Following is information (or more information) about several books I’ve enjoyed being involved with since I retired—writing, co-writing, or helping to edit and publish—from most recent to oldest:
•Words of Uncommon Shape: How Writers Create Vividness in Language and Story By P.T. Barber. (Cassandrine Publ., 2014; 221 pp. The name says it all, really. Free to download here;
•A Summer in the Kingdom of Greece, 1962, by E.W. Barber. A transcript of a 40,000-word journal the author kept while spending the summer in Greece in 1962, traveling alone on public transportation; 40 photographs and 12 sketches done during the trip. Available as a PDF only:
•Two Thoughts with but a Single Mind: Crime and Punishment and the Writing of Fiction, by P.T. Barber, Mary Fleming Zirin, and E.W. Barber. (Cassandrine Publ., 2013; 190 pp. ) Not for those who haven’t read at least some of Crime and Punishment; but for those who have, a remarkable trail of evidence turns the book from “murky and depressing” into one of the most beautiful and touching stories ever written. Download free here.
•The Dancing Goddesses: Folklore, Archaeology, and the Origins of European Dance, by E.W. Barber. (W.W. Norton, New York; 2013; 429 pp.; heavily illustrated. Available online and in bookstores.) Full of fairytales! Read the Table of contents.
•Resplendent Dress from Southeastern Europe: A History in Layers, by E.W. Barber and Barbara Belle Sloan. (Fowler Museum Textile Series #11, Los Angeles; 2013; 275 pp.; heavily illustrated in color and including essays by the late Charlotte Jirousek, Joyce Corbett, and Elsie Ivancich Dunin. Available through Fowler Museum of Cultural History UCLA.) Catalog of large exhibit (in 2013) of “folk costumes,” with analysis of their development over many millennia.
•Playing Cards of the Apaches: A Study in Cultural Adaptation, by Virginia Wayland, Harold Wayland, and Alan Ferg. (Screenfold Press, 2006; 320 pp.; 170 color photos, 30 historical photos, numerous line drawings, detailed index. Available, along with other interesting stuff, through Screenfold Press website.) Nothing to do with dance, but a remarkable study of culture that I grew up with.