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- Pregnancies decline overall, up among older women
- Pentagon plans to destroy Syrian chemical arms on ship at sea
- Paris Metro issues ‘politeness manual’ to improve passengers’ behavior
- Justin Bieber, crew detained at Australian airport in drug search
- Lee Rigby trial: Muslim who machete-hacked soldier calls it ‘humane’ kill
- GM ending Chevy sales in Europe to focus on Opel and Vauxhall
- Putin’s diplomats to U.S. busted for living high life off $1.5M bilked from Medicaid
- Happy Meal: Couple goes to McDonald’s, leaves with bag packed with cash
- Boehner: It took me 3 to 4 hours to sign up for Obamacare
Guide to coffee table books as holiday gifts
NEW YORK (AP) - 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:
FASHION & STYLE
“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.
“Tim Walker: Story Teller,” Abrams Books, with the photographer turning fashion into fairy tales. Singer Kate Bush wrote a foreword and Walker includes personal observations of the full-page, color-saturated shoots. There’s Tim Burton as a skanky Santa and model Xiao Wen with a huge insect on her open mouth.
FILM & TV
“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. He includes snapshots of famous pals who showed up on set, details gadgetry and includes a great color beefcake shot of Daniel Craig, shirt off.
“Steven Spielberg: A Retrospective,” Sterling, featuring text with the director and film critic Richard Schickel in conversation as Spielberg looks back on the last 40 years. Chapters are chronological by movie. Photos heavy on film stills.
“All the Bits: Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, by Luke Dempsey. A colorful doorstop of a book offering complete scripts for every one of the show’s 45 episodes, with marginalia and fun graphic details.
ART & ILLUSTRATORS
“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. George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and others among Drucker’s targets wrote notes of appreciation.
MUSIC & POLITICS
“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.
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- CARSON: Getting to the top by starting at the bottom
- Inside China: Nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S.
- Russian diplomats busted bilking $1.5 million from Medicaid
- NAPOLITANO: Pope Francis should be saving souls, not pocketbooks
- CURL: 'Mission Accomplished' for Obamacare
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- Obama downplays IRS scandal, blames Obamacare rollout on 'outdated' agencies
- Democratic infighting erupts over 'we can have it all' fantasy on entitlements
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Interviews and show reviews from the Los Angeles punk scene past and present. Los Angeles has always been rich in punk rock talent since punk rock was born.
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Brazen, leading-edge, “call it like it is” columns and reporting from Ohio native, radio host and writer, Sara Marie Brenner.
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