Books for Holiday Season from Harry N. Abrams
browsing, for coffee table placement, for serious reading, for pure
enjoyment – Abrams has a bevy of beauties for all sorts of tastes and
“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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
A Search for Six of Six Million” is a master work
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.
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