City by Novella Carpenter
— Sally Singer

Finishing the Hat by Stephen Sondheim
Frank Rich

Fraud by David Rakoff
Sloane Crosley


Geography by Hendrik Willem Van Loon
— Joan Julien Buck

Ghost Light by Frank Rich
— Alex Witchel

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
— Deborah Aaronson

Goldwyn: A Biography by A. Scott Berg
— Jeff Klein


Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
— Christy Turlington Burns

Hamptons Gardens by Jack de Lashmet
Aerin Lauder

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Karen Finerman


I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg
— Bonnie Morrison

I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris
— Kaley Cuoco

Isabel Toledo by Valerie Steele and Patricia Mears
Narciso Rodriguez


Jackie: A Life in Pictures by Yann-Brice Dherbier and Pierre-Henri Verlhac
— Michelle Adams

Jacques Garcia: Decorating in the French Style by Franck Ferrand
Bronson van Wyck

Just Kids by Patti Smith
Hanneli Mustaparta


La Technique by Jacques Pepin
— John DeLucie

Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein by Marguerite Duras
— Virginie Mouzat

Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
— Gabe Doppelt

Lift by Kelly Corrigan
— Kelly Corrigan

Love by Yves Saint Laurent
— Ana Maria Pimentel

Lulu by Lulu de Kwiatkowski
Lulu de Kwiatkowski


Maggie’s Harvest by Maggie Beer
— Samantha Marcus Yanks

Mirror of Venus by Wingate Paine
Jennifer Livingston

Model Home by Eric Puchner
— Elin Hilderbrand

My First Loves by Ivan Klíma
— Margaret Betts

My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.
— Ji Baek


Naples ’44 by Norman Lewis
Matt Tyrnauer

Nobility of Spirit: A Forgotten Ideal by Rob Riemen
Mark Sarvas


One Flight Up by Susan Fales-Hill
— Amy Fine Collins

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
Nina García


The Penguin Poets Series by Stephen Russ
— Jacob Weisberg

Photographs 1961-1967 by Dennis Hopper
— Emanuele Della Valle

Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
— Roman Alonso

Polaroids, 1971-1986 by Andy Warhol
— Joe Zee

Poolside by Slim Aarons
Kelley Lilien


Scavullo on Beauty by Francesco Scavullo
Amanda Brooks

Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations by Andrew Bolton and Harold Koda
— Kate Foley

Scruples by Judith Krantz
— Hillary Kerr

Secrets of the Sommeliers by Rajat Parr, Jordan Mackay and Ed Anderson
— Jessica Rowe

Sometimes I Feel Like A Nut by Jill Kargman
Jill Kargman

Spécialités de la Maison by American Friends of France
— Alexandra Kotur

Style by Kate Spade
— Christene Barberich


The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
— Cindi Leive

The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook by Alice B. Toklas
— Kevin West

The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake
— Doug Keeve

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
— Dree Hemingway

The Fear by Peter Godwin
— Joanna Coles

The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln
— Lea Carpenter

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Nathan Turner

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Jennifer Egan

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
— Bette Franke

The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
Ann Brashares

The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono
Shala Monroque

The Nine Rooms of Happiness by Lucy Danziger and Dr. Catherine Birndorf
— Lucy Danziger

The Royal Portraits by Cecil Beaton
— Suzy Menkes

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
— Cooper Ray

The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers
— Jennifer Walsh

The Sharp Time by Mary O’Connell
Laura Moriarty

The Time In Between by María Dueñas
— Elizabeth Chandler

The Unexpurgated Beaton by Cecil Beaton
David Netto

The Weight of the World by Peter Handke
Katie Kitamura

The World in Vogue: People, Parties, Places by Alexandra Kotur
Fiona Kotur Marin

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
— Ariel Foxman

Them by Francine du Plessix Gray
— Karla Martinez de Salas

Todd Eberle: Empire of Space by Todd Eberle
Todd Eberle

Town/Country by Geoffrey Zakarian
Geoffrey Zakarian

True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh
— Lauren Bush Lauren


Undateable by Ellen Rakieten and Anne Coyle
— Adam Glassman


Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People by Hamish Bowles and Calvin Klein
Carolina Irving


Walter Albini and His Time by Maria Luisa Frisa and Stefano Tonchi
— Stefano Tonchi

We the Animals by Justin Torres
Fatima Farheen Mirza

World on Fire by Amanda Foreman
— Marina Rust

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