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More great books for holiday reading/giving

Friends of Lincoln Library column
By: By Lora Finnegan, Special to The News Messenger
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Second of two parts

Recently, the Friends of the Lincoln Library asked library staffers for their favorite books about or set in California as gift ideas or for holiday reading. Those favorites appeared in last week’s (Nov. 13) column on page A8. This week concludes the book suggestions.

“Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water” by Marc Reisner

For a long time, this has been considered the definitive history of land development and water policy in the West. The Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation are a few of the main “characters” in this book. Although Cadillac Desert is not specific to California, it does cover the land and water projects in the context of development in this state. I find this book compelling reading and I have read it completely at least three times. While reading this book, I was introduced to the anonymous quote, “Water flows uphill towards money.”

“Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America’s Greatest Bridge” by Kevin Starr

A great read about the bridge: what came before; its design, development and construction; the reaction to it; and its future. Kevin Starr, formerly San Francisco city librarian and state librarian of California is an eloquent writer of the history of California. For a challenge, try his series, “Americans and the California Dream.” He has completed eight volumes.

Both of these books, above, are available for check-out at the Twelve Bridges Library.—Jon Torkelson, interim library director

“The Wine-Oh Guide to California’s Sierra Foothills” by Ken and Dahlynn McKowen

Two California writers produced this guidebook. The cover blurb says, “There’s gold in California’s Sierra foothills and it runs red, pink, and white wine! For wine aficionados, history lovers, and curious travelers, this book is an entertaining companion to one of California’s most intriguing wine areas.” The book describes more than 100 wineries in detail and includes side trips to notable attractions in the area, including historic Gold Rush towns.

—Renae L Mahaffey, library coordinator

“Copy Kat” by Karen Kijewski

This mystery is written by Sacramento author Karen Kijewski. The cover blurb reads, “You can’t outrun sorrow.” The old saying follows private eye Kat Colorado when she takes an undercover assignment to flee the nightmares stemming from a homicide she committed in self-defense. P.I. Kat becomes bartender Kate as she explores the mystery surrounding the death of Deidre Durkin, the bar owner’s wife. Nothing’s what it seems in this picturesque place.” —Nancy Clark, library clerk

“Noah Webster & His Words” by Jeri Chase Ferris

And I’d like to add another great gift book idea for kids— our friend (and Friends of the Library member) Jeri Chase Ferris’s book, “Noah Webster & His Words,” has been selected as one of “10 Great New Historical Books for Kids” by Entertainment Weekly. Way to go, Jeri! The book is available on Amazon, at Barnes and Noble and elsewhere.

End-of-year donations

As you make financial moves with tax considerations, remember that the Friends of the Lincoln Library is a tax-exempt charity and that donations may be tax-deductible (No. 68-0089581). Letters may be sent to our new mailing address at Box 1177, Lincoln, CA 95648.

At the Twelve Bridges Library

All city offices, including the library, close for the holidays from Dec. 21 to Jan. 1. The library reopens Jan. 2.

This column is part of a Friends of the Lincoln Library series. To reach the nonprofit Friends, write to Box 1177, Lincoln CA 95648, contact 434-2404 or friendsofthelincolncalibrary.org. Lora Finnegan is a Friends of the Lincoln Library member.