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PETRA REDISCOVERED and other Fabulous Reads
Book Review

There are coffee table books and there are coffee table books. Taken ollectively, the books under review here can hold their own against virtually any others. Superb content, terrific layout, photographic images that demand study and more study - the books are a tribute to top of the mark publishing skills.

"Petra Rediscovered: The Lost City of the Nabataean Kingdom" by Glenn Markoe (Abrams, $70.00, 288 pages) is a remarkable book about a place and a history. Today, mainly because of fabulous finds from ongoing archaeological excavations - this beautiful site has become one of the most visited Middle East tourist destinations.

The lavish and varied illustrations with photography most newly shot for the book "Petra Rediscovered" presents the latest archaeological revelations and scholarly research on the city. It is a book that will appeal to history buffs, art lovers, and travelers. Those who know a great deal about the topic and those who know very little - will benefit from reading this exquisite book.

"Secrets From the Sand" by Zahi Hawas (Abrams, $40.00, 267 pages) is a fascinating tour in words and pictures of the multi excavated sites Egypt's leading archaeologist has been involved with in a career that spans more than three decades. "The life of an Egyptian archaeologist is busy, exciting and sometimes dangerous," says Hawas. "I will tell many stories about my excavations, of the spectacular discoveries we have made and of my struggles to save the ancient monument of Egypt."

The book is all  about that and much more. For those interested in the subject and even for those who know nothing about the subject matter - there is much to learn, to appreciate and to ponder in "Secrets From the Sand."

"Meet Me in the Bar" by Thomas Connors (Stewart, Tabori and Chang/Abrams, $19.95, 127 pages) was a very good idea for a book focusing as it does in words, pictures and drink recipes on classic drinks from America's historic hotels. 

"Trout of the World" by James Prosek, (Stewart, Tabori and Chang/Abrams, $32.50, 224 pages, 100 full color paintings) is a feast for the eyes. The original watercolor and accompanying text takes the reader on a world tour of the world of trout. Impressive!

Perhaps the most beautiful and interesting of all of these "coffee table" books is "The Circle of Life" by Anup and Manoj Shah (Abrams, $50.00, 288 pages). Sub-titled "Wildlife on the African Savannah, this book is a celebration, explanation and tribute to one of the largest ecosystems in the world. In words and magnificent photography, the authors and award winning photographers document life in one of the most unique regions in the world. An awesome book!    

**MOST NOTABLE: "The Liberated Bride" by A. B. Yehoshua (Harcourt, $27.00, 576 pages) is a mirror into an understanding of the Arab-Israeli conflict.   Yehoshua, the widely acclaimed novelist, a fifth generation Israeli, has written a very important book that is not a political novel, but a personal one - -and therein lies its great strength.

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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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