"One Hundred and One Beautiful Towns in France,"
"Alfred Stieglitz New York," "Caribbean Hideaways"
For holiday gift giving to yourself or to someone else, a trio from
Rizzoli should definitely be on your list. Beautiful, informative,
sensibly priced for what you get, representing travel and leisure and
history interests - - "One Hundred and One Beautiful Towns in France,"
"Alfred Stieglitz New York," "Caribbean Hideaways" - - fill the bill.
"One Hundred and One Beautiful Towns in France" by Yvon Busson and Rene
Gast ($50.00, 280 pages, 300 color photographs) not only has a detailed
appendix of restaurants, hotels and shops. It is a book intelligently
organized by region from Alsace to Normandy to Rhone-Alps. Page after
page of images meld with explanations and celebrations of the art of
dining a la francaise! A GEM.
"Alfred Stieglitz New York" by Bonnie Yochelson (Skira/Rizzoli $25.00,
96 pages, 65 b&w photographs) is the first book devoted solely to the
master photographer's work. The book is as valuable for the amazing
images Stieglitz produced as it is for the narrative explaining how he
raised public awareness making people realize photography is an art
form. A KEEPER.
"Caribbean Hideaways “by Meg Nolan van Reesema with photos by Jessica
Antola ($50.00, 208 pages, 250 color illustrations) is as its sub-title
proclaims about "Discovering Enchanting Rooms and Private Villas." We
are there at the Ian Fleming Vila, Jade Mountain, at Steel Point in
Tortola, British Virgin Islands and at Itopia in Jamaica. No cruise
ships here, no mass tourism, no crap culture – just serenity, magic and
“Saul Bellow Letters” edited by Benjamin Taylor (Viking, $35.00, 571
pages)is truly a literary milestone or as its jacket blurb states “the
life of a master told in letters.” All kinds of letters written over
Bellow’s long life are here on these pages – beautifully written and
filled with wisdom.
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