December 11, 2012 Gift books should be special: arrestingly visual, deeply felt, quirky, comprehensive, important. We've combed the shelves to bring you several such suggestions, guaranteed to put a sparkle in the eyes of any big reader.
December 6, 2011 There's a difference between great books and great gift books, and these are the books to put bows on. Critic John McAlley presents 20 titles that span Harry Potter, Alexander McQueen, Annie Leibovitz, Mickey Mouse, the periodic table elements and the dictionary — something for everyone on your list.
December 1, 2010 Even in a year notable for economic bust and an e-reader boom, big art books, lush photo retrospectives and other gems both quirky and collectible continue to roam the earth. Here are gift-book suggestions for every taste and budget.
Warren Beatty and his Splendor in the Grass co-star Natalie Wood at the 1962 Academy Awards.
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February 24, 2010 Over a 40-year career, the star of Splendor in the Grass, Bonnie and Clyde, Shampoo and Bugsy seduced audiences, not to mention many of his co-stars. Peter Biskind's new biography casts Beatty as a ladies' man whose ambitions and neuroses aided his meteoric rise and his eventual fade.
November 24, 2009 Reviewer John McAlley selects gems from the worlds of fine art, fashion, photography, science, lit-crit and cartoons. These luxe volumes will be gracing coffee tables long after the lights and wrapping paper are gone.
October 13, 2009 What happens when the biggest stage show in rock and roll history — U2's 360-Degree Tour — sets up in the biggest domed stadium in the world — the new $1.2 billion Cowboy Stadium? The answer is obvious:big problems.
April 9, 2009 Launched with lofty aspirations in 1957 by Mad magazine founding editor Harvey Kurtzman and other Mad regulars, Humbug lasted only 11 issues. A loving hardcover reissue now revives this snarky piece of comic history.
February 13, 2009 Reviled in 1959, Robert Frank's gritty, poetic The Americans now ranks among photography's most pivotal works. An ambitious edition marking the book's 50th anniversary shines new light on Frank's achievement.
February 12, 2009 True to its original structure and subtitle — A Gourmet Guide to Lovemaking — the updated sex manual remains a smorgasbord of stimulating ideas and images.
November 24, 2008 The season of giving makes us think big, and that means picture books — from coffee-table extravaganzas to smaller stuff that's big on surprise and ambition.
November 4, 2008 Artists and athletes, celebrities and scribes, the talented and the tainted promiscuously link arms and promenade in this exuberant collection of portraits from the Vanity Fair archives.
October 22, 2008 Photographer Jona Frank's portraits of the Patrick Henry College student body reveal a group of kids for whom the Abercrombie & Fitch catalog is the work of sinners and a game of sloppy beer pong immoral.
August 29, 2008 Poke! Twelve hours before last night's confetti- and columns-filled coronation of Barack Obama at Denver's Invesco Field, the big Aaron Sorkin news was that the creator of The West Wing<
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