Nine Books for the Boston Coffee Table

Collect these titles for a style-savvy library with the proper regional devotion.

Last week, we learned that Gisele is releasing a coffee table book about herself for $700 dollars. While you’re saving up, there are other options to add personality and regional devotion to your book collection. Here are some additions to prove you’re a style-savvy New Englander.


1. For a nautical vibe: The Ashley Book of Knots, by Clifford W. Ashley, is full of seaside ropes and patterns for over 4,000 knots.

2. For something presidential: The Kennedys, by Jacques Lowe and Nicole Solinger, is a two-book photo album tribute to the lives of Jackie and Boston-born JFK.

3. To support the arts: Journeys East: Isabella Stewart Gardner and Asia, has diary entries and travel photos from Gardner’s 1883 trip to Asia, before she began her famed art collection.

4. For irony, if you live in a brownstone: Brick, by William Hall, takes a look at the popular Boston building material.

5. Because collegiate sportswear is king: Rowing Blazers, by Jack Carlson, honors boathouses and their traditional dress code.

6. For a nod to the English: The Art and Craft of Tea, by Joseph Wesley Uhl, is an overall guide to the once-politically-associated beverage.


7. For workout motivation: Boston Marathon History by the Mile, by Paul C. Clerici, covers the history of the famous race from Hopkinton to Boylston Street.

8. For an ode to island heritage: Lightship Baskets of Nantucket, by Martha R. Lawrence, has detailed examples of the hand-crafted baskets and step-by-step instructions for making your own.

9. To show ultimate New England pride and a love of all things Americana: The Best of Norman Rockwell, by Tom Rockwell, is a collection the artists work put together by his son, Tom.