Dunnigan resident Cheryle J. Crockett writes that "it became my obsession" to understand her family heritage. "It is my belief that the hand of God led the way for me to see this remarkable phenomenon." Her book, "My Slade Phenomenon" ($9.00 in paperbck from Dorrance Publishing Company) traces her Irish, Choctaw, and African American ancestors. "Could my slave descendant Andrew (Slade) and Alex Haley's slave descendants have known each other? Quite possibly they did." This is a detective story, and Crockett details her research techniques in piecing together the many strands of her identity. Now, she says, she is content.
Brandy Lathrop of Chico has written a cool little children's book about a five-year-old girl who is reluctant to clean her room. "Jalen Goes To Mars" ($24.95 in paperback from www.PublishAmerican.com) features crayon drawings by the author. "Jalen looked at the aftermath of the phantom tornado that ripped through her room while she played dress up. Who knew such a mess could appear out of nowhere?" So Jalen climbs into her toy box and takes off for Mars. There she meets a three-eyed Martian girl and helps put away her space toys. "Mars was spotless." And so was Jalen's room!
The second edition of "Cutthroat: Native Trout of the West" ($34.95 in hardcover from University of California Press) by Patrick Trotter is the definitive guide to an "increasingly rare native trout characterized by two streaks of red pigment under its jaws" (which gives the species its name). The fish "resides in streams and lakes of the Rocky Mountains, the Great Basin west, and the Pacific Northwest coast." Trotter, a Seattle writer and fisheries consultant, provides detailed history and habitat for each of 14 subspecies. Full-color diagrams, maps and photographs, and a mention of the Bartleson-Bidwell party, complete this remarkable volume.