Writer and photographer Jonathan Scheff grew up in Brookline but has since traveled in more than 20 countries and lives in New York City. So he brings a worldly eye to his former home turf in Boston Icons: 50 Symbols of Beantown (Globe Pequot Press, 2011, $16.95). Predictably enough, he covers a lot of familiar territory. (After all, how many icons can one city have?) But Scheff's photos often surprise with a different angle or view that might make even long-time Bostonians take a fresh look at such landmarks as Faneuil Hall, the USS Constitution, or the Bunker Hill Monument. He also frees Boston from the grip of history by conferring icon status on the Samuel Adams Brewery and the Zakim Bridge, which became a highlight of the Boston cityscape even before the first car drove under the soaring cables. No book of icons would be complete without a mention of America's game. But Scheff chooses to focus not on Fenway Park or the Red Sox. Instead he gives a call out to the diehards of Red Sox Nation. Scheff is mum on the issue, but I bet he still roots for the home team.