Expanded ed. - Reno : University of Nevada Press, c1994.
Book — xv, 221 p. ; 22 cm.
The other California
The lake that will not die
The water game
The Kern, my river
California's literary landscape
Other voices, other lives
The Grapes of wrath : a book that stretched my soul
Father comes home
What about the Okies?
Oil town rumble : the young men of Taft
William Saroyan and his critics
Bronzing the valley
The Bakersfield sound
Leon Patterson's short season
Visions of the valley
Oildale native, Gerald Haslam, doesn't like it when folks dismiss the Central Valley as boring and flat. In this collection of essays, he argues that it is California's heartland and economic hub. In addition, the valley has produced a crop of gifted writers. These nineteen essays range from reminiscences of childhood and adolescence to a portrait of Mexican-Americans and their position in the Valley's society to a moving essay about having the author's aging father come to live with the family. Even if you have never lived in the Valley, reading this book will give you an entirely new perspective the next time you drive into it. (source: Nielsen Book Data)