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Top-Ten Tabletop Reads to Give and Receive

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Hot off the press! Whether you’re seeking out a conversation-starter for your living room or are shopping for your favorite bookworm, these picturesque reads are home accessories in a league of their own. With topics ranging from interiors to fashion to sports, our 2013 favorites are the ultimate page-turners.

For the Love of Shoes, Patrice Farameh
Every shoe addict’s must-have read, this lavishly illustrated homage dazzles with standout images, insightful essays and designer interviews. Featuring a host of designers from Alexander McQueen to Stuart Weitzman—and of course, Jimmy Choo—you’ll fall head over heels for the avant-garde styles. $95, teNeues.

Living In Style: Berlin, Stephanie von Pfuel
A reborn city, Berlin has changed like no other in the past twenty years, with long-neglected buildings have become like new again. Daydream to fantastic pictures of exclusive apartments, lakeside villas and city townhouses—all dressed to the nines in innovative designs. $59.95, teNeus.

Living In Style Berlin

Dior Glamour, Natasha Fraser Cavasoni
Legendary photographer Mark Shaw captures the lavish and iconic gowns of Christian Dior, documenting every moment from posing actresses to behind-the-scenes fittings. Walk into the world of ultra-exclusive Parisian fashion from 1952–1962. With an eye for intimacy and opulence, Shaw’s photojournalistic style changed fashion forever—some were the first shot in color. $115, Rizzoli.

Dior Glamour

Gilded New York: Design, Fashion and Society, Donald Albrecht, Jeannine Falino, Phyllis Magidson
A glamorous and vital era in New York City, the Gilded Years of the late nineteenth century boasted the rise of the Vanderbilts and Morgans, Maison Worth, Tiffany & Co., Duveen, and Allard. Families of great fortune secured their positions by constructing vast Fifth Avenue mansions and filling them with precious objects and art. This memoriam is your personal invitation to the elaborate fêtes and balls, an inside look at the social and cultural scene of the era. $50, Monacelli Press.

Gilded New York: Design Fashion and Society