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 “Fly Water” “British West Indies Style” and “Faeries”
The Book Review

There are 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 table.

From Rizzoli 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.

“Fly Water” 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.

“British West 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.   

“Faeries: 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 Brilliantly conceived, imaginatively produced, featuring previously unpublished art by Froud and Lee, “Faeries: Deluxe Collector’s Edition” is a treasure chest of words and images related to faeries, sprites, goblins, trolls and dwarves. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

(Bookends)  “MEMORY WALL Stories”  by Anthony 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!

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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.

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