“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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.