You're gonna need an excuse if you want this book to grace your shelves. Why?
Because, made by former Vogue photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank, it's a compendium of over 100 portraits of American women.
All of whom happen to be beautiful. You might want to take notes from the book, which waxes about each choice's 'original blend of grit, grace, glamour and gravitas' - obviously the only reason you bought it in the first place. ($75, Assouline)