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Italy:  Best Travel Writing from the New York Times  
   and Other Fascinating Reads

Book Review

The price is right and the book is terrific - it's almost like being in Italy or at the very least yearn to be there. From Abrams at a very reasonable $50.00, 414 pages of words and images conjure up one of the popular and enchanting tourist destinations in the world.

With an intro by Umberto Eco and contributions from the likes of Oliver Bernier, Rachel Billington, Frank Bruni, Shirley Hazzard, Paul Hofmann, Alison Lurie, Malachi Martin, Alastair McEwen, Michael Mewshaw, Jan Morris, Francine Prose, Barry Unsworth, Muriel Spark, and William Weaver - the book is one for browsing, for finding data, for planning your next trip. There are historical essays, philosophical speculations and humorous stories.

If you love travel. If you love carefully put together travel books. If you love Italy - - this is the book for you. 

HIGHLY NOTABLE: "The Life and Times of Transition Girl" by Sonia Halpern (South Western Ontario Poetry, 24 First Avenue, Suite 214, St. Thomas, Ontario N5r 6H8,  92 pages) is the first collection of poems from this "Popular Prof" at the University of Western Ontario.  The poems are honest, accessible, at times with an attitude, at other times relaxed and pensive. In all, for all those with an interest in poetry - - this is a book that belongs on your bookshelf.

    From Hugh Pearman, the architecture correspondent for the Sunday Times in London comes -  the special interest tome "Airports: A Century of Architecture" (Abrams,  $75.00, 240 pages). There is much to like about this book from its 325 illustrations (175 in full color), its information about the subject cogently presented. But on
the whole there is a spark that was never set off by the author, a good layout plan never envisioned by the book designer. The look of the book is haphazard, photos seem to have been dropped in. But if you are a fan of the author and the subject matter - this is still a worthwhile book in many ways.

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About the Authors:  Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.

They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. More about these authors.

You can contact the Frommers at: 

Email: myrna.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Email: harvey.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Web: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~frommer/travel.htm.

This Article is Copyright 1995 - 2012 by Harvey and Myrna Frommer.  All rights reserved worldwide.

 

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