Best of Books: September 2016

Dress up that coffee table with these sumptuous books or curl up with hot-off-the-press titles. Here are our top picks for September…

WKW The Cinema of Wong Kar Wai (Rizzoli) Wong Kar Wai, John Powers The essential coffee table book for the auteur’s fans and aficionados. Wong Kar Wai’s saturated images set to lush scores have created unforgettable, atmospheric tone poems that are lovingly captured in the retrospective.  Each of his 11 films as well as the inspiration and settings are discussed within the folds of the more than 250 lush photographs. $65

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GOOD TO GLOW (teNeues) Tali Shine, Steph Adams Delicious, nutritious recipes pack this mouth-watering book.  Shine and Adams have combed the globe and consulted top hotels, spas, cafes, fitness trainers and health experts to offer an impressive selection of gluten-free recipes  for not only your main meals, but also snacks, juices and smoothies. $35


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THE SPIRIT OF INDIAN PAINTING (Thames & Hudson) B.N. Goswamy It’s impossible to overstate the value and scope of this magnificent ode to Indian painting.  A hefty and generously illustrated endeavor by the Professor Emeritus of art history at Panjab University, Goswamy’s book offers a fascinating and in-depth study of the themes and emotions that inspired the various painter, as well the regional styles and influences that created their works of art. $50


THE CANTICLE OF THE BIRDS (Diane de Selliers) Farid al-Din Attar, Diane de Selliers A masterpiece of Persian literature written in the twelfth century, The Canticle of the Birds is the poetic expression of a universal initiatory quest, for Love, Truth and Unity. The journey of the birds beyond the seven valleys to meet Simorgh, the legendary bird and allegory of the Supreme Being, symbolizes the voyage of every human soul.  That French publisher Diane de Selliers creates masterpieces is beyond question.  This luxurious, treasure box of an edition can be acquired from various booksellers and is worth every penny. We recommend you secure a copy before they’re sold out. $185