One of the questions I’m often asked at this time of the year is if I have any ideas for a reader who seems to have more books than they will be able to read in this lifetime. In fact, the question hits a little too close to home! My eyes are often bigger than my stomach when it comes to what I plan to read, but yet…so many tempting new books are published every year. One answer to gift dilemmas for the voracious reader is to give them a gift book – sometimes referred to as the coffee table book. We don’t have a coffee table in our house, but we do have the floor and several stacks of interesting and beautiful books.
Here are five books that readers would love to find under the tree…
The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the First Battle of the Somme by Joe Sacco
One page, 24-feet long by one of the most talented artists working today. A “rolling artwork” about a bloody day, Sacco’s work is both devastating and magnificent. The Guardian’s reviewer compared The Great War to the Bayeux Tapestry….
Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps by Art Spiegelman
You have until March 23 to catch the Spiegelman retrospective at the Jewish Museum in New York City, but if you don’t make it, this is the next best thing.
Girl with a Pearl Earring: Paintings from the Mauritshuis
The catalog from Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals: the exhibition that broke the Frick’s single-day attendance recording the during its first weekend.
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
Based on the popular blog of the same name, stories and photographs from the streets of New York.
Dorthea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightening by Elizabeth Partridge
The companion volume to the PBS American Masters episode that will air next year. This volume includes Lange’s iconic pictures of migrant workers along with many other less familiar pictures.