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Holiday gift guide 2012: Books

Find holiday gifts for bibliophile pals including a New York noir series, aid for a local bookshop and dinner with Joyce Carol Oates


Hardcover e-book jackets Gone electric but miss the joys of showing off your highbrow tastes? Read Fifty Shades in peace while straphangers see a classic Gatsby or Moby-Dick cover on your iPad or Kindle. Available at outofprintclothing.com, $45


Art of Dining with Joyce Carol Oates This unique happening invites readers into the homes of well-to-do New Yorkers for an intimate dinner with the prolific, sage author. (212-864-5400, symphonyspace.org) December 10; $250

 (Photograph: Jessica Lin)
Photograph: Jessica Lin

Building Stories by Chris Ware The meticulous graphic novelist titillates fans with this architectural collection of 14 strips, books and pamphlets about sad, lonely people. Pantheon Books, $50.


Book or gift certificate from the powerHouse Arena The great Dumbo bookshop was decimated by Sandy. Help its recovery effort by shopping there during its fund-raiser Sat 17! 7 Main St at Water St, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-666-3049, powerhousearena.com)


Five-volume “NYC Noir” set Give a crime fan some local color: Brooklyn publisher Akashic finishes its five-borough mystery series this month with Staten Island Noir, so bag and tag all five. Available at akashicbooks.com, $16 each.

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