The reviews are in...

Havana Before Castro, The New Asian Home and Stone Designs for the Home all just received great reviews from Library Journal.
Congrats to Peter Moruzzi,
Kendra Langeteig and John Morris!

The New Asian Home
This lavishly illustrated book features homes located throughout the United States, including Hawaii, "that represent some of the most interesting and important examples of Asian influence in the new ecology of American home design." Color photographs depict a variety of home styles, from classic interpretations of Japanese domestic architecture to Balinese pavilions. For each of the 23 structures, design writer Langeteig describes the inhabitants' lifestyles and the aesthetic sense that made the choice of an Asian style so appealing. How the designers and architects incorporated these influences is also discussed. Included is Melody Woods III, which is completely furnished with acclaimed Japanese American woodworker George Nakashima's work. Recommended for large interior design collections.

Stone Designs for the Home
The work of stone mason Morris, founder of Stone Age 2000, has appeared in Architectural Digest and other design magazines. Here, he revisits seven commissions and discusses how he worked with the homeowners to create walls, fireplaces, bathrooms, and even complete interiors in stone. This book is generously illustrated with color photographs of Morris's work that show the use of a variety of stone and styles. Recommended for large interior design and landscaping collections.

Havana Before Castro: When Cuba Was a Tropical Playground
A fascinating look at Havana, visually rich with hundreds of photos and other unique images, this addition to the literature on one of the world's urban architectural treasures is authored by an architectural historian. Moruzzi's fluid text embellishes the illustrations, drawn mostly from his own collection. Havana enjoys a captivating history, and the legacy of gambling, hotels, drugs, sex, and nightlife makes for an unparalleled reading experience. Moruzzi emphasizes the building boom of the 1950s, when American mob characters benefited from President Fulgencio Batista's corrupt regime and tourists flocked to the enchanted island a mere 90 miles from America, helped by airlines and cruise lines offering tour packages to Havana. The vivid descriptions of casinos and hotels, many still standing, bring a lost era to life. This attractive book is written for a popular audience but is highly recommended for academic as well as public libraries.

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