Don't discount the power of a coffee-table book. A big, beautiful tome is one of the easiest ways to liven up your living room--think of it as an accessory, not just reading material. Here, 13 timeless books, spanning everything from fashion and decor to travel and food. (And yes, there's even a dog book.)

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For the entertainer: “I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence”

Comedienne Amy Sedaris’s guide to entertaining is side-splittingly funny and absolutely wonderful.

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For the fashionista: “Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years”

The legendary and eccentric Vogue editor in chief was known for her memos, proclaiming her strong opinions on topics from berets to blue jeans. Here, her grandson collects some of Vreeland’s best in a stylish and witty compilation.

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For the chef: “Prune”

Chef Gabrielle Hamilton put together this cookbook featuring recipes from her East Village brunch haven, Prune. It features mouthwatering images and is compiled in such a sweet way that it reads as smoothly and effortlessly as a novel.

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For the shutterbug: “Steve McCurry: The Iconic Photographs”

A collection of the most memorable photographs captured by Steve McCurry, the legendary National Geographic photographer who shot the infamous Afghan girl for a 1984 magazine cover. The oversize pages feature breathtaking landscapes, vibrant cultures and no shortage of intriguing subjects.

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For the traveler: “Paris in Color”

Guaranteed to give you wanderlust, Nichole Robertson’s photos are simple yet romantic--a blue window of Le Marais, a red chair outside a French bistro--all arranged by color.

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For the decorator: “Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People”

This expansive table book features the incredible homes and gardens of 36 influential people--from Janet de Botton’s estate in Provence to Oscar de la Renta’s Punta Cana abode. It’s graceful, elegant photography combined with haute style, and it's everything we adore about Vogue.

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For the cinephile: “The Wes Anderson Collection”

Anyone who’s ever marveled at Anderson’s smart, funny and unbelievably symmetrical films will adore this collection of previously unseen behind-the-scenes photos, hand-drawn storyboards, character inspiration and more.

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For the culture-obsessed: “Vanity Fair 100 Years: From the Jazz Age to Our Age”

Fans of the magazine will devour this absolutely beautiful written and visual history of its hundred years.

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For the musician: “Rock and Roll Stories”

Springsteen. Michael Jackson. The Stones. Rock-and-roll photographer Lynn Goldsmith has shot some of the biggest names in music in the studio, on the tour bus and in concert. And all of those epic moments are chronicled in this volume.

 

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For the architect: “Frank Lloyd Wright: The Rooms”

Though Wright is more famous for his architectural designs, his interiors are not to be overlooked--especially when presented as beautifully as they are in this tome.

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For the artist: “30,000 Years of Art”

You could have a book or two on your favorite artist. (What up, Warhol?) Or you could go big and display this epic collection of 1,000 works from all periods and regions of the world.

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For the nature lover: “Genesis”

No photographer quite captures the natural world like Sabastiao Salgado. This book is a "photographic homage to our planet in its natural state," and his grand, sweeping landscapes remind us just how precious it is.

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For the dog owner: “Dogs”

Just try to put down photographer Tim Flach's series of soulful portraits of man's best friend

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