Hand in Hand

The photographer Meg Boscov makes macro pictures; the writer Randall Brown makes micro stories. Teaming their extravagant talents, they’ve produced one of the loveliest — and most useful — coffee table books we’ve encountered. “Hand in Hand” contains a ravishing photo (many of them from nature) and an accompanying page of text in each chapter, one for every week of the year. Each ends with an uplifting thought experiment inspired by the imagery. The creators suggest rationing the book into fifty-two portions. Alas, “Hand in Hand” is too magical. We’re cheating on our diet, gorging on spectacular sights and elegant thoughts.

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