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The Orig­i­nal Jet-Set­ter: The World of Pan Am is a jumbo-sized de­sign book ex­plores why, long af­ter the com­pany’s demise, its blue globe is still con­sid­ered a pop cul­ture icon. The 432-page book in­cludes ad­di­tional images and is boxed in a hand­crafted clamshell col­lec­tor’s case made from acrylic glass in the dis­tinc­tive Pan Am Blue. Cal­listo Pub­lish­ers, $900.

Part cultural me­an­der, part mem­oir, Flâneuse takes us on a dis­tinctly cos­mopoli­tan jaunt that be­gins in New York, where Elkin grew up, and trans­ports us to Paris via Venice, Tokyo, and Lon­don, all cities in which she’s lived. We are shown the paths beaten by such flâneuses as the cross-dress­ing nine­teenth-cen­tury nov­el­ist Ge­orge Sand, the Parisian artist So­phie Calle, the wartime cor­re­spon­dent Martha Gell­horn, and the writer Jean Rhys. With tenac­ity and in­sight, Elkin cre­ates a mo­saic of what ur­ban set­tings have meant to women, chart­ing through literature, art, his­tory, and film the some­times ex­hil­a­rat­ing, some­times fraught re­la­tion­ship that women have with the metropo­lis. Ama­zon, $15.

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