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October Reads Make for Nice Time Indoors

Rizzoli’s “Carefree California: Cliff May and the Romance of the Ranch House” ($45, 275 pages) is a page turner of words and images that brings its subject to life. It is a book that provides an up close and careful look at legend Cliff May and the ranch house he is so linked with. Page after page yields a treasure of aesthetic, architectural and artistic gems. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

“Conde Nast Traveler Book of Unforgettable Journeys” (Penguin, $16.00, 434 pages, paper) is as its sub-title suggests a book by great writers on great places. There are 35 essays from such as and others like E. L. Doctorow on India, Amy Wilentz on Senegal, Robert Hughes on Russia, Dan Hofstadter on Turkey, Pico Iyer on Israel. All of these and the others in this superb tome make for enjoyable reading.  MUST HAVE.

“Gods Like Us” by Ty Burr (Pantheon, $28.95, 413 pages).

Is a fan’s view and a scholarly take on the warf and woof of stardom thru the decades. From the beginnings of film all the way to the time of the Internet, Burr is right on target.  GO FOR IT.

Michael Koryta’s “The Prophet” (Little Brown, $25.99, 403 pages) is a terrific thriller that among other things is about a man in love with a woman who shot him.  Koryta, acclaimed for his previous work, has homered here in this taught, tense and relentless narrative of what took place in a small Ohio town. REQUIRED READING FOR THRILLER BUFFS.

“Judgment Call” by J. A. Lane (William Morrow, $25.99,400 pages) features Sheriff Joanna Brady, heroine of 14 other suspenseful works by the celebrated author. Twists and turns, unforgettable characters, the Arizona desert, what is justice? - -all of these and much more are foreground and background in a highly readable tome. YES!

“Summer Lies” by Bernhard Schlink (Pantheon, $25.95, 229 pages) is a sometimes soul searching and always valuable collection of seven stories from the German author. All of them deal in different ways with reality and illusion and also defining truth. FOOD FOR THE MIND.

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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.

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Email: myrna.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
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