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BOOK REVIEWS:

“World Atlas” – A Book to Treasure!

Grand in size, ambitious in scope, relatively inexpensive in price, “World Atlas,” edited by Andrew Heritage (DK Publishing, $50.00, 354 over-sized pages,) is a treasure chest of information spread over 90,000 entries.

The book is at once a collectible and a user-friendly guide to the world. It has over 450 detailed maps of every region in the world, nearly a thousand full color photographs. There are diagrams, 3D terrain models, eight gatefold maps, over 96 large-scale regional maps, 200 terrain models.

Bungalow Nation  by Diana Maddex and Alexander Vertikoff

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For acquiring information, for browsing, for travelers, students, browsers, “Bungalow Nation,” by Diana Maddex and Alexander Vertikoff (Abrams, $35,00, 240 pages, 350 full color photos), is the entertaining and enlightening story of 75 bungalows in Los Angeles, Seattle, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago and Washington, D.C. These dwellings were constructed at the start of the 20th century for those seeking affordable and solid single-family homes. The impact of the people on these dwellings and the homes on the people is a rich time trip in American culture.

Running with Reindeer by Roger Took

 

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Just the book for those cold winter nights this winter – – “Running with Reindeer” by Roger Took (West View Press/Perseus, $27.50, 365 pages) – – is gripping, entertaining and unusual. Took, an art historian and curator, goes into vivid detail of his adventures and encounters in Russian Lapland. A special interest section for me was his description of time spent with the Saami people deep in the Arctic forests.

 

Eyewitness London

 

 

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BOOKENDS: “Eyewitness London” (DK Publishing, $9.95, 192 pages) is the one “must-have,” take-along for your guide to the ten best of everything in the UK’s best city.

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