Lost in Wonderland
By Augustus Mayhew
Lost in Wonderland’s collection of essays explore the myths, social climate and architectural tableaux that make Palm Beach like no other place in the world. The island’s uncommon mélange of English gardens, Tuscan loggias, Venetian staircases, Spanish patios, Bermuda roofs, and Georgian doorways, makes for an incomparable mirage-like grandeur attractive to both Old Money and the latest Kings of Wall Street. Author and lecturer Augustus Mayhew, one of Palm Beach’s most popular columnists, offers twenty-one informative and insightful essays, previously published in the Palm Beach Daily News and the New York Social Diary, combined with more than two hundred historical and contemporary photographs, which chronicle the places and personalities that make Palm Beach a quirky blend of fantasy and reality. He presents a unique perspective on the shifting ground between Palm Beach’s past as a seasonal resort destination, to its present status as an exclusive residential enclave with a social prism focused on mansions, condominiums and charity balls.
Augustus Mayhew was born in Camaguey, Cuba, where his grandfather was among the post-Spanish American War pioneers from New England. They settled La Gloria, the first American colony in Cuba. He grew up in Delray Beach and received a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and History from Florida State University, having also studied at the International Study Center in Florence, Italy. Along with appointments to local, regional and state historic preservation organizations, he served as archivist and chairman of archives and collections for the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. He considers himself as much a cultural explorer as a social historian and historic preservationist. His essays and photographs appear regularly in the Palm Beach Daily News and the New York Social Diary.
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Published by Palm Beach Editorial Services November 2012
By Judy Schrafft
The third book in Palm Beach writer Judy Schrafft's travel trilogy, "Visa Required" follows her previous "Places" and "Other Places" with articles and reports of strange and exotic worldwide travel and exploration.
From scuba diving in far-flung Indian and Pacific Ocean locales to digging dinosaurs in Mongolia and moai on Easter lsland, to scavenging ancient Middle East ruins, few tropical areas have not been visited by this world-class adventurer, always trying to be "the first footprint on the beach."
As one of the first three women to be accepted for membership in New York's prestigious Explorers Club in the field of "Underwater Exploration", she joins past and present mountaineers, polar explorers, astronauts, and experts in all scientific disciplines. She has carried the club's coveted flag on four expeditions and has been present on several sponsored by other members.
Her writings transport readers to underwater New Guinea, Micronesia, Australia, and Indonesia, to an ages-old camel fair in India, and to the ruined cities of earlier millennia. Schrafft also takes them on a search for the elusive coelecanth, a fossil fish found to still exist, and into the clear waters of the Gulf Stream close to her Florida home base.
The author's enthusiasm and comprehensive reporting style take you to her favorite remote, inaccessible places, where the excitement of discovery far outweighs the discomfort. Join her through "Visa Required" to reefs, deserts, jungles and ruins while you are comfortably curled up at home, or flying to an exotic destination of your own.
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Published by Palm Beach Editorial Services December 2010