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Book Review #4

The Bamboo Garden, richly detailed and thoroughly researched, brings to life the challenges of living in Berkeley, California during the early 1920s. Young people will identify with the injustices and prejudices so vividly described and gain a deeper understanding of … Continue reading

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Book Review #3

“What a delight to be swept out of the techno-glitz and gratuitous violence of our junk culture into the mystery and jubilation of an unlikely friendship of another era: Berkeley, California, in 1923. Author Susan Austin is a meticulous historian … Continue reading

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Book Review #2

“…it is a fine exploration of local history, including what was then commonplace prejudice and discrimination against non-Caucasians in California and, yes, Berkeley.” Excerpt from Exactly Opposite, The Newsletter of the Berkeley Historical Society, Steven Finacom, BHS President  http://www.berkeleyhistoricalsociety.org/about-us.html  

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Book Review #1

“Not only does this fast-paced story provide insights about how people deal with prejudice as well as how a community manages a natural disaster, but it weaves a delightful narrative of friendship. It’s one of those curl-up-in-a-comfy-chair stories that prompts … Continue reading

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