'The Art of The Adventures of Tintin' (Harper Design)

Historic moments in military history commemorated by patriotic jewelry and decorations.

Light in the Desert

Photographs From the Monastery of Christ in the Desert

Tony O'Brien

Museum of New Mexico Press, $50

After being imprisoned in Afghanistan while on assignment in 1989, photographer Tony O'Brien found solace at the Benedictine monastery in New Mexico. He returned years later to do a story and became a practicing member of the community.

Living in a Modern Way

California Design, 1930-1965

Edited by Wendy Kaplan

MIT Press, $60

One of the first comprehensive examinations of California's Midcentury modern design, this book traces its origins to 1930s European emigrés including Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler and Kem Weber.

The Louvre

All the Paintings

Erich Lessing and Vincent Pomarède

Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, $75

All 3,022 paintings on display in the permanent painting collection of the Louvre are beautifully presented in full color. Includes a DVD.

The Male Nudes

George Platt Lynes

Rizzoli, $60

A collection of male nude photographs, many never before in print, from an important fashion photographer from the 1930s and 1940s.