LIGHT READING: "Norman Mailer/Bert Stern: Marilyn Monroe"

I have a major thing for coffee table books. They’re some of my favorite gifts to give and I’m also quite the collector myself. Why? A stack of coffee table books is much more than just a pile of reading material! The right coffee table books make for an excellent design element and are a great way to put your taste in art, design or fashion on display.

Now this new coffee table tome by luxury publishing house Taschen is truly something to be marveled at… It’s a fabulous hybrid of sorts—pairing the text from Norman Mailer’s 1973 biography of Marilyn Monroe with Bert Stern’s legendary photographs of the starlet.

Full disclaimer: This Bert Stern print was the first piece of art I ever bought—so as you can imagine I already have a particular affinity for the famous photographer’s last sitting with Marilyn Monroe…

But regardless, the book is literally a work of art in itself, perfect for the budding collector! It’s available in a Collector’s Edition of 1,712 or an Art Edition of 125 numbered copies that include a clamshell box and a pigment print signed by Stern. Who wouldn’t like one of those sitting in their home!

What’s in your coffee table book collection?

Love, Molly