Escapism comes naturally to many of us who continue to stay home in the midst of the pandemic. To some extent, we’re all dreamers—constantly imagining our next visit to hidden gems around the world, such as Musée de la Vie Romantique in Paris or Palazzo Doria Pamphilj in Rome. But here, at the height of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s especially appealing to imagine a trip to the sea. While so many are obliged to stay home, there is no greater time than the present to get lost in a book that allows you to armchair travel to a fabulous, far-off locale. And the French Riviera is so often a good idea.
Assouline’s St. Tropez Soleil (), written by Simon Liberati, affords an inside look at one of the region's most iconic destinations. St. Tropez is known for its glitzy Mediterranean beaches and storied past, with famous visitors like Henri Matisse and Brigitte Bardot, to its evolving recent history, featuring a Chanel couture show and legendary white parties at Nikki Beach started by Naomi Campbell. Through alluring imagery and storytelling, Liberati encapsulates the spirit of this beloved paradise by guiding readers through the cobbled streets, memorable nights, and scenic views that keep so many travelers coming back for more.