Some of my favorite books come from Arcadia Publishing, and are the Images of America series. These books follow a standard format...... same number of pages, same number of photos, sepia cover, etc. I just read in our paper that there is a new one out for our area, one on Harrison, Idaho. This book joins others on "our area" of Idaho: Moscow, Pullman, the Silver Valley, Latah County, and one for Farragut Naval Training Station. If northern Idaho is not your ancestral area of interest, click to www.arcadiapublishing.com and do a search for your state..... or place..... or county of interest. And they have singular titles, like for Castle Garden and Ellis Island. The cost for these books is a consistent $20 to $22. Try one...... you'll be hooked.
Couldn't find the cover/photo for Harrison (too new?) but here are three of the others.