Legendary photographer Bill Cunningham's memoir, "Fashion Climbing," arrives on bookstore shelves this week.

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Fashion watchers everywhere mourned when the legendary photographer Bill Cunningham, longtime chronicler of street and society fashion for The New York Times, died in 2016. But he left behind a gift, discovered by his relatives after his death and now arriving on bookstore shelves this week: the memoir “Fashion Climbing.” In it, he describes his beginnings as a Boston kid who was punished for trying on his sister’s dresses, his arrival in Manhattan in 1948 as a style-struck teen, and his broke but happy years as a society hatmaker. “I took to New York life like a star shooting through the heavens,” he wrote, of the city whose style he captured.  I can’t wait to lose myself in this book; remembering a man who — in his trademark blue smock — took such pleasure in beauty.