By KATHY MEGYERI
Books make perfect gifts as they won’t break the bank, are easy to wrap, can be customized to tastes and don’t require fittings.
Here are a few of our favorite picks to help you find a unique gift for a friend or perhaps that needy coffee table in your own home.
For the passionate traveler ~
THE BUCKET LIST: 1,000
ADVENTURES BIG AND SMALL,
by Kath Stathers, 496 pp.
It’s never too soon or too late to
pursue one’s wanderlust and this
guide features a continent-by continent listing of 1,000 exotic and eye-popping destinations. In
addition, the book contains advice on
how to achieve other popular bucket
list goals such as directing a movie,
learning to play an instrument, making
pottery, protecting endangered
species or naming a star.
For the greatest of grannies ~
IRIS APFEL: ACCIDENTAL ICON,
MUSINGS OF A GERIATRIC STARLET,
by Iris Apfel, 176 pp.
This famous septuagenarian –
businesswoman, interior designer
and Insta-granny fashion icon –
proves that aging is not a destination
but an art. Her book contains an
eclectic mix of candor-filled musings,
witty anecdotes and 180 photos and
illustrations. Readers will surely agree
that being 98 never looked so good or
was so much fun.
For the dog lover ~
by Seth Casteel, 144 pp.
Try not to smile as you peruse this
book packed with more than 80
photos of man’s best friends splashing
into swimming pools in pursuit of
toys. Underneath the surface, it’s a
chaotic ballet of bubbles, bulging
eyes, sharp teeth, paddling paws and
googly expressions. The result is an
energetic testament to the rough and-tumble joy that dogs bring into our lives.
For the photography enthusiast ~
ANNIE LEIBOVITZ: PORTRAITS 2005-
2016, by Annie Leibovitz, 312 pp.
One of America’s most influential photographers, Leibovitz was designated by the Library of Congress as a “living legend.” Through her engaging and unique style of portraiture, she documents some of the most compelling figures of the last decade in creative, insightful and intimate ways.
For the foodie ~
SALAD FOR PRESIDENT: A
COOKBOOK INSPIRED BY ARTISTS,
by Julia Sherman, 272 pp.
The creator of an immensely popular
salad blog presents a fresh, veggie obsessed compendium of more than 75 salad recipes with contributions and interviews by artists and other
creative professionals. Sherman encourages her readers to consider salad a healthy everyday indulgence that can include everything from soups to dinner party entrees.
For the cat devotee ~
CATS: PHOTOGRAPHY, 1942-2018,
by Susan Michals, 296 pp.
Walter Chandoha, best known for his
artistic feline portraiture, is honored
with this tribute book; he passed away
this year at 98. Chandoha was a prolific
cat photographer – his photos have
appeared in more than 300 magazines
and thousands of advertisements. He
once said, “Cats are my favorite animal
subject because of their unlimited
range of attitude, posture, expression,
For the artist wannabe ~
HOW TO DRAW WITHOUT TALENT,
by Danny Gregory, 128 pp.
This isn’t your traditional coffee
table book, but we liked it so much,
we included it anyway. This book will
bring grand kids and grandparents
alike to the kitchen table where
they will learn to create art with
easy lessons and basic techniques.
Gregory, a bestselling author and
the co-founder of the popular online
Sketchbook Skool, touts drawing as a
skill that anyone can learn.
For fashionistas ~
VOGUE AND THE METROPOLITAN
MUSEUM OF ART COSTUME
INSTITUTE: PARTIES, EXHIBITIONS,
PEOPLE, by Hamish Bowles, 256 pp.
Showcasing the history of the annual
Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume
Institute’s exhibitions, this book is
truly a spectacle of art, fashion and
celebrity. With photographs from the lavish
displays, the Vogue photo shoots they
inspired, and party pictures from the
galas, it’s an insider’s pass to what is
deemed to be the Oscars of fashion.