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  "The World In Vogue People Parties Places"

Book Review

Lavish, over-the-top, a page-turner, this is the mother lode of all coffee table books in all its over-sized reach and grandeur.

In "The World In Vogue People Parties Places" (Knopf, $75.00, 390 pages and 300 illustrations in black-and-white and full color) page after page vies for one's attention.

We are there for the glamorous weddings of the beautiful and not so beautiful people, there to gaze at the 540 masked partygoers at the Black and White Ball Truman Capote threw at the Plaza hotel for Katharine Graham, there to appreciate all kinds of gardens ranging from Corfu to East Hampton.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, there are literally hundreds of thousands of adjectives, nouns, verbs, adverbs and preposition tossed out at us. With an intro by Hamish Bowles and edited by Alexandra Kotur this singular and terrific tome focuses in different sections on The Women, The Parties, The Actresses, The Places, the Muses and Models.

There is even a poignant full page 1969 shot taken by Richard Avedon of Ali MacGraw, posed barefooted, as she was poised for her role in Love Story.  MOST NOTABLE.
 
In words and especially in pictures "The World In Vogue People Parties Places" is a love of a book!
 
"The Second City Unscripted" by Mike Thomas (Villard, $26.00, 288 pages) is exciting oral history featuring voices like Alan Arkin, Robert Klein, Richard Kind, Bonnie Hunt, Rachel Dratch and quite a few more. Just in time for the legendary and world famed Chicago comedy theater's 50th anniversary - "The Second City Unscripted" takes the readers behind the scenes to hear the stories from stars, creators and admirers. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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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.

This Article is Copyright 1995 - 2012 by Harvey and Myrna Frommer.  All rights reserved worldwide.

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