6 Best Books to Read On a Long-Haul Flight
Throughout history and all over the world, timber has been used as a building block for structures large and small, humble and exuberant. The ambitious and complex works of architecture within the pages of Wood (Phaidon)—from projects by esteemed architects such as Tadao Ando and Reiulf Ramstad to less known but equally spectacular buildings like the Orquideorama in Medellin, Colombia, and the Evolver, a snakelike structure in Switzerland designed by Alice Studio—illustrate the ways in which talent, creativity, and raw material can help reimagine and transform spaces and even whole cities. One such project highlighted in the volume is the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Noume?a, New Caledonia. Completed by Renzo Piano in 1998, the elegant, almost otherworldly series of buildings put the French island on the map, so to speak, and was considered a design that was way ahead of its time. Wood is an ode to the natural material and the architects who’ve taken on the challenge of viewing it from a different perspective, a reminder that even as the world evolves, the simplest things can inspire innovation. Available at National Book Store; phaidon.com.
Marlena (Macmillan), by Julie Buntin
There isn’t anything quite like the friendship between two girls coming of age together, as evidenced by Buntin’s tender,
The Leavers (Algonquin), by Lisa Ko
The 11-year-old son of an undocumented Chinese immigrant in New York finds himself suddenly orphaned, and then moved into the care of an American couple, to his grief and bewilderment. Available at National Book Store.
Sing, Unburied, Sing (Bloomsbury), by Jesmyn Ward
The National Book Award-winning author delves into an African-American family’s struggles with drug addiction, complicated relationships, and racism in rural America. Available at National Book Store.
Little Fires Everywhere (Little, Brown), by Celeste Ng
Ng’s sophomore effort revolves around a mother and daughter who have just relocated to suburban Ohio. They decide to rent a duplex from the wealthy Richardson family, and chaos in the community—triggered by interracial adoption, arson, and class divides—ensues. Available at National Book Store.
Commonwealth (HarperCollins), by Ann Patchett
From the author of Bel Canto comes this rich, poignant story about family and forgiveness that follows the lives of the Keating and Cousins families over the next half-century. Available at National Book Store.
This story was originally published in the March 2018 issue of Town&Country.