The New York Times has a new feature.  They call it The Shortlist.

It’s a close-up of interesting new books grouped according to subject, theme, or genre.  Like, difficult women, for instance. Last week Alex Kuczynski, author of Beauty Junkies, commented on four novels starring defiant women.

Hmmm. The NYT may be onto something.

The Sunday Coze exists because WordPress exists. I’m pretty sure I won’t be asked to write for the New York Times so I embrace the camaraderie and good cheer of other bloggers. And, at the end of a stressful reality-facing day, find comfort in a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream.

WordPress isn’t just about words.  It’s home to some powerfully expressive photo bloggers.  The ‘mechanical eye’ revolutionized the way we see the world.  Whether you’re an amateur photographer or just like jazzing up your coffee table, there’s a book for you.  My library shelves can barely contain them.


Women by Annie Leibovitz and Susan Sontag is not just full of celebs.


The American Wilderness by Ansel Adams showcases landscapes ~ the grandeur of mountains and clouds, the shimmering beauty of trees.

100 Photographs That Changed the World by Life Magazine has remarkable ~ and sometimes shocking ~ photos of society, war and peace, science and nature.


Through The Lens: National Geographic Greatest Photographs edited by Leah Bendavid Val includes 250 of their very best.

Photographers capture rare moments and defining events ~

some humorous,

some terrifying,

but always compelling.

Do you have a favorite photo?  Photographer?

Photo Blogger? coffee table book?


Meet you here next Sunday.

Toni 9/15/13


  1. Here’s a good one, Toni.
    It’s not exactly a coffee table photo book, in fact there are no photos, just drawings, but Joe Kaufman’s How We are Born, How We Grow, How Our Bodies Work, and How We Learn by Joe Kaufman was a pivotal book in our family. (It’s the size of a coffee tablet.) I bought it because I loved all Joe Kaufman’s stuff. I’m driving and the backseats are full of the kids. Sarah is reading aloud and the younger brothers–very little guys then–are, as usual, listening but dozing off and on. Sarah comes to those few paragraphs and precise drawings that I didn’t realize were in there, reads them aloud , looks up, meets my eyes in the rear-view mirror and asks, “Is this how it happens, Mom?” I say yes and she goes on to the part about eating lots of vegetables. (And the boys never stopped dozing.) Amazing.


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