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NEW YORK — Even people without coffee tables enjoy coffee-table books as gifts, especially if they're thoughtfully chosen rather than hastily snatched from a store shelf at the last minute. The holidays bring fresh choices every year among large-format, photo-driven books. A sampler among new releases:


• Vogue: The Editor's Eye, Abrams Books, features interviews with eight of the magazine's stylists through time. Celebrity portraits and behind-the-scenes candids by the fashion industry's top photographers, including Irving Penn, Mario Testino, Richard Avedon and Annie Leibovitz.

• Icons, Running Press, stunning up-close photography by Markus and Indrani of Kate Winslet and Kanye West, along with more stagey and dramatic commercial jobs featuring the duo's A-list clientele, from album covers to magazine work.


• Bond on Bond, Lyons Press, the Roger Moore years, by Roger Moore. Lots of trivia in text spanning all 50 years of 007, not just Moore's stint. His recollections are cheeky and well-informed.

• Steven Spielberg: A Retrospective, Sterling, featuring text with the director and film critic Richard Schickel in conversation as Spielberg looks back on the past 40 years. Chapters are chronological by movie.


• Ralph Steadman's Extinct Boids, Bloomsbury, with commentary from Ceri Levy. Levy, a filmmaker, asked the cartoonist best known for his work with Hunter S. Thompson to produce one painting for an art exhibition on birds. Steadman didn't stop there, documenting in beautiful color 100 birds in all. His full-size paintings are punctuated by humorous emails and phone conversations between the two.

• Mad's Greatest Artists: Mort Drucker, Five Decades of His Finest Work, Running Press. A collection of movie and TV satire plucked in comic-strip format from the pages of the magazine.


• The Rolling Stones: 50, Hyperion, by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood. In celebration of the band's 50th anniversary, stark commentary from the Stones themselves to go with tour photos, candids and close-ups.

• Green Day: The Ultimate Unauthorized History, Voyageur Press, by Alan di Perna. The rock journalist includes concert visuals, posters and memorabilia such as backstage passes in this retrospective spanning the band's 25 years.


• Capturing Camelot, by Kitty Kelley. Features intimate images of John F. Kennedy by Kelley's close friend, photojournalist Stanley Tretick, known for incredible access to the president and his family. Scenes from ticker-tape parades to John Jr. running for Marine One.

• Come In, We're Closed, Running Press, by Christine Carroll and Jody Eddy, with foreword by Ferran Adria. How do the world's best restaurants feed their staffs? Includes staff meals from wd-50 in New York, Ad Hoc, in Yountville, Calif., Cochon in New Orleans and Mugaritz in Spain.


• Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends, Viking, by Pippa Middleton. From Christmas crafts to putting on a traditional afternoon tea, the younger sister of Catherine, the duchess of Cambridge covers a lot of ground. Lots of party recipes, including nutella madeleines and a hazelnut roulade. • The Things That Matter, Spiegel & Grau, by Nate Berkus. Text-heavy look at the home-design guru's influences and some of his favorite things. There's a shout-out for sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer and the radio show he listened to as a youth that gave everyone respect, acceptance and permission to be exactly who they were.

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