The book is pricey but it truly is a collectible
from Rizzoli by Karen E. Hudson ($65.00, 240 pages) "Paul R.
Williams Classic Hollywood Style."
For more than sixty years the famed architect's work was a
benchmark for all things grand and beautiful. The first
African-American to be a member of the American Institute of
Architects, Williams also had an impact on LA's black community
and the greater national black community. The book's author is
the granddaughter of Williams and a third generation Angelino.
To turn the pages of this terrific tome is to be
transported back in time to the way it was. From the first full
page photograph of Leistikow Residence Hancock Park, 1923 to a
last full page illustration Historic Suite, Beverly Hills Hotel
Beverly Hills, 1949 is see the brilliance, the sensitivity, the
great skills of Paul Revere Williams at work. HIGHLY
"Parisian Hideaways" by Casey O'Brien Blondes (Rizzoli, $17.98,
216 pages) is a mother lode of images and information about
special places in Paris. It was especially remarkable for us to
come across two great places that we have been to and written
about Kube and San Regis. One is a unique modernistic and chic
location while the other is classic French.
The book's intro declares: "Everyone has his
or her fantasy of an ideal hotel, and Paris being Paris is the
object of particularly exalted expectation." Beautifully
produced, lovely to look at, carefully organized and very well
written, "Parisian Hideaways" meets all exalted expectations
providing cameo sketches of some of the City of Lights most
exquisite hotels. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.