With the 40th anniversary of the horrific assassination of
John F. Kennedy almost upon us, "Remembering Jack," by Jacques Lowe
(Bullfinch/ AOL Time Warner Book Group, $45.00, 432 pages) is a collection
as its sub-title announces of "intimate and unseen photographs of the
Jacques Lowe who died in 2002 was JFK's personal photographer, the man
whose images many credit with creating the myth of Camelot. Of Lowe's
40,000 photographs of the Kennedys, only a few hundred have ever been
"Remembering Jack" showcases more than 600 pictures, half of which were
It is a stunning work, a book that gives one pause. For those who
lived through that era it brings back the time with a chill. For those who
were NOT around then, "Remembering Jack" is like going back in a time
A sad footnote to the book: all of Lowe's original negatives were housed
in a bank vault in the World Trade Center and were destroyed on 9/11/01.
Richard Avedon was one of the greatest and most innovative photographers
of the 20th century. Best known for his more than a half a century of
preserving for all time in his photos - women of beauty, powerful makers
ands shakers, the New York scene - he was one of the most unlikely of
personages to be chosen to document images of the American West's ordinary
"Avedon at Work in the American West" by Laura Wilson (University of Texas
Press, Austin, $39.95, 125 pages of marvelous commentary and even more
marvelous photographs) is a book about a way of life that has virtually
disappeared, a book for all lovers of photo art.
In 1979, the Amon Carter Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, commissioned Avedon
to chronicle in his words "a new definition of a photographic portrait.
I'm looking for people who are surprising--heartbreaking--or beautiful in
a terrifying way." We see portraits of oilfield and slaughterhouse
workers, miners, waitresses, drifters, mental patients, teenagers, and
others. The result is an exceptional book.
"Chocolate French" by A.K. Krump (TCB-CAFÉ Publishing,
San Francisco, $19.95, 190 pages (paper) is a mouth watering survey of the
special relationship between international French culture and chocolate
cuisine. Photos, recipes, stories, insights - all clamor for attention in
this tasty nugget of a book.
"Art Museum Exhibitions" edited by Susan Mermelstein (Abrams, $17.95, 490
portable pages) is a terrific book for all travelers. It documents
traveling and permanent collections at more than 400 major museums. The
user friendly book also contains addresses, phone numbers, Web sites,
hours and admissions.
"Pocket Wine Guide 2004 (Harcourt, $14.00, 320 pages) by Oz Clarke is the
perfect portable and indispensable source for all wine lovers. By the same
author and publisher, there is also "New Encyclopedia of Wine," ($22.00,
416 pages, paper). This book has just about everything the pro or amateur
needs to know at a glance about the world of wine from Abruzzi to
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.
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