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Arax , Mark. WEST OF THE WEST: Dreamers, Believers, Builders, and Killers in the Golden State. New York: Public Affairs, (2009.) SIGNED Hardcover First Edition


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First printing. Very much to-the-point essays by journalist Mark Araxl; the title comes from a Teddy Roosevelt quote. Among the essays are "The Summer of the Death of Hilario Guzman", a portrait of a young immigrant family; "Home Front", an exploration of right-wing religious groups in the state, and "The Last Okie in Lamont", set in the small town that inspired "The Grapes of Wrath; " "Highlands of Humboldt" about the marijuana growing capital of the country, a moving epilogue on his search to find answers to his father's murder in Fresno 40 years ago, and much more. SIGNED on the title page and dated in the year of publication. 347 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket. .ISBN # 1586483900 

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