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If you're tired of typical guidebooks, pick up these two discriminating titles that have attitude to spare. Luxe City Guides (www.luxecityguides.com; $7) focus considerable wit—and venom—on Southeast Asia, profiling restaurants, shops, and nightlife in frequently biting tones (the crowd at one Bangkok club "is getting slutty"). Art-book publisher Abrams enters the guide game with StyleCity (www.amazon.com; $25), a series of glossy, in-the-know folios on Paris, Barcelona, and more of the world's most fashionable places.
—H. Scott Jolley