Harper: Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

Grumpy Christmas List: What to buy your 20- to 30 something curmudgeon for "The Holidays," (as she/he insists on calling it)

Hi parents. As you know, I hate receiving gifts. But you're sentimental and incorrigible and I'm willing to compromise. Here are the things you can buy me that I won't scoff at:

 Leuchtturm1917, A5-sized, dotted journal $19.95 -- The paper is top-quality which is perfect for journaling all my top-quality thoughts. Plus, there are page numbers. Make sure you buy the dotted one and not the plain one.

 Pithy retro magnet $4.75 -- I like the kind with vintage portraits paired with some sassy remark about coffee or men. Please buy me only one, not ten, and don't let it be an underhanded remark about how I haven't provided you with sufficient grandchildren.

 David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium -- It's a book I wouldn't buy for myself. Yes, ok, mostly because of the price. But I need it for my Sedaris shrine.

 Any book by Roberto Bolaño. He's Chilean. I haven't read any of his books, but I want to be the kind of person who reads Roberto Bolaño in public.

 First Editions Book Club -- Malaprop's has a subscription service where you get sent a signed first edition every month. It's the only way to guarantee you're buying me something I don't already own. malaprops.com/malaprops-first-edition-book-club.

 Mary Oliver Devotions – There’s a new collection of Mary Oliver’s work with more than 200 poems in it. This one is a no-brainer. 

 The Little Book of Hygge -- Remember that phase where I was obsessed with minimalism? Well now I'm obsessed with cozy things, and that's what the Scandinavian lifestyle called Hygge is all about (pronounced "hoo-gah" Please don't embarrass me).


A calendar -- Because phones

Any book you loved -- I won't

Gag gifts -- I'm not 4

Clothes -- Just don't