AMERICA'S COVERED BRIDGES: PRACTICAL CROSSINGS — NOSTALGIC ICONS

1 By Terry E. Miller and Ronald G. Knapp (Tuttle, $39.95)

The history of North America is encapsulated in the history of her covered bridges in many ways. The early 1800s saw a tremendous boom in the construction of these bridges, and in the years that followed as many as 15,000 more were built. This book will be of tremendous interest to anyone fascinated by American history, carpentry and technological change.

CARSICK

2 By John Waters (Farrar, Straus and Giroux $26)

The man behind such cult films as "Hairspray" traces his haphazard cross-country hitchhiking journey with a motley group of unsuspecting drivers, including a gentle farmer, an indie band and the author's unexpected hero. With subversive humor and warm intelligence, "Carsick" is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion — and a celebration of America's weird, astonishing and generous citizenry.

HAATCHI & LITTLE B: THE INSPIRING TRUE STORY OF ONE BOY AND HIS DOG

3 By Wendy Holden (Thomas Dunne Books $22.99)

When Owen met Haatchi, the lives of one adorable little boy and one great big dog were destined to change forever. Owen has a rare genetic disorder that leaves him in a wheelchair. Haatchi, an Anatolian shepherd puppy, was abused and left for dead on railroad tracks. But when the big dog and the little boy are introduced, an unbelievable bond is formed that transforms both boy and dog in miraculous ways.

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