Robert A M Stern has overcome his natural reticence and consented to the publication of Robert A M Stern: Houses (Monacelli Press, £50). A few work-outs at the gym may be advisable before lifting this monument to unerring good taste. 'Like Wright, I abhor the false modernism that claims new beginnings every Monday morning,' says Stern with typical humility. One can only admire his easy handling of so many architectural styles. The rigour of his Adirondack log-house (above) is especially impressive.