Cary's Shelf - "Coffee Table" Books are Big!

Published Thursday, January 27, 2022
Oversize books -- what makes the cut?

Some books are so chock-full of amazing information and bold imagery that their visual bounty can't be contained on our regular library shelves! We typically don't purchase "coffee table" books for that reason, but every once in a while a book comes along that is so cool we just have to add it to our collection. Here are some great examples:

The Beatles: Get Back

"The most anticipated book in more than a decade by the legendary band, The Beatles: Get Back is the official account of the creation of their final album, Let It Be, told in The Beatles’ own words, illustrated with hundreds of previously unpublished images . . . " - GR

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Micro Life: Miracles of the Miniature World Revealed

"With spectacular macro photography and microscope images, this book reveals a hidden, living world full of intricate structures beyond the naked eye." - GR. Explore miracles hidden from our view every day.

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Dance Theatre of Harlem: a History, a Movement, a Celebration

"Gorgeous history of an iconic American institution that has been transformative beyond the world of ballet" - GR. Essential reading for any lover of The Arts.

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Star Wars, Year by Year: A Visual History

"This stunning visual journey features trivia and cultural cornerstones from director George Lucas' early life through to the iconic movie stills, comic books, novels, toys, video games, and theme parks that have spawned from five decades of seminal film making." - Amazon

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Edward Hopper (1882 - 1967) is considered the first significant American painter in twentieth-century art. Hopper's paintings are marked by "striking juxta-positions of color," and by the clear contours with which the figures stand apart from their surroundings. Hopper explores themes of modern men and women in both natural and man-made environments, which can lend some of his painting a mood of "eerie disquiet." On the other hand, Hopper's rocky landscapes in warm brown hues, and his depictions of the seacoast, reveal an unusually tranquil, optimistic side of his character.

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Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters

National Geographic put together an award-winning book by an award-winning author and illustrator. The text and images bring Greek Mythology to life, complete with "embellishments of each story: sidebars for each god, goddess, hero, and monster link the myths to constellations, geography, history, and culture to help readers connect the stories to real life events, people, and places. A family tree and a 'cast of characters' profile page help make relationships between the characters clear, and a mapping feature adds to the fun and fascination." - GR

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This full-color book provides a global overview of the evolution of furniture, spanning the last 3,000 years of design, including more than 3,500 photographs. An examination of styles and forms, influential designers, craftsmen and key movements, this book is packed with information about furniture from ancient Egypt to modern day. You don't have to be a student of the topic to thoroughly enjoy browsing this beautiful volume.

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Next time you visit the library, take a moment to browse our Oversize collection!

About the Author

Cary is our Development & Outreach Librarian. Her idea of a perfect day is a complete stereotype: reading or watching British crime fiction with a cup of hot tea close at hand, her favorite quilt, and her cats Clio & Junie on her lap.