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Raves for Rizzoli Books:  “Morris Lapidus,” “Harlem,”  “Los Angeles in Maps,” “Classic Homes of Los Angeles” and “The Entrees”

You can always count on the esteemed Rizzoli Publisher to produce a fine and interesting and beautiful book. Now for holiday reading and browsing, for gift giving, for researching and for just plain joy –this five some is super worthy.

“Morris Lapidus, the Architect of Joy” BY Dorothy Desilets ($65.00, 240 pages) is a fitting tribute to the famed, prolific and long-tenured designer of so many appealing and interesting properties. Page after page of his innovative work unfolds in this incredible and informative book that showcases in well chosen words and involving images places like the Fontainebleau and the Eden Roc in Miami Beach, just a small part of the 276 hotel projects he created between 1927 and 1984.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

“Harlem” with an intro by Thelma Golden ($55.00, 256 pages) brings back a century of images, some poignant, some stirring, some historical, all moving. In all, there are 250 images by more than 50 photographers including Richard Avedon, Gordon Parks and Henri Cartier-Bresson. MOST NOTABLE

“Los Angeles in Maps” by Glen Creason ($50.00,192 pages) is a very unusual type of book showcasing as it does the physical geographic space and not the tinsel-town legends and places that normally get much of the hype and hoopla.   Creason is Map Librarian at Los Angeles Public Library, and he is sensitive and skilled. “Los Angeles in Maps”  is a terrific slice of Americana. ESSENTIAL

“Classic Homes of Los Angeles” by Douglas Woods ($55.00, 256 pages) is focused on some of the legendary sites in the LA area – Pasadena, Beverly Hills, Malibu, Hancock Park and Windsor Square. Broad in its scope, deep in its delving, “Classic Homes of Los Angeles”  brings us into the homes of such as Danny Kay, Cecil B. DeMille and other icons as well as properties designed by such as Frank Lloyd Wright. MUCH TO LIKE

“The Entrees” by Gail Monaghan ($45.00, 191 pages) is not a book to look at on an empty stomach dealing as it does in many words and images with 75 recipes from legendary chefs and restaurants. This is a book to savor, to refer to and most of all to try and cook by. ELEGANCE ON PARADE.

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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

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