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Illustrated books on sports, films and U.S. history to check out

This is an article about books that are difficult to categorize.

They’re a combination of art and words that present information in a unique way — typically with some beautiful graphic design.

They’re the kind of books that fit nicely on a coffee table or can be something you grab for a quick read, when you only have a few minutes. (Yes, I’m alluding to bathroom reading.) Or, perhaps in a less crass way, a good choice for your subway commute.

Here are five such books you should seek out.

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