What makes a great coffee table book? One with plenty of photos that start conversations. What makes it better? When it’s filled with famous faces from Palm Beach.
Palm Beach People (powerHouse Books, $85) by Hilary Geary Ross, the society editor for Quest and Q magazines, fits the bill. The story is told more in Harry Benson’s photographs than in words. It illustrates the rich and famous in their homes, their parties and their equestrian activities.
The 320-page book covers the society mecca from Dina Merrill, daughter of Marjorie Merriweather Post who called Mar-a-Lago home; to Donald Trump, who turned Merriweather Post’s estate into a private club. There are designers (Carleton Varney, Celerie Kemble and Mario Buatta), celebrities (Zsa Zsa Gabor, Christopher Plummer and George Hamilton), socialites (CZ and Cornelia Guest, Mollie Wilmot and the Fanjul sugar barons) and royalty (the Duke and Duchess of Windsor).
— Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub