MENDOCINO Co., 11/27/21 — What’s your favorite book about Mendocino County history? For a county of less than 100,000 residents, Mendocino has no shortage of history, nor books on the topic, and starting in December, the Mendocino County Museum will be launching a virual historical book club. The first three books will include Boonville by Robert Mailer Anderson, Mendocino by Judith Greber, and Saltwater, Sweetwater: Women Write from California’s North Coast — but after that, group members will pick the subsequent titles.
Here’s the announcement from the county museum, including the dates and titles of the first three book events. Let us know your favorite Mendocino County books in the comments!
Starting December 2021 the Mendocino County Museum will host a Historical Book Discussion Group facilitated by museum staff surrounding books about Mendocino County history. The group will discuss both fiction and non-fiction titles with a historical theme or topic. In order to serve community members from all areas of the County, discussions will be held virtually via Zoom.
To start off this series Museum staff have selected titles for December, January, and February; future selections will be made by group members.
December 8 at 6:00 p.m. Boonville by Robert Mailer Anderson
The story of John Gibson, the reluctant heir of an alcoholic grandmother, and Sarah McKay, a commune-reared “hippie by association.” They are two young people actively searching for self and community in a small town of misfits, rednecks, and counter-culture burn-outs. It’s the darkly comic tale of how they try to reassemble the facts of heredity, sexuality, personal expression, love, death, the possibility of an existence without God, and what happens when they choose to make art from their lives.
January 12 at 6:00 p.m. Mendocino by Judith Greber
The lives, fortunes, triumphs, tragedies, dreams, and loves of seven generations of a Mendocino, California, family, is set against the growth and changes of their hometown, from 1845 to the present.
February 9 at 6:00 p.m. Saltwater, Sweetwater: Women Write from California’s North Coast. Collected by Barbara L. Baer and Maureen Anne Jennings.
A collection of literature (poems, memoirs, essays, art and stories) written by women from California’s north coast areas; drawings and photos included.
Please join us in enjoying some local history. To register and receive a Zoom link to the program, please email the Mendocino County Museum at [email protected]Press release from the Mendocino County Museum