Cozy up with a good book

WAG has often featured books from Thames & Hudson in its pages. The venerable publishing house has again shared a selection of recent titles — editions we think would make ideal companions for a wintery afternoon.

Among the standouts are:

Fine Jewelry Couture: Contemporary Heirlooms ($60) features the work of more than 35 designers from around the world, from up-and-coming artists to established names. Design expert and author Olivier Dupon has paid particular attention to, as press materials describe, “high-end luxe pieces, boasting experimental approaches, exquisite craftsmanship and extraordinary attention to detail.”

The Handmade Life, A Companion to Modern Crafting($40) is a hefty reference inspired by the Australian blog handmadelife, created in 2006 by Ramona Barry and Rebecca Jobson. The book focuses on more than 30 crafting techniques from embroidery to clay to baskets, showcasing work of more than 150 contemporary artists. Exploring history, design, process and more, the book also features 170 project ideas for everyone from beginners to experienced crafters.

• Expect quite a reaction to A Sea Voyage, A Pop-Up Story about all Sorts of Boats ($29.95), an inventive pop-up book designed to captivate boat enthusiasts of all ages. Readers follow along as two sailors and their dog journey across the sea, encountering an array of boats along the way. With sophisticated paper engineering by illustrator and pop-up book expert Gérard Lo Monaco, the book is both thoughtful and playful.

• Fashionistas with an appreciation of history will delight in 19th-Century Fashion in Detailby Lucy Johnston with Marion Kite and Helen Persson ($34.95), which turns the spotlight on a collection of fragile beauties. A rare chance to explore these historical garments in detail, the book takes readers from early designer dresses to studies of details ranging from elaborate trims to refined embroidery.

Moment by Moment, Photographs by John Loengard ($50) draws you in the moment you see its cover — the iconic Life photographer’s shot of The Beatles at play, here, in a swimming pool. Featuring more than 130 of his images, the book’s tone is set by words from Loengard himself: “The fact is: a good photograph cannot be repeated. This may be why a photograph of a brief moment, an instant in time, can hold our interest forever.” Subjects range from film stars to writers, politicians to artists and plenty of everyday people, objects and places, as well.

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