Next time you level off at 35,000 feet, don't just read a magazine—read the landscape below you. The oddly beautiful topographical photos in Gregory Dicum's Window Seat (Chronicle Books, $14.95) capture the terrain of North America, from the grand grids of Washington, D.C., and the Mississippi's sinuous curvesto the volcanic cone of Mount Hood in Oregon and the jagged slash of California's San Andreas Fault. • For a flight of fancy without ever leaving the ground, breeze through Linda Dannenberg's New French Country (Clarkson Potter, $40). This sumptuous showcase of chic Provençal interiors also offers a carefully edited list of artisans, antiques dealers, and shops, to help you add a Gallic flair to your own rooms.
—H. Scott Jolley