Amazing Holiday (and all year
long) Gift Books
Harry N. Abrams Publishers keeps outdoing itself year after
year and book after book. The quality of their works, the reach and the
rewards - outstanding. Special beauties there for the buying and the
"Tiffany's Palm Beach"
"Birds of Central Park"
"Slim Aarons: A Place in the Sun"
"Woman in the Mirror"
"Tiffany's Palm Beach," by John Loring ($65.00, 336 pages, 285 full color
illustrations) is an intriguing look behind the scenes at the history, art
and architecture, lifestyles and people of this gaudy and glossy stretch
of island real estate in Florida's fabulous playground. Loring, design
director of Tiffany & Co. since 1979, knows his subject well and writes
with passion as well as authority. The book is a winner.
"Birds of Central Park" with photographs and text by Cal Vornberger
($35.00, 208 pages, 175 full color photographs) is not just for park
lovers, not just for bird lovers, not just for photography lovers. But
this worthy effort by Vornberger who spent every day of the past three
years in the Park at work is a book for all kinds of readers. Beautiful,
poignant, educational - "Birds of Central Park" is as its sub-title
proclaims: "A Birds-Eye View of Some of Central Park's Most Fascinating
"Slim Aarons: A Place in the Sun" with an introduction by Christopher Sweet ($75.00, 240 pages, 210 full-color photographs)
is a look inside at the beautiful people at play at their places in the
sun from Palm Springs to Monaco, from Aspen to Gstaad. This is a book to
savor, to turn to on chilly mornings, to study and to wonder at. Sweet has
got it right in his own phrases: "Photographing attractive people who were
doing attractive things in attractive places."
"Woman in the Mirror" by Richard Avedon ($65.00, 246 pages) adds an
exclamation point to the amazing Abrams books cited in this review. It is
a work about the work of the noted photographer Avedon from 1945 to 2004.
There are 125 tritone and ten full color photographs, each begging the
reader/viewer (and reviewer) to tarry a while, to contemplate, to enjoy.
And since there are so many decades represented and since "Woman in the
Mirror" is presented in chronological order - the history of the
conception of female beauty during the decades of the second half of the
twentieth century, the momentum of time passing and Avedon at work grips
one. Remarkable, this splendid opus is one definitely worthy of putting in
a place of honor on your bookshelf.
NOTABLE: From National Geographic Books comes "Visual History of the
World" ($35.00, 656 pages) - - a stunning, sweeping, sourcebook with more
than 4,000 illustrations. Page after page summon up insights and new
awarenesses. This is the ultimate reference book for those interested in
history, for those who really want to "look it up."
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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