Gifts For Readers

140 characters isn’t enough for everyone. Bless your literary friends with these rare reads.

Damiani/Matsumoto Editions

Carrie Mae Weems: Kitchen Table Series $50.00

Don't call it a coffee-table book. Through photographs and text, contemporary American artist Carrie Mae Weems uses the seemingly mundane setting of a kitchen table to make insights about race and gender come alive.

Grand Central Publishing

Marvel: The Hip Hop Covers Vol. 1 $34.99

This mashup of memorable hip hop album covers and Marvel characters, written by entertainment critics Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz, will be your coffee-table obsession. It comes with an introduction from Ta-Nehisi Coates and insane artwork from comic-book gods including Adam Hughes, Jim Cheung to Damion Scott.

Taschen

GOAT: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali $6,000.00

With thousands of images, original art by Jeff Koons, and over 50 years of interview material, this 75-pound, 800-page, limited-edition volume does the late boxing god justice. It's even signed by Koons and Ali himself. Can't afford one of the 9,000 copies made? "Muhammad Ali: Fighter's Heaven 1974" is a far slimmer volume that won't make your wallet weep.

Grand Central Publishing

TV: The Book $19.99

TV: The Book starts with a 17-page G-chat discussion over what the greatest TV show of all time is: The Sopranos, The Simpsons, The Wire, Breaking Bad, or Cheers? The book then ranks nearly every single American TV show ever made in the same conversational, funny yet intelligent tone. Give this to your favorite ultra-opinionated TV nerd and they'll love you forever.

Harry N. Abrams

Mr. Robot: Red Wheelbarrow $29.95

This is the notebook the acclaimed TV show's lead, Elliot, wrote in while he was “staying at his mom’s house” — because Mr. Robot is actually a documentary and we should all be very afraid. It contains his handwritten thoughts both pre- and post- season 2. Penned by Sam Esmail and Courtney Looney, a writer on the show, the book come with clues stuck between the pages, including a postcard from Darlene.

Artbook

Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty $50.00

Created to accompany the French painter's spring 2016 exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, this volume of very rare monotypes (etched on metal, then pressed in ink) looks beyond the ballerinas Degas is famous for and focuses on city life instead.

Marvel

Black Panther: Vol. 1 $34.95

The first volume of award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates' comic series reintroduces you to Fantastic Four/Avengers affiliate Black Panther, the first black superhero to be featured in mainstream American comics. The volume focuses on the unrest surrounding his reign as king of fictional African nation Wakanda, setting up the sociopolitical backdrop for the rest of the series. It’s not your typical Marvel superhero story, tackling issues of authority and leadership with truly refreshing intellectual depth.

Flammarion

Chanel: The Enigma $45.00

You already know about Coco Chanel’s impact on style—even streetwear brands like Stussy have drawn influence from the poweful brand. Author Isabelle Fiemeyer instead explores the fascinating private life of the woman behind the interlocking Cs.