Pulses raced throughout the shop as these meticulously designed and printed 11 5/8" x 12 1/4" hardcover books emerged from the box they were shipped in. This book is cover to cover fabulosity; not a square inch of wasted space is to be found. What we have on hand here are the more than 150 (!) full color – and what color! Katchor is revealed here to be a colorist par excellence (think Pierre Bonnard) – full page strips Katchor has been producing since 1988 for Metropolis, the excellent and, crucially for our enjoyment of these Katchor strips, oversize magazine devoted to architecture, design and, as the name suggests, urban living. Rather than struggle to find the words to adequately describe this gem, we are going to refer you to the ever insightful and always articulate Jeet Heer's review in The Globe and Mail. Is this Katchor's best book yet? It's too soon to say, but the answer may very well be yes. Regardless of the verdict, what's certain is that Hand-Drying in America is an æsthetically delightful and intellectually stimulating work that will leave its readers with a truer understanding and better appreciation of city life than they had before cracking its covers. Recommended!