Books THE BEST GIVER’S LIST

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder - and in the book on the coffee table.

The child in all of us surfaces at Christmas time, and apparently nothing pleases that child more than big books with lots of colored pictures. Wise publishers plan their best offerings of so-called coffee table books for the gift-giving season. This years crop is – literally – a beauty. Whether you buy or not. treat yourself to a rainy afternoon browsing The child in all of us surfaces at Christmas time, and apparently nothing pleases that child more than big books with lots of colored pictures. Wise publishers plan their best offerings of so-called coffee table books for the gift-giving season. This years crop is – literally – a beauty. Whether you buy or not. treat yourself to a rainy afternoon browsing through a friendly bookstore, like the Bookseller in Willow Creek Shopping Center or Taylor’s in Preston Center. Look for these titles:

Celebrity Homes (Viking. $29.95). “Fads fade, trends blur, but our preoccupation with personal style remains,” the jacket tells us, and in this, the first book from Architectural Digest, we see homes revealing visual clues to personalities. And what personalities – Truman Capote, Coco Chanel, Edward Kennedy, Mary Tyler Moore, Robert Red-ford, Lee Radziwill. and dozens more. Neither museum rooms nor shop windows, these homes make lovely looking.

through a friendly bookstore, like the Bookseller in Willow Creek Shopping Center or Taylor’s in Preston Center. Look for these titles:

Celebrity Homes (Viking. $29.95). “Fads fade, trends blur, but our preoccupation with personal style remains,” the jacket tells us, and in this, the first book from Architectural Digest, we see homes revealing visual clues to personalities. And what personalities – Truman Capote, Coco Chanel, Edward Kennedy, Mary Tyler Moore, Robert Red-ford, Lee Radziwill. and dozens more. Neither museum rooms nor shop windows, these homes make lovely looking.

Wit’s End: Days and Nights of the Algonquin Round Table, by James R. Gaines (Harcourt Brace, $12.95) investigates such legends of the theatrical and literary life in New York in the Twenties as Dorothy Parker, George Kaufman, Robert Benchley, Heywood Broun, and Alexander Woolcott, through photographs, caricatures, menus, anecdotes and stories.

Calder’s Universe (Viking, $28.50) was edited by the same Jean Lipman who organized the recent Calder exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, and is the definitive book on the life and work of this exuberant artist. Also available in paperback, at $12.50, only at museums.

Calder: An Autobiography with Pictures (Pantheon, $7.95) is an informal and lively book, consisting of notes taken down by Calder’s son-in-law as the imaginative Wit’s End: Days and Nights of the Algonquin Round Table, by James R. Gaines (Harcourt Brace, $12.95) investigates such legends of the theatrical and literary life in New York in the Twenties as Dorothy Parker, George Kaufman, Robert Benchley, Heywood Broun, and Alexander Woolcott, through photographs, caricatures, menus, anecdotes and stories.

Calder’s Universe (Viking, $28.50) was edited by the same Jean Lipman who organized the recent Calder exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, and is the definitive book on the life and work of this exuberant artist. Also available in paperback, at $12.50, only at museums.

Calder: An Autobiography with Pictures (Pantheon, $7.95) is an informal and lively book, consisting of notes taken down by Calder’s son-in-law as the imaginative artist talks openly and amusingly about himself and his career.

In Animals and Men (William Morrow and Co., $19.95), Kenneth Clark, the author of Civilisation, traces the relationship of human beings to their feathered or furry brothers from prehistory to the present, as it is shown in art. The book contains excellent reproductions, such as one dazzling full page in color of the captive unicorn from the Cloisters.

Faces: A Narrative History of the Portrait in Photography (New York Graphic Society, $35) contains such famous faces as George Sand, Sarah Bern-hardt, Georgia O’Keefe, and W. H. Auden from such famous cameras as those of Cecil Beaton, Julia Margaret Cameron, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, and Richard Avedon.

The Architecture of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, from the Museum of Modern Art, New York (MIT Press, $39.95). Based on the doctrines of architecture formulated by the Academy in the 18th century, the system of instructions stressed artist talks openly and amusingly about himself and his career.

In Animals and Men (William Morrow and Co., $19.95), Kenneth Clark, the author of Civilisation, traces the relationship of human beings to their feathered or furry brothers from prehistory to the present, as it is shown in art. The book contains excellent reproductions, such as one dazzling full page in color of the captive unicorn from the Cloisters.

Faces: A Narrative History of the Portrait in Photography (New York Graphic Society, $35) contains such famous faces as George Sand, Sarah Bern-hardt, Georgia O’Keefe, and W. H. Auden from such famous cameras as those of Cecil Beaton, Julia Margaret Cameron, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, and Richard Avedon.

The Architecture of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, from the Museum of Modern Art, New York (MIT Press, $39.95). Based on the doctrines of architecture formulated by the Academy in the 18th century, the system of instructions stressed drawing as the primary means of visualizing architectural form. Here are over 200 drawings that were Grand Prix projects, works from students who became eminent architects, such as Henri La-brouste and Charles Gamier. Photographs of major Beaux Arts structures in the USA and in France are included also – Grand Central Station, Penn Station, Howe House in Chestnut Hill, and the Jefferson Memorial.

Kitchen Book, Terence Conran (Crown, $27.50), from the people who gave us the best-selling House Book last year. This volume includes a history of kitchens from “cave to microwave,” descriptions and pictures of kitchens of professionals such as James Beard and Perla Myers, and sections on styles of kitchens, planning one’s own kitchen, and kinds of kitchen equipment.

drawing as the primary means of visualizing architectural form. Here are over 200 drawings that were Grand Prix projects, works from students who became eminent architects, such as Henri La-brouste and Charles Gamier. Photographs of major Beaux Arts structures in the USA and in France are included also – Grand Central Station, Penn Station, Howe House in Chestnut Hill, and the Jefferson Memorial.

Kitchen Book, Terence Conran (Crown, $27.50), from the people who gave us the best-selling House Book last year. This volume includes a history of kitchens from “cave to microwave,” descriptions and pictures of kitchens of professionals such as James Beard and Perla Myers, and sections on styles of kitchens, planning one’s own kitchen, and kinds of kitchen equipment.

After Ninety, by Imogen Cunningham (Univ. of Washington, $14.95) consists of pictures of nonagenarians taken by a woman herself over 90, and is a fearless and sensitive confrontation of possibilities of life for the aged, from poets and pianists to housewives and workmen. The photographs are introduced by comments from the artist: “She lived down my street, and I saw her sitting in the window and asked her how she spent her days. She said, ’I just try to get through them.’ She was nearly a hundred.” And be sure to catch the photograph on the back cover, captioned, “My dear Imogen, I haven’t seen you for 50 years.” Everything is relative, after all.

Georgia O’Keefe, a glorious $60 volume of prints from the work of the New Mexico artist, was one of last year’s most desirable books. Unfortunately.many desired but few were chosen, and the single small printing sold out almost immediately After Ninety, by Imogen Cunningham (Univ. of Washington, $14.95) consists of pictures of nonagenarians taken by a woman herself over 90, and is a fearless and sensitive confrontation of possibilities of life for the aged, from poets and pianists to housewives and workmen. The photographs are introduced by comments from the artist: “She lived down my street, and I saw her sitting in the window and asked her how she spent her days. She said, ’I just try to get through them.’ She was nearly a hundred.” And be sure to catch the photograph on the back cover, captioned, “My dear Imogen, I haven’t seen you for 50 years.” Everything is relative, after all.

Georgia O’Keefe, a glorious $60 volume of prints from the work of the New Mexico artist, was one of last year’s most desirable books. Unfortunately.many desired but few were chosen, and the single small printing sold out almost immediately (yes, even at $60). Now the publisher has reduced the size and the price, and has brought out a hard and a soft edition of essentially the same book for this Christmas (Viking-Penguin, $35-$ 14.95). Incidentally, if you’d like to acquire a copy of the original, now a collector’s item. The Bookseller, through a coup we don’t pretend to understand, has just received some. They’ll go fast.

Verdi: A Documentary Study, by William Weaver (Thames and Hudson, $37.50) includes photographs, scores, sets, contemporary paintings, letters, and is loaded with information.

See people enjoying themselves and their world in A Day Off, by Tony Ray-Jones (New York Graphics Society, $8.95).

If you’re feeling creative or have a creative friend to please, try Gloria Van-derbilt Designs for Your Home (McCall’s, $12.95). There’s every kind of design from (yes, even at $60). Now the publisher has reduced the size and the price, and has brought out a hard and a soft edition of essentially the same book for this Christmas (Viking-Penguin, $35-$ 14.95). Incidentally, if you’d like to acquire a copy of the original, now a collector’s item. The Bookseller, through a coup we don’t pretend to understand, has just received some. They’ll go fast.

Verdi: A Documentary Study, by William Weaver (Thames and Hudson, $37.50) includes photographs, scores, sets, contemporary paintings, letters, and is loaded with information.

See people enjoying themselves and their world in A Day Off, by Tony Ray-Jones (New York Graphics Society, $8.95).

If you’re feeling creative or have a creative friend to please, try Gloria Van-derbilt Designs for Your Home (McCall’s, $12.95). There’s every kind of design from stained glass, decoupage, or needlework of all kinds to a fantastic townhouse for dolls and a Gloria Vanderbilt rag doll with an extensive wardrobe. All the designs have the vitality of this fascinating, designing woman.

To commemorate privately City Hall’s newest acquisition, think about acquiring for yourself Henry Moore: Sculpture and Environment (Abrams, $55). It’s still the best buy around.

For the grouchy or fastidious on yourgift list: Sweeten Mr. Grouch with thebeautifully bound portrait of another funny and terrible man in The Diaries ofEvelyn Waugh, edited by Michael Davie(Little Brown, $17.50). Delight Ms. Fastidious with the irresistible Make Way for Lucia, by E. F. Benson (Crowell,$14.95), a whole summer’s reading in hardback about the divine Lucia, also fastidious to her fingertips. And a Bah Humbug! to them both, and happy Christmashunting to you.

stained glass, decoupage, or needlework of all kinds to a fantastic townhouse for dolls and a Gloria Vanderbilt rag doll with an extensive wardrobe. All the designs have the vitality of this fascinating, designing woman.

To commemorate privately City Hall’s newest acquisition, think about acquiring for yourself Henry Moore: Sculpture and Environment (Abrams, $55). It’s still the best buy around.

For the grouchy or fastidious on yourgift list: Sweeten Mr. Grouch with thebeautifully bound portrait of another funny and terrible man in The Diaries ofEvelyn Waugh, edited by Michael Davie(Little Brown, $17.50). Delight Ms. Fastidious with the irresistible Make Way for Lucia, by E. F. Benson (Crowell,$14.95), a whole summer’s reading in hardback about the divine Lucia, also fastidious to her fingertips. And a Bah Humbug! to them both, and happy Christmashunting to you.

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