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A Truthful Woman in Southern California   By: (1839-1917)

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A Truthful Woman in Southern California by Kate Sanborn is a captivating and insightful account of the author's experiences living in Southern California. While the title may not be particularly catchy or enticing, the content of this book is nothing short of fascinating.

Sanborn takes readers on a journey through the dynamic and vibrant landscape of Southern California, sharing her observations and encounters with a refreshing level of honesty and authenticity. The book is structured as a diary, with each chapter chronicling the author's thoughts and experiences during her time in the region.

What sets this book apart is Sanborn's willingness to delve deep into the truth of her experiences, offering readers an unfiltered look at the realities of life in this part of the world. She explores both the positives and negatives of Southern California, providing a balanced and nuanced perspective that is a refreshing departure from the often idealized portrayal of the region.

Sanborn's writing style is engaging and witty, making it easy for readers to connect with her and share in her experiences. Her humor and candor shine through, bringing the narrative to life and making it an enjoyable read from start to finish.

One of the strengths of A Truthful Woman in Southern California is Sanborn's ability to capture the essence of the places she visits and the people she meets. Whether she is describing the natural beauty of the landscape or giving vivid portraits of the diverse individuals she encounters, her words transport readers straight into the heart of Southern California.

Additionally, the book offers valuable insights into the social and cultural dynamics of the region. Sanborn takes on topics such as the influence of Hollywood, the impact of immigration, the allure of fame and fortune, and the challenges of maintaining an authentic identity in the face of societal pressures. Her thought-provoking musings encourage readers to reflect on these themes and consider their own perspectives on the issues at hand.

While A Truthful Woman in Southern California may not be widely known or celebrated, it is undoubtedly a hidden gem worth discovering. Kate Sanborn's unique blend of humor, honesty, and astute observations makes this book a delightful and enlightening read for anyone interested in Southern California or in gaining a deeper understanding of the human experience.

In conclusion, A Truthful Woman in Southern California is an engrossing and thought-provoking memoir that offers readers an intimate and honest portrayal of life in the region. Kate Sanborn's wit, candor, and insightful observations make this book a true treasure, deserving of recognition and appreciation.

First Page:

A TRUTHFUL WOMAN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

BY KATE SANBORN

AUTHOR OF ADOPTING AN ABANDONED FARM, ETC.

NEW YORK D. APPLETON AND COMPANY 1906

COPYRIGHT, 1893, BY D. APPLETON AND COMPANY.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER PAGE

I. HINTS FOR THE JOURNEY II. AT CORONADO BEACH III. SAN DIEGO IV. EN ROUTE TO LOS ANGELES V. LOS ANGELES AND ROUND ABOUT VI. PASADENA VII. CAMPING ON MOUNT WILSON VIII. CATCHING UP ON THE KITE SHAPED TRACK IX. RIVERSIDE X. A LESSON ON THE TRAIN XI. SANTA BARBARA XII. HER CITY AND COUNTY XIII. IN GALA DRESS XIV. AU REVOIR

A Truthful Woman in Southern California

CHAPTER I.

HINTS FOR THE JOURNEY.

The typical Forty niner, in alluring dreams, grips the Golden Fleece.

The fin de si├Ęcle Argonaut, in Pullman train, flees the Cold and Grip.

En Sol y la Sombra shade as well as sun.

Yes, as California is. I resolve neither to soar into romance nor drop into poetry (as even Chicago drummers do here), nor to idealize nor quote too many prodigious stories, but to write such a book as I needed to read before leaving my "Abandoned Farm," "Gooseville," Mass. For I have discovered that many other travellers are as ignorant as myself regarding practical information about every day life here, and many others at home may know even less... Continue reading book >>




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