Welcome to the next installation of Paperback Presents, our holiday gift guide series.
Our first edition contained 10 books for every film and TV enthusiast in your life—eaturing such gems as a Stranger Things cookbook and Carrie Fisher’s memoir—so be sure to check that out. This time, we’re giving you a gift buying guide for the friend you can’t quite pin down: a holiday guide with the world traveler in mind. You know, the one who’s planning their next trip in the midst of their current adventure, hopping from chic Airbnb to Airbnb and whose snaps always have your attention on Instagram.
Below are seven books guaranteed to excite the mind of the constant traveler.
1. Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, Rebecca Solnit
Synopsis: Nonstop Metropolis, the culminating volume in a trilogy of atlases, conveys innumerable unbound experiences of New York City through twenty-six imaginative maps and informative essays. Bringing together the insights of dozens of experts—from linguists to music historians, ethnographers, urbanists, and environmental journalists—amplified by cartographers, artists, and photographers, it explores all five boroughs of New York City and parts of nearby New Jersey. We are invited to travel through Manhattan’s playgrounds, from polyglot Queens to many-faceted Brooklyn, and from the resilient Bronx to the mystical kung fu hip-hop mecca of Staten Island. The contributors to this exquisitely designed and gorgeously illustrated volume celebrate New York City’s unique vitality, its incubation of the avant-garde, and its literary history, but they also critique its racial and economic inequality, environmental impact, and erasure of its past. Nonstop Metropolis allows us to excavate New York’s buried layers, to scrutinize its political heft, and to discover the unexpected in one of the most iconic cities in the world. It is both a challenge and homage to how New Yorkers think of their city, and how the world sees this capital of capitalism, culture, immigration, and more.
Why it’s perfect: Each book in this series would be a perfect gift because they’re really creative takes on famous cities your friend may have been to. If they have, it’ll enhance their memories and teach them something, and if they haven’t, it’ll make them even more excited to get there.