“Executive Directive 51,” signed by President George W. Bush on May 4, 2007, establishes a policy on the continuity of government structures in the event of a “catastrophic emergency.”

Professional photographer Michael Agliolo has written his second book of fiction, a thriller called “The 51st Directive.”

Nancy's Bookshelf: Rob Davidson & Debby Dodds

Apr 3, 2019

Award-winning author Rob Davidson teaches creative writing and American literature at California State University Chico. He has published five books including “Spectators: Flash Fictions”.

His newest book, “What Some Would Call Lies”, consists of two novellas.

Author and actress Debby Dodds is a presenter at Butte College’s 2019 creative writing conference, WordSpring.  Debby did weekly improv comedy and has now written a young adult novel, “Amish Guys Don’t Call”.

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.

Gayle Kimball, a former Chico State sociology professor, is the author of a dozen books, many of which explore groups underrepresented in research, such as youth. Other titles include  50/50 Parenting, 50/50 Marriage and How to Survive Your Parents’ Divorce.

Jim Henson

Jim Henson is a fourth generation resident of Paradise. He graduated from Chico State in religious studies. He wrote a book of short essays called “Reflections and Dark Truths” about nature, family, depression, and his dog Smokey.