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Chic New Coffee Table Books to Liven Up Your Living Room

You know, since that's where we're spending most of our time these days.

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Although we spent more time in our homes in 2020 than we could have ever imagined, it has also given us a great excuse to liven up our decor. Chic coffee table books can help us do just that, coupled with a luxurious candle that maybe—just maybe!—will help us feel something after this mind-numbing year. Whether you actually place the books on a coffee table (after reading them, of course), use them as a prop for your laptop, or plan on purchasing one as a holiday gift this season, allow us to present the best new coffee table books spanning across fashion, art, travel, and culture, ahead.

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For the Changemaker
'Vital Voices' By Alyse Nelson and Gayle Kabaker

Featuring words of wisdom from 100 global leaders including Malala Yousafzai, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Vital Voices is a culmination of insight from powerful women alongside beautiful portraits painted by Gayle Kabaker.

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For the Movie Buff
'Moonlight' Screenplay Book By Tarell Alvin McCraney

The Moonlight screenplay book is part of A24 Books' series that celebrates how notable directors brought their films from script to screen. Immerse yourself in writer and director Barry Jenkins's award-winning talent, complete with the Moonlight screenplay, Jenkins's acceptance speeches, and a prologue written by Frank Ocean. 

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For the Feminist
'Icons' By Micaela Heekin and Monica Ahanonu

Name a better gift than a collection of portraits of icons like Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin, and Dolly Parton. I'll wait.

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For the Photographer
'I Can Make You Feel Good' By Tyler Mitchell

Tyler Mitchell, who photographed Beyoncé's iconic September 2018 Vogue cover, published his first monograph, I Can Make You Feel Good. Through his work, he aims "to visualize what a Black utopia looks like or could look like," he wrote on Instagram. "People say utopia is never achievable but I love photography’s possibility of allowing me to dream and make that dream become very real." 

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For the Traveler
'Miami Beach' By Horacio Silva

Miami Beach is a love letter to Miami, complete with gorgeous photos and anecdotes dedicated to the culture and history of the vibrant city. 

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For the Art Connoisseur
'Art =: Discovering Infinite Connections in Art History' By The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For the art connoisseurs who miss strolling around New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the museum's Art =: Discovering Infinite Connections in Art History, which includes more than 800 artworks from The Met, is the next best thing. 

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For the Royal Enthusiast
'HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style' By Elizabeth Holmes

Veteran journalist Elizabeth Holmes has transformed her popular social-media series into a delightful book analyzing the sartorial choices of the four most fashionable British royals in recent memory.

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For the Creative
'Black Futures' By Kimberly Drew & Jenna Wortham

Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham's Black Futures centers on the overarching question, "What does it mean to be Black and alive right now?" Through a collection of photos, essays, memes, poetry, lyrics, and more, the book exemplifies what Black creators are bringing to the world today. Start anywhere in the book—as the authors note, there's no beginning, middle, or end.

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For the Vintage Fashion Enthusiast
'Chanel 3-Book Slipcase' By Anne Berest, Fabienne Reybaud & Marion Vignal

The updated trilogy celebrates the House of Chanel in all of its fashion, jewelry, and beauty glory. 

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For the Cancer Sun Sign in Your Life
'Humans' By Brandon Stanton

Experience the print version of Brandon Stanton's popular Humans of New York Instagram account. Rather than focusing on New York residents, the book documents stories about life, love, and loss from humans across the globe. It's a necessary reminder that our humanity is what ties us together. 

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For the Style Maven
'Chinatown Pretty' By Andria Lo & Valerie Luu

A re-creation of Andria Lo & Valerie Luu's popular Instagram accountChinatown Pretty captures the street style of the most fashionable elders in the Chinatowns of San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, and Vancouver. 

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For the Dolly Fan
'Dolly Parton, Songteller' By Dolly Parton & Robert K. Oermann

Celebrate the icon that Dolly Parton is with her new book, Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics, that reveals the stories behind 175 of her most popular songs with never-before-seen images from the singer's archives.  

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For the Queer Person in Your Life
'Rainbow Revolution' By Magnus Hastings

Photographer Magnus Hastings celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community by allowing his subjects to pose how they want to be seen, publishing heartfelt statements about their identity alongside the photos. 

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For the Naomi Campbell Stan
'Naomi' (Updated Edition) By Josh Baker

Here, an ode to the legendary supermodel Naomi Campbell. Originally published in 2016, this updated edition of Naomi looks back at the model's life and career from the '80s to today. The best part? It comes in two volumes: one with images from her most famous shoots, and the other an assortment of magazine covers and ads with notes written by Campbell herself. 

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For the Jewelry Collector
'Jewels That Made History' By Stellene Volandes

If you've obsessively googled the stories behind the Queen's tiaras at least once in your life, you'll appreciate Town & Country Editor-in-Chief Stellene Volandes's Jewels That Made History. The tome showcases iconic jewels from the Cleopatra era all the way to today on celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga.

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For the 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Fan
'Trixie and Katya's Guide to Modern Womanhood' By Trixie Mattel & Katya

Fans of RuPaul's Drag Race can expect nothing short of hilarious commentary and incredible beauty looks from drag stars Trixie Mattel and Katya in their ultimate guide to modern womanhood. 

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For the Floral Worshiper
'Dior in Bloom' By Justine Picardie, Jérôme Hanover & Naomi A. Sachs

The House of Dior returns with a magical tome filled with the florals that has inspired the brand's fashion and fragrance creations. Anticipate lots of sketches and striking fashion photographs.

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For the Activist
'Zanele Muholi' By Allen Sarah & Yasufumi Nakori

Whoever said coffee table books are reserved for hard covers should make an exception for Zanele Muholi, a collection of work from the acclaimed South African visual activist. Their art, which documents the lives of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people, is currently on display at London’s Tate Modern.

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For the Space Nerd
'Interior Space' By Paolo Nespoli, Alice Gorman, Jeffrey S. Nesbit & Roland Miller

Celebrating 20 years of the International Space Station (ISS), photographer Roland Miller and Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli compiled captivating photos from inside the ISS. If you love all things space, be sure to read Marie Claire's Women & Space package.

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For the Fashion Lover
'Naeem Khan: Embellished' By Naeem Khan

Fashion designer Naeem Khan has dressed everyone from Michelle Obama to Beyoncé. In this chic tome, the designer takes us through his career with illustrious photos of his red carpet dresses, bridal gowns, and more.

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For 'The Crown' Fan
'Town & Country: The Queen: A Life in Pictures' By Victoria Murphy

Set for release in April 2021 (pre-order it today!), Victoria Murphy's The Queen: A Life in Pictures, edited by Town & Country magazine, celebrates the Queen's inimitable life through striking portraits accompanied by informative anecdotes.

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