12 Gift ideas: A Whole New World

Whether real or armchair travel is in the future, a bookstore can take you to all the corners of the globe! Explore the world with travel guides, like these from Lonely Planet, or learn about another culture from these international authors. Fiction and poetry from all over the world can be found all over our store. Don’t forget about the poetry and fiction anthologies, where you can find curated collections from multiple authors. If someone on your list wants to see the world, you can get them started for the price of a paperback!



  • Travel books from Lonely Planet, various destinations
  • The Pocket Rumi (Persia/present-day Iran & Afghanistan)
    Poetry from the 13th-century scholar, theologian, and mystic who has enjoyed newfound popularity in this century.
  • Modern Islamic Literature
    A compilation of literature from Islamic cultures, from 1800 onward.
  • The Dedalus Book of Estonian Literature
    Classic and contemporary masters of Estonian literature – delve into a lesser-known literary tradition!
  • Empty Set by Veronica Gerber Bicecci (Mexico/Argentina)
    A fresh, wry, and cerebral novel from a young writer and visual artist.
  • Lion Cross Point by Masatsugu Ono (Japan)
    The spare and heartbreaking story of a young boy in rural Japan.
  • Blue Self-Portrait by Naomi Lefebvre (France/Germany)
    During a 90-minute flight, a woman looks back on an affair with a composer in a cerebral, feminist debut.
  • Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Uganda)
    The epic history of Uganda, told through the lens of one clan leader’s descendants…who may or may not be cursed.
  • Snow by Orhan Pamuk (Turkey)
    After years of lonely political exile, Turkish poet Ka returns to Istanbul in this novel from Nobel prize winner Pamuk.
  • Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada (Germany)
    A richly detailed portrait of life in Berlin under the Nazis, telling the sweeping saga of one working-class couple who decides to take a stand.
  • The Golden Age: Poems of the Spanish Renaissance
    Translations and original text of forty key poetic works from the Spanish Renaissance.
  • Out of the Blue: New Short Fiction from Iceland
    Contemporary work displaying the wide array of voices and styles from the tiny nation/literary powerhouse.
  • Twentieth-Century German Poetry
    A bilingual anthology features translations of works by major German poets ranging from Rilke and Brecht to Durs Grunbein and Jan Wagner.
  • The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories
    A major new collection of Japanese short stories, many appearing in English for the first time, with an introduction by Haruki Murakami.


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