Sam met true adventurer Tom Avery, the British explorer who recreated Robert Peary's perilous 1909 trek to the North Pole when he interviewed him this April.
"A Shadow Falls" by photographer Nick Brandt is 132 pages and 58 images of African wildlife in its most natural environment. Brandt discards the telephoto lens in favor of getting as close as he can to his subjects.
Juju's Favorite Coffee Table Books of 2009
Juju is a diehard Yankee's fan, so "New York Yankees: 365" was a foregone choice.
Written by The Associated Press with a forward by former Yankee great Don Mattingly, the book is a colorful archive of, and a tribute to the history of the Yankees, its ups and downs, heros and anti-heros and most memorable moments.
For the art lovers in us all, there's "100 Contemporary Artists," a comprehensive study of contemporary art at the beginning of the 21st century.
At 704 pages, it's nearly 12 pounds of art for your viewing pleasure.
At age 80, Harry Benson is one of the most accomplished photographers in history and the aptly named "Harry Benson: Photographs" is a collection of some of his best.
From the Beatles' pillow fight to Ronald Reagan dancing with wife Nancy, the book is a pictoral history of many of the defining moments and people of the last 60 years.
Benson was the most published photographer for Life Magazine before it closed and has since worked for Vanity Fair and Architectural Digest.