These stunning coffee table books are sure to be conversation-starters. “Four Seasons of Yosemite: a Photographer’s Journey,” by Mark Boster (hardcover, Los Angeles Times, 2011, 125 pages, $34.95). In more than 100 stunning photographs, Boster brings the eye of a 21st Century photographer and captures the magic of the national park’s icons — Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, El Capitan and others — in color that Ansel Adams had celebrated in black and white.
It would be hard to imagine the Ida Saxton McKinley home as anything other than a fine Victorian mansion. Amazingly, the beautifully restored building at 331 Market Ave. S once held the Bargain Center Grocery and a barbershop. It even had a faux storefront disguising the former first lady’s childhood residence.