Beach Reads – February 2013

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Few things are better than getting a tan with your favorite book in hand. Here are some of the books you may want to bring on your holidays. You can buy them at local bookstores.

THE VERTICAL GARDEN: FROM NATURE TO THE CITY

By BLANC, PATRICK

Nobody is more familiar than Blanc with the secrets of the plants, from all over the world, that live on almost nothing, in the most unlikely situations, carpeting the forest understory in semi-darkness or clinging to rocky cliff faces. From Paris to Bangkok, from New York to Singapore, Blanc invites nature to flourish on the walls of museums, shopping malls, private homes, big hotels, and skyscrapers. His works have brought a breath of fresh air to urban environments, changing our view of the cityscape, orchestrating and bringing art into the heart of the city, transforming concrete walls into refuges for biodiversity.

Price: Bt1,975/US$64.60 // Available at Asia Books/Bookazine

THE CHANGE BOOK
By KROGERUS & TSCHAPPELER

From the creators of the bestselling “The Decision Book” come 52 surprisingly simple explanations of our seemingly inexplicable world. How do you make your way in a world that is changing at an unprecedented rate? Why do we have less and less time? Why are some people unfaithful? How can our government act against threats before they happen? This book is about change – from the small and seemingly insignificant transitions in our day-to-day lives, to the big and almost incomprehensible shifts in human history. Drawing on expert advice and often-complex theories, the authors of the bestselling “The Decision Book” present 52 simple and effective models to help us make sense of change in our world. Change is happening all around us, in every sphere from the personal and political to economics and the environment. In “The Change Book” you’ll find models explaining the financial crisis, why biotechnology is the industry of the future and why cities are the new nations. Whether you’re buying a new car, deciding who to vote for, or making an investment, this little black book will offer surprisingly simple explanations of our complicated world – and radically challenge some of your preconceived ideas.

Price: Bt445/US$14.55 // Available at Asia Books/Bookazine

INTERIOR DESIGN’S THE BEST DESIGN IN HOSPITALITY: VOLUME 1
Published by PERSEUS DISTRIBUTION

“Interior Design” magazine proudly presents “The Best of Hospitality Architecture and Design, “ a must-have for the design community immersed in the culture and those looking for a valuable resource on the best work in hospitality design today. The magazine, which is closely followed by the design community, has created this book as part of its book series. “The Best of Hospitality Architecture and Design” recognizes superior design in various segments of the market: resort hotel, hotel, bar/lounge, cafe, restaurant, and spa. This book celebrates and shares the best in interior design achievement with the world.

Price: Bt.1,345/US$43.96 // Available at Asia Books/Bookazine

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