From the author's grandson (amazon.com review): Douglas Gilbert, the author of this fine work was a character to say the least. He drank hard and played hard but loved vaudville. My father, George A.Gilbert a journalist, who worked for Variety for 45 years told me his father could play a mean piano and loved to play all sorts of ragtime. Living in New York City and working for every newspaper at one time or another , he was getting constantly fired for his drinking,and writing his "show biz" column meant he had to be out in the forefront of all happenings in the city. So adept at this he landed a major radio show during the depression and was quite the "bon vivant".Like i said he loved broadway and really loved vaudville , sadly my grandfather died in 1948 appropiately at the bar in the Gotham hotel on west 56 st., i never met him .If you like vaudville then read this book ......it's the real deal.see ya grand pa .........larry
BACK TO FRONT: A new approach to machine-applique...
This book presents quilters with familiar machine-piecing and machine-quilting techniques used in revolutionary ways. Not only can you save time and explore the potential of your sewing machine, but you will produce superb quilts that will amaze your friends.
I was hooked from the first page of this riveting book! I loved the Spanish "dichos" (sayings) and all of the Fantasy/Sci-Fi references and was absolutely captivated by the characters. The plot was compelling and heart-wrenching. IMHO, this book is most deserving of the Pulitzer Prize. ¡Bravo!
I enjoyed Ariana Franklin's 'Mistress of the Art of Death' series and wondered how she would do with a more contemporary setting. OMG, she absolutely nails it! This is an amazing book set in Berlin between the two world wars. I loved the characters and was intrigued by the plot. As the reader, you know where Berlin is headed once Hitler is made Chancellor but the characters are unaware of the full terror to come. It is a true page-turner.
I'm so sad this author died. I would have enjoyed reading more of her stories.
I enjoyed this tale of two young Russians during the siege of Leningrad. One part brutal, one part humorous, it is a very entertaining read about the German and Russian conflict during WWII. The language is crude but very much in keeping with the characters and narrative. You come to care about the characters and hope they are able accomplish their "special" mission. I recommend this book.
THE AUTHOR: M.F.K. Fisher is one of the wittiest, most fluent and sensible of the great modern gastronomes. She acquired much of her kitchen knowledge while living in southern France and has shared it with appreciative readers in nearly a dozen books, including THE ART OF EATING, and in several magazines, including "The New Yorker".
THE CONSULTING EDITOR: The late Michael Field relinquished a career as a concert pianist to become one of America's first-rank experts and teachers of cooking. He conducted a school in Manhattan and wrote many articles on the culinary arts for various magazines. His books include MICHAEL FIELD'S COOKING SCHOOL and MICHAEL FIELD'S CULINARY CLASSICS AND IMPROVISATIONS.
THE CONSULTANT: Julia Child has been a welcome guest in millions of homes on her television program, "The French Chef". Mrs. Child studied at the famous Cordon Bleu cooking school and, with two other women, founded the cooking school, L'Ecole des Trois Gourmandes, in Paris. She is the co-author of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING and the author of THE FRENCH CHEF COOKBOOK and FROM JULIA CHILD'S KITCHEN.
CREATIVE CRAFTS includes over 125 projects to do with kids!
With simple introductions to techniques and skills, easy-to-follow instructions, and exciting projects, CREATIVE CRAFTS leads children into the world of the imagination. Handy hints encourage experimentation with a variety of materials. Super color photographs of finished projects show children what they can aid for.
In CREATIVE CRAFTS, learn how to make:
decorative picture frames
mobiles bead necklaces
...and much, much, more!
Toys and togs to stitch for kids...quick-and-easy clothing trims...even family heirlooms to "draw" and "paint" with fabric and thread--here are 37 projects to help you explore and exploit your sewing machine's potential. In the process, you'll discover dozens of imaginative, refreshing, and adventurous ways to use your straight-or zigzag-stitch machine.
Meet the residents of San Francisco's Mission District--Latinos determined to carve off a slice of the American Dream. For Ruy Lopez, a humble gardener, that means have the love affair of his life with an elusive Anglo beauty. For Manny Caballos, a beer and corn-husk distributor, it means fulfilling his lifelong goal of seeing a charismatic Mexican-American--a Latino JFK--elected to high office...and for Delfina Varela, an aging, luckless widow who has repented for sins she never committed every day of her life, it means owning a car--even if it's just a used Chevy, and even if she has to sell her soul to the Devil to get it.
With a keen eye for the realities and the absurdities of life, Louie Garcia Robinson presents an uproarious portrait of a close-knit Mexican-American community. No one will be able to resist this whimsical comic novel by a marvelous new talent.