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One Man’s Folly: The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood
Julia Reed knows the South, and she knows style. Born in Mississippi, now living in New Orleans, she is a regular contributor to Elle Decor and Garden and Gun magazines, as well as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Condé Nast Traveler. In her latest book, she explores the personal property of antiques expert Furlow Gatewood in Americus, Georgia—a meticulously restored collection of dwellings and outbuildings set amid picturesque grounds where his beloved dogs and peacocks roam. Students of architectural tradition will appreciate how Gatewood incorporates styles ranging from mid-nineteenth-century Gothic to Palladian. Designer Bunny Williams contributes the foreword.
The best-selling author of Moneyball, The Blind Side, and The Money Culture among several other books, Michael Lewis also writes for magazines such as Vanity Fair and is one of the most popular business journalists of our time. As he did in The Big Short and Liar’s Poker, Lewis again takes on Wall Street with this newest book. Starling Lawrence, Mr. Lewis’s editor, said in a statement: “Michael is brilliant at finding the perfect narrative line for any subject.”
Readers may know Frances Mayes from her popular books about her time in Italy—including Under the Tuscan Sun—but they may not know she spent her early years in Fitzgerald, Georgia. With this new memoir, Mayes goes back to that time, steeping her words in memory, landscape, and the sounds and tastes of a Southern upbringing. She shows us where her love of travel began, recounting how she grew from a spirited child to a university student and left the South for California. Anecdotes highlight a real-life cast of characters including Mayes’ family members and other important figures in her life.
Seeds of Hope
Before her work with chimpanzees, legendary naturalist and bestselling author Jane Goodall’s passion for the natural world began in the backyard of her childhood home in England, where she climbed her beech tree, made elderberry wine with her grandmother, and tended a garden she still enjoys today. In her elegant new book, she unveils the secret world of plants: their healing potential, their hidden beauty deep within areas such as the African Gombe forest, and their future tucked away in the Millennium Seed Bank, where one billion seeds are preserved.