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Now Read This: Future Cities, Designers Abroad, Banksy 101, Zen Doodling

• Visit St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Dubai without leaving your home in journalist Daniel Brook‘s A History of Future Cities, new from Norton. Stop by Brooklyn’s powerHouse Arena on Thursday, April 18, for a discussion with Brook.

• Elsewhere in far-flung reading material, don’t miss the dreamy Designers Abroad, in which Michele Keith peeks inside the vacation homes of the likes of Mica Ertegun, Juan Pablo Molyneux, and Juan Montoya. The envy-inducing tome, a follow-up to Keith’s 2010 Designers Here and There, is out next week from Monacelli.

• When in doubt, ask yourself: What would Jacques Derrida do? Deconstruct the possibilities with the help of a recently translated biography by Benoît Peeters.

• “Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place,” Banksy has said. “Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place.” Steep yourself in the street art superstar with reporter Will Ellsworth-Jones‘s Banksy: The Man Behind the Wall (St. Martin’s Press), an unauthorized biography that tries to piece together Banksy’s path from vandalism to international stardom and an Oscar nomination.

• Serenity now! Swap yoga for a calming session of Zen Doodling (Barron’s), in which veteran illustrator and artist Carolyn Scrace walks readers through a range of stress-busting sketching exercises. A disclaimer for the typographically sensitive: the art director of the book apparently got a little too relaxed and decided to set most of the body text for this book in…Lucida Handwriting. Just take deep breaths and repeat after us: “It’s not Comic Sans. OM.”

• And while we’re talking books, the good people at Steidl are making it easy to ready your summer reading list with a spring sale. Take 30% off all orders from Steidlville through April 30.

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