The best new books to give and receive? Look no further than these impeccably enticing choices that are perfect for any time of the year, according to our bibliophile, Lance Avery Morgan
BULGARI MAGNIFICA: THE POWER WOMEN HOLD
By Tina Leung
Now marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the fabled jewelry house…with energy, impact, and daring creativity. Bulgari’s collection includes outstanding pieces of jewelry made at the height of creativity and artisanship and conveyed through expertise and craftsmanship.
$95. At RizzoliUSA.com.
SHOEMAKER OF DREAMS: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SALVATORE FERRAGAMO
By Salvatore Ferragamo
This book traces Ferragamo’s origins as a village shoemaker to founding what would become a major global fashion brand. Charming and insightful, it also includes a thrilling series of encounters with Hollywood stars and notable global names.
$30. At RizzoliUSA.com.
FACE TIME: A HISTORY OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT
By Phillip Prodger
With intimate personal portraits for storytelling, photographic portraiture has always served a number of functions. With a fresh and entertaining approach, here’s a history of the art form, examining many modes of portraiture—fine art photography, fashion, anthropology, narrative, street, and selfies.
$45. At ThamesAndHudsonUSA.com.
SAPPHIRE: A CELEBRATION OF COLOR
By Joanna Hardy
Showcasing sixty of the world’s most significant and renowned pieces of sapphire jewelry and artifacts, as well as many previously unseen designs, this features a stunning array of style icons wearing their favorite sapphire jewelry, including pieces from iconic jewelry houses.
$125. At ThamesAndHudson.com.
By Anouk Krantz
This tome showcases an incredible journey from an outsider’s perspective into the private world of the American cowboy. Real people and real stories, here is a remarkable and inspiring collection of pages where Krantz’s subjects come together to share their lives and celebrate the nation’s classic cowboy culture.
$80. At Amazon.com.
HERE WE GO, LOOP DE LOOP
By William Jack Sibley
Sibley’s third book is a vividly drawn, often very funny tale set in the fictional small Texas town of Rita Blanca that only a fifth-generation Texan could write. The book focuses on three ranching families whose lives are intertwined, all of which are at a point of transition. And, of course, trouble ensues.
$19.99. At BarnesAndNoble.com.
THE UNITED STATES OF FASHION: A NEW ATLAS OF AMERICAN STYLE
By The Editors of Vogue
This celebrates the creators, artisans, and visionaries across the country while paying tribute to the democratization of American fashion. Organized by region and providing additional context for the designers and craftspeople featured, it’s a look at sustainable fashion for now and beyond.
$45. At RizzoliUSA.com.
MOVIE THEATERS: THE METAMORPHOSIS OF AMERICAN CINEMAS
By Yves Marchand, Romain Meffre and Ross Melnick
They are in every American city and town—grandiose movie palaces constructed during the golden age of the entertainment industry that now stand abandoned, empty, decaying, or repurposed. This significant new project poignantly eulogizes and celebrates the tattered remains of hundreds of movie theaters across America.
$80. At PrestalPublishing.com.
CONTEMPORARY HOUSE INDIA
By Rob Gregory
Explore some of the most innovative, ambitious, and beautiful houses on the Indian subcontinent in the context of the country’s varied landscapes, climates, and historical influences. This book has remarkable insights into residences built by an array of leading and up-and-coming architects with plans that highlight the features of each project.
$75. At ThamesAndHudsonUSA.com.
THE MONOCLE BOOK OF ENTREPRENEURS
By The Editors of Monocle
Featuring advice from 50 experts and profiling an array of people running enterprises on every scale, the inspirational tales in this volume provide readers with insights into entrepreneurship.
$50. At ThamesAndHudsonUSA.com.