Title: "Inventing Niagara"

Author: Ginger Strand

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Pages: 337

Price: $25

In a nutshell: Although most people think of Niagara Falls as the "eighth natural wonder of the world," Ginger Strand argues that the falls are not so natural any more. She sees it more as an example of the "meddling of man" in diverting, reshaping, stabilizing, chopping off crops of land and then commercializing with astounding diversity: museums, waxworks, haunted houses, hotels, IMAX films and phony Indian tales. Strand considers herself "obsessed" with the falls, so she personally researched this story to set the record straight and inspire people to be more protective and appreciative of natural beauty. It is a well-written, accessible study, intended for the general reader.