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Letters to the Editors That Were Never Published is a collection of unpublished letters to the editors of the New York Times.

Houses of New Orleans is a photo book that showcases the beautiful domestic architecture of New Orleans.

The Houses of Key West is a photo book that features the historic architectural designs of Key West in the state of Florida.

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Alex Caemmerer Jr., M.D: Letters to the Editors that Were Never Published

Letters to the Editors that Were Never Published

Over the course of the last ten years, Dr. Alex Caemmerer has written well over one hundred letters to the editors of the New York Times, the Record (of Bergen County, New Jersey), and Psychiatric News, a journal aimed at psychiatrists and other behavioral health providers. The letters, arranged in chapters, represent his response to articles on a variety of topics, including psychiatry, psychoanalysis, religion, priests and bishops, depression, violence, homosexuality, and miscellaneous subjects of general interest. He was also inspired to write in on a variety of subjects, including the business of “Big Money” the American automobile and its role in American culture, the symbolic meanings and needs the automobile satisfies in one’s psychology, and the practice of psychiatry (including a few examples of what brings one to a psychiatrist). He shared his opinions on business newscasters and their use of language, specifically the words and phrases aimed at scaring the public with frightening metaphors. Over the decades of his career, Dr. Caemmerer has been a witty observer and commentator on how people and society are changing-and not always for the betterment of either. These letters capture his unique perspective and his creative solutions to get things back on track.

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Alex Caemmerer Jr., M.D: Houses of New Orleans

Houses of New Orleans

(A collection of colored photographs of the domestic architecture of the historic district of the island with a treatise on the subject and description of the architectural details of the individual houses.)

Soak in a little New Orleans history while enjoying a visual tour of her homes. Known for beauty and style, New Orleans delivers as much in its architecture, even the simple shotgun houses in working neighborhoods. Houses of the Garden District and plantations beyond are simply stunning. A foreword by John Michael Vlach, Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., traces the roots of New Orleans signature homes to their origins in Africa and Haiti. Author Alex Caemmerer takes care to point out the rich detailing that was lavished on even the most simple structures, and how tastes changed and homes evolved over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


Alex Caemmerer Jr., M.D: The Houses of Key West

The Houses of Key West

(A collection of colored photographs of the historic architecture of the Garden District, the French Quarter, and the Faubourg Marigny of the city with a treatise on the subject and detailed description of the architecture of the individual hourses.)

Perfect for anyone who loves to look at charming old houses and imagine their histories, this book offers a selection of what are probably the most historically interesting, aesthetically appealing, and photogenic of the nineteenth-century houses in the Key West historic district. It includes full color photos, as well as a variety of charming anecdotes about old Key West gleaned from interviews with descendants of the families who built houses there.

Key West was an industrial town and many of its houses were for workers who had little to spend on housing. The shotgun houses are simple, undecorated houses, many of them built by cigar-makers for their workers. Then, of course, there are the great houses―the Heritage House, the Cosgrove House, the Hemingway House, and the Southernmost House―large and famous houses with unique and proud histories. Then there are the eyebrow houses, shotgun houses, and “Conch Victorians”―many of Key West’s houses were built by ship’s carpenters, who built strong, tight, shiplike hoses, most working without plans other than memories of vessels and seaport homes from their own past. Widow’s walks were borrowed from New England, overhanging eaves (eyebrows) from the West Indies. Builders added details from architectural fads of the time―from Greek Revival columns to Creole trellises.

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