A Natural History of the Nipomo Mesa Region by Corrine Ardoin available at The Lompoc Bookstore in Lompoc, California, and at The Book Loft in Solvang, California.

A Natural History of the Nipomo Mesa Region is as relevant today as when it was written in 2004. Join author, Corrine Ardoin, on her walk through the history, the love and the controversy surrounding this unique ecosystem. Including a Roadside Geology Tour with Ralph Bishop, Corrine’s book will take you back to a time when the Chumash witnessed their homeland change forever. Explorers, soldiers, surveyors, settlers, townspeople, the railroad, the ranchers, and the highways came to dominate the land. Reading this book may help you to see it as the Chumash had long ago, and even the Dunites who lived their rambling, idyllic lives in the ever-changing hills of sand, The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes.

Corrine Ardoin's definitive book, A Natural History of the Nipomo Mesa Region, offers a point-by-point tour of Nipomo in addition to its lyrically detailed descriptions of the land and its history. I strongly recommend it. The roadside tour will take you to many sites of interest in the Nipomo Valley, from rock formations off Dana Foothill Road once used by the Chumash to fault lines running at the base of the Temetatte Ridge. -Earth Chord, Notes On Life and Nature

This is absolutely the best book on the subject. -Bill Denneen, Biologist

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At its core, A Place Called the Way is a multi-generational study and examination of humanity in all its glory and frailty, bringing to mind classics like The Joy Luck Club and One Hundred Years of Solitude. With the stroke of a pen, the author exposes the murkiness behind the façade we present to the world and the struggles underneath the surface that threatens to pull us under. Riveting, with a raw quality that is deeply affecting, it will surely have readers rapidly turning pages to find out what happens next. -Book Review Directory

Weaving in and out of time, five young adults reflect on their past and present lives together in a small town. A love triangle from high school days reasserts itself as they try to free themselves of the dull, meaningless marriages in which they are trapped. Murder attempts, rumors, misjudgments heighten the tension of this gripping and convoluted story that leaves you flipping through the pages wondering, "What will happen next?" -Patricia Hilliard, Author of One Pledge Unspoken

"Corrine Ardoin brings a town and its characters to life with this wonderful story. The characters are rich and multi-layered and I was hooked from the start. I found myself reading until late into the night. Loved this book. Recommended!" -Simonne Lambert, Goodreads

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Excerpt from The Land Has A Voice:

"I lived in Del Norte, Humboldt, and Siskiyou Counties in California between the years 1976 and 1982. It was only a few, short years in time, but has held me enthralled and in love with that north country ever since. I was young then and had the eyes of the beginner, everything new and grand. In my memories of that time, I most love the innocence of it all and strive to regain those beginner's eyes once more."

8 1/2 x 11, spiral-bound, 37 pages

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