The Britannias: An Archipelago's Tale - Alice Albina (Norton)

This autobiography, travelogue, history, geography, and feminist fantasy explores the storied British islands from Orkney (3000 BC) to the Channel Islands (20th century). Do the island's memories, mythologies, rituals, and artifacts indicate a female authority?


The Wounded World: W. E. B. DuBoise and the First World War - Chad Williams (Picador)

The dramatic, well-researched account of DuBois's failed efforts to write the definitive history of Black participation in World War I.


House of Lillies: The House That Made Medieval France - Justine Firnhaber-Baker (Basic Books)

Recently published and already praised as "one of the most entertaining popular history books published in recent years," this articulate, well-researched story sets the exploits of the Capetian kings against the "fascinating, clever, and often destructive queens and consorts." Forget Game of Thrones.


A Gentleman from Japan: The Untold Story of an Incredible Journey from Asia to Queen Elizabeth's Court - Thomas Lockley (Hanover Square Press)

An enslaved, 15th-century Japanese man is trafficked to several countries and continents one of the many, forgotten stories on the margins of history.


Van Life: Culture, Vehicles, People, Places - Calum Creasey & Lauren Smith (Lannoo)

A comprehensive guide to the growing nomad culture that explores why people choose this alternative lifestyle, the process of designing and building a converted van, and special moments from the road. Featuring a variety of interviews and stunning photography.


Crayon Adventure - Alberto Lot (Odd Lot)

This activity book is full of unique and imaginative drawing prompts to encourage people of all ages to color outside the lines and would make a great vacation companion.


Parisian Days - Banine (Pushkin Press)

Banine (Umm-El-Banine Assadoulaeff), lived a colorful and eventful life (1905-1992) chronicled in 2 memoirs. Parisian Days (1947) concerns her life in Paris after escaping from Baku in the Russian Empire and her husband in Istanbul. Le Figaro described her as "... one of those personages of La vie romanesque who traverse a century, attracting like a lodestone all the singular figures of the times." This reprint is a welcome addition to Pushkin's list.


One Perfect Couple - Ruth Ware (Scout Press)

Ruth Ware’s latest novel features a competitive reality show set on a deserted island where couples compete for a cash prize. Everyone is already on edge after the first challenge and tensions only rise after a storm hits the island leaving them all stranded.


A Gentleman from Japan - Thomas Lockley (Hanover Square Press)

The forgotten story of the first Japanese man documented to set foot in North America and England. Full of piracy, worldly adventures, and cross-cultural musings.


A Real Lion Story - Krista Legge (Clavis)

A charmingly illustrated picture book about a stuffed lion who dares to adventure out into the wild to live like a real king.