Last of the Prune Pickers : A Pre-Silicon Valley Story. The first part is a brief history of the area from before California was a state until after statehood and how it all evolved. The second part is about the orchards and the families who ran them. It focuses on the Pitman family who were the author's employers. It was very nostalgic for me as I knew Mr. Dave Pitman when he was the Dean of Students when I was in high school. A wonderful man.
A family's journey from pre-war Vietnam, through pirate attacks in the open sea, to a new home in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where poverty and discrimination could not prevent the author from graduating from Harvard Medical School.