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The way we accessorize our homes tells guests a great deal about what we value. Do we enjoy art, music, history, the outdoors? We often gather “coffee table” books according to those interests. And typically, they are rich in gorgeous photography and inspiring text.

The holidays are coming and as we make our gift lists, why not consider a coffee table book to enrich a friend or family member’s home? What do they love? What hobbies or interests would they enjoy displaying in their home? 

Take a look at ten of the top-selling coffee table books of 2022:

  1. Women: The National Geographic Image Collection

This stunning book actually came out in 2019, but continues to receive rave reviews and  enjoys top sales. The book draws from one hundred thirty years of National Geographic archives and includes both common everyday women of the world and trendsetting women in leadership roles. The book is divided into six categories of photos and includes   interviews. The photo categories are joy, beauty, love, wisdom, strength and hope.

  1. A Great Party: Designing the Perfect Celebration

This book with a foreword by Chelsea Clinton highlights the   fantastic events created by event planner, Bryan Rafanelli. Designer of Clinton’s wedding, and planning over one hundred events a year, the book explores the details behind the scenes of each event. Working with “Rafanelli’s Rules” he takes a venue and makes it a masterpiece. Whether you want to gather ideas for your own special event, or just wish to “enjoy the view,” this book is worth the price.

  1. Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies by Andrew DeGraff

This truly unique book offers beautiful hand-painted maps that chronicle the characters   and movements in time and space for thirty-five movie favorites. From North by Northwest to King Kong to Back to the Future, DeGraff traces the characters’ movements. The maps are accompanied by essays from film critic A.D. Jameson who expounds on the geographies of each film. A great gift for the film fans in your life.

  1. The Bucket List: 1,000 Adventures Big and Small

This reference book on the glories of travel is compiled by Kath Strathers. You’ll find the best things to see and do in every corner of the world. Build your own dream vacation as you peruse the pages. Go on a wildlife safari, engage in an overseas volunteer experience,or research your family history. Travelers of all ages will find fantastic travel opportunities.

  1. She Explores: Stories of Life-changing Adventures on the Road and In the Wild

Gale Straub has written a travel guide and reference book for adventurous women. In this book she tells the stories of forty different women who travel the world in everything from travel trailers and vans to those who backpack on foot. She tells their stories of bravely travelling alone and offers tips for planning and carrying out a travel adventure. This is the perfect gift for any woman who loves getting out in nature.

  1. Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton

A five-star book, The Humans of New York is based on the blog of the same name which boasts over four million fans. The book is filled with fantastic photos of people living in the Big Apple. Subjects range from a one-hundred-year-old woman walking in Central Park to children from the Lower East Side playing in a plastic pool on a hot day.

 The Very Embarrassing Book of Dad Jokes

The full title of this classy book is The Very Embarrassing Book of Dad Jokes Because Your Dad Thinks He’s Hilarious. Whether it’s telling the joke at the wrong moment, it’s in terrible taste or he forgets the punchline, you know who needs a copy of this.

  1. Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips

In this second edition of the book, there are one hundred thirty new destinations. From ocean cruises to horse treks in the Andes, you’ll find your dream vacation trip. The book includes gorgeous photos, beautiful descriptions and accurate information about five hundred of the best places in the world to visit.

  1. In Bibi’s Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries that Touch the Indian Ocean.

This fantastic James Beard award-winning coffee table book features the recipes and accompanying family stories from grandmothers in eight different African countries:  South Africa, Comoros, Mozambique, Madagascar, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia and Eritrea. Seventy-five recipes are included with photos of each of the grandmas in their family homes.

  1. Savor: Entertaining with Charcuterie, Cheese, Spreads and More

Kimberly Stevens has put together a classic book featuring charcuterie serving boards for all your entertainment needs. These memorable and delicious boards range from elegant to inventive and will make a splash when served to friends and family. Learn to pair meats and cheeses and artfully arrange the board’s ingredients.