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A sultry new tome puts faces (and tushes) on the country where futebol, faith and teensy-weensy bikinis come together as a lifestyle holy trinity. Hey, blame it on Rio.

Armand Limnander’s “Brazilian Style” captures a nation and a culture of wild diversity, primarily with fashion-type photography. And why not, considering that models such as Gisele Bundchen are one of Brazil’s many contributions to the world stage?

And because there’s simply no such thing as too much T&A, “Brazilian Style,” from Assouline, features bounties of body parts, in chic locales like Ipanema, where that tall and tan and young and lovely girl was from (not to mention some shapely ladies who once were men).

No book on Brazil would be complete without a nod to futebol (soccer, to you Yankee heathens), a sport the country practically reinvented in the late 1950s, and there’s an iconic image of the legendary Pelé, bicycle kicking at the very height of his athletic power.

The food, the architecture, a loopy, offhanded political pronouncement or two, and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, the statue of Christ the Redeemer that overlooks Rio de Janeiro, all make their rightful appearances in a fantasy book that will carry you through the frigid winter months.

By Peter Pavia

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