At first glance, one might assume that this is the kind of book that would only appeal to font geeks, graphic designers, and other artsy types. Let me start by saying that this assumption could not be further from the truth. In this unique and enlightening book, Simon Garfield tackles a seemingly dry subject in a clever, informative, and wildly entertaining manner. He not only traces the history of fonts from their earliest days, but he brings them to life by discussing the artisans who created them. He points out the surprisingly large impact typefaces have on viewers, using concrete examples that are bound to surprise and intrigue you. I can honestly say that this book changed my whole perception of the written word from both a tactile and historical point of view.
Jacqueline Winspear discusses and signs The Mapping of Love & Death
04/12/2010 7:00 pm
695 E. Colorado Blvd
London psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs is retained by the parents of Michael Clifton, a young soldier whose remains have been unearthed in France. They want Maisie to find the unnamed nurse whose love letters were among Michael's belongings, a quest that takes Maisie back to her own bittersweet wartime love. Her inquiries, and the stunning discovery that Michael Clifton was murdered in his trench, unleash a web of intrigue and violence that threatens to engulf the soldier's family and even Maisie herself.