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5 Must-Read Books to Add to Your Reading List in 2018

Start the new year off right by adding these to your reading list.
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Joseph Dirand Interiors (Rizzoli)



The go-to designer of European heiresses and major fashion labels such as Balmain, Chloé, Rick Owens, and Givenchy, Joseph Dirand is one of the most sought-after architects of our time. His latest projects, which include a highly anticipated New York restaurant by Joel Robuchon and Aby Rosen, and a major resort development in the Bahamas, are guaranteed to attract even more publicity—but it’s in his residential projects that his talent and eye for beauty are most evident, as seen in this new volume.

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Available at National Book Store.


Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams (Thames & Hudson)



In celebration of the House of Dior’s 70th anniversary, this landmark publication compiles 70 of the most important and memorable designs by Christian Dior and his bevy of big-name successors, among them Yves Saint Laurent, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri. Published alongside original sketches are never-before-seen images from shoots by renowned photographers such as Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, and Cecil Beaton.

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Available at National Book Store.


What We Lose, by Zinzi Clemmons (Random House)



The debut novel of Clemmons, who is one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 honorees for 2017, What We Lose is both the story of a woman distraught by the loss of her mother and an examination of South African culture. At once striking, poignant, and profound, it’s everything one looks for in literature, especially in a season of introspection.

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Available at National Book Store.


Where Bartenders Drink (Phaidon)



In another follow-up to Phaidon’s popular Where Chefs Eat volume, originally published in 2013 and which gave rise to Where to Eat Pizza and Where to Drink Coffee, the new Where Bartenders Drink compiles 750 watering hole recommendations in 60 countries around the world from 300 expert mixologists. The usual suspects—famous hotel bars such as NoMad in Manhattan and American Bar in London, for example— are cited, but there are also suggestions for places such as Cape Town Christchurch. The Philippines’ Lanai Lounge at Antonio's in Tagaytay gets a special mention.

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Available at National Book Store.


Manila, Manila, and More (Summit Books)



There’s more to this city than its traffic-stricken roads and increasingly controversial politics. Manila, Manila, and More, a travel guide to Manila edited by Raymond Ang, showcases the best in local dining and culture. Divided into three main sections, neighborhood guides are devoted to the urbanized Manila of Makati, Bonifacio Global City, and other major districts; the re-emerging “old” Manila of Malate, Escolta, and Pasay; and select out-of-town destinations such as Siargao, Palawan, and Ilocos Norte.

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The guide also profiles a number of personalities, among them Margarita Forés, Asia’s Best Female Chef for 2016, and Geraldine Roman, the first transgender politician elected into Philippine Congress. Interspersed in the book are thought-provoking essays on the state of nation penned by sociologist Nicole Curato and activist Carlos Celdran, as well as conversations with the likes of artist Maria Taniguchi and filmmaker Pepe Diokno.

Available at National Book Store.

This story was originally published in the December 2017-January 2018 issue of Town&Country.

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