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From travel books to beach reads, a cruise is the per­fect time for a page-turner.

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Onsen of Ja­pan

BY STEVE WIDE AND MICHELLE MACK­IN­TOSH Part rit­ual, part tran­scen­dent ex­pe­ri­ence, there’s an art to the act of com­mu­nal bathing in Ja­pan — a cus­tom that dates back thou­sands of years — that has tripped up more than one for­eign vis­i­tor. If you haven’t dipped your toe in yet, you’re in luck; Ja­panophiles Wide and Macintosh have cre­ated the ul­ti­mate bathhouse guide to help min­imise any cul­tural gaffes and to high­light 140 of the coun­try’s best hot springs, spas and onsen towns. Hardie Grant Travel, 2018; $30

The Pisces

BY MELISSA BRODER Lucy is a 38-year-old PhD stu­dent who feels heart­bro­ken and un­teth­ered in her life in Ari­zona, when she re­ceives an in­vi­ta­tion to dogsit at her sis­ter’s house in Venice Beach, Cal­i­for­nia. After a se­ries of un­sat­is­fy­ing group-ther­apy ses­sions and Tin­der dates, Lucy meets a be­guil­ing half-man, half-fish on the beach one night — lead­ing to an in­tense con­nec­tion. Con­sider this the fun­nier, sex­ier com­pan­ion piece to Guillermo del Toro’s mas­ter­ful The Shape of Wa­ter. Blooms­bury Cir­cus, 2018; $30

Found Ground

BY GEMMA SMITH This paint­box-bright vol­ume cel­e­brates the work of Syd­ney-based con­tem­po­rary artist Gemma Smith. Chron­i­cling ev­ery­thing from her early ex­per­i­men­ta­tion with colour and form to her more ab­stract later work, the book comes in a vi­brant, fold­ing-hard­cover for­mat that ref­er­ences her Adapt­able sculp­tures. Other eye-catch­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics in­clude coloured page edges and mul­ti­coloured pages with dog-eared cor­ners. At 176 pages, it makes a great col­lectible for art and de­sign afi­ciona­dos. Formist Edi­tions, 2018; $80

The Alchemy of Things

BY KAREN McCART­NEY McCart­ney, known for her work in in­te­ri­ors, de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture, has com­piled a com­pen­dium of 18 vi­brant and richly de­tailed homes from around the world. Her lat­est book heroes the artis­tic vi­sion and de­sign tal­ent of a range of cre­atives, in­clud­ing in­te­rior de­sign­ers, ar­chi­tects, artists, stylists and gal­lerists. Thanks to art drip­ping from the walls and McCart­ney’s cu­ra­to­rial eye, each house in this cof­fee ta­ble vol­ume will en­cour­age view­ers to take a more idio­syn­cratic ap­proach to styling their own liv­ing spa­ces. Mur­doch Books, 2018; $60

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