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 Special Summer Reading Treats

Book Review

For those lazy, hazy summer days at home or at the mountains or beach - -the reads keep coming - -all  sizes, shapes, all subject matters.

From Harper Collins comes two gems. “The Most Beautiful Walk in the World” by John Baxter (Harper Perennial, $14.99, 298 pages, paper) is a truly engrossing and entertaining memoir  focused all the things a pedestrian can do in the City of Lights – Paris. Even if you may never make it there to follow all the tips, just to be able to read this book is a delight.   MUST OWN

The other worthy is “The Devil Colony” by best selling author James Rollins (Morrow, $27.99, 480 pages). The terrific tome is a page turner that poses a very upsetting question: Could the founding of the United States of America be based on a basic lie?  The reader is swept away by the captivating prose, fast paced action, and incredible imagination displayed by a very talented story teller. HIGHLY NOTABLE

“Back to Basics Edited by Abigail R. Gehring (Skyhorse, $24.95 456 pages) is an over-sized and almost encyclopedic work in words and images that is a tutorial on living better, smarter, greener. “Self Sufficiency” Edited by Abigail R. Gehring (Skyhorse, $24.95 456 pages) is also a guide book to arts and crafts like carpentry, organic gardening, etc. Both books have a lot of information and much to say.

From the University of Illinois Press comes “Barns of Illinois” text by Elaina Kanfer and photos by Larry Kanfer and “Illini Loyalty” by the same team. Both tomes have specialized interest and are driven by images and have a nice Midwestern feel.

BACKLIST:  From National Geographic with introductions by Keith Bellows comes “Drives of a Lifetime” ($40.00, 319 pages) and “Journeys of a Lifetime”  ($40.00, 319 pages). The books are  lavishly illustrated and highlight 500 of the world’s most spectacular and fascinating trips.

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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

This Article is Copyright © 1995 - 2012 by Harvey and Myrna Frommer.  All rights reserved worldwide.

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