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“Intoxicating Paris,” “A Replacement Life,” “The Lives of Erich Fromm”

Book Reviews

Summertime and the reading is there for the taking. A trio of wondrous books is also there for your buying, reading, enjoyment. All vastly different; all have one thing in common - - good reads.

Intoxicating Paris (by American therapist PJ Adams is a wandering journey through the City of Light - -its kitchens, shops, cafes, closets and most especially its creativity. Racy, insightful, delightful, this is a book for all who love Paris.

A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman (Harper, $25.99, 321 pages) is a debut novel and what a debut it is. The book is witty, serious, informative, and brilliant. Its focus, from the former Soviet Union émigré who came to the United States at the age of nine, is Brooklyn’s Russian émigré community. There are insights into family, the old country and the new one, love and telling stories. A WINNER.

The Lives of Erich Fromm by Lawrence J. Friedman, assisted by Anke M. Schreiber (Columbia University Press, 410 pages) is a remarkable and detailed biography of the life and work of very important 20th century personality. Sub-titled “Love’s Prophet,” the book surveys in depth the myriad ideas and little known details of the Erich Fromm, thinker, writer, political activist, and philosopher.  HEADY BUT VERY ACCESSIBLE READ.

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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
Web: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~frommer/travel.htm.

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

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