- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: North Point Press; First Edition edition (March 16, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0865476853
- ISBN-13: 978-0865476851
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,559,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Apple's America: The Discriminating Traveler's Guide to 40 Great Cities in the United States and Canada Paperback – March 9, 2005
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Starred hotel reviews, restaurant price ranges and detailed directions have no place in Apple's latest travel guide (after Apple's Europe). Instead, readers get an appealing array of historical trivia and museum mentions relating to American cities. As a former New York Times correspondent (he's now an associate editor), Apple traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada. After "playing Baedeker" for many years, he parlayed his knowledge of America's cities into a series of articles for the Times, which he updates here. Written in a conversational tone with an emphasis more on city character and less on the best shopping districts, this opinionated, nontraditional work is refreshing. Among Apple's revelations: San Francisco is "full of itself"; Tampa is home to the "world's largest collection of paintings and drawings by... Salvador Dalí"; and "people would rather die than honk" in Seattle. Apple's hotel and restaurant listings at the end of each city description are geared toward the high-end traveler (the Ritz-Carlton chain gets more than its fair share of mentions), which may limit the book's appeal. Still, Apple's thorough research into each city's economic and social history is impressive, as is his consistent highlighting of art collections and architecture. Maps not seen by PW. (Mar.)
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"Johnny Apple is a virtuoso performer, in his range and appetite perhaps the most accomplished of his generation. He has written superbly of politics, art, music, architecture, food, drink, and now American cities. This book is Apple at the top of his form." --Ward Just
"Johnny Apple makes looking at architecture a feast--and every American city a luscious dish waiting to be sampled." --James Stewart Polshek
"Anyone who finds it necessary to visit a city for business and knows not a damn thing about the place will be very thankful for Apple's America. Johnny's enthusiasm, style, and gastronomic adventurousness will help any traveler to unfamiliar places, as well as edify any visitor to an American city who hasn't had the luck to go there with him and Betsey. Apple's America, once read, should be bound in leather and kept permanently in the luggage." --William Bolcom
Praise for Apple's Europe:
"[This book's] outstanding service is its advice on how to fill you stomach after filling your eye. . . . Apple sniffs out the best smoked salmon in Britain, the best steak in Scotland, the best grilled fish in Venice, the best Danish pastry in Copenhagen, the best pigeon pie in Marrakech." --Charles Michener, The Atlantic Monthly