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Book Review - Skyscrapers by Judith Dupre

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My wife was in Chicago recently for a quilt show, and she picked up a book for me while she was there.  It's called Skyscrapers by Judith Dupre, and it's an interesting coffee table book.

To start with, the size of the book is unique.  To emphasize the "tallness" of the subject matter, the book measures 18 inches by 8 inches.  It definitely doesn't fit on a bookshelf too well.  Each two page combination in the book examines one of the world's tallest or most unique skyscrapers.  The photography is well done, and the description and history of the buildings is often interesting.  If you're an architect or someone who appreciates the art of structures, you'll think this book is wonderful.  The only fault I can find with it (and it's more me than the book) is that the author tends to wax lyrical about artistic details and concepts that sometimes go a bit overboard.  I guess I'm not "in touch" with my inner self...  I found myself thinking "It's a building!  Get over it!" more than once.

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