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Books: feeling bookish? Or just in the mood for pretty pictures? These coffee-table confections are a holiday treat.

Kevyn Aucoin: A Beautiful Life * Kerry Diamond * Atria Books/Simon and Schuster * $30

Subtitled The Success, Struggles, and Beauty Secrets of a Legendary Makeup Artist, this posthumous biography pays homage--via celeb Q&As, tips and techniques, and more than 250 photographs--to the man whose magic fingers touched the famous faces of virtually all the women we love best.

Factory Made: Warhol and the Sixties * Steven Watson * Pantheon/Random House * $27.50

This is perhaps the most insightful treatment yet of the pansexual golden age of Andy Warhol, who turned a former hat factory into the breeding ground where characters like Holly Woodlawn, Lou Reed, and Edie Sedgwick prepped America for its 15 minutes of fame.

Picture Show: Classic Movie Posters From the TCM Archives * Dianna Edwards * Chronicle Books * $19.95

More than 150 one-sheets from Hollywood's heyday are splashed across the pages of this colorful, campy opus. With chapters like "Bad Girls," "Drama Queens," and "Men in Tights," this is a queer film buff's must-have title.

Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century American Art * Richard Meyer * Beacon * $25

This history of censored/censured homoerotic artwork benefits not only front Meyer's extensive research and provocative analysis but from images by such notoriously naughty virtuosos as Robert Mapplethorpe, David Wojnarowicz, and Tom of Finland.

Footnotes: What You Stand For Is More Important Than What You Stand In * Kenneth Cole (with Mira Jacob) * Simon and Schuster * $35

The straight-but-oh-so-gay-friendly designer, philanthropist, and businessman who created a billion-dollar company in 20 years peppers with his infamous puns the paragraphs of this richly illustrated autobiography concerning his time in "shoe business."

Hockney's People * Kay Heymer and Marco Livingstone * Bulfinch/Time Warner * $50

In 1955 David Hockney painted his first portrait subject other than himself: his dad.

The artist hasn't stopped immortalizing family, friends, lovers--and himself--since. Among the nearly 250 portraits included here are likenesses of Armistead Maupin, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Isherwood with Don Bachardy.

Joseph Cornell: Shadowplay Eterniday * Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, Walter Hopps, Richard Vine, and Robert Lehrman * Thames and Hudson * $60

Cornell was famed for his beautiful bric-a-brac box collages: glass-fronted treasure chests containing assorted odd objects. This volume--published to coincide with the centennial of the 'artist's birth--comes with a companion DVD whose bonus material alone is priceless.

Queer as Folk: The Book * Paul Ruditis * Pocket Books/Simon and Schuster * $40

Can't wait for the upcoming fourth season of Showtime's most ballsy series? This bible--with its blow-by-blow episode synopses, never-before-seen pix, and interviews with actors, writers, and producers--is sure to tide you over.

Judy Garland: A Portrait in Art & Anecdote * John Fricke (foreword by Lorna Luft) * Bulfinch/ Time Warner * $50

Divided by decade, this tribute combines 415 illustrations--of rare or previously unpublished photos, studio memorabilia, and mementos--with droll or moving tales from coworkers, comrades, kin, and the lady herself. The result is a lush, loving, literary shrine to one of oar best-loved icons.
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Title Annotation:Last Minute Gifts
Author:Vaillancourt, Daniel
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 23, 2003
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