Autographed Books by Local Authors

 

 

Hamptons EntertainingThe Hamptons are synonymous with parties: Whether it’s dinner on the dunes, post–horse show cocktails, or even family-style barbecues, from Memorial Day to early autumn, Long Island’s East End is truly the playground of the rich and famous. With her new book, Hamptons Entertaining, Annie Falk invites us into the seaside communities’ most beautiful estates. Eighteen lavishly photographed parties are featured, offering a wealth of inspiration for table settings and menus, along with entertaining tips that will serve for any occasion. More than 80 recipes—from a Watermelon Margarita and Cold Peach Soup to Lobster Salad on Buttery Crostini and Panamanian Chicken Pot Pie—highlight seasonal ingredients and local produce. A move from summer to fall serves up desserts like Pumpkin-Spiced Crème Brûlée and Apple Crisp with Caramel Drizzle. Tastemakers
include a glittering array of financial titans, media moguls, and even a former mayor of New York City.

$45

 

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NormandieNormandie, the Tragic Story of the Most Majestic Liner is a well-researched historical novel, presented in a coffee table format with over 250 pictures. Although Silvin focuses on the design, construction and art of the French Line’s glorious 1935 flagship, readers are brought through a tale of the enchanting and romantic history of Twentieth Century, North Atlantic luxury travel. The illustrated narrative is punctuated by glamorous accounts of the famous passengers who travelled on Normandie during her four-year life. While fictional, the celebrities’ conversations are soundly based on what was happening in these legendary people’s lives at the time of their documented “crossings”. Readers will feel as if they are aboard the beguiling ship with artistic, social and political icons from both sides of the Atlantic. Finally, shrouded with details of the major international events that led up to the Second World War, Silvin chronicles the real story of Normandie’s tragic end. The horrid visual of what was to be America’s only large troop carrier lying on her side in New York City only two months after Pearl Harbor, gave way to the most elaborate yet predictably futile salvage job in naval history.

$85.00

 

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Palm Beach County During WWIIDuring World War II, Palm Beach County was a beehive of activity. Beachgoers witnessed the destruction left in the wake of U-boat attacks and then helped rescue survivors and retrieve the dead. One of the first Civil Air Patrol units to hunt U-boats operated from Palm Beach County. Morrison Field in West Palm Beach served as the takeoff point for Army Air Corps planes destined for battle lines throughout the world. Boca Raton Army Air Field was the headquarters for training airmen in top secret radar technology. The US Army, Navy, and Coast Guard used resort hotels for training sites and hospitals.

 

$21.99

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Images of Palm BeachPalm Beach is known internationally as a winter resort where the wealthy enjoy life in a tropical paradise. More than 100 years ago, Palm Beach was far different from its well-kept beaches, estates, and fabulous Worth Avenue shopping mecca of the 21st century. When the first permanent settlers arrived, they found the area covered by thick jungle that had to be tamed before they could carve out a new life for themselves. The settlers ended up with a paradise, and when Henry Flagler decided to build a grand hotel in Palm Beach, he planted the first seed for the creation of a modern winter retreat for the rich.

$21.99

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Palm BeachOnce referred to as a “veritable paradise” by Florida developer Henry M. Flagler, Palm Beach has transformed from a small frontier community to a remarkably picturesque historic town. The seaside resort’s charm is found in its diverse architecture, landmarks, mega-mansions, beaches, and land and streetscapes.
 

 

 

 

$21.99

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Laura WoodwardLaura Woodward (1834-1926), born in Mount Hope, Orange County, New York, was one of a handful of women members of the Hudson River and White Mountain Schools. In the 1870s-80s, she hiked and sketched in the wilderness of the Northeast, revering nature and realistically depicting its pristine state. Her paintings invoked great praise from the critics of the day and her bravery cleared the path for women landscape artists to follow.  Woodward came to Florida in the 1880s and from ca.1888-1896 became one of the most extensively traveled artists in the state. She braved the alligator, panther and bear-infused jungles to depict Florida’s natural beauty in colorful watercolors and oils. Woodward was the pioneer artist of Palm Beach, one of the first professional women artists to paint in the Everglades and Miami, and the inspiration to Henry Morrison Flagler in his development of the most magnificent resort in the world. Brought up in the Victorian tradition of modesty, she remained publicly silent about her accomplishments and it is only now that the breadth of her importance is finally known.  Laura Woodward: The Artist Behind the Innovator Who Developed Palm Beach not only rediscovers Florida’s most important nineteenth-century woman artist and one of its greatest publicists, it also explores the challenges of women artists who lived in Woodward’s era. It thoroughly discusses the early history of Palm Beach and myths about the great Henry Morrison Flagler are refuted. As Palm Beach County celebrates its 100th anniversary, it is highly appropriate to acknowledge the woman who precipitated its development.

$39.99

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Orville Bulman

This important hardcover art book is the only monograph about the Palm Beach and Grand Rapids artist and the most complete compilation of his artwork to date. It is 264 pages comprised of an extensive annotated biography along with over 365 illustrations including over 190 in color and over 170 in black and white.  The book has already received critical acclaim from highly esteemed art critics such as Gary Schwan of the Palm Beach Post and Sylvia Krissoff of the Grand Rapids Press and has been the #1 bestseller in Palm Beach. Learn the authentic story about this marvelous artist while enjoying the highlights of his enchanted life and fantastic legacy of art. Vicariously experience his exotic adventures in Haiti where he lived among the islanders in the hills who loved and encouraged his art. Be a part of his subsequent whirlwind fame in towns and cities such as Palm Beach, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Paris and London. One of the most successful American artists of the mid-twentieth century, Orville Bulman (1904-1978) remained humble, kind and generous despite his world-wide fame. (Almost all of his one-man exhibitions sold out before they opened to the public.) The roster of Bulman’s collector’s reads like a Who was Who, from Hollywood stars such as Henry Fonda, Greer Garson, George Hamilton and Joan Fontaine to high society doyennes such as Marjorie Merriweather Post (who had around 38 Bulman paintings) and royalty such as the Duchess of Windsor. Corporation magnates and United States politicos such as Robert F. Kennedy and President Gerald Ford owned Bulman paintings as well. From Richard Vettese, History and Special Collections Manager of the Grand Rapids Library: “The new book by Deborah C. Pollack, Orville Bulman: An Enchanted Life and Fantastic Legacy, is an art treasure to behold. Filled with important and new biographical information about one of Grand Rapids’ major 20th century artists, the colorful book will also remind you of what humor in painting is all about. Bringing many smiles to your face, the book is filled with beautiful reproductions of Bulman’s classic works of art, now scattered throughout the world. This re-interpretation of a master mid-century artist reminds us of the unity of all peoples, animals, and plants in a truly diverse world.”

 

$85.00


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Villa MiznerVilla Mizner: The House That Changed Palm Beach is about a grand town palace on Worth Avenue — one of the world’s most beautiful and up-scale streets. The book begins with the famous, charismatic architect Addison Mizner’s eight-year tenure (1924 – 1933) in the home of his dreams and includes well-researched, fictionalized conversations with Mizner’s famous clients of the 1920s. This period comes to life as it explores the grand palaces Mizner designed for America’s most extravagant elite. Sadly, many of the magnificent homes Mizner designed during the “roaring twenties” were destroyed forty years later. The book contains dozens of pictures of the properties in an effort to preserve their memory. Readers will also discover details about Mizner’s clients’ lives — all scions of American industry and high society. People like Phipps, Stotesbury, Cosden, Vanderbilt, du Pont, Wanamaker, Duke, Shearson, Chase and Warburton. They will learn of the ill-timed, failed attempt to create the model city of Boca Raton and the reasons why the brilliant, industrialist died intestate, bankrupt and without commissions. The book then chronicles the house’s subsequent owners, beginning with Rose and Mortimer Sachs whose tenure spanned four and a half decades (1939 – 1985). This influential couple built and operated a real estate empire in Via Mizner and along Worth and Peruvian Avenues. Readers will then learn about the villa’s transition period when it was owned by Ian Kean and, later, Robert and Gay Kanuth (1985 – 2003) The in-town mansion finally ends up in the hands of Dee and Nick Adams, descendants of America’s second President, John Adams. This vibrant young couple have brilliantly restored and furnished the house making it look like Mizner just stepped out to dinner. The book brings this villa to life, an amusing and informative history of Palm Beach, Florida.
 

$75.00

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Palm Beach Community Tribute

“These pages were completed by the community – for their community…..a Tribute.” Troy Devine This coffee table book showcases: • The first 100 years of Palm Beach history, lifestyle and culture • Many of the prominent families and individuals who have made a difference within the community • Many of the top organizations that have had an impact on society Currently available at these Palm Beach stores: The Breakers News & Gourmet, Classic Bookshop, The Flagler Museum, Main Street News and Par3 Golf course.

$58.85

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Billonaires and butterfly ballotsWhat do billionaires, snowbirds, gold diggers, Bernard Madoff, feral cats, Donald Trump, xenophobes, Jimmy Buffett, hurricanes, Rush Limbaugh, Butterfly Ballots, Ferraris, Epicureans, comatose iguanas, Lilly Pulitzer, and political pit stops have in common? Palm Beach!  This wealthy island’s present-day reputation for salacious scandals, hapless elections supervisors and boisterous demagogs stands in contrast to its refined past. Fortunately, the Palm Beach Daily News, a newspaper whose subscription list rivals the Social Register, hired David Willson as its first and only editorial cartoonist 20 years ago. He was on hand when battalions of Butterfly Ballot-chasing litigators invaded Flori-duh and for many other infamous Palm Beach brouhahas. But that’s just part of the story. Oh, those wacky one-percenters! You have no idea! At least, you won’t until you’ve read this book.

$19.95

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Palm Beach Picture Book This candid, slightly irreverent look at the infamous island includes architecture, nature, sports, clubs, celebrated homes, and the artistic and wacky rich people who inhabit the island. First printed in black & white in 1988, the current version combines classic black & white and hand painted photographs taken by the author with current full color pictures creating a kaleidoscope of images. Foreward by Bruce Sutka.

$34.95

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Victims of CircumstanceFor twenty years he knew the man who murdered his wife. He knew he was where he belonged: in a jail cell, never again to see the light of day as a free man. It didn’t help Chris Redgrave move on, but it was enough. Then the new city-slicker State Attorney of Palm Beach County came to pay him a visit. He told Chris of advances in DNA testing. He told him of recanted witness statements and a racist, good ol’ boy culture that mistook an innocent man for a guilty one. And he told him of Julian Anderson’s release from prison. As his closure unravels and memories of his wife’s brutal death haunt him once again, Chris wages war with himself over if he can accept that his wife’s true killer has lived free for the past two decades. But when the new investigation into his wife’s murder unearths clues that indicate Anderson may be guilty after all, Chris is convinced he had it right all along. Knowing that the politically motivated State Attorney will never admit he made a mistake, Chris is forced to examine just how far he will go to achieve justice.

$16.95

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Of Guilt and InnocenceThe abduction of five-year-old Ashley Wooten from her own front yard rattles everyone in the quiet, upscale community of Boca Raton to their core, but no one more so than the little girl’s father, Tom Wooten. As the grieving father and successful businessman becomes desperately entrenched in the stalled investigation into her disappearance, he will be forced to reveal secrets from his past, at the cost of his once comfortable life, in an effort to jumpstart the search to bring her home. Meanwhile, in a seedy neighborhood in the town of Davie, an elderly murder victim is discovered and linked to the long-dormant South Florida Strangler. As clues breathe new life into the dwindling taskforce responsible for hunting the serial killer, a suspect finally comes into focus. As the taskforce zeroes in, the detectives searching for Ashley Wooten unearth clues of their own, bringing the same suspect into their purview. With both investigative teams certain the same man could not be responsible for all these crimes, yet neither willing to budge, it becomes a frantic race to discover which theory, if any, is correct before Ashley or another victim runs out of time.

$16.95

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