There are three types of book in the world: the kind you read, the kind you show off with, and the kind that no one can resist picking up and thumbing through just for the fun of it. Coffee table books fall into the third category, and are basically picture books for adults that may or may not be informative and educational.
The best ones, in fact, have a lot more pictures than text. Coffee table books are those big volumes that have their own "oversize" shelf at the library, and take you on a visual tour of China, or show how babies grow in the womb, or just present a bunch of photographs of boats or mountains or vintage radios.
Whatever your interests, there's probably a coffee table book about it. The nature and geography ones are generally some of the best (who doesn't want to see what some obscure Nepalese village looks like?), but there are so many directions you could go here we'll just shut up now and let you browse our selection, humble though it be.
Did you find this review helpful?