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Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude by Stephanie Rosenbloom

Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude by Stephanie Rosenbloom

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“In Paris (or anywhere else, really) a table for one can be a most delightful place.” —Alone Time, as seen in The New York Times

A wise, passionate account of the pleasures of traveling solo

In our increasingly frantic daily lives, many people are genuinely fearful of the prospect of solitude, but time alone can be both rich and restorative, especially when travelling. Through on-the-ground reporting and recounting the experiences of artists, writers, and innovators who cherished solitude, Stephanie Rosenbloom considers how being alone as a traveller—and even in one’s own city—is conducive to becoming acutely aware of the sensual details of the world—patterns, textures, colors, tastes, sounds—in ways that are difficult to do in the company of others.

Alone Time is divided into four parts, each set in a different city, in a different season, in a single year. The destinations—Paris, Istanbul, Florence, New York—are all pedestrian-friendly, allowing travelers to slow down and appreciate casual pleasures instead of hurtling through museums and posting photos to Instagram. Each section spotlights a different theme associated with the joys and benefits of time alone and how it can enable people to enrich their lives—facilitating creativity, learning, self-reliance, as well as the ability to experiment and change. Rosenbloom incorporates insights from psychologists and sociologists who have studied solitude and happiness, and explores such topics as dining alone, learning to savor, discovering interests and passions, and finding or creating silent spaces. Her engaging and elegant prose makes Alone Time as warmly intimate an account as the details of a trip shared by a beloved friend—and will have its many readers eager to set off on their own solo adventures.

Stephanie Rosenbloom is the staff columnist for the Travel section of The New York Times, where she has been a reporter for various desks (including Styles, Business, and Real Estate) for more than a decade. She has appeared on CNN’s American Morning, NBC’s The Today Show, and NPR’s The Takeaway.

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LA NY: Aerial Photographs of Los Angeles and New York

LANYLA NY: Aerial Photographs of Los Angeles and New York

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LA NY is a dazzling visual tale of two cities, Los Angeles and New York, as seen from the air. Photographed straight down at a ninety-degree angle to emphasize the particular patterns of place, how the urban grid adapts to local topography, and how the topography itself adapts to human purposes, these two cities are revealed as never before in astonishing detail. Photographer Jeffrey Milstein explores residential and commercial neighborhoods, parks and recreation spots, as well as industrial districts and the infrastructure of transportation. Iconic buildings and landmarks are easy to spot, alongside suburban housing developments, apartment complexes, commercial hubs, entertainment and financial centers, and airports and shipping terminals. Milstein’s work deftly combines architecture, science, and art.

Using high-resolution cameras mounted to a stabilizing gyro, Milstein leaned out of helicopters over Los Angeles where he grew up and over New York where he now lives, looking for shapes and patterns of culture from above, continually awed by the difference an aerial view makes. In addition to the urban topography, events and activities have also been captured, such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and outings at the beach.

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Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London

FlaneuseFlaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London

by Lauren Elkin

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The flâneur is the quintessentially masculine figure of privilege and leisure who strides the capitals of the world with abandon. But it is the flâneuse who captures the imagination of the cultural critic Lauren Elkin. In her wonderfully gender-bending new book, the flâneuse is a “determined, resourceful individual keenly attuned to the creative potential of the city and the liberating possibilities of a good walk.” Virginia Woolf called it “street haunting”; Holly Golightly epitomized it in Breakfast at Tiffany’s; and Patti Smith did it in her own inimitable style in 1970s New York.

Part cultural meander, part memoir, Flâneuse takes us on a distinctly cosmopolitan jaunt that begins in New York, where Elkin grew up, and transports us to Paris via Venice, Tokyo, and London, all cities in which she’s lived. We are shown the paths beaten by such flâneuses as the cross-dressing nineteenth-century novelist George Sand, the Parisian artist Sophie Calle, the wartime correspondent Martha Gellhorn, and the writer Jean Rhys. With tenacity and insight, Elkin creates a mosaic of what urban settings have meant to women, charting through literature, art, history, and film the sometimes exhilarating, sometimes fraught relationship that women have with the metropolis.

Called “deliciously spiky and seditious” by The Guardian, Flâneuse will inspire you to light out for the great cities yourself.

“Deliciously spiky and seditious, [Elkin] takes her readers on a rich, intelligent and lively meander through cultural history, biography, literary criticism, urban topography and memoir . . . I defy anyone to read this celebratory study and not feel inspired to take to the streets in one way or another.” –Lucy Scholes, The Observer (London)

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Off Track Planet’s Brooklyn Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy, and Broke

BrooklynOff Track Planet’s Brooklyn Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy, and Broke

Following in the successful footsteps of “Off Track Planet s Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy, and Broke,” this brand-new book in the Off Track Planet series will focus entirely on Brooklyn, a huge destination spot for the 20s and 30s crowd. In recent years, Brooklyn has boomed in popularity and people visit from all over the world to explore the restaurant scene, bars, and culture that thrive in this popular city.

This edgy reference book is divided into two parts. The first part covers what to expect in Brooklyn including fashion, health and safety, budgeting, and where to stay. The second part is organized by neighborhood and what to do for fun including bars and partying, places to visit, shopping, eating, festivals, tattoo shops, sightseeing, and more. Complete with predeparture suggestions as well as OTP tips and fun facts, this comprehensive travel guide also includes 200+ photos and illustrated maps for each neighborhood and is the only go-to guide to Brooklyn you ll need.

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Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults

Graduates in WonderlandGraduates in Wonderland by Jessica Pan & Rachel Kapelke-Dale

Two best friends document their post-college lives in a hilarious, relatable, and powerfully honest epistolary memoir.
Fast friends since they met at Brown University during their freshman year, Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale vowed to keep in touch after their senior year through in-depth–and brutally honest–weekly e-mails. After graduation, Jess packs up everything she owns and moves to Beijing on a whim, while Rachel heads to New York to work for an art gallery and to figure out her love life. Each spends the next few years tumbling through adulthood and reinventing themselves in various countries, including France, China, and Australia. Through their messages from around the world, they swap tales of teaching classes of military men, running a magazine, and flirting in foreign languages, along with the hard stuff: from harrowing accidents to breakups and breakdowns.
Reminiscent of Sloan Crosley’s essays and Lena Dunham’s” Girls,” “Graduates in Wonderland” is an intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of two young women as they embark upon adulthood.

One of Jennifer Weiner’s Ten Best Beach Reads
–USA Weekend

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CITIx60 Guides

Whether it’s a one-day stopover or a longer trip, CITIx60 is your inspirational guide. Initiated and edited by viction:ary, the pocket-sized collection sports an artistic edge with a handpicked list of hotspots loved by 60 stars of the cities’ creative scene, wrapped in a city map drawn by talented artists. Enjoy life and design with CITIx60 guides at Barcelona, Berlin, London, New York, Paris and  first, and stay tuned for our new editions.