Books by Gina

Border Run: Photographs by Gina Hyams

Muddy Puppy Media, 2021

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“In this understated and brilliant photographic essay, Gina Hyams captures both the emptiness of the pandemic and its global power…Border Run is not about easily digestible human-interest pandemic stories with beginnings and ends. Instead, with the headlong haste and brutal directedness of an illicit caper, the book captures a pilgrimage of inoculation between two cities—and two countries.”  –Amy Wilentz, author of Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti, and other books

The Tanglewood Picnic: Music and Outdoor Feasts in the Berkshires

Muddy Puppy Media, 2015

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“Wonderful…a delightful read for both newbies and seasoned Tanglewood pros, the book details 80 years of picnicking tradition with vintage photos, personal stories, and tasty recipes.” Yankee Magazine 

Country Living Decorating with White

Hearst, 2013 and Busse Collection (German edition), 2014

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“Awash in a seemingly infinite range of warm shades and cool hues of white, this handsomely illustrated how-to includes eight informative chapters thoughtfully edited by Hyams. Pristine, inviting rooms and vignettes are amplified by a breezy, lucid text that extols the virtues of the color most associated with light, tranquility, and spaciousness. As a ‘blank canvas that offers endless possibilities,’ white’s abilities to weather stylistic changes, hide flaws, and highlight details in rooms romantic, traditional, and contemporary are persuasively documented.” – Publishers Weekly

Searching for Mary Poppins: Women Write About the Relationship Between Mothers and Nannies

Plume/Penguin U.S.A, 2007 (paperback)

Hudson Street Press/Penguin U.S.A, 2006 (hardcover)

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“Davis and Hyams compile two dozen essays by contemporary women writers exploring the many facets of ‘the nanny-mother tango.’ The relationship between a woman and her child’s caretaker can be ‘a complicated dance.’ This collection includes a diverse group of talents, including Susan Cheever, Marisa de los Santos, Joyce Maynard, Daphne Merkin, Roxanna Robinson and Rebecca Walker, writing about their sometimes wonderful, sometimes horrible (and almost always awkward) relationships with their children’s nannies. The very intimate position of sharing the role of mother (and sometimes a living space as well) with another woman—often one with a vastly different background than the mother—has been an intense experience for the authors of this collection. While each story is different, common emotional themes emerge, among them love, guilt, betrayal, gratitude, insecurity and loss. Sometimes humorous and often touching, this is an honest exploration of the well of feelings inspired by the nanny-mother relationship. Includes a foreword by All Things Considered‘s Melissa Block.”
– Kirkus Reviews

Pacific Spas: Luxury Getaways on the West Coast

Chronicle Books, 2006

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“The sumptuous guidebook features 20 of the most luxurious getaways in California and Washington, Mexico’s Baja del Sur and Canada’s British Columbia. Some of the treatments described here give decadence a new name, such as the combination of a tequila massage with a margarita salt scrub topped off with drinking a virgin margarita in the spa lounge. Did I say decadent?” – Chicago Tribune

In a Mexican Garden: Courtyards, Pools, and Open-Air Living Rooms

Chronicle Books, 2005

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“Gina Hyams has found the key to this culture full of whimsy and hand-crafted splendor. In her ‘Mexican Garden,’ she unlocks the gate to the best of the country’s patios and private places. From rural haciendas to modern homes, and from quaint and colorful patios to elegantly appointed loggias, her book guides readers on an unforgettable tour of outdoor living spaces.” – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Campfire Collection: Thrilling, Chilling Tales of Alien Encounters

Chronicle Books, 2005

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The thinking outdoorsman’s handbook to the heebie-jeebies, this third volume of the Campfire Collection gathers thirteen terrifying tales of alien abductions, encounters, and freakish forays into the unknown. Perfect to read aloud around a fire or in the comfort and “relative safety” of a cozy armchair, this anthology edited by Gina Hyams offers stories from such masters of fright as Stephen King, Philip K. Dick, Damon Knight, and more. Designed with rounded corners, a durable cover, and large type for easy reading by campfire or flashlight, this rugged companion is more than trail-ready for any excursion.

Incense: Rituals, Mystery, Lore

Chronicle Books, 2004

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“As a book, [it’s] almost like a meditation. Sure: it’s filled with information on this ancient aid to aromatherapy, but it’s also a beautiful study in a luxurious aspect of spirituality. ‘Where there is incense smoke, there is the fire of faith and prayers. Incense smoke is holy smoke. Integral to spiritual practices around the globe, its divine fragrance suffuses nearly every sort of place of worship…’ A lovely book that would make a perfect gift for those with an interest in the spiritual.”
– January Magazine

Mexicasa: The Enchanting Inns and Haciendas of Mexico

Chronicle Books, 2001

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“Any book that yields its pages to pictures of a shocking pink concrete guest house crowned with an unruly roof of thatched sisal has to engage the senses, I reckon. So you can forgive the unabashedly enthusiastic tone of Gina Hyams’ text…[about] the twenty-one inns, haciendas and small hotels she has explored in the company of photographer Melba Levick. Were the indomitable duo one margarita short of a full cocktail cabinet? Who cares? The photos are sensual and seductive, the text informative, and I, for one, am now rarin’ to set foot south of the border.”– New Zealand House and Garden

Day of the Dead Box

Chronicle Books, 2001

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“Day of the Dead provides a colorful tiered altar, skeleton figurine, and gift book describing the historic origins of the holiday as well as how to celebrate it today. In a bright and festive package is everything one needs in order to create one’s own altar at home…Although small, the book is thorough and provides a chapter on traditional recipes. Pan de Muertos is Bread of the Dead, and other recipes include hot fruit punch, pork tamales, hot chocolate, and salsa.”– La Voz Newspaper

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