books and there are books and then there is this trio of lovely
titles – feasts for the eyes, informative, intriguing,
invaluable. All belong in a place of prominence on your coffee
Publishers comes “Fly Water” “British West Indies Style.” The
former brings us to the fly fishing rivers of the American West.
The latter is focused on the superbly and uniquely furnished
homes of Antigua, Jamaica, Barbados and more.
by Grant McClintock ($45.00, 224 over-sized pages) is a true
page turner with more than 200 photographs and moving, tender,
serene scenes from Henry’s Fork to Yellowstone to the Thompson
River in British Columbia. An album and a keepsake, “Fly Water”
is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Indies Style” by Michael Connors ($55.00, 200 pages and 200
color images) takes the reader into a little seen world – one of
magnificent colonial homes, one of elegance, refined taste.
Almost 50 private homes are showcased as are their special
craftsmanship, their mahogany writing tables, their linens,
gardens and tropical hardwood furniture. The less known islands
Bequia and Dominca also have a place in the sun in this winning
tome. Much more than a “picture book,” this is also a
mini-history of the islands. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Deluxe Collector’s Edition” described and illustrated by Brian
Froud and Alan Lee (Abrams,$29.95, 208 pages, 200 color and
black and white illustrations) is a re-imagined and refreshed
version of the original edition that was published more than 33
years ago. Brilliantly conceived, imaginatively produced,
featuring previously unpublished art by Froud and Lee, “Faeries:
Deluxe Collector’s Edition” is a treasure chest of words and
images related to faeries, sprites, goblins, trolls and dwarves.
“MEMORY WALL Stories”
Doerr (Scribner, $24.00,243 pages) is a work of short stories
focused on memory. The subject matter takes place on four
continents and cuts across age, race and gender. Haunting stuff!