Tag Archives: California

San Miguel by T.C. Boyle

From Goodreads:  “On a tiny, desolate, windswept island off the coast of Southern California, two families, one in the 1880s and one in the 1930s, come to start new lives and pursue dreams of self-reliance and freedom. Their extraordinary stories, full … Continue reading

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Born Standing Up by Steve Martin

This little memoir is an interesting look at Steve Martin’s career as a stand-up comedian.  He was living in California when, as a boy, he had a fascination with magic tricks.  It was that fascination that he took on stage … Continue reading

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Blood And Thunder by Hampton Sides

Subtitled An Epic of the American West, Hampton Sides’ Blood and Thunder is a tour de force, an amazing work of non-fiction, telling the story of Kit Carson and the settling of the West. From it’s opening pages, I was hooked.  Sides … Continue reading

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On Gold Mountain by Lisa See

Written in 1994, On Gold Mountain is the historical account of Lisa See’s own Chinese family.  She begins with her great-grandfather’s journey from China to the United States while still in his teens.  I greatly enjoyed reading about 19th century … Continue reading

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The Forgetting Tree by Tatjana Soli

“The neglected lemon tree had grown to a monstrous height, almost even to the pitch of a barn roof, and the unpicked fruit had grown obscene – globular, swollen lemons the shape of footballs, hydrocephalic tennis balls, or further deformed … Continue reading

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A Country of Vast Designs by Robert W. Merry

While I enjoy presidential biographies, I’ll be the first to admit that finding a book which captures my interest, on such a high level, as A Country of Vast Designs is rare.  Make no mistake, this isn’t your ordinary ho-hum … Continue reading

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The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

“The dawn came, but no day.  In the gray sky a red sun appeared, a dim red circle that gave a little light, like dusk; and as that day advanced, the dusk slipped back toward darkness, and the wind cried … Continue reading

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