SUMMER READER

Time for an artful endeavor?  Look no further than our bibliophile Lance Avery Morgan’s recommendations for a cultural twist for your beach house read.

FRENCH HOUSE CHIC

By Jane Webster

French House Chic is a glimpse inside the most private of French residences: from supremely elegant Parisian apartments to lavishly upholstered sitting rooms in French country estates. From le salon to la salle de bain and every room in between, this is visual inspiration to achieve the most French look in any space. $45. At Thames & Hudson

DOUBLE VISION

By William Middleton

Houston philanthropist and epic art collectors Dominique and John de Menil are showcased in this no-holds-barred tome on the power couple that also chronicles the rise of Houston.

$40. At KnopfDoubleday.com

THE LIVES OF THE SURREALISTS

By Desmond Morris

No other art movement in history has contained two artists as different as Magritte and Miró. This is because Surrealism a philosophical strategy of a rebellion against the establishment by remarkably artistic individuals. $39.95. At Thames & Hudson

THE NEW CREATIVE HOME

LONDON STYLE

By Talib Choudhry. Photographs by Ingrid Rasmussen

Designers, stylists and artists from across the country and around the globe make London their home, finding inspiration in its quirky British style and lively cosmopolitanism. $40. At Thames & Hudson.

MAKING THE CUT

Stories of Sartorial Icons by Savile Row’s Master Tailor Richard Anderson

Savile Row’s venerable institutions are responsible for producing the world’s most

exquisite suits for elite clients who include celebrated entertainers, athletes, businessmen, politicians and royals. In this close-up look, all secrets are revealed. $40. At Thames & Hudson.

IT’S BEAUTIFUL HERE

By Megan Morton

Searching the globe to find dreamhouse owners and interiors mavens that seem to pull it off a beautiful home with ease was a goal reached with this book. You’ll get an inside look at how the decor and design of a dwelling help to shape the beauty and timelessness of its appeal. $45. At Thames & Hudson.

THIS IS NOT FASHION:

STREETWEAR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

By King Adz and Wilma Stone

This is the story of streetwear recounted with how a long line of subcultural movements have taken over both the high street and high-end fashion, and explore just how a revolutionary sartorial trend has

evolved to encompass a vast range of styles. At Thames & Hudson.

RODIN AND THE ART OF ANCIENT GREECE

By Celeste Farge, Bénédicte Garnier and Ian Jenkins

Rodin, famous for The Thinker and The Kiss, was captivated by the sculptures of classical antiquity, and he constantly reworked and assimilated the forms of ancient Greek and Roman art in his own work. $57. At Thames & Hudson.

MODERNISTS & MAVERICKS: BACON, FREUD, HOCKNEY & THE LONDON PAINTERS

By Martin Gayford

The development of painting in London from the Second World War to the 1970s is a story that has never been told before as a single narrative of some of the best and brightest artists of their generation. $39.95. At Thames & Hudson.