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The Alps: Hotels, Destinations, Culture

Invaluable as an Alps resource. Libraries can keep this title for many years, especially since several of the featured hotels have been around for a long time.

Fifth Avenue: From Washington Square to Marcus Garvey Park

The precise, descriptive, and objective prose contrasts with the AIA Guide to New York City’s frequently arch comments. For all readers interested in New York’s built environment.

Walking Broadway: Thirteen Miles of Architecture and History

For all architectural history students and urban designers, who might read Hilary Ballon’s complementary The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1911–2011 alongside the guidebook.

The Oil Painter’s Color Handbook: A Contemporary Guide to Color Mixing, Pigments, Palettes, and Harmony

Casey’s thorough and well-designed guide provides an extensive overview of color theory and the ways color can be used in art. Although there’s some beginner-friendly content, it’s best suited to artists with some experience with oil paints.

Extraordinary Interiors

A delightful peek at the extraordinary interiors of the extraordinarily wealthy.

Breuer’s Bohemia: The Architect, His Circle, and Midcentury Houses in New England

While in its focus on two Breuer clients, this book pairs well with Leonard Eaton’s Two Chicago Architects and Their Clients, Crump’s film tells a more compelling story of self-indulgent libertines who nonetheless became patrons of important work. Joachim Driller’s Breuer Houses (more comprehensively illustrated with floor plans) offers a deeper architectural understanding, but used in tandem with Syracuse University’s Digital Archive, Crump’s book is a worthy addition to larger architecture collections.

Master of the Midcentury: The Architecture of William F. Cody

There are too few floor plans, which reduces the value of this volume; suitable for comprehensive architecture collections.

Edible Flowers: How, Why, and When We Eat Flowers

A treat for organic farmers and anyone who loves to cook.


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