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Frogtown: Photographs and Conversations in an Urban Neighborhood
Frogtown
Photographs and Conversations in an Urban Neighborhood
Paperback      ISBN: 0873513363
Frogtown is a discerning portrait of an ethnically mixed neighbourhood that lies within the shadow of the Minnesota State Capital near downtown St. Paul. Wing Young Huie combines 130 compelling black-and-white photographs, some 50 quotes from talks with residents, and his own commentary to produce a powerful depiction of life on Frogtown's streets and front porches, in its kitchens and backyards, shops and churches. The images are documentary in nature, but the perspective is that of an artist who leaves meanings open to interpretation. Drawn to Frogtown by his own abiding curiosity, Huie spent two years photographing and getting to know its people — working class whites, Southeast Asian immigrants, African Americans, American Indians, and Latinos. These exquisitely rendered images of Frogtown show the multiple realities that make up a dynamic urban neighbourhood. At the same time, they reflect the changing faces of American cities.
Hard Times Cotton Mill Girls: Personal Histories of Womanhood and Poverty in the South
Hard Times Cotton Mill Girls
Personal Histories of Womanhood and Poverty in the South
Paperback      ISBN: 0875461298
Old Rail Fence Corners: Frontier Tales Told by Minnesota Pioneers
Old Rail Fence Corners
Frontier Tales Told by Minnesota Pioneers
Paperback      ISBN: 0873511093
Old Rail Fence Corners is the story of Minnesota's early settlers in their own words—hardship and happiness on the frontier. These simple, direct accounts, collected at the beginning of the twentieth century, paint vivid pictures of life in Minnesota from the 1840s to the 1860s. A new introduction by Marjorie Kreidburg describes the life and times of the book and of Lucy Leavenworth Wilder Morris, its remarkable editor. Praise for Old Rail Fence Corners: "These personal anecdotes are the stuff of social history—the testimony of ordinary, everyday people, which, when pieced together, give us a picture of pioneer life." —Marilyn J. Lass, Minnesota Reviews
Rocket Boys: A Memoir
Rocket Boys
A Memoir
Paperback      ISBN: 0385333218
The author traces the boyhood enthusiasm for rockets that eventually led to a career at NASA, describing how he built model rockets in the family garage in West Virginia, inspired by the launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik. Reprint.
Mary Colter: Builder upon the Red Earth
Mary Colter
Builder upon the Red Earth
Paperback      ISBN: 0938216457
An architect for the Santa Fe Railway and the Fred Harvey Company, Colter laid the groundwork for female architects who followed. Seven of her remarkable structures are preserved in Grand Canyon's historic district. This is her story.
City of Women: Sex and Class in New York, 1789-1860
City of Women
Sex and Class in New York, 1789-1860
Paperback      ISBN: 0252014812
All Souls: A Family Story from Southie
All Souls
A Family Story from Southie
Hardcover      ISBN: 0807072125
The author recounts growing up in a poor Irish neighborhood, and remembers the four brothers he lost to violence
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
The Great Bridge
The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
Paperback      ISBN: 067145711x
A detailed account of the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge providing background on its engineering history as well as the political and social climate of the late-nineteenth century
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
A Savannah Story
Hardcover      ISBN: 0679429220
In charming, beautiful, and wealthy old-South Savannah, Georgia, the local bad boy is shot dead inside of the opulent mansion of a gay antiques dealer, and a gripping trial follows
Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia
Salvation on Sand Mountain
Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia
Paperback      ISBN: 0140254587
A journalist describes an assignment in the mountains of Alabama which led to his spiritual journey into the world of holiness snake handling, a faith whose followers characteristically place themselves in life-threatening situations. Reprint. Tour. NYT.