coffee-table book


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coffee table book

A large hardbound book primarily containing pictures that is often displayed on a coffee table in a common area as a conversation piece. Jenna published a coffee table book that featured beautiful photographs from her European vacations.
See also: book, coffee, table

coffee-table book

A large, typically hardcover book full of glossy photos that is meant to be displayed on a coffee-table for casual viewing, as opposed to thorough reading. At least there were some interesting coffee-table books to flip through while we waited.
See also: book

coffee-table book

a book that is more suitable for display than for reading, typically, an oversize, illustrated book left on the coffee table for visitors to examine. This book is more of a coffee-table book than an art book. I prefer something more scholarly. We purchased a coffee-table book for Jan's birthday.
See also: book
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The coffee-table book, 20 Years of Science, Technology and Innovation in South Africa, chronicles South Africa's journey in achieving government's ideal of "A better life for all" though science, technology and innovation.
The artists featured in most coffee-table books are familiar; they have had their works showcased at museums world-wide, projected onto 30 foot screens in front of 100-person art history classes, and featured in countless numbers of books and other publications.
The coffee-table book concludes with an essay by art/comics critic John Carlin on McDonnell's place in cartoon history, as well as five glowing back-cover blurbs from admirers such as Matt Groening ("The Simpsons") and Charles Schulz.
Meanwhile, Pantheon's latest publication, Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross--a gorgeous coffee-table book filled with painted renditions of Superman, Wonder Woman, and their cohorts--features art direction, design, and text by Kidd.
Despite the old photos and wealth of personalities, this is a mediocre coffee-table book.
Although its title might lead some to think it is a coffee-table book featuring those adorable little boys who cavort through Italian Renaissance art, it is instead a series of erudite iconographic essays, which draw deeply from studies of poetry, festivals, psychology, and medicine.
God-Sent is neither a tract nor a coffee-table book, though its theological purpose and rich illustrations point in both directions.
Tanzania, African Eden is one coffee-table book you should not be without.
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In his response, Parisi noted, "Noticeably absent from the complaint is any mention of complainant's own exploits into adult entertainment, including her publication of Sex, a sexually explicit coffee-table book.
So what seems at first to be a coffee-table book becomes a moving and memorable celebration of a previously scarcely studied dimension of the most beautiful city in the world.
Turner's offering is almost as antithetical to Armstrong's as their respective topics; it's wry, breezy, and much shorter--almost a coffee-table book, with sumptuous color plates of various "artist's conceptions" of hell.
Whether Carl Van Vechten, a major patron of the Harlem Renaissance, was also patronizing is not at issue in this coffee-table book of his photographic portraits of the African-American cultural elite.
received Bronze for its "SAME" submission, a hardcover coffee-table book.
Called 'Kulinarya,' it is a coffee-table book that features the country's most popular Filipino dishes.