cover image Let's Go to the Beach

Let's Go to the Beach

Elizabeth Van Steenwyk. Henry Holt & Company, $18.95 (160pp) ISBN 978-0-8050-6235-9

Beach-goers will have a new appreciation for the surfside after reading Let's Go to the Beach: A History of Sun and Fun by the Sea by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk. From historical tidbits (""During the Roman conquest of Great Britain, swimming was featured in most military campaigns"") to fashion facts (such as swimwear designs included in the chapter ""From Bloomers to Bikinis""), the b&w photographs (e.g., 1903 Luna Park, Coney Island, and rolling chairs on the boardwalk of Atlantic City in the 1930s) and text chronicle recreational activities through the ages. (July)