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Chicago Sun-Times (Sunday) - - BOOKS - BY LEANNE ITALIE, AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

“Con­tact High: A Vis­ual His­tory of Hip-Hop” (Clark­son-Pot­ter, $40) by Vikki Tobak: Hip-hop pho­tog­ra­phers share their con­tact sheets, paired with in­ter­views and es­says. Spans nearly 40 years. Also plenty of per­for­mance and au­di­ence im­agery. There’s Fab 5 Freddy at a White Cas­tle in the Bronx, 1982. Jump to 1993 for a never-be­for­e­seen photo of Tu­pac and Nas at a Club Ama­zon party in Man­hat­tan and to 2012 At­lanta for Gucci Mane on the set of the “Shoot­ers” video.

“Hind­sight & All the Things I Can’t See in Front of Me” (Harper De­sign, $40) by Justin Tim­ber­lake. The pop star writes: “You have to dare to suck.” He rev­els in his years on “Satur­day Night Live” and his bro­mance with Jimmy Fal­lon. Of early ‘N Sync: “We had a lot of fun, and we re­ally cared about what we were do­ing. We wanted to be good at it.”


“Vi­vian Maier: The Color Work” (Harper De­sign, $80) by Colin Wester­beck. Re­mem­ber the Chicago mys­tery nanny whose cache of 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 color. 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.

“Lit­er­ary Chick­ens” (Abbeville Press, $35) by Beth Moon. The New York pho­tog­ra­pher pairs 52 gor­geous black-and-white por­traits of her­itage­breed chick­ens with lit­er­ary ex­cerpts. Se­ri­ously. 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.”

“Trees: Be­tween Earth and Heaven” (Earth Aware Edi­tions, $75) by Art Wolfe and Gre­gory Mc­Namee. Wolfe is a land­scape pho­tog­ra­pher who has worked on ev­ery con­ti­nent. He puts us up close with a leop­ard loung­ing in a thorn tree in Botswana and shares the col­or­ful gi­ant se­quoias of Cal­i­for­nia.


“City of An­gels: House and Gar­dens of Los An­ge­les” (The Ven­dom Press, $75) by Jen­nifer Ash Ru­dick and Firooz Za­hedi. Drool-wor­thy and eclec­tic, these are in­te­ri­ors and out­door spa­ces of film pro­duc­ers, di­rec­tors, artists, pho­tog­ra­phers and mu­si­cians. The 25 houses, bun­ga­lows, stu­dios and com­pounds in­clude homes de­signed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Ru­dolph Schindler and Oliver Furth.

“From the Earth: World’s Great, Rare and Al­most For­got­ten Veg­eta­bles” (Hardie Grant Books, $60) by Peter Gil­more. The Aus­tralian chef se­lects 50 heir­loom veg­eta­bles and plants, delv­ing into the his­tory of both com­mon va­ri­eties and rare or nearly ex­tinct ones and of­fer­ing recipes.

“Tony Du­quette’s Dawn­dridge” (Abrams, $75) by Hut­ton Wilkin­son. 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.


“Food & Drink In­fo­graph­ics: A Vis­ual Guide to Culi­nary Plea­sures” (Taschen, $70) by Si­mone Klabin, edited by Julius Wie­der­mann. Butch­ery in France, the prin­ci­ples of molec­u­lar gas­tron­omy, the health ben­e­fits of sweet cher­ries and ev­ery­thing you need to know about chew­ing gum, all rep­re­sented in fun vi­su­als.

“Pan­tone Food­mood” (Guido Tom­masi Pub­lish­ing/ACC Distri­bu­tion, $50) edited by Guido Tom­masi. Draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the color ex­perts at Pan­tone, these dishes urge home cooks to cre­ate with their eyes. Recipes are or­ga­nized by color and char­ac­ter­ized by mood.

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