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Take a Trip Around the World with These 27 Books Recommended by Our Favorite Authors
We are told about the transportive powers of books from a young age, how their every word can teleport you into worlds never imagined with a cast of characters unlike anyone you’ve ever met. Now more than ever, many of us are truly beginning to understand and appreciate exactly how magical these tales can be.
“There are few better reasons to read than escapism,” explains author Elliot Ackerman. “And right now, we could all use a bit of an escape."
Your favorite design book can transport you, even if for an hour or two, into a room decked out from ceiling to floor in lavish, colorful fabric from India. Even that French cookbook you ordered late at night has the ability to make you feel as though you are sitting in one of the most beautiful restaurants of Paris.
To help add to your wanderlust-filled book collection, we asked a range of award-winning authors — from interior designers to aficionados of historical fiction — to share their favorite travel reads. Whether it’s an eye-opening trek through Mexico or a simple peek at homes in the Hamptons, these book are sure to take you places.
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A National Book Award nominee, Elliot Ackerman uses his experiences as a decorated war veteran to tell spellbinding stories and explore the effects of war across the world. Ackerman's work has appeared in countless publications such as Esquire, TIME Magazine, and The New York Times, while his latest novel Red Dress in Black and White comes out May 26, 2020. In the past couple of months, Ackerman has taken the time to rediscover some of his favorites transportive reads. "There are few better reasons to read than escapism," says Ackerman. "And right now, we could all use a bit of an escape."
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Jeffry Weisman of Fisher Weisman
Acclaimed designer Jeffry Weisman knows how to flawlessly balance refined comfort with worldly charm within his design projects. Based in both San Francisco and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, his design firm, Fischer Weisman, produces an array of stunning furnishings from gilded chandeliers to quirky toad talisman. Jeffry and his partner, Andrew Fisher, even have dabbled in writing with their book, Artful Decoration.
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Wendy Walker has a knack for drawing people into heart-pumping scenes and thrilling storylines with her psychological suspense novels. Prior to her career as an author, Wendy practiced law and worked as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs, both of which help inform her writing today. Her next thriller, Don’t Look for Me, will be published in September 2020.
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Jan Showers infuses an sense of timeless elegance and grace with each of her endeavors. Whether it be in her design work, Dallas showroom, or writing, Showers showcases an contemporary approach to interior design with a twist of Southern charm. Her third book, Glamorous Living, is due out in September of this year.
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Mary Kay Andrews
After spending 14 years as a newspaper reporter, Mary Kay Andrews dove headfirst into the world of mystery writing and never looked back. Nearly 24 novels later, Mary Kay has found herself on the New York Times bestselling list countless times and even released a cookbook, The Beach House Cookbook. Fans of them can find her latest piece, Hello, Summer, on bookshelves May 5, 2020.
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With the background of a classically trained architect, Marie Flanigan uses her innate understanding of structure and style to create serene and balanced interiors. In her first book, The Beauty of Home, she takes readers through nine different design elements and her philosophy to design. The book will debut in September 2020.
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Praised for her historical novels often set in New York City, Fiona Davis began her career as an actress working on Broadway. Davis fell in love with writing after earning a master's degree at Columbia Journalism School and soon began working as an editor before finding creative writing. The nationally bestselling author is set to release her new latest work, The Lions of Fifth Avenue, a love letter to the New York Public Library and powerful women, on July 21, 2020.
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The former VERANDA Editor-in-Chief and current Creative Director at Schumacher, Dara Caponigro is a leading tastemaker in the world of style and interiors. In her upcoming book, S Is For Style, the Schumacher Book of Decoration, Dara explores the power lavish imagery and pattern can have within homes.
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Belgium-born, London-based designer Philip Vergeylen has cultivated a signature style grounded in European sensibility and glamour. Vergeylen, along with Paolo Moschino, runs the award-winning design studio Nicolas Haslam and even co-wrote the lavish design book Signature Spaces: Well-Traveled Interiors.