Wendy Goodman

Critic; Writer; Editor / United States / New York Magazine

Wendy Goodman’s Notable Books of 2011

5 books
Kiera Coffee

This is probably the most important design book to come out this year. It pulls together all of Alexander Girard’s work in one volume. And every single page is a revelation. It’s a bouquet of riches. A masterpiece.

Nicholas Foulkes

This book takes you inside beautiful houses and sumptuous palaces to show how they were used in the twentieth century as settings for extravagant, decadent entertaining. It’s a delicious cocktail of people, personalities, costume, and drama. A magnificent book that provides a window into a world that is finished and absolutely gone.

Lisa Immordino Vreeland

This is a fantastic book that brings together all of Diana Vreeland’s work for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. It gives you a great sense of the woman. It also describes how she invented her life—and for me that’s particularly fascinating.

Joshua David
Robert Hammond

I love this book. With incredible photographs, it traces the history of the Highline from when it was built to the miracle of its magical transformation to a perfect park in the sky. This is a very beautiful and important book about preserving something and bringing it back to life.

Sarah Henry Editor

This book gives you a wonderful sense of New York’s history—how it evolved and all the special places in the city that aren’t here any more. Helps you realize that there was a time when New York was one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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