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The best books under $50 to make your coffee table better

Let’s give the tired fashion house and classical artist books a rest, shall we?

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If you’re one of those people who hasn’t read a book cover to cover since high school but still wants to look like an intellectual to guests, spruce up your coffee table with these lit picks.

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Hip-Hop (And Other Things), $25

Shea Serrano

The third book in Serrano’s (And Other Things) series, this anthology is the perfect answer to all your hip-hop questions. It’s so good, you should go grab the other two in the series while you’re at it.

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History As They Saw It: Iconic Moments From The Past In Color, $37

Wolfgang Wild and Jordan Lloyd

The state of the world today doesn’t grant much hope. But this book is like a little time machine that gives a brand new perspective to some of history’s most iconic black-and-white moments. We could all use a little color.

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Houseplants and Hot Sauce, $15

Sally Nixon

For those that got tired trying to find Waldo comes a new seek-and-find adventure. Nixon’s “book for grown-ups” is just the right touch of playful and visually pleasing.

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Rap Is Risen: New York Photographs 1988-2008, $50

Sue Kwon

Another trip down memory lane, Kwon’s 272-page glimpse at rap history tells an untold story of the genre. It has more than 300 intimate photos and makes a perfect conversation piece.

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Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, $25

While other books talk about Murakami’s commercial success, such as collabs with Kanye West and Louis Vuitton, this one is the first that dives into his works as a heritage-rich painter. It’s time to learn more about the man behind the smiley flower.

Rizzoli USA

Booze & Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music and Mixed Drinks, $25

André & Tenaya Darlington

Perfect for the entertainers, this book isn’t just pretty to look at and flip through. It’s a guide on how to make the perfect drink to set the mood for 70 records from the ‘50s through the ‘00s. A second volume is even arriving this spring.

Running Press

Dazed, Rolling Stone, New York magazine books

While the era of some print magazines has come and gone, you can still have an immortalized and memorialized version right at home. Go ahead, relive the glory days.

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