Sunsets in Myanmar, ice storms in New York—just a few of the luminous images in An Eye for Beauty ($35, Abrams), a collection of philanthropist Evelyn H. Lauder's travel pictures.

The foldout maps in the sleek Moon Metro guides (Avalon, $14.95) are smartly detailed and oh-so-discreet—you won't look like a clueless tourist puzzling over a plan de Paris.

Alain de Botton, the philosophical author of How Proust Can Change Your Life, muses about wanderlust and in-flight meals in The Art of Travel (Pantheon, $23).

If you've ever taken a trip with a beloved grandfather, you'll love Around America (W. W. Norton, $13.95), a coastal sailing tour with the legendary Walter Cronkite as your first mate.

By H. Scott Jolley and Scott Jolley