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6B Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter ' :jre tit ,00.imericans.. tiT00es 00)ast "bVELCOME, GENTLE READER "The Greater Journey" by David McCullough "The Greater Journey" is a I RNEY history of many famous Ameri- cans who lived and worked In Paris from 1830 to i9oo. These Americans came many years after the famous Founding Fathers who spent time in France, such as Ben- jamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. They preceded no- table talents of the 20th cen- tury such as Ernest Hem'mg- way and Gertrude Stein. This book covers an era, surprisingly, that seems to be previously unrecorded. However, the list of talented artists, architects, docters, politicians and others who came to Paris during this period is lengthy and dazzling: James Fenimore Cooper, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (the physician, father of the Supreme Court justice), Ralph Waldo Emer- son, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mary Cassatt, Thomas Alva Edison and many more. As the author says, "Not all pioneers went west." During that era, Paris was truly the center of gravity for those studying medicine or most branches of the arts, both for its distinguished schools as well as for the presence of centuries of art and architecture. A number of the famous Americans cataloged here came to learn or improve their skills as painters, which is a vivid reminder to contemporary readers of the great importance of painting, both of portraits and of events and scenes, before photography existed or became reasonably available. Samuel F.B. Morse, for example, was already a well- known, successful, middle- aged portrait painter when he decided to travel to Paris. It was only after spending several years in France that he developed the idea of the telegraph, for which he is principally remembered today. At first I wasn't certain why McCullough titled his book "The Greater Journey," but as he describes the arduous effort it took for the early travelers to sail from America to France, it is clear that the sea voyage, typically taking four to six weeks, was indeed a great journey. But, as he says, "A greater journey had begun ... and from it they were to learn more, and bring back more, of infinite value to them- selves and to their country than they yet knew." In case a reader should think that the world or its citizens were different a few centuries ago, I submit the following: "With every passing day, the Americans were struck by how entirely, unequivocally French Paris was. Every sign was in French, the money was French, every overheard conversation was in French ... And how a word looked on a printed page or menu and how it was pronounced could be worlds apart." What traveler to a foreign land has not had such an experience? Ruth Quincy "American Terroir: Savor- ing the Flavors of Our Woods, Waters, and Fields" by Rowan Jacobsen In this 2010 title, Jacobsen applies the French concept of terroir, or taste of place, to American mL ....... jo,:oh0000o terrain. ......................... describes the way local -- sometimes hyperlocal -- conditions such as soil and climate affect the flavor of food. Jacobsen explores American "flavor landscapes" and their prod- ucts like maple syrup from the north woods of Vermont. Along the way he tastes varietal honeys from all over, Totten oysters from Puget Sound and Yukon River salmon. He defmes American broadly to include all of North America. Thus, his travels take him from coffee fields in Panama to avocado groves in Michoacan, Mexico, to the potato fields of Prince Edward Island. Jacobsen concludes that taste matters and so do the places that produce those unique tastes. "Nature offers different deals in different places," he writes. And the foods he chronicles are "natural outgrowths of their environments, and tell us something fundamental about life in those regions -- .which, in turn, tells us some- thing fundamental about life, period." One question inherent in these hyperlocal foods that he never contends with, however, is the issue of food miles. When a chocolate bar he describes requires that the cocoa be floated down an Amazonian river in a canoe, trucked 1,000 miles to La Paz and then over a 15,000-foot Andean pass to Chile, shipped to Panama and then to Rotterdam, and then up the Rhine River to Basel for processing-- well, things have gotten a bit ridiculous, haven't they? Just call it the Carbon Footprint Chocolate Bar. True terroir might be eating just what your local environment can produce and process. Still, I learned a lot from this book. I'll never look at a cup of coffee or a jar of honey in quite the same way again. Delaine Quincy "Cagney by Cagney" by James Cagney My brother married James Cagney's Wg niece. While I  was stay- . ..... ing at my  , brother's house in !i Simi Valley, he ' allowed me to read James Cagney's auto- graphed autobiography, "Cagn'ey by Cagney." Cagney was involved in the whole gamut of entertain- ment, from vaudeville to television, although precious little of the latter. He grew up on the streets of New York, surrounded by the widest polyglot of ethnici- ties possible at the time. Their lingo stood him in good stead later on, as he had heard Yiddish, Italian, Polish, German, Hungarian, etc. every day in the streets. He did not have to study accents when they were required in his work-- they were in his blood. He was a boxer, an actor, an accomplished dancer, a dabbler in playing musical instruments, a painter, an occasional poet of social criticism, an animal lover, rancher, a ban vivant with his private friends, story- teller, always a conserva- tionist, a liberal in early life and a conservative when he became disillusioned with Truman. (His vote for Dewey was the first vote he ever cast for a Republican.) He was always a family- oriented person who was re- puted never to have cheated on his wife, extremely rare in the Hollywood of his day. What comes through in his autobiography is a man al- ways dedicated to whatever job he held. He scorned fame, publicitY' and adulation, and he was convinced that acting was not an art. He considered acting as just a job that the whole world happened to be in on, but he was well aware that that job would dry up if he did not direct his whole personality to recreating the writer's concept and projecting that to the public. He was not a good manager of money. Luckily, his brother Bill was a genius in the world of money and he took over James' affairs at James' request at an early point in his career. After putting the book down, I felt I had come in contact with the world's most honest man. He never brags as such; he just tells it like it was. He had good reasons for whatever he undertook. He showed great integrity in being a liberal, for wh.ich he does not apologize, and he showed great integrity in be- ing a conservative, for which he does not apologize. Both came from a love for our country, its people, its animals, its earth and what he Was convinced was right for the country at that time. Salvatore Taylorsville Recent releases that have crossed our path: "Where Do The Mondays Go?" by Patricia Sloan I heard about this book from the author, whom I met during my eternal lay- over in Houston, Texas last month. Illustrated by Daniel Alexander, "Where Do The Mondays Go?" is the story of comings and goings of the superhero-like days of the week. The Super-Duper Days' costumes derive from the spelling of their names. A very clever rhyming book that's sure to captivate young (and not-so-young) readers, the answer to where the days go is quite a surprise. "Harvest the Rain" by Nate Downey Eco-landscaper, columnist and blogger _ Nate Downey is ii .-. the author of two books  on water and sustain- ability, t "Harvest  ,:,_.---- the Rain" promotes rainwater harvest- ing to achieve what the author calls gradual greening with Downey's how-to suggestions and tips for passive and active rainwater collection and utilization. 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