The cover design is of an air mail envelope, visually reinforcing the title of the book.
But don’t let the thinness of this volume deceive you: it is a treasure trove of unusual, interesting facts and observations. Ella’s interest is encyclopedic – you will find pieces on P.T. Barnum and his highly successful introduction of Jenny Lind in the US; the origin of Roquefort cheese; jewelry created by Japanese internees in the US during World War II; Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman pilot; bees; the campaign to publicize the plight of Tibetans under Chinese rule; the creation of Legoland; reviews of selected books; and so many more.
Most of these over 100 essays are barely longer than one page, yet the information they convey speaks of serious research. But they are written in an easy style that makes you want to go on to the next piece ... and the next ... and the next ...
A few family photos and a couple of documents provide a glimpse into the life of the author, which is described in more detail by her nephew, Professor Emeritus Bitskey István. Bishop Cserháti Ferenc, Editor-in-Chief of Életünk, wrote the Preface.
Congratulations, Ella, on your wonderful work that will greatly help to expand our horizons!
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