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Santa Barbara's Flying A Studio
Stephen Lawton
160 pages, paperback, photos, $12.95
ISBN 1-56474-210-5
"For too long, the story of Hollywood has dominated the history of filmmaking in California. Thanks to this intriguing and vivid study, Santa Barbara will at long last be receiving its due as a onetime center of cinematic production. A most enjoyable book." —Kevin Starr, California State Librarian
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Second Chances
A Travel Narrative of Southern Africa
Martha B. Hopkins
ISBN 1-56474-316-0
176 pages, paperback, $12.95
Martha B. Hopkins visited southern Africa and Namibia in 1995-1996. Apartheid had fallen, and Mandela had been president for two years.

Not a casual tourist, Hopkins was open to the lessons embedded in unplanned experiences--an auto accident, becoming the "Auntie" on a Karoo sheep farm, attending autopsies, a discussion with the speaker of the Namibian parliament, meeting Bishop Tutu, talking with musicians and people in the changing communications industry, and finding herself on the edge of a diamond-smuggling scam.
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Seeds of Stillness
Opening to the Self
Marian A. McClellan
illustrated by Judy and Doug Alderfer-Abbott
64 pages, illustrated, paperback, $8.50
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Shakespeare and Forgiveness
William H. Matchett
ISBN 1-56474-402-7
40 pages, paperback, $5.00
As this essay makes clear, Shakespeare was obsessed with the concepts of pity, forgiveness, mercy, pardon. Shakespeare scholar William H. Matchett traces the playwright's thinking on these issues through the entire length of his career, from the early plays, in which pardon is merely a convenient device for ending a play, to the later plays, in which forgiveness is necessary for any hope for mankind.
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Shall This Nation Long Endure?
Taming the Capitalist Beast
Ross Curtis and Farren Webb
224 pages, paperback, $10.95
ISBN 1-56474-027-7
"A meticulously researched tome, and a perfect companion for the reporter, student or politiciana jam-packed, fact-filled volume."
Publishers Weekly
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Solo Dolci
The Italian Dessert Cookbook
Anna Bruni Benson
208 pages, clothbound, 8 color photos, $19.95
ISBN 1-56474-185-0
There's more to Italian dessert than tiramisu! Italian desserts need not depend on lots of butter, eggs, and sugar; they're often light and subtle, making the most of fresh fruit, pastries, mousses, ices, etc. Here are regional desserts from all regions of Italy, some invented by the best Italian chefs, others that have belonged to Italian families for generations.

"A diary of traditional, typical, and honest recipes--very useful, very comforting."
—Piero Selvaggio, restaurateur, Valentino, Primi, Posto
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Stagecoaching on the California Coast
The Coast Line Stage from Los Angeles to San Juan
Maury Hoag
ISBN 1-56474-353-5
112 pages, paperback, $12.95
Because of rugged mountain ranges, the California coastal railroads were not completed until 1901, and therefore stagecoaching persisted along the California coast much longer than it did elsewhere. This book takes us back in history and up the coast, from Los Angeles to San Juan Bautista, with stops at cities, towns, and ranchos in between.
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Steinbeck Remembered
Interviews with Friends
and Acquaintances of John Steinbeck
Audry Lynch
ISBN 1-56474-326-8
126 pages, paperback, $12.95
A great American author is remembered by his neighbors, pals, and cronies. These twenty interviews are reminiscences of Steinbeck as a boy in Salinas, a young man on Cannery Row, and an established author in Los Gatos, California. They offer a rare look at a private man.
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Structure, Style, and Truth
Elements of the Short Story
John M. Daniel
64 pages, paperback, $8.95
ISBN 1-56474-272-5
A concise, informative, and entertaining guide to what is arguably the oldest human art form, this book defines the short story, lists techniques and rules for writing short stories, and gives valuable advice on getting them published.
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A Squeeze of Lime
Recipes from La Collina Verde
Linda Peterson
ISBN 1-56474-337-3
216 pages, paperback, $16.95
If you think limes are only used to make Key Lime Pie and margaritas, think again! Here's a cookbook full of original recipes that include limes. A Squeeze of Lime also includes some old-time family recipes.
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