For those who prefer to conclude an excursion outdoors by returning indoors, America’s Best Day Hikes: Spectacular Single-Day Hikes Across the States (Countryman, $29.95) is an essential resource. Derek Dellinger spent over a year investigating and exploring national and state parks to highlight fifty of the best one-day hikes across the United States, none of which require camping, all of which are memorable in their own way. Organized by region, these wilderness destinations make exciting and convenient additions to existing travel plans. Better yet, the hikes are complemented by Dellinger’s gorgeous photography as well as thoroughly researched logistical information, from difficulty to dog friendliness to planning and packing suggestions. With this guide, a worthy addition to any nature-lover’s collection, readers will be ready to embark on spectacular single-day adventures for years to come.
Look back on thirty-five years of Vanity Fair stories about women, written by women, in this collection of profiles, essays, and columns edited by Radhika Jones with David Friend. Vanity Fair’s Women on Women (Penguin Press, $30) illuminates icons from Frida Kahlo to Michelle Obama, Emily Post to Tina Fey. The featured writers—including Maureen Dowd, Leslie Bennetts, Jacqueline Woodson, and more—bring larger-than-life celebrities down to earth, humanizing them with memorable quotes, unexpected anecdotes, and palpable descriptions of the interview sessions. At the same time, the writers adeptly contextualize their subjects, illustrating their reverberating cultural impact. The profiled women made history and became history. As Jones reflects in her introduction, “This is a moment for women’s voices.” Women on Women not only captures women’s voices, but in doing so, clarifies what brought us to this moment. Readers of all ages and genders will savor this trip through time, society, and identity, collecting their own favorite stories along the way.
The Battle for Paradise is essential reading for every American. Into this nearly pocket-sized book, Naomi Klein packs a thorough account of Puerto Rico's struggle to recover after Hurricane María; her report is simultaneously deep enough for those who are familiar with the island's history and politics and accessible enough for those who aren't. Illustrating the visions and strategies of disaster capitalists as well as of grassroots Puerto Rican activists, Klein connects the reader to individuals and organizations doing work on the ground that will almost certainly shape the island's future. Expect to finish more informed, better equipped, and with a keener outlook on justice.