Lots of color photos, this large paperback is great for someone wanting to browse thru everything Japanese, from ceramics, theater, design, massage, transportation, festivals, sumo, even insect collecting. Also lists sources for collecting and further research.
A good basic course for those beginning to study Italian. Compact enough to take on a trip, this was the only book I used to get started just before living in Italy. Gives you basics of grammar and pronounciation, and has dialogues to help with vocabulary.
If you enjoy reading about food and dining, this is an awesome book, compiled of articles from 60 years of Gourmet Magazine. Learn about what dining was like before WWI and after WWII...how Prohibition affected the dining experience...why James Beard is so important...cocktail parties of the 20s, and more. Not just recipes and cooking, but truly great stories about eating, cooking, dining, and life.
Very funny, entertaining, easy and fun read. Makes me glad I don't have to worry about finding a nice apartment in NYC! And oh yes, she does feel bad about her neck...and women's purses...and Bill Clinton. This was a birthday gift -- much enjoyed.