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California Uncovered: Stories for the 21st Centuryby Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and William E. Justice and James Quay
Synopses & Reviews
Hear and feel this dynamic California in the words of established writers like John Steinbeck, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Joan Didion, as well as compelling new voices that reveal California in all its complexity.
California Uncovered is a central component of the California Stories Uncovered campaign — a statewide program sponsored by the California Council for the Humanities designed to inspire people to tell and listen to stories that get at the reality beneath the headlines, statistics, and stereotypes about the state and its people.
Book News Annotation:
A project of the California Council for the Humanities, the collection seeks to generate discussion of the human realities at work in the most populous, most ethnically diverse state in the nation. The 25 stories show characters who love the idea of California and characters who struggle with living there. The authors include John Steinbeck, Joan Didion, Richard Rodriguez, and Maxine Hong Kingston. Each chapter opens with a small b&w photo and brief biography of the author. The volume is indexed only by author's name, but an "alternate" table of contents divides the pieces thematically.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This centerpiece of the California Council for the Humanities' California Stories Uncovered program blends fresh new voices with established writers like Joan Didion and John Steinbeck.
About the Author
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the award-winning author of The Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, Queen of Dreams, and many other books.
William E. Justice studied Russian literature at the University of Kansas and is currently special projects manager at Heyday Books.
James Quay has served as the executive director of the California Council for the Humanities since 1983.
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