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Local Girl Makes History: Exploring Northern California's Kitsch Monuments Paperback – November 1, 2007
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"A fine California cultural and economic history, reminiscent of Joan Didion's California work." -- Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie
"A wacky, illuminating exploration of the political and cultural currents swirling around four public monuments. -- Kirkus Review
"Each of the book's chapters is a mixed bag of fun and serious study." -- Chris Watson, Santa Cruz Sentinel
"Frank is the kind of smart and funny friend you'd want on any roadtrip." -- Beth Lisick, author of Everybody Into the Pool
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