A good coffee table book is that perfect blend of eye candy and conversation-starter—something that adds personality and interest to a room while also teaching us something new or sparking a discussion. Recently, we took some time to peruse some new releases and titles recommended by in-the-know friends, and compiled our seven favorites into a quick list of must-reads. In this roundup, we tour gorgeous gardens, get a peek at stunning interiors, brush up on essential entertaining advice, and explore the restorative power of crystals. Read on to discover new hardbacks to consider adding to your collection or gift to hard-to-please individuals this holiday season. Click through the gallery for details on each title.