Top-Ten Tabletop Reads to Give and Receive
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Hearst Ranch: Family, Land, and Legacy, Victoria Kastner, foreward by Stephen T. Hearst
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst’s legendary Hearst Castle. Through historical images from the vast Hearst archive and full-color photography, the still-private grounds are gloriously uncovered. Along with insightful text sharing unknown tales of the famous family, enjoy stunning vistas of the California coastline and picturesque scenes of the Hearst cowboys in action. $50, Abrams Books.
George Hurrell's Hollywood: Glamour Portraits 1925-1992, Mark A. Vieira
Creator of the Hollywood glamour portrait, George Hurrell instituted a sharp, dramatic look that revolutionized the soft-focus aesthetic of his time. A portrait collection of Hollywood’s most exalted era, this book spans the shutterbug’s entire career, from humble beginnings as a society photographer to capturing celebrities as a celebrity himself.
$60, Running Press.
Vanity Fair 100 Years: From the Jazz Age to Our Age, Graydon Carter
Journey through a century of arts, war, and politics, illustrated in both black-and-white and color photography. A living time capsule, the book documents the magazine’s lifespan beginning in 1913, through the Jazz Age and Depression, straight through the Information Age. Step back and take a decade-by-decade look at the world seen through our time’s top editors. $65, Abrams Books.