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Sensational Gift Books for Holiday Season from Harry N. Abrams

Book Review


For browsing, for coffee table placement, for serious reading, for pure enjoyment – Abrams has a bevy of beauties for all sorts of tastes and interests.

There is “Gardens in Time” ($60.00, 320 pages) with photos by Alain Le Toquin and text by Jacques Bosser – a terrific tome that encapsulates two millennia of the history of gardens.  The words and pictures work hand in glove to educate, entrance and bring to life 130 gardens from 20 different countries from the Roman gardens at Hadrian’s villa to the Getty Center in Santa Monica, California. Highly recommended.

Speaking of Gardens – another beauty from Abrams is “The New York Botanical Garden” edited by Gregory Long and Anne Skillion ($50.00, 284 pages). Replete with 300 illustrations, 280 in full color, “The New York Botanical Garden” is a celebration of this urban treasure founded in 1891, a National Historic Landmark in the center of New York City that has brought nothing but pleasure to the millions who have partaken of its beauty. Not just a picture book, but an aesthetic experience - Speaking of Gardens is the book to give or get.

“America’s Parks” with 200 full color photographs by Philippe Bourseiller (Abrams, $55.00, 384 pages) is a tribute to 67 of the most magnificent places in North Americas – stunning areas of great natural beauty: the wooded cliffs of Olympia, the mighty Grand Canyon, the forests of Shenandoah and so much more is here to enjoy, to marvel at. High recommended.

For those with an interest in golf – Brian McCallen’s “Golf’s Best New Destinations” (Abrams, $50.00, 303 pages) is a top choice.     The former senior editor of “GOLF Magazine” in words and pictures present insights and analyses of public and resort golf courses in the USA and around the world. From Plymouth, Massachusetts to New Zealand and all places in between - “Golf’s Best New Destinations” is a primer and a travel guide, a work of beautiful images ands carefully chosen prose. Must have!

“Rivers of America” with photographs and text by Tim Palmer (Abrams, $40.00, 224 pages) has a magical and mystical quality as it moves the reader in words and images through some of the great rivers of the United States. We are there on the Rogue River in Oregon, the Hoback River in Wyoming, the Raquette River in New York and the Black River in South Carolina and so many other of the great waterways in the United States.

What an idea for a book! “The Amazing Book of Mazes” by Adrian Fisher (Abrams, $29.95, 264 pages) is a survey and a celebration of mazes around the globe and a historical overview of the subject from its time in ancient Crete to now.

HIGHLY NOTABLE: Important, engrossing, deeply moving, “THE LOST: A Search for Six of Six Million” by Daniel Mendelsohn (HarperCollins, $27.95, 528 pages)  is like a detective story that the author was living most of his life including the five or more years he took to write this page turner of a book.  Mendelsohn, a critic and author of the “The Elusive Embrace,” goes back  in time and place to probe the disappearance of his grandfather’s brother, his wife and their four daughters during the Holocaust. Beautifully written, poignant, at times even painful to read -

“THE LOST: A Search for Six of Six Million” is a master work

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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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