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Women Who Rock: Bessie to Bey­oncé, Girl Groups to Riot Gr­rrl Edited by Eve­lyn McDon­nell Black Dog & Leven­thal

Yes, the dust jacket is hot pink, for bet­ter or worse, but the es­says are all-en­com­pass­ing, as the ti­tle sug­gests. In­cludes a range of writ­ers, though ac­com­pa­ny­ing por­trai­ture may not be to taste. Each pro­file is writ­ten by a woman, with more than 100 in all. The sub­jects were cho­sen, as McDon­nell says, both painstak­ingly and ar­bi­trar­ily as she went about hon­our­ing “rock” as a verb, not a noun. ($40)

Con­tact High: A Vis­ual His­tory of Hip-Hop Vikki Tobak Ten Speed

Hip-hop pho­tog­ra­phers share their con­tact sheets, paired with in­ter­views and es­says, span­ning nearly 40 years. There’s Fab 5 Freddy at a White Cas­tle in the Bronx, 1982. Jump to 1993 for a never-be­fore-seen photo of Tu­pac and Nas at a Club Ama­zon party in Man­hat­tan. Time trip again to 2012 At­lanta to see Gucci Mane on the set of the Shoot­ers video. ($43)

Hind­sight & All the Things I Can’t See in Front of Me Justin Tim­ber­lake Harper De­sign

It’s his first book, in which he writes: “You have to dare to suck.” As a twoyear-old in Mem­phis, fam­ily lore goes, he har­mo­nized nicely with Don Hen­ley on the car ra­dio. He rev­els in his years on Satur­day Night Live, and his bro­mance with Jimmy Fal­lon. Of early ‘NSync:“We­hadalotof­fun,andwe re­ally cared about what we were do­ing. We wanted to be good at it.”

Roland Mouret: Pro­voke, At­tract, Se­duce Roland Mouret and Alexan­der Fury Riz­zoli

The French de­signer in con­ver­sa­tion with fash­ion writer and his­to­rian Fury. This ode to Mouret and his com­pany is more valu­able for its Q-and-A text than the pho­tos of var­i­ous mod­els and col­lec­tions. It’s all very French: “You know, I’ve learned ev­ery­thing about fash­ion in bed,” Mouret says. “Ev­ery body I’ve touched has taught me some­thing about dress­ing it.” ($116)

Rolex: The Im­pos­si­ble Col­lec­tion Fa­bi­enne Rey­baud As­souline

If you can af­ford a Rolex, you can af­ford to gift this stun­ning, lim­it­ededi­tion over­sized book about the brand, its his­tory and its celebrity fol­low­ing. By big, we mean 14-by-17 inches, in a hand­crafted clamshell case with colour plates hand-tipped on art qual­ity pa­per. The lux­ury time pieces are shown off on the wrists of ev­ery­body from Pi­casso to Pope John Paul II. ($845)

New York by New York Wen­dell Jamieson As­souline

“Some­thing’s al­ways hap­pen­ing here. If you’re bored in New York, it’s your own fault.” So says Myrna Loy in this gifty, photo-driven tome with a fore­word by Jay McIn­er­ney. Big mo­ments and lit­tle ones are cel­e­brated. It took a two-page spread to do jus­tice in black and white to Bianca Jag­ger mark­ing her birth­day in 1977 by mount­ing a white horse for a walk into Stu­dio 54, launch­ing the club into the so­cial strato­sphere. ($250)

City of An­gels: Houses and Gar­dens of Los An­ge­les

Jen­nifer Ash Ru­dick and Firooz Za­hedi The Ven­dom Press

Drool wor­thy, eclec­tic, renowned. These are L.A. in­te­ri­ors and out­door spa­ces of film pro­duc­ers, di­rec­tors, artists, pho­tog­ra­phers and mu­si­cians with more than 25 houses, bun­ga­lows, stu­dios and com­pounds. The spa­ces in­clude homes de­signed by Frank Lloyd Wright and Rudolph Schindler, from Mal­ibu and the Santa Mon­ica Moun­tains to a Pa­cific Palisades villa dec­o­rated by Oliver Furth. ($68)

From the Earth: World’s Great, Rare and Al­most For­got­ten Veg­eta­bles Peter Gil­more Hardie Grant Books

With hun­dreds of va­ri­eties to choose from, Aus­tralian chef Gil­more has se­lected 50 heir­loom veg­eta­bles and plants. In the process, he delves into the his­tory of both com­mon va­ri­eties and rare or nearly ex­tinct ones. In­cludes in­ter­views with farm­ers and recipes on how to cook up his dis­cov­er­ies. ($54)

Tony Du­quette’s Dawn­ridge Hut­ton Wilkinson Abrams

Wilkinson bought de­signer Du­quette’s Bev­erly Hills home af­ter Du­quette’s death in 1999, chron­i­cling its ex­pan­sion from a tiny box house into an ex­pan­sive es­tate still filled with items picked by and cre­ated by Du­quette and his wife, Elizabeth. It’s quirky and chic and comfy all at the same time. Have a look at the Mon­key Room, a glassed-in porch over­look­ing the gar­den. Du­quette used it as stor­age and Wilkinson brought it to life. There’s the sig­na­ture Du­quette leop­ard-print car­pet on the stair­case lead­ing down to the sum­mer and guest bed­rooms. ($72)

Vi­vian Maier: The Color Work Colin Wester­beck Harper De­sign

Re­mem­ber the Chicago mys­tery nanny whose cache of some 150,000 prints, neg­a­tives, trans­paren­cies and rolls of un­de­vel­oped film were dis­cov­ered at auc­tion af­ter her death? Her name was Vi­vian Maier, and this book brings her me­an­der­ing to life in colour. One self-por­trait says it all with a sliver of her face re­flected in a hand mirror that rests on a bunch of yel­low flow­ers on street brick, from 1975. ($90)

Lit­er­ary Chick­ens Beth Moon Abbeville Press

You heard that right. The New York pho­tog­ra­pher Moon has paired 52 gor­geous black-and-white por­traits of her­itage-breed chick­ens with lit­er­ary ex­cerpts. The beady-eyed gazes of ev­ery last one of the birds are fixed on Moon’s lens. Con­sider the Sil­ver Phoenix fe­male paired with this from Vir­ginia Woolf’s Night and Day: “I’ve done my best to see you as you are, with­out any of this damned ro­man­tic non­sense.” ($37)

Trees: Be­tween Earth and Heaven Pho­to­graphs by Art Wolfe, text by Gre­gory McNamee Earth Aware Editions

Wolfe is a land­scape pho­tog­ra­pher who has worked on ev­ery con­ti­nent. Here, he puts us up close with a leop­ard loung­ing in a thorn tree in Botswana. He shares the colour­ful gi­ant se­quoias of Cal­i­for­nia. Light dances through his im­ages, as does the icy Moreno Glacier that serves as back­drop to the tops of South­ern beech in Ar­gentina. ($71)

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