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Best Coffee Table Books

with Carole Barrowman
Posted at 11:24 AM, Dec 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-22 06:35:19-05

Carole Barrowman is back to share coffee book recommendations! These books are great decorative pieces for your living room or conversation starters for when you have guests over.

1. History As They Saw It by Wolfgang Wild and Jordan Lloyd (Chronicle Books)

This is one of the most unique coffee table books of the year. The book features 120 iconic black and white photographs (e.g., the Titanic, the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge) that the authors have digitally rendered in color so readers can see how people in the past would have seen the events.

2. Paul McCartney: The Lyrics by Paul McCartney (Liveright)

If you’ve been thoroughly engaged by the Beatles documentary currently streaming, as I have (and I’m not even a big Beatles fan) then this is the coffee table book for you. It is perfect for dipping in and out of McCartney’s life and work, including lots of letters, pictures and commentaries about the people and things that influenced his writing. It’s really a multi-media autobiography.

3. Annie Leibovitz: Wonderland (Phaidon Press)

This is an anthology of iconic photographer, Annie Leibovitz’s fashion images. It’s packed with photographs of Lady Gaga, Nicole Kidman and others celebs and models that she’s photographed.

4. Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories by Pamela Parma (MFA Publications)

This is the story of America in storytelling squares. From quilts made by formerly enslaved people, a quilt a mother sent her son during the Civil War to modern quilts, this is an inspiring, exquisite coffee table book.

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