Beach Reads – March 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, available at local bookstores

BEACH HOUSES: LIVING AT THE SEA
beach-housesBy Michelle Galindo
“Beach Houses” features a stunning array of the most ambitious examples of residential design at the sea. From a minimalist dwelling on a remote island to an apartment complex high above the sea to a luxurious holiday villa in an urban setting, this volume brings together a collection of remarkable houses designed by well-known architectural firms as well as interesting approaches by local architects. The contemporary beach houses from across the world featured in this volume harmoniously adapt to their surrounding landscape while embracing the seaside lifestyle with sumptuous interiors and outdoor living spaces and balancing casual-cool and opulence. They answer today’s aesthetic, functional and ecological demands, while at the same time underscoring the uniqueness of the seaside location.
Price: Bt.1,705 (US$56.83) //Available in Asia Books

MASTERY
masteryBy Robert Greene
“Live by your own rules,” says Robert Greene, the ‘modern Machiavelli who debunks the prevailing mythology of success and presents a radical new way to greatness. Around the globe, people are facing the same problem: that we are born as individuals but are forced to conform to the rules of society if we want to succeed. To see our uniqueness expressed in our achievements, we must first learn the rules – and then how to change them completely. Charles Darwin began as an underachieving schoolboy, Leonardo da Vinci as an illegitimate outcast. The secret of their eventual greatness lies in a “rigorous apprenticeship”: by paying close and careful attention, they learnt to master the “hidden codes,” which determine ultimate success or failure. Then, they rewrote the rules as a reflection of their own individuality, blasting previous patterns of achievement open from within. Told through Greene’s signature blend of historical anecdote and psychological insight and drawing on interviews with world leaders, “Mastery” builds on the strategies outlined in “The 48 Laws of Power” to provide a practical guide to greatness – and how to start living by your own rules.
Price: Bt.585 (US$19.50) //Available in Asia Books

LOVE LOOKS NOT WITH THE EYES: 13 YEARS WITH LEE ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
love-looks-not-with-the-eyesBy Anne Deniau
Lee Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) is widely recognized as one of the leading fashion designers of his time, whose work combined esthetic vision, emotional power, and extraordinary craft. He was especially known for staging provocative shows that were as much performances as venues to display his designs. Charged with energy, informed by history and culture, and filled with fresh concepts, they have become legends not only of fashion but also of art. Shooting backstage, photographer Anne Deniau documented 26 of these shows, beginning in September 1997 and ending with the final one in October 2010. Working directly for McQueen, she produced a remarkable and previously unpublished photographic record that captures the intensity and immediacy of these events. We see McQueen working with his close circle of collaborators, among them designer Sarah Burton, millionaire Philip Treacy, jewelry designer Shaun Leane, and model Kate Moss. The meticulously produced spectacles that they created come back to life on the page in this inside look at the work of a great artist.
Price: Bt.2,025 (US$67.50) // Available in Asia Books
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