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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.
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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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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.
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From 1980 until 1987, Parks worked in the publishing business, producing high- profile coffee-table books for chambers of commerce in Philadelphia, Anchorage and Knoxville.
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Then, poring over the pictures in magazines, albums, and coffee-table books, they would pay imaginary visits to the Louvre, to the Luxembourg Gardens.
Some are art books or coffee-table books, but much cheaper.
If you enjoy art, the large selection includes coffee-table books, like one showing the restoration of the Sistine Chapel for $45 ($75 original retail price).