Books: They run in the family.

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Last week I accused Richard Friedman of wreaking havoc with my work ethic (such as it was before Labor Day weekend) with his addictive photoblog and snazzy new Blurb coffee-table book. bookImage Books: They run in the family.

This week Richard’s daughter Nora Barrows-Friedman is also reminding me of the world beyond the office door with her book Echoes of the Dispossessed, a photodocumentary of her recent travels through the Middle East. Nora’s pictures of the conflict on the ground are sometimes disturbing, but never dispiriting – quite a counterpoint to recent news coverage, and a welcome distraction from the unwelcome distractions of Paris Hilton’s latest antics. (Who invited her to my email inbox, anyway?) Richard and Nora, keep the photos, books, and hope coming.

But the Friedmans aren’t the only family of world-traveling Blurb book makers. Father-son team Ken and Don Needham chronicle their trip to the wilds of Alaska in their book Father and Son in Alaska: By Foot, Air, and Road. bookImage2 Books: They run in the family.For a book with a title that conjures visions of icy blisters, Ken and Don are surprisingly smiley on that cover. But you know what they say: families that trudge across frozen tundra together, and live to tell the tale, stay together. Worked for Ken and Don, anyway. Tell you what: Try it and get back to me. I’ll be right here at my toasty cubicle, in my totally impractical shoes, eager to read all about it.

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