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America, the beautiful
Sommer, Robin Langley.
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Publication Information:
[New York, N.Y.?] : MetroBooks, [2001?]

Physical Description:
304 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 25 x 30 cm
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E169.04 .S65 1993 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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For beautiful, for spacious skies : from the fog-shrouded coastal towns of New England and the magnificent Shenandoah Valley to the vast fertile lands of the Midwest and the awe-inspiring, snow capped Rocky Mountains, America is indeed glorious. Whether the image displays Vermont's rolling hills ablaze in autumnal colors or California's Big Sur, every one of these 440 pictures of American beauty is a visual treasure. The breathtaking sights, both natural and man-made, range from New York City's dazzling skyline to an elegant, antebellum mansion in Mississippi, from the wonder of Niagara Falls to the awe-inspiring rugged rock formations of Monument Valley. Pictures carry you off to sparkling Hawaiian beaches, a vast expanse of golden wheat growing high on a farm, the charming Savannah riverfront, Chicago's Wrigley Field, and a joyful Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. The people, the monuments, the big cities and small towns: they're all represented in a visual voyage you'll never forget.

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Library Journal Review

In this attractive coffee-table book, composed of over 440 full-color images of the United States, native New Yorker Sommer (British Columbia; America's Countryside) succeeds fairly well in illustrating the character of different parts of the country. The rich images are geographically arranged and include glorious natural settings (e.g., Niagara Falls, the Great Lakes, the Grand Canyon), modern cityscapes (e.g., the New York City skyline), and people (individuals carrying on everyday activities such as visiting the market or standing on a street corner). Each image is given a brief caption, generally one or two sentences long, often including an indication of the cultural or historical importance of the scene or item shown. However, there is no index, and the table of contents lists only seven geographic subdivisions. Therefore, it is difficult to locate an image of a particular location or even to discover if such an image is included. This book is clearly not useful as a research tool and should be considered only for recreational reading. And while patrons may enjoy browsing through these eye-catching images, the volume is too heavy to be a popular item to check out. An optional purchase. Alison Hopkins, Brantford P.L., Ont. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
New Englandp. 10
The Middle Atlantic Statesp. 58
The Southp. 98
The Midwest and the Plainsp. 146
The Southwest and Southern Californiap. 188
The Northwest and Northern Californiap. 234
Alaska and Hawaiip. 274