Book Reviews / Chronological


You can always count on the esteemed Rizzoli Publisher to produce a fine and interesting and beautiful book. Now for holiday reading and browsing, for gift giving, for researching and for just plain joy –this five- some is super worthy.

Morris Lapidus, the Architect of Joy by Dorothy Desilets

Buy it at Buy it at Amazon

“Morris Lapidus, the Architect of Joy” by Dorothy Desilets ($65.00, 240 pages) is a fitting tribute to the famed, prolific and long-tenured designer of so many appealing and interesting properties. Page after page of his innovative work unfolds in this incredible and informative book that showcases in well-chosen words and involving images places like the Fontainebleau and the Eden Roc in Miami Beach, just a small part of the 276 hotel projects he created between 1927 and 1984.


Harlem with an intro by Thelma Golden

Buy it at Buy it at Amazon

“Harlem” with an intro by Thelma Golden ($55.00, 256 pages) brings back a century of images, some poignant, some stirring, some historical, all moving. In all, there are 250 images by more than 50 photographers, including Richard Avedon, Gordon Parks and Henri Cartier-Bresson.


Los Angeles in Maps by Glen Creason

Buy it at Buy it at Amazon

“Los Angeles in Maps” by Glen Creason ($50.00, 192 pages) is a very unusual type of book, showcasing as it does the physical geographic space and not the tinsel-town legends and places that normally get much of the hype and hoopla. Creason is Map Librarian at Los Angeles Public Library, and he is sensitive and skilled. “Los Angeles in Maps” is a terrific slice of Americana.


Classic Homes of Los Angeles by Douglas Woods

Buy it at Buy it at Amazon

“Classic Homes of Los Angeles” by Douglas Woods ($55.00, 256 pages) is focused on some of the legendary sites in the LA area – Pasadena, Beverly Hills, Malibu, Hancock Park and Windsor Square. Broad in its scope, deep in its delving, “Classic Homes of Los Angeles” brings us into the homes of such as Danny Kaye, Cecil B. DeMille and other icons, as well as properties designed by such architects as Frank Lloyd Wright.


The Entrees by Gail Monaghan

Buy it at Buy it at Amazon

“The Entrees” by Gail Monaghan ($45.00, 191 pages) is not a book to look at on an empty stomach, dealing as it does in many words and images with 75 recipes from legendary chefs and restaurants. This is a book to savor, to refer to, and most of all, to try and cook by.



Leave a Reply