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  From Rizzoli Publishers = Amazing and Engrossing Reads:  "The Infinity of Lists," Berlin" and more . ..
Book Review

From world class writer and thinker Umberto Eco comes "The Infinity of Lists" (Rizzoli Publishers, $45.00, 408 pages). It is a treat for the eyes as well as the mind showcasing the phenomenon of collecting. From medieval times through the ages to the compulsive acquisitions of an Andy Warhol the brilliant Eco makes the point that lists and catalogues and collecting mirror the cultures of their times.

"New York 1930" by Robert A.M. Stern, et al (Rizzoli Publishers, $95.00, 847 pages) is a lot of book and costs a lot of money but offers so much especially if one is interested in New York City architecture and urbanism between the two world wars. To turn a page is to be frozen in time, to learn something new or to have your consciousness raised. "New York 1930" is a mother lode of information and insights -  a book well worth owning.

"Berlin" is one of the most unusual books that has been published in a very long time fusing the performance of Lou Reed with the direction of Julian Schnabel (Rizzoli Publishers, $45.00, over-sized with many images).
What we have here is a performance of the legendary album "Berlin" by Lou Reed fused with images from a film made by Julian Schnabel plus a conversation they engaged in and recorded just for the book plus printed lyrics of Reed's original verse.  Two icons, geniuses getting together in the pages of "Berlin" - -the result is magical publishing. 

"Bauhaus Women" by Ulrike Müller (Flammarion/Rizzoli Publishers, $39.95, 152 pages brings focus to the pioneering and innovative work of female textile-, wood-, and metalworkers. In effect, this is the first time event for a book of this kind on women artisans and designers so instrumental in shaping one of the key components of cultural history in the United States   The work was a long time coming but now these women of the Bauhaus movement  finally get the bright spotlight they so richly deserve.

Companioned with "Bauhaus Women" is  "Bauhaus" (SkiraMiniART books/ Rizzoli Publishers, $8.95, 95 pages). Beautiful to look at "Bauhaus" is a carefully organized primer on the movement, a revolutionary one in the 20th century now celebrating its 90th anniversary. If you are interested in the history of art and architecture ­ both works belong on your bookshelf.

NOTABLE:  A pair of sports book winners from Universe Publishing/Rizzoli  - -"Fenway Park America's Most Beloved Ballpark" ($25.00, 15 pages, over-sized with pop-up feature) and "Citi Field The Mets' New World-Class Ballpark" ($25.00, 15 pages, over-sized with pop-up feature. These are entertaining books to enjoy, to marvel at the concise facts (including chronologies) and play with the ballpark pop- ups. 

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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.

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