We asked our team to share what’s on top of their bookshelves and must-read-before-you-travel book recommendations.
AMPR’s Top Picks for World Book Day
Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry for all reasons.
The Island by Victoria Hislop – grab this one on your way to Blue Palace, A Luxury Collection Resort and Spa in Crete. A dramatic tale of four generations, one of the characters arrives in Plaka and is astonished to see that it lies a stone’s throw from the tiny, deserted island of Spinalonga.
If you ever read Living Well is the Best Revenge by Calvin Tompkins, then you know intimate details of the Lost Generation’s impact on the Côte d’Azur. Now it’s time to live it. If you haven’t read it, we suggest you pick it up now or for when you visit our clients—two Art Deco icons, Hôtel Belles Rives and Hôtel Juana the former being where F. Scott Fitzgerald lived when he penned Tender is the Night — another classic to re-read. Every year in June, the Hôtel Belles Rives hosts the Prix Fitzgerald, which honors a novel or short story that reflects the elegance, spirit, and art of living embodied by the American writer, and adopted son of the French Riviera, F. Scott Fitzgerald. The tradition was initiated by hotel owner Marianne Estène-Chauvin, who is also president of the Francis Scott Fitzgerald Academy. This year’s winner, selected by a jury of renowned writers and literary critics, will be announced on June 9 at an unforgettable event.
The Greek House: The Story of a Painter’s Love Affair with the Island of Sifnos – by Christian Peltenburg-Brechneff relates to Sifnos. Steven Kurutz of the New York Times writes: “After reading the book. . . I wanted to drop everything and go to Sifnos, the rocky island in the Aegean Sea lovingly portrayed in his memoir.” Grab this one on your way to Verina.
From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home by Tembe Locke — An artist finds romance with a chef in Italy and embarks on a life-changing journey of love, loss, resilience and hope across cultures and continents, and discovers the healing powers of food, family, and unexpected grace in her darkest hour. This transporting cross-cultural love story is set against the lush backdrop of the Sicilian countryside, making it our choice to read before embarking on your Sicilian adventure with Variety Cruises. PS: The Netflix series is beyond great but there’s something extra special in reading the book that gastronomes will love. PS: The Netflix series is beyond great but there’s something extra special in reading the book that gastronomes will love.
Dr. No by Ian Fleming who wrote all 007 novels in Jamaica, so it’s only natural to start with the first of Fleming’s 007 series when visiting Jamaica and explore some of the locations as described in the book. PS: channel your inner Bond at our client Spanish Court Hotel where there is a replica of the 1961 Sunbeam Alpine — the famous car in the chase scene in the Dr. No movie with the late, great Sir Sean Connery.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Wherever you’re headed to this summer, this book, loosely based on Elizabeth Taylor and her many marriages, has all the Old Hollywood glitz and glamour you’ll need. Toss this beach book on your summer must-read list.
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from A Secret World by Peter Wohllebe is when facts and science are woven into a narrative that captivates us to learn more about how trees communicate, feel, and live in social networks. With earth day every day, this international bestseller is the perfect book to read wherever you are as you travel through this planet.
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