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Heirlooms: Letters from a Peach Farmer (Great Valley Books) Hardcover – October 1, 2007
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''Masumoto's books reach for truths that transcend the orchard--the honesty of a really good peach that doesn't promise more with its looks than it will deliver on that first bite, the value of a thirty-eight-year-old tree that doesn't produce as much anymore but bears the best-tasting fruit.'' --Julianna Barbassa, Associated Press
About the Author
Doug Hansen was born in Fresno, California, and is the eldest of six children in an artistic family. Doug has worked as a Fresno Bee newsroom artist, freelance illustrator, and cartoonist, and he illustrated David Mas Masumoto's books Letters to the Valley: A Harvest of Memories and Heirlooms: Letters from a Peach Farmer, as well as Mother Goose in California. He teaches rendering and illustration at his alma mater, California State University, Fresno.
Top Customer Reviews
Heirlooms is a continuation of Letters written for his column in the Fresno Bee and, to me, goes beyond "Letters". Mas is a great storyteller; weaving stories of the connections among all of us and our past and present, sometimes starting with a description of a simple object or event. In his letters, Mas shows more of other facets of his experience. For example, writing about the importance of education (or at least aspirations) and land development and property rights.
It is another in the fine series of works by Mas Masumoto that I cannot more highly recommend. I eagerly await publication of his next work, Wisdom of the Last Farmer: Harvesting Legacies from the Land, which is due in August.