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Book Reviews: “Fly Water” “British West Indies Style” and “Faeries”

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” and “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.

Flywater: Fly-Fishing Rivers of the West

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“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: Antigua, Jamaica, Barbados, and Beyond

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“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 and 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

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 Brilliantly conceived, imaginatively produced, featuring previously unpublished art by Froud and Lee, “Faeries: Deluxe Collector’s Edition” is a treasure chest of words and images related to faeries, sprites, goblins, trolls and dwarves.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

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