Book Reviews

Gold Field Books

Nancy Leek is a librarian who writes biographies of California pioneers for children.  Her book on Peter Lassen, like her biographies of John and Annie Bidwell, are illustrated by Steve Ferchaud.  

From GoldReads:

My name is Nancy Leek. I live in Chico, California and am a retired librarian. I have worked in public, school and academic libraries, including reference librarian for the Butte County Library and children’s librarian at the Orland Free Library.

I am the author of John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer, and the co-editor (with John Rudderow) of The Miner Poet: The Poems of Pres Longley.

Author Lorna McLeod thought she was bad with money until she got a financial coach and learned to overcome financial challenges. She is now a financial coach herself and has written a book to help people stop stressing about money.

The title of a book is “Make Peace With Money: Redefine Your Relationship with Money, Master Your Personal Finances, and Discover True Wealth.”

From Amazon:

Lorna McLeod, PCC, is a coach and author who has personally faced and overcome numerous financial and money challenges.

Not having children is on the rise, yet being childless is a subject not much talked about. Lisette Schuitemaker celebrates those who are brave enough to follow the lesser known path of non-parenting. Her book, "Childless Living: The Joys and Challenges of Life without Children" is a resource for everyone who has not gone the way of parenthood and for all those who are still contemplating this is essential life choice.

Memoirist Brian Kraemer views 20-year seasons of life like seasons of the year. In his latest book, “Spring, the First Twenty Years: My Memoirs”, he recounts his experiences with obsessive compulsive disorder. Read the synopsis below.

We are living stories, being written moment by moment, experience by experience, each of us, a book written without effort. Every thought, word, action, and intention, conscious and unconscious, fills our pages.

Professor Elaine Howard Ecklund recently took part in a Science and Religion Conference at Chico State University. She is a professor of sociology at Rice University whose research uses social scientific methods to explore the public relationship between science and religion.

Former journalist Robb Lightfoot wrote 44 humorous stories about country living in Northern California.  

Another former journalist from Redding wrote a trilogy about walking around the Mediterranean and has marketing tips for fellow writers.

Jean Louise Green is author of Structural Integration and Energy Medicine, an illustrated guide to the structural  Integration bodywork process, also known as Rolfing, and the relationship between body alignment and energy flow.

Jonathan Goldman and wife Andi have written a guide to conscious humming with humming and breathing exercises. They explore the science behind sound, revealing how self-created sounds can rearrange molecular structure, and how humming not only helps with stress levels, sleep, and blood pressure, but also increases lymphatic circulation and melatonin production, releases endorphins, creates new neural pathways in the brain, and releases nitric oxide, a neurotransmitter fundamental to health and well-being.