(University Press of New England)
In 1949 an aviation engineer and his wife decided to leave “civiliza tion” and seek a simpler life on an unin habited island off the Maine coast. Blanchard explores the life of this couple, drawing on Nan Kellam’s journal, an unpublished manuscript the couple wrote about their adventure, and their letters and correspondence.
(Princeton Architectural Press)
In the introduction to this monograph of his firm’s work, Harris says that the houses he designs are “rooted in the daily lives of those who occupy the spaces” and are “meant to be walked through and lived in, not just looked at.” Among the photographs included are those of bathrooms, kitchens, and bedrooms, with accompanying text by Harris. Also featured is a foreword in the form of a short fiction piece about the meaning of “home” by the novelist A.M. Homes.
The San Francisco Bay Area quintet, Fortune Smiles, featuring Dan Krimm ’78 on electric bass, Gary Monheit ’80 on piano, Ted Nirgiotis on guitar, Leonard Sklar on tenor sax, and Matt Willis on drums, has released its first CD. The band draws on its members’ experience in a wide variety of musical forms, including classical, progressive, rock, and Caribbean and Latin jazz to create a modern eclectic jazz sound. Fortune Smiles is scheduled to perform at Yoshi’s jazz club in Oakland, Calif., on Feb. 7.