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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Enjoy Yourself When You Travel Locally

Even if you can’t afford the time or money to travel to different parts of the country or the world, there are lots of things to do when you go local. Here are some books to help you plan.

Day Trips from New York City: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler, written by Shandana A. Durrani, offers itineraries and recommendations for twenty-five trips in all directions from the city. Included are spooky Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, Gold Coast treasures of Long Island, Cape May and the wildwoods of New Jersey, coastal Greenwich and New Haven, Connecticut, and much more. Find out where to go, eat, shop, and stay (for overnighters).

Not the Met: Exploring the Smaller Museums of Manhattan, written by Janel Halpern and Harvey Appelbaum, explores the more than seventy-five museums located in all sections of Manhattan. Color photos of the museum buildings and some of their typical exhibits accompany the text detailing the collections and origins of each museum, along with location and transit directions, and hours and admission fees.

New York: a Mod Portrait of the City, written by Zdenek Mahler and illustrated by Vladimir Fuka, is a picture book for adults, originally published in 1964. Charming drawings and collages are accompanied by spirited, humorous text depicting the various sights and activities of Manhattan.

Food Lovers’ Guide to Long Island: the Best Restaurants, Markets and Local Culinary Offerings, is written by Peter M. Gianotti, a restaurant critic for Newsday. He presents descriptions and ratings of what he considers the best of Nassau and Suffolk counties’ restaurants including its foodie faves and landmarks, and specialty stores, markets and shops. Each chapter features a different town. Information on wineries and breweries also is given.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Help with Home Repair

How to Fix Absolutely Anything: a Homeowner’s Guide is edited by Nicole Smith.  Don’t want to spend your hard-earned money calling in expensive professionals to do basic home and other repairs? Learn to do them yourself: such jobs as installing a toilet, repairing a hole in the wall, mending a broken windshield, fixing a damaged zipper, and more.

Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update, and Show Your Home Some Love is written by Sherry and John Petersik. They are bloggers who have renovated two homes since 2007. In this book they present over 240 projects, tips and techniques for the reader’s use, no matter what their ability. Over 400 photos and other illustrations accompany the text.

How Your House Works: a Visual Guide to Understanding and Maintaining Your Home, Second Edition is written by Charles Wing. Complete illustrations assist the average homeowner in comprehending the typical home’s systems: including plumbing, wiring, heating, cooling, air quality, appliances, windows and doors and the foundation and frame.

The Complete Photo Guide to Coastal Maintenance: Adapt Your Home to the Coastal Environmental is written by Wayne Higson. Through the author’s experiences owning a home on the Atlantic Coast, he has been confronted by problems from salt-air and spray, humidity, wind-driven rain, nor’easters, tropical storms and hurricanes. He has found solutions, and products, that could reduce home maintenance and repair bills while protecting and maintaining the exterior and interior of the home, and offers these here to the reader.

Ultimate Guide: Home Repair and Improvement is a Creative Homeowner publication. Easy-to-understand text and an abundance of photos and illustrations assist the reader in completing over 300 projects dealing with masonry, plumbing, insulation, flooring, trimwork, siding, roofing, and windows.