Books + Reading Lists
Portland, OR was recently voted the best city in America for bookstores. The rare-books section at Powell’s—the largest bookshop in the U.S.—is worth the pilgrimage for these extraordinary selections.
De Bello Judaico
Flavius Josephus, $12,500
Bound in parchment and decorated by hand, the oldest book at Powell’s dates to 1480—30 years after Gutenberg invented the printing press.
For those of us who seek to immerse ourselves in a place, photographer Gail Albert Halaban’s Paris Views (Aperture) offers a voyeuristic glimpse into la vie parisienne. A family celebrates a child’s birthday. A couple shares a bottle of wine. A man wearing shorts plays air guitar. To scout locations and get the perfect vantage points, Halaban invited herself into dozens of homes. The result, a follow-up to her New York series, Out My Window, is a strikingly intimate vignette of urban life. And, she says, “It’s also a great way to meet locals.”
Photo © Gail Albert Halaban, courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery
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When Eden Collinsworth moved to China to write a guidebook on Western etiquette for Chinese businessmen, it’s safe to say that she encountered some cultural differences (like the time when a man asked how much she cost). In fact, there was enough material for another book, I Stand Corrected: How Teaching Western Manners in China Became its Own Unforgettable Lesson, which hits shelves October 7. In this humorous memoir, the former media exec and business consultant sheds light on her time living abroad. Here, she shares some of her experiences, tips for traveling in China, and more.
This is the time for fall openings in New York City: art exhibitions, theater, opera, dance, but the most special and quietly spectacular: Albertine, a new bookshop (yes, a bricks-and-mortar store), opening to the public on Saturday, September 27, and located in the Cultural Sevices building of the French Embassy at 972 Fifth Avenue (between 78th and 79th Streets). Designer Jacques Garcia has created Albertine as a grand, private French library on two levels with an internal staircase that connects the shop and its reading room.
What’s inside? The most comprehensive selection of French-language books and English translations in the United States: more than 14,000 titles, including novels, non-fiction, art and rare books, comic and children’s books, in addition to DVDs, magazines, stationery, and beautiful paper goods.
Movie stars, heiresses, tycoons— in the early to mid 20th century, they turned the Caribbean into the American Riviera. Hermes Mallea’s Escape: The Heyday of Caribbean Glamour (Rizzoli) chronicles the birth of the palm-lined playgrounds and extravagant, colonial-style resorts that fueled our country’s fascination with the tropics. Ernest Hemingway poses with the day’s catch (swordfish) in Bimini; the Duke and Duchess of Windsor play cards in their tassel-and-toile-filled Nassau living room; Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward take a straw-hatted holiday at Jamaica’s Round Hill. All of it proves that elemental truth: tans may fade, but the lure of paradise is forever.
Photo courtesy of Emory Kristof/National Geographic Creative
Still prefer real books to e-readers—but hate having to lug them in your suitcase? Shutters on the Beach, the iconic Santa Monica hotel, is introducing a new Beach Book Bag program, allowing guests to order their beach reads before stepping foot on the plane.
For a generation of mariners, Hinckley has been a source of national pride—their handcrafted vessels are decked out with a classic style that stands out in oceans and harbors across the world. In his new book, Hinckley Yacts: An American Icon, sailing aficionado Nick Voulgaris III takes readers on a nostalgic journey through 86 years of boatbuilding. T+L sat down with the author for an up-close look at the project.
America’s melting pot is boiling over with revived regional cuisine and distinctive flavor profiles. Amazon Books’ Food Editor, Mari Malcolm, was inspired by a surge of localized cookbooks—and wanted to put the best of the year (and the all-American classics) on the map.
These days, in-flight magazines have to work harder and harder to get a traveler’s attention—and Delta’s redesigned Sky is doing just that, with a cleaner layout that emphasizes white space, refined typefaces, and eye-catching photography.
We love this new book from celebrated Japanese food artist Tama-chan. A photo-anthology of her works, Smiling Sushi Roll showcases sushi at its most whimsical. While not all of the rolls themselves are smiling—a shockingly accurate copy of Edvard Munch's The Scream, for example, is not—readers certainly will be when they flip through the pages. The text is in Japanese, but a picture is worth a thousand words, right? Especially when it's a picture of a sushi tyrannosaurus.