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Gift Guide: Coffee Table Bookworm

If these aren't the newest coffee table books, they're certainly the neatest. Hot off the press or bound in totally bizarre ways, these editions will impress even the most rabid bookworm on your list.

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When It Was Published: 2001

Why They'll Love It: When it comes to books, "spineless" is a good thing. Even a decade later, this presentation of Schoerner's fashion photographs is still pretty shocking, and makes the perfect piece to sit atop all their traditional coffee table books.

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When It Was Published: November 27, 2011

Why They'll Love It: This honed-in, focused book breaks 150 destinations up into weekend itineraries. It's ideal for browsing and planning...even if it's just hypothetical.

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When It Was Published: November 1, 2011

Why They'll Love It: The former editor in chief of much-loved, much-missed Domino still has a ton to say about home decor. Thankfully, she's found a place for it, in a book anyone would want it in their place.

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When It Was Published: February 21, 2006

Why They'll Love It: Weighing in at 15 pounds, this Warhol retrospective actually earns the "tome" terminology. The impressive heft and size makes it a must-have for any book snob's stash.

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When It Was Published: September 28, 2011

Why They'll Love It: Amidst her books of dramatic photographs and their first edition novels, this hardcover fills a niche by analyzing the  "language of visual communication". (Which sounds super-intellectual, but is legitimately really, really cool. We promise.)

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When It Was Published: October 4, 2008

Why They'll Love It: Y chromosomes, for starters. Beyond that, the presentation: who doesn't want a book that comes with its own briefcase?

 

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When It Was Published: November 16, 2011

Why They'll Love It: Sort of like an ultra-glam "How It's Made", this book reveals the sketchbooks and studios of the world's leading jewelry designers. No girly girl would go without it.

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When It Was Published: October 4, 2011

Why They'll Love It: Mirroring the upcoming Snow White movies and TV's Once, this collection of fairy tales is totally grown-up. Plus, with that color palette, it works magic on any table.

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When It Was Published: May 15, 2011

Why They'll Love It: Since they already have the basic city books, give them one with a window into a city's forgotten spaces, like this.

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When It Was Published: May 10, 2010

Why They'll Love It: Okay, so maybe it's more of a reference than a coffee table book. But with crocodile covers in a range of colors, your book snob will want it proudly on display instead of on a shelf.

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When It Was Published: October 18, 2011

Why They'll Love It: Any francophile and fashion-phile probably already has stacks of French Vogue's from Roitfeld's years as editor-in-chief. But now she can add a glossy, pretty living room stunner to her list, as well.

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