We highlight some of the best coffeetable books available this holiday season.
Receiving coffeetable books gives us a big smile, too.
Beloved Dog by Maira Kalman
Kalman is revered for her idiosyncratic, philosophical musings paired with her charming, intimate art. Beloved Dog is a reflective, funny, affecting book that any dog lover will cherish.
Hyper Nature by Philippe Martin
If gnarly, hairy bugs aren’t your thing, the vibrant, up-close photos in Hyper Nature of centipedes, spiders, geckos, snails, and snakes might not win a place in your heart. But for kids (or adults) who want a ...
We talk to some of the masterminds reinventing cookbooks
Mario Batali just took me on a guided tour of his latest cookbook, America Farm to Table—and he’ll happily do the same for you.
“All the recipes in this book are inspired by farmers in appreciation of the incredible amount of work they do to bring quality food to our table,” Batali says. “Let’s take a walk through this amazing interactive ebook and explore the tools I’ve developed to guide your cooking.” He ends with an ...
Patrick McGilligan photographed at the University of Texas Book Festival 2011
“Orson has a reputation as somewhat of a—I’m trying to think of a better word than liar—someone who exaggerates and embellishes everything,” says Patrick McGilligan. His newest biography of Orson Welles’ life up to the release of Citizen Kane, Young Orson: The Years of Luck and Genius on the Path to Citizen Kane, makes the case that, contrary to film buff lore, for the most part Welles told the truth to interviewers like Peter Bogdanovich, friends, and colleagues when ...
We talk to the authors of WELCOME TO MARWENCOL
Mark Hogancamp and Chris Shellen
Marwencol is a small town in Belgium where German, American, British, and Russian soldiers of the Second World War fight it out and then sit down together for a drink at the bar; where the townspeople include a time-traveler from the future and her sister, a witch; and where evil-doers are transported to the Land of the Knight of Marwencol in another dimension for a brusque beheading. Its inhabitants are about a foot tall.
The village clusters beside the ...
Peter Guralnick photographed by David Har
Writing about the storied American record producer Sam Phillips might seem like a natural fit for music journalist Peter Guralnick (Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke, etc.), and to a degree it is. After writing a celebrated two-volume biography of Elvis Presley and a dozen other books about American roots music, Guralnick is steeped in the era that gave birth to rock 'n' roll. In a starred review, Kirkus’ reviewer calls Guralnick’s latest, Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented ...
Mary Beard photographed by Robin Cormac
Thinking of writing a popular history of ancient Rome? Mary Beard cautions against beginning too early—or too late.
“You could never write a history of Rome when you’re 25,” says Beard. “There’s too much to know, really. If you leave it till after 65, it’s too late. You might not finish it.”
At 60, Beard is “Britain’s best-known classicist,” according to The Guardian, professor at the Cambridge University, television personality, and author of the popular blog “A ...
Another celebrity memoir?
Mary-Louise Parker photographed by Tina Turnbow
I must admit, when Mary-Louise Parker’s Dear Mr. You landed on my desk, I groaned audibly. Yet another actor with literary aspirations? Sure, I loved the talented actress’ work in Weeds and other projects, but over the years, I’ve seen far too many mediocre and unnecessary memoirs from entertainers to harbor any hopes for Parker’s book.
So I was pleasantly surprised by this “collection of never-sent literary missives to the men who have most influenced her personal development.” ...
Daniel de Visé photographed by John M.W. King
Over the years, Writer Daniel de Visé’s brother-in-law was at one time one of the most recognizable actors in America: Don Knotts. “He was a fixture at holiday gatherings and I couldn’t resist asking him questions,” says de Visé, whose 25 years of experience reporting for the Washington Post and the Miami Herald surely compelled him to interview the man who had been the shakiest gun in the West, the incredible Mr. Limpet, and Ralph Furley, the weird landlord ...