Hamptons Pleasures by Susan P. Meisel

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In their follow-up to The Hamptons: Life Behind the Hedges, authors Susan Meisel and Ellen Harris take the reader on yet another intimate journey through the Hamptons that they love. From the beaches to the farms and produce stands, from mansions to humble cottages, from sparkling backyard pools to lush gardens and manicured lawns, this insider's tour allows the reader a glimpse of a quieter side of the Hamptons. Often lost in the fray of traffic, shopping, and partying, the Hamptons revealed in these pages is a place long beloved by artists, writers, and those seeking respite from the rigors of the city. Through Meisel's gorgeous photography and the authors' personal, conversational text, the essence of the Hamptons is vividly conveyed. We see the surf caressing the sand as a white-hot sun kisses the water's edge; wisteria vines wending its way across the facade of a tiny cottage; wide open fields of perfectly plowed rows of potatoes wrapping around a huge red barn; a majestic mansion overlooking the bay; a gate, slightly ajar, reveals the interior of a well-groomed garden; a yellow table and chairs is set beside a velvet-purple lavender garden, so inviting for a bit of reading and an ice-cold lemonade. Perusing these images, it's easy why the Hamptons continue to draw people to come for a vacation...or to stay forever.

About Susan P. Meisel

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Meisel is a well-known painter and, with her husband, art dealer Louis Meisel, a collector of Americana.
Published May 1, 2004 by Harry N. Abrams. 168 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction

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P. Diddy's notorious all-white parties and Sex in the City's glitzy celeb galas may have made the Hamptons even more famous, but this lushly illustrated coffee table book suggests that thereal Ham

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While a few of the shots do show the region's famous opulent homes, the authors succeed in showcasing more modest residences, including surf-splashed cottages and their small, flowering gardens.

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