Literary Art: The Best Coffee Table Books To Gift This Year

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This is a collection of amazing, and relevant to #2020 coffee table books. They are largely, a little bigger, like this beauty on Humans, and this beauty on Chess Masterpieces. Some are larger-than-life in their subject matter, like this tribute to The Notorious RBG, and this tribute to the International Space Station. They are mostly hardbound, except for where they are softbound, in a good way, like Dead Style, an ode to the intersection of tie dye and street style.

21 Inspirational Coffee Table Books To Gift (Or Get) This Year

They are all beautiful, even when their subject matter is hard — in a way that only art can balance truth. They are meant to be the books you leave in plain site, arranged just so, where you can both see them and reach them. They are meant to be collected forever, and also make lovely, meaningful gifts. And mostly, they are meant to be perused all cuddled-up with your own loves, under cozy blankets on a cold winter night, just appreciating the time together, shutting off all the noise, all the screens, the whole outside world. They are a chance to just page through the magic of their art and stories, count blessings, reflect on where we’ve been and remind ourselves that there’s plenty to look forward to in the New Year.

In remembrance, and celebration, these books — 21 of them to be exact. Twenty to say farewell to the year that was, and one to wish us collective love and luck in the year ahead.

Big on beauty & on ideas, we're ogling 21 of the best coffee table books — to gift or to get for 2020-2021. Literary art w/ lifelong impact — done.

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Big on beauty & on ideas, we're ogling 21 of the best coffee table books — to gift or to get for 2020-2021. Literary art w/ lifelong impact — done.

1 | The Art Of The Brick

The year of fewer gallery visits, make your own art, stay-at-home, and watch where you step — #2020


Big on beauty & on ideas, we're ogling 21 of the best coffee table books — to gift or to get for 2020-2021. Literary art w/ lifelong impact — done.

2 | Chess Masterpieces

The year of binging all of Netflix, and falling in love with chess all over again through The Queen’s Gambit — #2020


Big on beauty & on ideas, we're ogling 21 of the best coffee table books — to gift or to get for 2020-2021. Literary art w/ lifelong impact — done.

3 | Notorious RBG

The year we said Rest In Power to the Notorious RBG — who by the way, seems to be well at work from above — #2020


Big on beauty & on ideas, we're ogling 21 of the best coffee table books — to gift or to get for 2020-2021. Literary art w/ lifelong impact — done.

4 | Unseen

The year we couldn’t unsee that Black Lives Matter and that we need to do better — #2020


Big on beauty & on ideas, we're ogling 21 of the best coffee table books — to gift or to get for 2020-2021. Literary art w/ lifelong impact — done.

5 | Humans

The year the whole world suffered a Pandemic, together/apart, as humans — #2020


Big on beauty & on ideas, we're ogling 21 of the best coffee table books — to gift or to get for 2020-2021. Literary art w/ lifelong impact — done.

6 | Star Wars The Visual Encyclopedia

The year Disney Plus brought us The Mandalorian and some of us needed a quick refresh on where we left off — #2020


Big on beauty & on ideas, we're ogling 21 of the best coffee table books — to gift or to get for 2020-2021. Literary art w/ lifelong impact — done.

7 | Complex Sneaker Of The Year

The year sports all but froze and when they unfroze, players walked-off, for good reason. The year of The Last Dance, of losing Kobe and Gigi, and learning not to hold our breath for our next tragedy, and that we’ll need to learn new ways of doing things — #2020


Big on beauty & on ideas, we're ogling 21 of the best coffee table books — to gift or to get for 2020-2021. Literary art w/ lifelong impact — done.

8 | The Secret Lives Of Color

The year we all learned to appreciate, love, or hate the color of our own walls in our own homes — #2020


Big on beauty & on ideas, we're ogling 21 of the best coffee table books — to gift or to get for 2020-2021. Literary art w/ lifelong impact — done.

9 | The Promised Land

The year we almost thought all hope was lost, that democracy was lost, and then reminded ourselves to bring it back. “That’s what we do,” BO – #2020


Big on beauty & on ideas, we're ogling 21 of the best coffee table books — to gift or to get for 2020-2021. Literary art w/ lifelong impact — done.

10 | Interior Space

The year we saw the first all-woman space walk (Jessica Meir and Christina Koch,) and the first Black astronaut, (Victor Glover) to arrive on the ISS for a long-term stay – #2020


Big on beauty & on ideas, we're ogling 21 of the best coffee table books — to gift or to get for 2020-2021. Literary art w/ lifelong impact — done.

11 | Vital Voices : 100 Women Using Their Power To Empower

The year #metoo turned two, moms said enough, and we hit the streets and the polls, and wore stilettos to smash the ceiling —#2020


Big on beauty & on ideas, we're ogling 21 of the best coffee table books — to gift or to get for 2020-2021. Literary art w/ lifelong impact — done.

12 | High On Design

The year that Cannibis culture, became even more mainstream, or at least the one where we continued to legalize it — #2020


Big on beauty & on ideas, we're ogling 21 of the best coffee table books — to gift or to get for 2020-2021. Literary art w/ lifelong impact — done.

13 | Rainbow Revolution

The year we fought to maintain the rights that had started a slow roll in and then became threatened again — #2020


Big on beauty & on ideas, we're ogling 21 of the best coffee table books — to gift or to get for 2020-2021. Literary art w/ lifelong impact — done.

14 | Mail

The first year in most of our lives when we questioned “neither snow, nor heat, nor gloom of night…” — #2020


Big on beauty & on ideas, we're ogling 21 of the best coffee table books — to gift or to get for 2020-2021. Literary art w/ lifelong impact — done.

15 | Hand Dryers

The year we all learned to WASH YOUR HANDS, ALL THE TIME — #2020


Big on beauty & on ideas, we're ogling 21 of the best coffee table books — to gift or to get for 2020-2021. Literary art w/ lifelong impact — done.

16 | In The Company Of Women

The year we elected our first female, Black Vice President of The United States, and then the appointments started a roll call that makes it seem as though we will in fact, be in the company of more women than any administration has seen, to date — #2020


Big on beauty & on ideas, we're ogling 21 of the best coffee table books — to gift or to get for 2020-2021. Literary art w/ lifelong impact — done.

17 | Dead Style

The year we learned that tie dye is not dead — #2020


Big on beauty & on ideas, we're ogling 21 of the best coffee table books — to gift or to get for 2020-2021. Literary art w/ lifelong impact — done.

18 | Art =

The year that we learned that art equals many new forms, especially via Zoom, FB Live, Instagram Live, and YouTube – #2020


Big on beauty & on ideas, we're ogling 21 of the best coffee table books — to gift or to get for 2020-2021. Literary art w/ lifelong impact — done.

19 | The Art Of Feminism

The year we defined this word, again, for the folks in the back – #2020


Big on beauty & on ideas, we're ogling 21 of the best coffee table books — to gift or to get for 2020-2021. Literary art w/ lifelong impact — done.

20 | Dogs

The year of the Pandemic Puppy. Get a dog, take it for a walk, wear a mask. – #2020


Big on beauty & on ideas, we're ogling 21 of the best coffee table books — to gift or to get for 2020-2021. Literary art w/ lifelong impact — done.

21 | Nest

The year we all learned how to nest, at home, together in quarantine, to appreciate the little things, one another, and silver linings, to use our patios and backyards and front porches for distance gathering, and to cozy up, clean up, and work and school from home, and to look ahead to 2021, with more open hearts and minds, behind masks and love – #2020


Here’s to remembering our recent past, and the long one too, and to looking ahead to the future with wiser eyes and fuller hearts. xoxo,
A

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PPS: This one’s for the Pinners:

Big on beauty & on ideas, we're ogling 21 of the best coffee table books — to gift or to get for 2020-2021. Literary art w/ lifelong impact — done.

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