cloth, 176 p., $60
Five chapters and three appendices make up this introduction to the properties and uses of brick in landscaping, an excellent start for your imaginative uses of this practical material. Used for centuries, brick offers a variety of design options in conjunction with other materials. Plenty of illustrations in this book help you begin to grasp some of the options. The first three chapters provide a history of the use of brick and a description of its basic properties. The last two chapters give examples of the use of brick in walls, pavements, steps, piers, and elsewhere, plus some suggestions of special uses and warnings about a few problems. Appendices give you terms, metric standards, and technical sources and bibliography. Sovinski provides plenty of information in this whirlwind tour of brick; a few illustrations in color would have made this book exceptional.
— Edward J. Valauskas, Manager, Library and Plant Information, School of the Chicago Botanic Garden.