03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Style Books To Give For The Holidays

Style books are a motley crew. Many offer stale fashion advice or strange recipes for make-your-own-beauty-products; one could fill an unfortunate library with books that analyze the style of celebrities. Like compendiums of sports bloopers and silly home videos, these books offer more comic relief than wisdom.

Still, after sifting through the two-foot-high stacks of the latest style books on my desk, I've found a handful that I can recommend to anyone with a brain and a busy schedule.

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