Gift Books: Twelve Drummers Drumming

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The big expensive picture book is probably a fixed Christmas institution for the foreseeable future. As publishers recognize, its very size and expensiveness make it sell. Both price tag and poundage are an unarguably solid demonstration of the giver's regard. The presumed esthetic content is an implied compliment to the recipient's cultivation. Yet it can appear to be absorbed just by leafing through it; and duty done, the thing lends its own cachet as it lies there on the coffee table. Of course, for those with the courage to seek them out and...

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