What Are Your Coffee Table Books?

What Are Your Coffee Table Books?

Susie Nadler
Jun 18, 2009

Coffee table books, while sometimes frowned upon by the minimalist crowd, are one of our favorite means of decorative expression in our home. We think the coffee table books one chooses to display say a lot about one's interests and personal style. At parties, a good coffee table book can become a conversation piece...

We have a couple of books that were hand-bound by a bookbinder friend, and those inevitably draw curious questions from guests. Here are a few of our other favorites:

The Elements of Style (illustrated), by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, illustrated by Maira Kalman. For the grammar-obsessed creative soul, this book provides endless amusement. We love almost everything Maira Kalman does.

Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture, edited by Andrew Kimball. Fascinating, enlightening, and disturbing book about modern farming. Not exactly a feel-good book, but it gets the conversation going.

Giraffes? Giraffes!, by Dr. and Mr. Doris Haggis-on-Whey. A wonderfully illustrated fake-science reference book from McSweeney's; it posits that giraffes were not part of earthly evolution, but came to our planet from Neptune via escalator.

Collect Raindrops, by Nikki McClure. Beautiful large-format collection of McClure's paper-cuts.

Please share: What are the coffee table books on display in your home? Are there stories behind them?

(Images: Susie Nadler for Apartment Therapy)

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