Mark J. Curran is a retired professor from Arizona State University where he worked from 1968 to 2011. This is his 25th book with Trafford Publishing. Sixteen books deal with his research specialty, Brazil’s “Literatura Popular em Verso” or the “Literatura de Cordel.” Several under the rubric “Stories I Told My Students” are based on classes taught at A.S.U. and deal with Brazil, Columbia, Guatemala, Mexico, Portugal and Spain. Two are autobiographical - “The Farm” and “Coming of Age with the Jesuits.” Experiments in fiction based on the farm in Abilene, Kansas are “A Rural Odyssey I and II.” More fiction based on the author’s time in Brazil is the trilogy “Letters from Brazil I, II, and III.” A retirement experience on the National Geographic Explorer - Lindblad Expeditions is “A Professor Takes to the Sea I and II. “Around Brazil on the ‘International Explorer’ - A Fictional Panegyric” is a fun, travel adventure. Now, “Pre - Columbian Mexico - Plans, Pitfalls, and Perils” continues such adventure.