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              Monday 25 SepteMber 2017
               Happy Island Miracles in Pictures and Words

            ORANJESTAD - Books, they                                                               at the extreme north of the   peared  for  the  first  time
            can  shake  your  world  up-                                                           island,  at  California  Light-  under the title Island Life in
            side  down.  A  good  book                                                             house, I travel south along   1992  in  The  News,  a  local
            can  change  your  mood                                                                pristine  beaches  of  white   English-language  newspa-
            like  that  perfect  vaca-                                                             sand  and  calm,  translu-   per. The Island Life columns
            tion  spot  that  energizes                                                            cent  seas,  passing  hotels,   were very factual and had
            your  spirit.  Take  these  two                                                        sailboats  and  shipwrecks   a  very  strong  education-
            together  and  what  you                                                               as  I  go.  At  the  southern   al  undertone.  Marking  its
            get  is  a  vacation  book,  a                                                         tip,  it  is  hard  not  to  wish   25th  anniversary  the  col-
            memory of that wonderful,                                                              that the island would nev-   umn  has  become  part  of
            heavenly place where you                                                               er  end.  Then  back  up  the   Aruba’s history and collec-
            spent your valuable leisure                                                            rocky  East  coast,  where   tive  memory.    “For  those
            time.  Aruba  Today  dived                                                             time  and  the  eternal  em-  who  were  part  of  history
            into  a  local  book  store                                                            brace  of  the  waves  have   to  remember  those  days
            and wondered which Aru-                                                                opened  secret  bays  and    and  for  the  next  genera-
            ba  books  thrill  the  visitor’s                                                      stunning  beaches  in  the   tions  and  Aruba’s  visitors
            mind. Sylvia Wouters, store                                                            shelter  of  rock  walls.  From   to  learn  about  our  islands
            manager  at  Bruna  Book                                                               beach  to  beach,  point  to   valuable  traditions,  move-
            Store, gladly helped us out   Federico Cabello            photos in a landscape for-
            and  informed  us  about  a   “Beautiful  pictures  of  Aru-  mat of 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inch-
            small  selection  of  Happy   ba,  this  is  a  perfect  cof-  es. In the words of the au-
            Island  miracles  in  pictures   fee  table  book  to  dream  thor:  “Slipping  beyond  a
            and words.                   away with”, explains Sylvia.  dynamic  tourist  industry  to
                                         The book has 192 full color  discover its wild and unde-
            ‘Aruba  Point  to  Point’  by   pages and more than 400  veloped  beauty.  Starting

                                                                                                   point, cave to cliff to boat   ments  and  contributors”,
                                                                                                   to bird, Aruba truly is... One   quoted by Karin Swiers, the
                                                                                                   Happy Island.”               book’s  editor  and  publish-
                                                                                                                                er, at
                                                                                                   ‘Bird  Wildlife  of  Aruba’
                                                                                                   Hardcover  by  Greg  Peter-  ‘We  Are  Aruba’  by  Linda
                                                                                                   son                          Reijnders
                                                                                                   Popular book that gives an   Worldly  life  tales  of  island-
                                                                                                   overview  of  Aruba’s  birds   ers that come from 76 dif-
                                                                                                   together with descriptions.   ferent  countries.  This  is  a
                                                                                                   The book contains full page   book  that  tells  the  stories
                                                                                                   photographs  of  over  two   of  immigrants  who  make
                                                                                                   hundred  species  of  birds   up for the multicultural so-
                                                                                                   taken in Aruba’s wildlife. A   ciety that Aruba is. A world
                                                                                                   checklist, for scientific and   within an island, a cocktail
                                                                                                   educational purposes, is at   of people. The book is vis-
                                                                                                   the  end  of  the  book  con-  ibly enriched with a picture
                                                                                                   taining  the  names  of  all   of  each  interviewed  im-
                                                                                                   bird  species  that  can  be   migrant  and  an  image  of
                                                                                                   found in Aruba. Where pos-   her/his country as well as a
                                                                                                   sible,  the  status  (resident,   map with the country’s lo-
                                                                                                   migrant,  vagrant,  intro-   cation. In the back you will
                                                                                                   duced)  and  abundance       find a list with all nationali-
                                                                                                   (common,  fairly  common,    ties living in the island and
                                                                                                   uncommon,  scarce,  and      their numbers.
                                                                                                   rare) of the particular bird
                                                                                                   species  will  be  added  to   ‘Aruba  Monuments  Guide’
                                                                                                   the checklist.               by Michel Bakker and Olga
                                                                                                                                van der Klooster
                                                                                                   ‘Island  Life,  Aruba’s  Best-  Aruba! Everyone knows this
                                                                                                   Kept Diary’ by Rona Coster   tropical  island  in  the  sun
                                                                                                   The  book  is  a  selection  of   with pearly white beaches
                                                                                                   columns  written  by  Rona   and palm trees swaying in
                                                                                                   Coster  between  1992  and   the trade winds. But there’s
                                                                                                   2004.    The  column  ap-
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