Worth a Thousand Words

Written By: Lissa Poirot

Coffee table books not only provide a stylish sense of décor and reveal the tastes of homeowners, but they also make excellent gifts during the gift-giving season and beyond. Presenting large-scale photography that may take your breath away, these coffee table books represent our home state. Whether you buy them for others or yourself, here are beautiful additions to your space that friends and loved ones will also admire.

NATURALLY GEORGIA: FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO THE COAST

Chris Greer

Globe Pequot

Showcasing our state’s geographical diversity through gorgeous photography, Chris Greer’s coffee table book will take you from the southern Appalachians through the swamps to the beaches and everywhere in between. Find images of rolling farmland, stately trees that have survived hundreds of years, and Georgia’s ever-changing scenery in this new hardcover, released in July. ($30)

THE SOUL TREE: POEMS AND PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS

Laura Hope-Gill, John Fletcher

Grateful Steps

Capturing the Appalachian’s beauty along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, photographer John Fletcher’s work is accompanied by poetry about the area, written by Laura Hope-Gill. Her poems of faith, healing and nature give deeper meaning to the natural imagery found in this 109-page hardcover. ($19)

ARRIVING HOME: A GRACIOUS SOUTHERN WELCOME

James T. Farmer, Jeff Herr

Gibbs Smith

Southern style and hospitality is the showcase of this 240-page book filled with imagery of home interiors. From those filled with antiques to others providing a more relaxed and comfortable environment, author and Georgia native James T. Farmer’s words describe how to recreate the look as Jeff Herr’s photography will inspire your own designs. ($31)

GEORGIA UNFORGETTABLE

Robb Helfrick, James Randklev

Farcountry Press

From its Minnehaha Falls cover throughout its 143 pages, this coffee table book also captures the Peach State from its mountains to its coastal islands. But it’s not only Georgia landscapes; inside are Atlanta’s shiny skyscrapers, Savannah’s moss-covered tree-lined squares and agriculture scenes from within the state. ($25)

MOUNTAIN BLUE: THE BEAUTY AND GRANDEUR OF AMERICA’S SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS

Les Saucier, Janet Garrity

Saucier Starbooks

The stunning photography found in this 128-page hardcover will inspire you to lace up your boots and take a walk in the mountain woods. Capturing misty mornings, pristine waterfalls and abundant wildlife in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, the pages also include detailed captions to help readers find the very spots featured. ($40)

DOMINANT DAWGS: GEORGIA’S JOURNEY TO THE 2021 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Athens Banner-Herald

Pediment Publishing

What University of Georgia fan would not love this large-format photo book of the Bulldogs rise to 2021 National Championship? This collector’s edition keepsake includes stories from the writers at the Banner-Herald and in-depth profiles on the players and the season. ($40)

HISTORIC RURAL CHURCHES OF GEORGIA

Various

University of Georgia Press

Rustic churches falling to the wayside on old country roads are a staple of southern living and this collection of photography showcases 47 different churches captured during the Historic Rural Churches of Georgia’s mission to preserve them as landmarks. More than 400 pages are filled with images from rural life that harken to our state’s past. ($31)

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