Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Books

Heavy, tangible, and unencumbered by electricity, real-world books have enduring appeal: Books are art, books can be left in the bathroom for future reading, and great books never become obsolete. Below, we've identified new works for every type of personality.

For Brainy Pervs
Bunny Yeager's Darkroom: Pin-up Photography's Golden Era, by Petra Mason

Pioneering cheesecake photographer (and former model) Bunny Yeager shot many beautiful women in her day, most notably the black-banged national treasure Bettie Page. In this collection of predominately NSFW images, cultural historian Mason includes more than 250 midcentury pinups and a selection of self-portraits. Yes, it's T&A, but in the exhibitionist Internet age, it feels downright wholesome.

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