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Glitter Stucco & Dumpster Diving: Reflections on Building Production in the Vernacular City
John Chase (au). Setting aside costume jewels such as the Getty Center, L.A. architecture -- think reckless Spanish-tiled mansard genre mixing, mammoth doughnuts & L-shaped mini-malls -- gets little respect in highbrow circles. Here is a sprawling & enjoyable tour of the L.A. landscape. Chase probes the intersecting principles that affected L.A.’s building design, showing, for ex., how the bungalows built by developers in the 1920s aped the large period revival houses of the same decade. His findings reveal an urbanism in which developers, homeowners, renters, retailers, pedestrians & the homeless all demarcate, & thereby create, civic place. “His affection for the modern city (even its trash) makes this book a real treat to read.” 100+ b&w photos & illus.
Around the American Table: Treasured Recipes & Food Traditions from the American Cookery Collections of the New York Public Library
Secret World of the Spy: Stories of Espionage, Deception & Discovery
Paperie: The Art of Writing & Wrapping with Paper
Suggestions of Abuse: True & False Memories of Childhood Sexual Trauma
Asia Rising: Why America Will Prosper as Asia’s Economies Boom
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