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"Deadliest Sea" and "Birdology" and "Market Day" 

The Book Review

Summer reading specials - - all different, all carefully crafted, all books that belong before your eyes this summer.
"The Deadliest Sea" by Kalee Thompson (Morrow, $25.99, 309 pages) is a true page turner. Riveting, filled with excruciating details, buttressed by painstaking research and a feel for the subject matter ­ this is definitely one of your books for summer reading 2010.
The time was Easter morning, March 23, 2008. The place was the freezing Bering Sea. The predicament ­the fishing trawler Alaska Ranger started to take on water. The ship was beyond 100 miles from the closest land.
The United States Coast Guard had one of its finest moments - - saving 42 of 47 crew members out of the frigid waters. Rescue teams fought gale force winds, darkness, 20-foot-seas and gale force winds. The book is a harrowing and brilliantly told tale of sacrifice and survival.
"Birdology" by Sy Montgomery (Free Press,$25.00, 272 pages) is a humdinger of a book all about our feathered friends - -birds like hens, pigeons, crows, falcons, hummingbirds, etc. Written with verve, with expertise aplenty, with heart and a poet's sensibility, the writer who lives in new Hampshire like the reviewers, struts her stuff and we are all the better for it.
Sy Montgomery writes with a sense of wonder and shows her true feelings and knowledge in page after page of this wonderful tome that is a consciousness raising behind the scenes look at some of our feathered friends. MUST READ
"MARKET DAY" by James Sturm (Drawn&Quarterly, $21.95, 96 pages, wonderfully illustrated) is one of those books that thumb through and decide it will remain for a long time on your bookshelf after you read it. In words and pictures, like one long and lavishly and lovingly executed comic strip, James Sturm takes the reader back to Europe in the early 1900s. We meet carpet maker Mendleman whose wife is expecting. We are there through Mendleman's trials and tribulations as wherever he goes he is low balled in price for his carefully crafted carpets.
The book depicts a world at crossroads ­ between artisan made goods and mass produced products on the brink of the Industrial Revolution products. Pathos and pity intermingle in this home run of a book. MUST OWN. 

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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

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