Shelf Life

Sub of Arts & Culture

Look Books Next to your Pinterest-worthy terrariums and Anthropologie vases should be at least one (if not all) of these six sexy coffee table books.

Relive some of Vogue’s greatest moments in Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue, the book that chronicles the famously visionary creative director Grace Coddington (Phaidon, $150). Cabin Porn by Zach Klein—hey, get your head out of the gutter—is a serene photo meditation on the great outdoors (Little Brown, $18). …

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Reality Check What's the meaning of real life in 2015? Baltimore-based fiction writer Kathy Flann lets us have it-in formidable short story form.

Goucher professor Kathy Flann’s second collection of stories, “Get a Grip”—released last month through Texas Review Press—recalls the hilariously hyperbolic energy of an early T.C. Boyle meets Lorrie Moore’s angst-ridden, comically absurd population. But Flann’s own lilting, funny/angry/astute music finally makes such comparisons simplistic. I should say that I know …

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