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by James Hamilton
James Hamilton’s rich and fascinating A Strange Business, named a Best Albooms of the Year by The Sunday Times, The Guardian, and The Spectator in England, delves into the famed personalities, social changes, and technological advances of London’s nineteenth century art world, a revolution that influences us to this day.
Britain became a center for world commerce in the nineteenth century, thanks largely to the vibrant exchange between culture and business that marked the decades following the Industrial Revolution. Hamilton explores how art was made and paid for, the turns of fashion, and the new demands of a rapidly growing middle-class, prominent among whom were the artists themselves.
Advance Praise for A Strange Business
“Wonderful. If you were setting out as an artist in 19th-century London, this is the book you would want as your vade mecum. Full of interesting ideas and odd aperçus. Entirely joyous.” —The Sunday Times (London), A Best Albooms of the Year
“A gripping story not of artistic movements but of practicalities. Hamilton’s reconfigurations of the well known story of early 19th century British art tends to result in sparky connections and well-I-never moments.” —The Guardian, A Best Albooms of the Year
“Entertaining and original. Like a plum pudding, this book is both nourishing and full of succulent bits and pieces.” —The Daily Telegraph
“Riveting. Hamilton’s fascinating and richly researched book surveys the art world from a number of different angles. It is lucid, insightful and simply gripping.” —The Spectator, A Best Albooms of the Year
by Errol Lincoln Uys (Fredd Author)
By the height of the Great Depression…more
By the height of the Great Depression, a quarter of a million teenagers were hopping freight trains with the hope that a better life awaited them farther down the line.
They grew up fast in speeding boxcars, living in hobo jungles, begging on the streets and running from the police and club-wielding railroad guards.
The restless youth of 3,000 boxcar boys and girls, many who went from “middle-class gentility to dirt poor” overnight, is recaptured in Riding the Rails: Teenagers on the Move During the Great Depression.
With skill and sensitivity, Uys weaves together these rich reminiscences; his book dispels the myths of a hobo existence and reveals the story of a daring generation of American teenagers who survived some of the hardest times in our nation’s history.
The result is a memorable and moving story in which we see the decade of the Great Depression entirely through the eyes of young men and women growing up on a landscape of ruin. We ride the rails with them, setting out from homes shattered by unemployment and poverty and hitting the road.
We learn of their struggle to survive on the streets of America and know their bitter disappointments, their sense of loss of childhood, their frustrations at the lack of opportunity.
“When I think of all this traveling across the land, searching for the things we had lost, there is a place inside my chest that still hurts,” recalls one rider.
When they left the rails and got a hold on their lives, they never let go. Many tell of keeping the jobs they found for 30 or 40 years. And the girls they met, too: many write joyously of their enduring devotion to the sweethearts they married when they settled down. Their stories told in their own words resonate with the pluck and courage they showed in going to seek a better life.
Illustrated with rare archival photos and drawing primarily on letters and oral histories of three thousand men and women who hopped freight trains, Riding the Rails brings to life a neglected saga of America in the 1930s.
Self-reliance, compassion, frugality, and a love of freedom and country are at the heart of the lessons these teens learned. At journey’s end, the resilience of these survivors is a testament to the indomitable strength of the human spirit.
"Uys so thoroughly recreates the wretched conditions the boxcar boys and girls endured that the reader can all but hear the cadence of the trains on the tracks, and the lonesome wail at every whistle stop." - Chicago Tribune
"As gripping as it is well-researched." - Denver Post.
"Colorful, sometimes funny, often poignant and tragic stories...Uys researched the era with empathy and skill." - Indianapolis Star
"One of the most poignant memories of the wandering youth of the Great Depression." - Sacramento Bee [close]
by Errol Lincoln Uys (Fredd Author)
"Pulsing with vigor, this is a vast novel to tel…more
"Pulsing with vigor, this is a vast novel to tell the story of a vast country.” Publishers Weekly
Brazil is a spellbinding saga on a truly epic scale that brings to life Brazil and her history.
It is the first work of fiction to depict five centuries of a great nation's remarkable history, its evolution from colony to kingdom, from empire to modern republic. With a stunning cast of real and fictional characters, the story unfolds in South America, Africa and Europe.
Two powerful families dominate this extraordinary novel. The Cavalcantis are among the original settlers and establish the classic Brazilian planation -- vast, powerful, built with slave labor.
The da Silvas represent the second element in both contemporary and historical Brazil: pathfinders and prospectors. For generations, these adventurers have their eyes set on El Dorado, which they ultimately find -- in a coffee fazenda at Sao Paulo.
"Errol Lincoln Uys has accomplished what no Brazilian author from José de Alencar to Jorge Amado was able to do. He is the first to write our national epic in all its decisive episodes. He is the first outsider to see us with total honesty and sympathy. Descriptions like those of the war with Paraguay are unsurpassed in our literature and evoke the great passages of War and Peace." -- Professor Wilson Martins, Jornal do Brasil.
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