I’m having company over tonight for the first time in almost two years, and that meant I had to pare down the stacks of fiction, nonfiction, middle grade, and YA books we had accumulated on our coffee table. Now there are just four stacks of two to four books each, which feels very reasonable to me. (Please don’t notice the piles of books alongside the couch and in front of the non-functional fireplace.)
I’m told that some people choose just one or two tomes to highlight on their coffee tables. Some stores keep these highly-illustrated, large-format conversation-starters/ meant-to-impress books in a special section called “Coffee Table Books.” They make great gifts, and they can be used for quality reading and snazzy decorating.
If you’re interested in these big, glossy books, buy them when you see them at your favorite local indie— like children’s picture books, graphic novels, and manga, they can sometimes take longer to reprint, so if the original print runs sell through, I worry that these will be tricky to find closer to the holidays.
This week, stores may have to adjust the shelves on their bestseller walls to accommodate the big books!
Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen (#3 Hardcover nonfiction)
Daniel Levy, Eugene Levy (#8 Hardcover nonfiction)
Shea Serrano, Arturo Torres (Illus.) (#11 Hardcover nonfiction)