Josefina Niggli, Mexican American Writer: A Critical Biography

This is the story of a remarkable woman whose artistic mission was to relate Mexican cultural history to English-language readers. A world-renowned playwright in the 1930s and best-selling novelist in the 1940s, Josefina Niggli published at a time when Chicana/o literature was not yet recognized as such. Her works revealed Mexico from an insider's point of view, although she found herself struggling with publishers who wanted an Amer...

La Trobe : the making of a governor

Charles Joseph La Trobe was Superintendent of the Port Phillip District of New South Wales and Victoria's first Lieutenant-Governor (1851–54). His administration, which coincided with the turbulent challenges of the Victorian gold rushes, was highly controversial. He departed from office a disappointed man whose contribution to the development of the colony was not immediately recognised. His was a vision of a cultured, economically ...

Vertigo: A Memoir

This is one of the best books I have ever read. I gave it four stars because I didn't like the style that the author chose to use in telling her story. At times I found it hard to follow, especially in the beginning. The book really deserves 4.5 stars. The author has a strange way of writing, at least, I find it strange, although, it works for the book, and I think that in many ways the style of writing is meant to reflect the author...

The Spanish Resurgence, 1713-1748

“This is a major and important study, based upon enormously wide-ranging and detailed research, and one with very considerable implications for how we see the early decades of Bourbon rule in Spain.”—Hamish Scott, University of Glasgow “Storrs offers a major reassessment of Spain, away from an Atlanticist account and, instead, toward one grounded on Mediterranean concerns. In focusing on the Spanish state, he provides an opportunity ...

Selections from Eliza Leslie

Any one even mildly interested in Early America will find this text quite entertaining and informative. Eliza Leslie was one of the most prolific and popular women writers of her era (1787-1858); this text (finally!!!) presents a reasonable sampling of her amazing work. Although having the scholarly apparatus that scholars will find incredibly useful, Leslie's work and voice is not bogged down and shines through with power, poise, an...

Makin’ Numbers: Howard Aiken and the Computer

This is just a SUPER book! There are great photos of Mks I, II, III, and IV and of their componants, great material on Aiken, and this book imparts a lot of the feeling of the time. You get the feeling that if you were there, in Aiken's shoes, you'd have done things the same way - there were reasons for the use of relays as basic computing elements for instance. There's a great chapter by Grace Hopper, "Why The Mark I Is My Favorite ...

Palm oil and small chop

This book is a fascinating portrayal of a now lost time, and tells the story of general cargo ships operating from the UK to the ports of West Africa. These ranged from extensive facilities with cranes and large wharves to river anchorages many miles from the sea in the creeks of the Niger Delta, at all times demanding high levels of self-reliance and initiative from ships' crews. Told from the perspective of an observer of the amusi...

The Scythe and the Rabbit

This book is about the high art of typography and publishing as it unfolded in Renaissance Europe. It sets the stage for the expansion of the art all over the world. For the true lover of typography, this book fills in all those gaps left behind undiscovered. GRAPHIC-DESIGN.COM