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.
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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.
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Nonetheless, if the purpose of a coffee-table book is to provide eye candy and start conversations, Glaasker and Bosman's book will do just that, and LEGO aficionados will not be disappointed.
In this spirit, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) celebrated its achievements by launching a coffee-table book called 20 Years of Science, Technology and Innovation in South Africa.
Summary: Rapper P Diddy has teamed up with a music industry boss and an acclaimed photographer to launch a coffee-table book.
Superbly produced and enthusiastically recommended for academicians and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in art, the full-color reproductions perfectly augment and illustrate an informed and informative text in a coffee-table book that will prove to be a popular and core addition to personal, academic, and community library Art History reference collections and reading lists.
Eyewitness D-Day: Firsthand Accounts from the Landing at Normandy to the Liberation of Paris is a coffee-table book filled cover to cover with testimonies of those who participated in the most ambitious amphibious military operation in history, and the subsequent crusade to break the Nazi hold on Europe.
CANYON COUNTRY - Seeing school through a student's eyes is the goal of ``My So-Called Digital Life: 2,000 Students, 300 Cameras and 30 Days to Document Their World,'' a coffee-table book being published in September.
Toronto--In the Toronto Star for July 20, Kevin Scanlon discussed a coffee-table book entitled Reflections of His Light documenting the Holy Father's visit to Canada in the summer of 2002, and the trip made by the World Youth Day Cross across Canada.
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.
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.
Whether this text is considered an art book or a coffee-table book, people can generate discussions by looking at these pictures.
At last - a coffee-table book for Mickey and Mallory Knox, something to go with their serial-killer trading cards and Time-Life's Century of Warfare video set.
In what is not a coffee-table book but a transporting experience, Bryson takes the reader from the beginning of time to a view of the future in an immensely literate and entertaining way.
It looks like a coffee-table book, with oversized dimensions and stunning illustrations.
The temptation may be strong to view this simply as a coffee-table book, too bulky to manage comfortably on the counter and too pretty to risk staining.