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High Time for New Guinea

Books to Go

July 14, 1996|JOHN MUNCIE

HOTELS OF CHARACTER AND CHARM IN PARIS, edited by Jean and Tatiana de Beaumont (Fodor's Travel Publications, $13.50, paperback, photos). Two hundred and seven hotels--that's a lot of charm--are described in this new guide by the French company Rivages and made available in the United States by Fodor's. Each hotel gets one page, including a paragraph of description and an outline of facilities and costs. Fodor's also has released updated versions of Rivages' Portugal and Spain hotel guides. (Inexplicably, the introductory page in both the Paris and Portugal guides misstate the number of hotels listed.)

HAVANA: Tales of the City, edited by John Miller and Susannah Clark (Chronicle Books, $13.95); BERLIN: Tales of the City, edited by John Miller and Tim Smith (Chronicle Books, $13.95). Two new titles in this entertaining series. A literary portrait of each city is painted with about 15 works. Some are short stories; some excerpts from longer pieces. Some of the stories are contemporary (the Havana book includes a bit of script from "Godfather II"); some historical. It's an A list for authors. The Havana book includes Fidel Castro, Graham Greene, Ernest Hemingway and Henry Cabot Lodge. Berlin is represented by such luminaries as Lillian Hellman, Franz Kafka and Bertolt Brecht.

VENICE: In Your Pocket (Michelin, $10.95, paperback, photos, maps). A new series from the well-known radial tire/restaurant guide company. The books are 4 1/4 inches by 6 1/2 inches, and each is only 128 pages. Among the initial dozen are guides to Prague, Brittany, New York, Paris and Southern Spain. Each guide is divided into "background," "exploring," "enjoying your visit," and "A-Z fact finder" sections. Very handy, indeed, but too sketchy for any but the most superficial visit.

Books to Go appears the second and fourth week of every month.

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