George Garrigues started out in journalism back in the 20th century and has worked as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, a public relations specialist for the International Labor Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and a journalism professor at several universities. With his Read All About It! series, he now brings you real journalism about real people of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when automobiles were nudging horses off the road and women were struggling for the right to vote. Each book tells the story of a different person, through the actual news stories of yesteryear as they were written, moment by moment, edited and curated by George himself.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Two years ago I moved from the Southern California mountains to the Central California ocean, where I miraculously found a small apartment with a view of the waterfront, so I might spend more time than I should in staring dreamily out a window. Nevertheless, I find online researching and writing so invigorating that I am in front of my computer so much I believe we are growing to be a part of each other.
Sometimes I look away from the screen and stare dreamily out the window at a marina that lies about two hundred yards away or at a breathtaking sunset over the ocean, or, out the side window at the neighbor's house; he is there with his four kids and a wife only on the weekends because they have another completely furnished home in the Central Valley, where he owns a business. Why am I telling you this?
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
You know, I actually read very few ebooks. Like most overly literate people, I adore the printed page — the feel of it beneath my fingers — and the solidity of a beautifully fashioned hard cover, or even a soft cover if it is artfully done. An ebook is just fine for dipping into, and flipping from page to page (if it's nonfiction), but nothing matches pulp and ink for solidity. As for FINDING an ebook, I am like most people, I believe — I jump from screen to screen until I see a cover or a title that attracts me, and then I click.
A man's body lay on the floor of a stately New Jersey mansion. A shaking woman held a smoking gun. Two little girls crept from their bed and clung to their mother. In fright, she threw down the pistol, sank back, and wept. Six-year-old Marie ran to soak a towel in water from the sink and returned to bathe her mother's face. The servants came. Was it murder or self-defense?