UNESCO launched World Book Day on April 23, 1995 (the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death). This year more than ever, books are providing us with a welcome escape. Below are a few of our transportive must-reads this spring.
• Chic Stays. Subtitled “Condé Nast Traveller’s Favourite People on Their Favourite Places,” this lavishly illustrated book will help scratch any jet-setting itch you may have. Learn where Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne stays on the Amalfi Coast, which Maldives beach is Kate Moss’s go-to, and more favorite destinations from 34 other boldfaced names.
• Down to Earth: Laid-Back Interiors for Modern Living. Designer Lauren Liess is known and loved for her easygoing, serene, but above all livable interiors. In this book she shows how to translate this aesthetic to your home, complete with tours of six wildly different abodes.
• Flowers: Art & Bouquets. Even if you don’t know a hibiscus from a helenium, you’ll ooh and ahh over this breathtaking compendium of centuries of floral art and design. And as much as you’ll relish the book now, you’ll appreciate it even more during the gray days of winter.
• Influential Women Book Set. The five titles in this beautifully bound collection—The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live by Joan Didion, Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, Carried Away by Alice Munro, and Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf—will provide hours of lyrical, thoughtful satisfaction.
• Issues. If you love fashion, magazines, photography, or any combination of the above, this book is a must. Photography critic Vince Aletti selected 100 issues of magazines, from 1925 through 2018, to present a unique retrospective on the history of editorial photography.
• Harry Potter Mash-Up. Juniper Books has taken the seven books in the Harry Potter series and given them covers that reflect the four houses of Hogwarts. They come in a storage trunk nearly as handsome as the books themselves.
• The Great Gatsby. Forget the movies; they come nowhere close to capturing the poignancy of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. Unlike some other classics, this is a fairly quick read—and this hand-bound version makes it a beautiful addition to a bookcase or a coffee table.