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 who crafts a gripping story around the Great Fire which nearly burned the University to the ground. Friendship can be precarious as life itself: painful misunderstandings and the sharp prejudices of others can damage the tender tendrils. Scientists have recently discovered that though we have a biological basis to feel angry, selfish, rude, and aggressive, we inherit an even stronger bias for love, compassion, connection, and nurturance. This story is the triumph of our better qualities.”

Ellen Augustine (Schwartz), author of Taking Back Our Lives in the Age of Corporate Dominance

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