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Coffee Table Books, 2015

These are the coffee table books that have been popular at bookstores this year or that have been picked by those who keep track of new coffee table books. Books to set out on your coffee table are among the most attractive books that are published each year.


Photographer retrospectives seem to be top choices each year, along with decorating books and travel books. I wish I could include a graphic for every recommended publication, but it would take too long. These adult picture books make wonderful gifts for Christmas or any special occasion. This short list of links will offer even more alternative selections.

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Compiled by Nancy Brisson


Coffee Table Books 2, 2013 – The Amazon List

Coffee Table Books That Sold Well in 2013 – Amazon

Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

Art That Changed the World by DK

Meggs History of Graphic Design by Philip Meggs and Alston W. Purvis

Dancers Among Us: A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday by Jordan Matter

Le Livre Blanc (cookbook) (not home cooking) by Anne-Sophie Pic

An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Danny Gregory “Artists, Illustrators, and Designers

Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips by National Geographic (2007)

Post Secret: Extraordinary Confession from Everyday Lives by Frank Warren (2005)

Underwater Dogsby Seth Casteel (2012)

National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs by Annie Griffiths (2010)

If…(Question For the Game of Life) by Evelyn Mcfarlane and James Saywell (2007)

Chanel: Collections & Creations by Daniele Bott (2007)

World’s Best Travel Experiences: 400 Extraordinary Places by National Geographic and Andrew McCarthy

Dogs by Lewis Blackwell and Tim Flach

Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs by Ansel Adams and Andrea Stillman (2007)

The Most Scenic Drives in America, Newly Revised and Updated: 120 Spectacular Road Trips by Editors of Reader’s Digest (2012)

Fashion: 150 Years of Couturiers, Designers, Labels by Charlotte Seeling (2012)

National Geographic 125 Years: Legendary Photographs, Adventures, and Discoveries That Changed the World by Mark Collins Jenkins (2012)

Lost Balls: Great Holes, Tough Shots, and Bad Lies by Charles Lindsay (2005)

New York: Portrait of a City by Revel Golden (2010)

Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People by Hamish Bowles and Calvin Klein (2007)

The Art Book: New Edition by Editors of Phaidon (2012)

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier by Ree Drummond (2012)

The Things that Matter by Nate Berkus (2012)

Visions of Earth: National Geographic Photographs of Beauty, Majesty, and Wonder (National Geographic Collectors) by National Geographic (2013)

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (Metropolitan Museum of Art) by Andrew Bolton, Solve Sundsbo, Tim Blanks, Susannah Frankel (2011)

Great Houses of the South by Laurie Ossman and Steven Brooke (2010)

Kate Spade New York: Things We Love: 20 Years of Inspiration, Intriguing Bits and Other Curiosities by Kate Spade New York and Deborah Lloyd (2013)

Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project about Dogs and Physics by Theron Humphrey (2013)

Vogue: The Lovers by Dodie Kazanjian and Hamish Bowles (2011)

Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style by Jerome Gautier (2011)

Lonely Planet Travel Book by Lonely Planet (2011)

More Than Human by Lewis Blackwell and Tim Flach (2011)

Stoner Coffee Table Book by Steve Mockus (2011)

Paris: Portrait of a City by Jean-Claude Gautrand  (2012)

Fifty Places to Play Golf Before You Die: Golf Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations by Chris Santella (2012)

Life in Color: National Geographic Photographs by Susan Hitchcock, Annie Griffiths, Jonathan Adler (2012)






Coffee Table Books I – Great Christmas Gifts

Barnes and Noble Coffee Table Books

I think that coffee table books make great Christmas gifts and so I usually look around the Barnes and Noble and Amazon websites to compile a list of possible books, books that usually contain full color photos that are blown up large enough to fill a whole page, books that will make you feel like you are visiting a museum (almost). These books can entertain us again and again and can be left out to entertain guests while we make tea (or coffee). What follows here is the coffee table books that have been popular at Barnes and Noble recently. I also have a similar list for Amazon which I will publish later. Barnes and Noble brick and mortar stores usually have a few tables piled with discounted coffee table books that were popular in the past. These are hardcover books and some of them are quite hard to pass up. These discounted books represent a greater variety of topics than the list that follows with more titles that might interest the men in our lives.

Fashion by Akiko Fukai

The Vatican by Anja Grebe

Suzanne Kasler: Timeless Style by Suzanne Kasler

Genesis by Sebastiao Salgado

Veranda: The Art of Outdoor Living by Lisa Newsom

Pharrell: Places and Spaces I’ve Been by Pharrell Williams

Tom Scheerer Decorates by Mimi Read

Dior Glamour: 1952-1962 by Mark Shaw

Thomas Pheasant: Simply Serene by Thomas Pheasant

Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell by Brian May (from Queen)

Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years by Alexander Vreeland

An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Luce: Decorating a Great French Country House by Timothy Corrigan

Tom Fordby Bridget Foley

Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs by Steve McCurry

George Hurrell’s Hollywood Glamour by Mark A. Viera

Stephen Sills: Decoration by Stephen Sills

Fifth Avenue Style: A Designer’s New York Apartment by Howard Saltkin, Tria Giovan

Formica Forever by Mark Adamson

Leonardo da Vinci: The Complete Paintings and Drawings by Frank Zollner

Studio Life: Rituals, Collections, Tools, and Observations on the Artistic Process by Sarah Trigg

James Turrell by James Turrell

The Asylum: A Collage of Couture reminiscences…and hysteria by Simon Doonan

The Fashion Book New and Expanded by Editors of Phaidon

Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet by Tim Gunn, Ada Calhoun

Fashion: The Whole Story by Marnie Fogg

Louis Vuitton City Bags: A Natural History by Jean-Claude Kaufmann, Ian Luna, Florence Muller, Marido Nishitani, Colombe Pringle

Style Book II: Pattern and Print by Elizabeth Walker

LuxeFashion: A Tribute to the World’s Most Enduring Label by Caroline Cox

John Varvatos: Rock in Fashion by John Varvatos

Vanity Fair 100 Years: From the Jazz Age to Our Age by Graydon Carter

The Life and Love of Cats Book (2012) by Lewis Blackwell

Flowers with Wings: Butterfly Photographs Coffee Table Books by Deborah Carney, Vinny O’Hare

The Hidden White House: Harry Truman and the Reconstruction of America’s Most Famous Residence by Robert Klara

American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell by Deborah Solomon

Alexa Hampton Decorating in Detail by Alexa Hampton

Before they Pass Away by Jimmy Nelson

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: Fifty Year of Beautiful by Editors of Sports Illustrated

The Library: A World History by James W.P. Campbell

College Basketball by Sports Illustrated Time Inc.

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Coffee Table Books, 2012 Just in Time for Christmas

A new coffee table book is a Christmas gift that keeps on giving. You can look it over slowly and carefully, leave it out for guests to enjoy, and then enjoy it again on a future occasion when you find your memory of the contents getting hazy again. So thank you to Amazon especially, but also the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post Books, and the New York Times for the titles on this list of gift suggestions.
Ezra Stroller, Photographer, (coming out in November) from Yale University Press – a book of Stoller’s iconic architectural photographs, including many Kahn buildings.
Hubble’s Universe:  Greatest Discoveries and Latest Images from Firefly, 300 pgs, $50
Barefoot Contessa Parties:  Ideas and Recipes for Easy Parties That Are Really Fun, by Ina Garten
Shoes:  A Celebration of Pumps, Sandals, Slippers & More, by Linda O’Keeffe
Atomic Ranch:  Design Ideas for Stylish Ranch Homes, by Michelle Gringeri-Brown and Jim Brown
Tea Party: 20 Themed Tea Parties with Recipes for Every Occasion, from Fabulous Showers to Intimate Gatherings, by Tracy Stern and Christie Matheson
Audrey Style, by Pamela Clarke Keogh and Hubert de Givenchy (Hepburn)
A Thousand Days of Magic: Dressing Jacqueline Kennedy for the White House by Oleg Cassini
The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker, by Robert Mankoff
Vespa, by Athos Bigongiali
Brazil:  A Cook’s Tour, by Christopher Idone
Louis Vuitton:  The Birth of Modern Luxury, by Paul-Gerard Pasols
New York:  Photographs Celebrating the Celebrity of Cities, by Ray Furse
Spain (Eyewitness Travel Guides), by Jane Ewart and Tom Prentice
Planetfall: New Solar System Visions, by Michael Benson
Here are some suggestions from 2011 which still might be enticing:
Chicks with Guns, by Lindsay McCrum, Vendome, $45
Celia Birtwell, by Dominic Lutyens, St. Martin’s, $35 (textiles)
The Fashion World of John Paul Gualitier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, Abrams, $125
The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of Stephen A. Schwarzman, by Henry Hope Reed, Francis Marrone and Anne Day, Norton, $75 (photos and text)
Coming into Fashion:  A Century of Photography at Conde Nast, Prestel, 296 pp, $40
Life Along the Line (Train Photography of O. Winston Link), Abrams, 239pp, $40
The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (reference), by David Thomson, 2010
The History of the World in 100 Objects, by Neil MacGregor, Viking, $45
Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well, by Deborah Needleman, Clarkson Potter, $30
Temples of Cambodia:  The Heart of Angkor, by Helen Ibbitson Jessup, photos by Barry Brukoff, Vendome, $65
George Harrison:  Living in the Material World, by Olivia Harrison, Abrams, $40
Pilgrimage, by Annie Leibovitz, Random House, $50, lots of photos, no celebrities
The New York Times, 36 Hours:  150 Weekends in the USA and Canada, by Barbara Ireland, Teschen, $40
The New York Times Magazine Photographs, edited by Kathy Ryan, Aperture, $75
Star Wars: The Blue Prints, by J.W. Rinzler, Epic Ink Books, $500 (large enough to kill a small child)