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Two years ago, on Nov. 8, 2018, the Camp Fire set blaze when a faulty electric transmission line sparked just outside Paradise. 

More than 13,000 homes were destroyed, 85 lives were lost, and 27,000 people struggled to escape with their lives. 

 

Alastair Gee And Dani Anguiano, journalists for The Guardian, investigated the most destructive American wildfire in a century in their book, "Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy."

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Author Lois Buchter has been a writer for almost two decades. Gerti’s War is her first novel. It is the story of her elderly cousin living in Germany during the second world war. 

 

The book details Gerti’s life after Hitler took power and was assigned into service as an encrytionist with the top security clearance. 

 

After writing the novel, Butcher began writing screenplays and completed numerous scripts for television and film.

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Butte College Anthropology instructor Mike Findlay is a scholar who has contributed to research in Asian-American culture and Mesoamerican Studies. He is the author of “A Survey of Language and Culture: Linguistic Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Communication,” which includes a chapter on taboo words.

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COVID-19 is not only disrupting people's physical health but also affecting their mental health. The fear of turbulent times can take an emotional toll on anyone, especially if you're living with anxiety.

 

Author Joel Minden drops by to talk about his book, Show Your Anxiety Who's Boss: A Three-Step CBT Program to Help You Reduce Anxious Thoughts and Worry

Author and Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep details the story of John and Jessie Frémont, the husband and wife team who in the 1800s were instrumental in the westward expansion of the United States.

Also, take a trip with author Mike Graf and discover the beauty of America’s unforgettable landscapes with this three-dimensional tour of its national parks. 

Each of the 59 U.S. national parks is profiled in this illustrated visual guide, and five of the nation’s most prominent parks—Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Everglades, and Badlands—are featured as large pop-up models that you will assemble using the included press-out pieces.

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Retired political science professor Michele Shover researched 19th century Butte County for her latest book. In a classic episode, she joins Nancy for a conversation with the author of California Standoff: Miners, Indians and Farmers at War 1850-1865.

About Michele J. Shover:  First female political science faculty member and department chair (1977–83); expert in political and legal theory and American government.

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Take a trip down memory lane to Northern California. In Conversations with the Past: Vibrant Voices from Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta & Tehama Counties, experience first-hand accounts of life in the great northern areas of California as told through the memories of residents that call these counties home. 

 Josie Reifschneider-Smith and Ron Womack join Host Nancy Wiegman in a conversation about Northern California’s past.

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The commonly accepted solution to weight loss is to eat less and exercise more. Not so says weight loss coach and author Michelle Hastie. Her approach may sound too good to be true. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of Have Your Cake and Be Happy, Too: A Joyful Approach to Weight Loss. Don't miss a classic rerun of Nancy's Bookshelf. 

Michelle Hastie is the author of “The Weight Loss Shift: Be More, Weigh Less” and a contributor to the women's studies bestseller, “Women Will Save the World.” A weight loss coach, Michelle helps chronic dieters surrender to their body wisdom in order to lose weight permanently.

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Michael Tonetti has been practicing massage and Yoga for more than 50 years. He studied Structural Integration Massage at Heartwood College in 1982, and received Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner certificates. He joins Nancy’s Bookshelf for a conversation about his work, The Tonetti Method: Structural Body Mechanics for Pain Relief, Energy, Strength, and Joint Longevity.

Best Of Nancy's Bookshelf: Chuck Sheley

Jun 3, 2020
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Chico coach Chuck Sheley is editor of Smokejumper Magazine and has now published a book, Smokejumpers and the CIA, which contains stories not found in history books. Starting in 1951 smokejumpers were recruited by the CIA “because they could go anywhere, anytime, and do a tough, confusing job and then keep our mouths shut.” This little-known working arrangement peaked in 1975. Also, a commentary on the November 2018 Camp Fire by Richard Parker. 

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