Books: The Seasonal Shelf

ONE Christmas season, before long, some inventive publisher will simply order up a six-foot-long slab of a book and put legs on it. That will solve the problem of what to do with coffee-table volumes. They are just as massive as ever this year, and a little more expensive. Still, the shopper who cannot content himself with giving just a good novel, biography or history (heretical thought!) will find an imposing selection of Christmas books that are as satisfying to read as they are to look through. Among the best:

$20 to $35


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