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American Fashion Menswear
By Robert E. Bryan; Assouline. $50.
In conjunction with the Council of Fashion Designers, American Fashion Menswear expertly showcases the trends and themes worn by American men throughout history. Focusing on the past 100 years of men’s style, the book is divided into seven sections, beginning with Utility and ending with Hollywood and music. With a forward from Ralph Lauren, American Fashion Menswear is one of the few books focusing strictly on the evolution of male fashion.

Christmas at the White House

By Jennifer B. Pickens; Fife and Drum Press. $75.

Peppered with gingerbread houses, sparkling Christmas trees, glittering lights, and family photos, Christmas at the White Housecelebrates holiday traditions from the most famous mansion in the United States. The book spans 50 years and includes reflections from the First Ladies of nine administrations, starting with Jacqueline Kennedy. With more than 500 photographs and a special excerpt from Laura Bush, this novel is sure to bring seasonal cheer from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Gore Vidal: Snapshots in History’s Glare

By Gore Vidal; Abrams Books. $40.

Noted as one of the last great American writers of the 20th century, controversial author Gore Vidal takes readers on a journey through his extraordinary life with never-before-published documents, photographs, manuscripts and letters that have made his life unprecedented. With an insider look into the lives of American icons like Eleanor Roosevelt and Tennessee Williams, this visual memoir is not only a snapshot of Vidal’s life, but a rare piece of history.

Bvlgari: From 1884 to 2009: 125 Years of Italian Jewels

By Amanda Triossi; Skira. $80.

Like Bvlgari jewelry, this extraordinary masterpiece is visually stunning and perfectly exquisite. Flaunting hundreds of pieces from the 19th century to present day, the sharply detailed photographs glorify the unique design and gorgeous detail that make the Italian jeweler a favorite of stars like Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor. For Bvlgari devotees or admirers of all things glitz and glam, this book is a perfect gem.

Cary Grant: Les Images d’une Vie

By Yann-Brice Dherbier and Frédéric Brun; YB Editions. $59.

With two Oscar and five Grammy nominations, handsome Hollywood starlet Cary Grant’s infectious charm and undeniable talent come to life through the pages of Cary Grant: Les Images d’une Vie. From classics like An Affair to Remember and To Catch a Thief to his intimate relationships with Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, Grant’s remarkable life as a Hollywood actor is showcased through these exceptional photographs.