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The Book Reader: Holiday Gifts for the Book Lover

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Patrik Henry Bass of Essence Magazine shares some gift ideas for the book lover on your holiday shopping list in "The Book Reader.”

Do you still have a few unchecked names on your holiday gift list? Me too. Luckily, for us, there are several newly released coffee table reads that will satisfy everyone from foodies to fashionistas.

Card carrying carb lovers will devour “The Bread Exchange: Tales and Recipes from a Journey of Baking and Bartering.” Fashion executive Malin Elmlid, who offered homemade loaves to others in return for recipes, and handmade goods, shares more than 50 recipes of her mouth-watering naturally leavened breads collected on a journey from Berlin to London to New York City.

You don’t have to live in North Carolina, Texas, or Alabama to appreciate “Christmas All Through the South.” The editors of Southern Living have compiled a dreamscape of stunningly decorated historic homes and sumptuous regional recipes.

In over 700 pages and more than 2,000 images, “75 Years of Marvel Comics: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen” includes all the heroes from Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, the Avengers, Thor, to the X-Men, not to mention villains, in this definitive history tailor made for comic book aficionados.

Anyone riveted by” The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” the celebrated public television series, will appreciate the gorgeous sepia-tone companion book by Geoffrey C. Ward and director Ken Burns.

Finally, if you haven’t scored a coveted invitation to one of designer’s legendary parties in New York or Paris, you can luxuriate in page after page of his extravagant lifestyle in “Valentino: At the Emperor’s Table” by Mr. Valentino Garavani himself and Andre Leon Talley, who is never known to shy from opulence.

Find more gift ideas on Essence.com.

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