Just in time for the holidays, Jocelyn McClurg, USA TODAY Books Editor, has selected 10 sleek books to brighten up your gift list. If a picture is worth a 1,000 words than these imagery-laden books are worth millions with topics ranging from funny dog photos to presidential portraits. Streisand: In the Camera Eye by James Spada
1. Christmas All Through the South
By: The editors of Southern Living with a foreword by Rick Bragg
This visually stunning book takes readers on journey of Southern holiday traditions with large, beautiful photos of historic towns combined with delectable recipes from the pan-handle to the low-country.
2. The Art of Film Magic: 20 Years of Weta
By: Weta Workshop with a forward by Peter Jackson
Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, the creative minds who brought us Lord of the Rings, Avatar, and District 9, have created an immense two-volume book set that make a great gift for the film-lover or Lord of the Rings fan on your holiday list.
3. Streisand: In the Camera Eye
By: James Spada
This tome is complete with 170 striking photos of Streisand throughout her career along with quote-filled captions and essays.
4. History of the World in 1,000 Objects
By: DK Publishing/Smithsonian
Readers can flip through the images of time starting with tools from the Stone Age to today’s smartphone technology.
5. Dogs in Cars
By: Lara Jo Regan
What started off as calendar has now become a book full of hilarious photos of dogs loving life in the fast lane.
6. Cat Lady Chic
By: Diane Lovejoy
Rethink your image of a “cat-lady” with these classy and funny photos of famous women and their favorite feline friends.
7. Little Humans
By: Brandon Stanton
Stanton,the man behind the internet sensation and best-selling book Humans of New York, has created an image-heavy book of stylish and cool children in New York City.
8. World's Best Cities: Celebrating 220 Great Destinations
By: National Geographic with a foreword by Annie Fitzsimmons
Discover some of the world’s most fascinating cities without ever leaving home with National Geographic’s guide of 220 cities complete with glossy photos, facts about each destination, and personal narratives.
9. Penguin Christmas Classics
By: Various authors
Share the gift of holiday classics and relive the olden days with one of five Christmas tales like A Christmas Carol or The Nutcracker.
10. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
By: Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns
If you know someone who could not get enough of the acclaimed PBS Ken Burn’s documentary series about the Roosevelts than this companion volume is the ideal gift.
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