Forgotten Foundations of Bretton Woods: International Development and the Making of the Postwar Order by Eric Helleiner (Cornell University Press, May 27)
I hear you saying "Bretton what? Development who?" but I had to highlight this book because I've been to Mount Washington, New Hampshire and it is beautiful. The mountain soars up into the clouds and the road that leads to the top of it is a lot of fun, if a bit frightening (no guardrail...). And the Mount Washington Resort is one of those old, early-20th-century hotels where the old-timey-ness has been well-preserved. If you take the tour of the hotel, they'll give you a lengthy dissertation on the Bretton Woods Conference of 1944, where the Allied countries met to fix up a new international economic order for after the war. Anyway, there's all kinds of cool stuff in here, so be sure to check it out.
The Web: The Graphic Novel by Jonathan Kellerman (adapted by Ande Parks, illustrated by Michael Gaydos) (Ballantine Books, 176 pages, May 20)
Adapted from his bestselling novel of the same name, The Web is filled with black-and-white, "noir-inspired" art, which tells the story of the mysterious Dr. Moreland, a free island vacation, and a murder investigation.
Full Steam Ahead: A Golden Age of Cruises by Boris Danzer-Kantof (Scriptum Editions, 192 pages, May 1)
Anyone familiar with my thoughts on The Vacation will be surprised to find me highlighting this particular book (I'm more of a hiking-in-the-mountains kind of girl). I mean, a cruise? When I think of cruises, I think of the Titanic, food poisoning, and sinking, in that order. But still, cruises have always had a particular allure as little floating worlds with all the amenities at your fingertips. Full Steam Ahead offers a fascinating look at cruises from their inception in the late-19th century to the late-20th, complete with photographs and rare documents. Probably the closest I'll ever come to cruisin'.