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From Avedon to Baldacci, your winter reading season is mapped out in intriguing words and pictures.

 

 

A Life in Pictures
Norma Stevens collaborated with Steven M.L. Aronson to record the life of a true 20th century photography icon in Avedon: Something Personal ($40, Spiegel & Grau).

“[Avedon] called up the famous curtain line of Tea & Sympathy, mock-intoning, ‘Years from now, when you talk about this, and you will, be kind,’ quickly adding, ‘Only don’t be kind—I don’t want a tribute, I want a portrait. ... Make me into an Avedon.’”

Professional Killers
In End Game ($29, Grand Central Publishing), contemporary thriller master David Baldacci spins the tale of two assassins investigating the disappearance of their handler in rural Colorado.

“He was forty-one years old, six one, a buck-eighty, and physically ripped because his job required it. His endurance levels and pain tolerances were off the chart—again, because they had to be.”

Recent History
Those who fondly recall the 1990s as a wilder, less buttoned-up time—when people actually met without the benefit of handheld devices—will love The Naughty Nineties: The Triumph of the American Libido ($32, Twelve).

“Sexual relations were an essential part of [Joan Rivers’] act, and yet she professed to find the sex act highly overrated.”

Fellow Traveler
English novelist Jeffrey Archer, known for his The Clifton Chronicles novels, has traveled the world, collecting continents—and local stories—for Tell Tale ($25, St. Martin’s Press).

“It is true that some people have been known to leave Cortoglia [Italy] and seek their fortunes further afield, but the more sensible among them return fairly quickly.”