CotW, written by Phyllis G. Jestice, is a visual travel among castles. From the oldest, built to withstand actual attacks, to the modern and more decorative ones, Jestice put together an informative book, filled with pictures and cultural tidbits. It might be a niche topic, but it sure is interesting. Built atop of hills, surrounded by moats, sometimes only reachable by boat, in the general imaginary they’re a stronghold; visiting them, even by proxy, feels like taking a step in the past.
Performance art doesn’t do anything for me, say, but reading about it offered me a new perspective. Maybe there’s more to it than meets the eye? Maybe I’ll be able to appreciate Duchamp’s Fountain at some point? Who knows. The fact that Charney led me to analyze my tastes is a testimonial of a good writer.
BIL follows the adventures of a dom, Dante, and his sub, Cassidi. They meet at a BDSM club, sparks fly, and then the sexily ever after doesn’t happen. Ops? Erotica is pretty straightforward, but there’s character growth in here, something I always like to see in a book.
Subterranea is a +200 pages long travel through the depths of the Earth, courtesy of Chris Fitch. After donning a rock-climbing helmet, Chris takes us on a worldwide tour featuring both natural and artificial caves, with an eye for the lesser-known ones.
Siobhan takes us on an aesthetic trip, featuring storefronts, boutiques, a hidden but glamorous corner. It’s a feast for the eyes, paired with interesting info and practical tips.
Did you know that ‘bee’ is a very generic term, encompassing 20k different species? Did you know that social bees are just a small fraction of a broader group of insects? Did you know that their only source of food is nectar and pollen? There are many misconceptions regarding bees, and this book helps setting them straight.
Abandoned London is all that and more. I don’t know if Katie Wignall shares my same habits, but her book is an ode to (London-based) urban explorers.
City Hall, written by Arthur Drooker, is a pleasant surprise. While architecture is one of my favorite topics, for some reason I don’t often read books that talk about it. Given the quality I found within the pages of CH, it's something I’ll have to rectify asap.
Backroads of the Great American West is delightful. Delightful. I asked for it the moment it dropped on Netgalley, expecting a wild ride (with pictures!) across the US, and I wasn’t disappointed.
Ready for more Armchair Traveling with Tissie? My quest for cool places around the world brought me to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Kathryn Kleekamp, the author of Celebrating Cape Cod and the Islands: Traditions, Festivals, and Food is ready to take the readers by the hand and bring them along a year-long tour.