101 Brooklyn Gifts: Your Holiday Guide 

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BAM: The Complete Works
Available at Greenlight Bookstore at BAM’s Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene $65
This limited edition tome contains more than 350 photographs of BAM productions and performers from the last 150 years, from Enrico Caruso through Laurie Anderson.


Literary Brooklyn
Available at Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Fort Greene $17
Evan Hughes explores Brooklyn’s literary history, moving from Walt Whitman to Henry Miller to Truman Capote to Jennifer Egan.

Missed Connections
Available at Word, 126 Franklin Street, Greenpoint $13.95
Brooklyn-based illustrator Sophie Blackall uses Craigslist missed connections, many from encounters in Brooklyn, as a basis for gorgeous ink and watercolor representations. For a seemingly thin and gimmicky premise, the book is unexpectedly moving and wonderful.

Brooklyn Magazine yearly subscription
Available at bklynmag.com $9.99
Yes, we publish this glossy quarterly, but we wouldn’t publish it if we didn’t stand so firmly behind it. It’s a smart, impeccably designed portrait of all things Brooklyn.

1Q84, by Haruki Murakami
Available at the Community Bookstore, 143 Seventh Avenue, Park Slope $30.50
It’s a Brooklyn gift because The New Murakami is one L train accessory that never goes out of style.

n+1 Subscription
Available at nplusonemag.com $30
Now more than ever. How do you think they’ll pay for Gessen’s bail?

420 Characters by Lou Beach
Available at WORD, 126 Franklin Street, Greenpoint $22 Each story story began as a Facebook status update (hence the title), fleshed out in the author-illustrator’s retro-collage style. For the brilliant procrastinator in your life.

Brooklyn Lit Mag Three-Pack
Available at Spoonbill and Sugartown, 218 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg
For a cross-section of borough literary culture, remarkably originating from the home offices of dedicated part-timers, sample the poems and pretty pictures in the lovingly handmade ‘zine birdsong; the rising MFAs side-by-side with dead Nobel Laureates in The Coffin Factory; and the interviews with coattail-dragging contemporary novelists in Slice. 

The Ecstasy of Influence, by Jonathan Lethem
Available at BookCourt, 163 Court Street, Cobble Hill $19.57 Now that the Bard of Boerum Hill has decamped for sunny California, you can only hear him bandy about the names of his beloved genre authors and Aussie indie-pop bands if you buy this new essay collection (or, we suppose, if you imagine his voice).

In the Presence of Absence by Mahmoud Darwish
Available at Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Fort Greene $16
This autobiographical narrative from the late great Palestinian poet is the latest of his works to be published in English by Archipelago Books, the Gowanus-based literature-in-translation press.

We the Animals, by Justin Torres
Available at WORD, 126 Franklin Street, Greenpoint $18
The mixed-race kids of two Brooklyn-born parents grow up wild in upstate New York, in this acclaimed debut novel from a former bookstore clerk and psychic bane to current bookstore clerks.


Other People We Married by Emma Straub
Available at BookCourt, 163 Court Street, Cobble Hill $10.47
BookCourt’s own Emma Straub, the friendliest bookseller in town, spins a collection of short stories from the perspective of a people-person. Flawed-yet-forgivable characters stay with you long after you finish the final yarn.

Newtown Creek: A Photographic Survey of New York’s Industrial Waterway by Anthony Hamboussi
Available at Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Fort Greene $55 For five years, seemingly only on overcast days, Brooklyn-based photographer Anthony Hamboussi took beautiful photos from the banks and bridges of Newtown Creek, capturing its industrial activity, urban ruins and toxic, toxic waters.


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