“... Hardscratch Press of
Walnut Creek, a small publishing house known for its fine-crafted
books ...” ―
The Independent (Livermore, Calif.)
Sideways Rain, an
itinerant Alaskan doctor's memoir of 20 years of travel in the
stormy Aleutian and Pribilof islands. Besides her work as a
dedicated and resourceful medical practitioner, Nancy Elliott Sydnam,
M.D., is a pilot and a poet, a hunter and gatherer, and an
empathetic observer of human nature. In journal entries, letters and
poems she writes with deep affection about the landscape, both bleak
and beautiful, and the people she encountered on her hazardous
routes--often with her cello or her Labrador retriever, first Tigger,
then Vita, along for the ride. Included are photos and other
illustrations as well as a map of the islands and an index of names.
To order, you may
contact the author at
firstname.lastname@example.org or the publisher at email@example.com.
Please specify whether you would like Dr. Sydnam to sign her book or to
inscribe it for someone in particular. Books will be sent with an
invoice for the cover price of $20 per book plus postage. Standard
bookstore discounts apply, as well as a courtesy discount for
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Hardscratch Press celebrated a
20th anniversary in 2010 with two new books plus three awards from the Bay Area
Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA) and one from Bookbuilders
"Best Cultural History," for
Life Story of Henry Ramsey Jr.;
"Best Regional History," for
Family After All: Alaska's
Jesse Lee Home;
"Best Memoir," for
Autumn Loneliness: The
Letters of Kiyoshi and Kiyoko Tokutomi
from BAIPA); plus
"Recognition of Merit," for
Vasco's Livermore 1910
(Bookbuilders West). Book
And as if that weren't heady
enough, 2011 brought two new honors: BAIPA's "Best Local
History" for Vasco's
Livermore 1910, and
"Best Migration Memoir" for
Homesteaders in the
Homesteaders in the Headlights:
One family's journey from a Depression-era
New Jersey farm to a new life in Wasilla, Alaska,
by George Harbeson Jr. (ISBN: 978-0-9789979-8-4, 6x9, 312 pages,
many photos, index of names, 2nd printing, $18).
"Best Migration Memoir,"
2011 BAIPA award.
life--cut short at age 64--is the perfect illustration of how one
person can make a difference in the life of a community.
Congratulations to George Jr. for writing this meaningful tribute to
both his parents." —From the Introduction by noted Alaskan Katie Hurley.
Vasco's Livermore, 1910: Portraits from the Hub Saloon,
by Anne Marshall Homan
and Richard W. Finn,
is a collection of
100-year-old portraits by Australian
caricaturist Vasco Loureiro, with stories
about each of the early
Livermore residents pictured (ISBN: 978-9789979-7-7, $24).
on community members ranging from an oil man to the ice man," says
Linda L. Ivey,
asst. professor of history at Cal State East
Bay. And Sam Viviano, art
director of MAD Magazine, writes, "Loureiro manages to make each figure
individual and unique,
which is no small feat." Winner of Bookbuilders West 2010
"Recognition of Merit" award; named BAIPA's 2011 "Best
All of Anne Marshall
Homan's books, including the two earlier volumes detailed below, can be ordered direct
from the author at 925/443-9440 or
THE 2010 BAIPA AWARD-WINNERS ...
Life Story of Henry Ramsey Jr.,
of Rocky Mount,
N.C., and Berkeley, Calif., is 6x9 inches, 600 pages, soft-cover,
with many photos and a full index; $25.
ISBN: 978-0-9789979-3-9. BAIPA's 2010 "Best Cultural History."
Henry Ramsey's "frank and eloquent account of the journey from Jim Crow childhood to
a life of activism, public service, and high achievement will be
familiar to some, a revelation to others. The challenge he issues is
for all: Never forget our past. Never stop
working for our future. Always cherish our children.”
president and CEO, NAACP.
Loneliness: The Letters of Kiyoshi & Kiyoko Tokutomi, July-December
translated by Tei
Scott and Patricia J. Machmiller, is 368 pages, 6x9 inches, soft-cover,
with many photos, two glossaries, and an index of names; $27.50.
ISBN: 978-0-9789979-4-6. BAIPA's 2010 "Best Memoir."
story of healings, border crossings, cultural cross-breeding ... in the form of letters that are an intimate and moving
portrait of a marriage, as absorbing and delicate as a Japanese
novel or a film by Ozu.”
U.S. poet laureate, 1995-1997.
Family After All: Alaska's
Jesse Lee Home has
been honored with the Alaska Historical Society's "Contributions to
Alaska History" award in addition to BAIPA's 2010 "Best
Regional History" recognition. Volume II of
Family After All
was also nominated for the Alaska Library
Association's “Alaskana Award.” Click on images or see CATALOG for ISBNs and other details.
The Qutekcak Native Tribe
of Seward calls Family After All
“a testament to the survival and persistence
of today’s Alaska Native elders. [It] has brought history to life for our children. …”
NOTE: The Puyallup Tribe of
Washington state hopes to hear from people, including Alaskans, with
experiences in boarding schools and other vital history for tribal
archives. Details at
or call Amber Santiago at 253/573-7965.
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About Anne Marshall Homan's earlier books:
already in second printing, is a generously illustrated and
impressively researched encyclopedia of facts, photos and artifacts.
"What a pioneering and useful work of scholarship she has
produced!” says Kevin Starr, professor of history at the University
of Southern California. In 2008, the Bay Area Independent Publishers
Historic Livermore A-Z
as “Overall Best
Book” (a tie)
plus “Best Interior”
− well-deserved honors for the author and for designer David
The Morning Side of Mount Diablo:
An illustrated history of the San Francisco Bay Area's Morgan
is also in second printing.
is $28.50, 256 pages, ISBN: 0-9678989-2-7;
is $34.95, 584 pages, ISBN: 978-0-9789979-8-9; both are 8x9 inches,
with full indexes. Queries may be directed to the author at
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This is not to forget two
remarkable nonagenarians (see CATALOG for cover images, ISBNs, and
Any Tonnage, Any Ocean: Conversations with a resolute Alaskan:
Walter Jackinsky Jr. of Ninilchik, Alaska, signed on at age 47 as an
ordinary seaman for the 1963 launch of the M/V Malaspina,
first of Alaska's famed marine highway ferries. Thirty-four years
later he retired as senior captain and honorary commodore of the
Any Tonnage, Any Ocean,
named "Best Memoir" in 2008 by the Bay Area Independent Publishers
Association, melds Alaska Native
history and family drama, zest for travel and deep roots in the home
Fin, Fur & Fiber: The life and [fishing] times of a New England textile man,
antiques and art dealer Nelson F. Getchell tells his part of “a
broad stretch of history” with extraordinary recall and dry,
sometimes mordant New England wit, offset by the loving homage paid
his parents and grandparents. “My father saw the last days of
sailing ships; I am experiencing the last days of the American
textile industry,” he notes with regret.
"Each of the memoirs published since Hardscratch's
in 1990 is handsome and meticulous in detail, illustrated with
carefully chosen photographs and hand-drawn maps. ... They ask
picked up and leafed through."
– Contra Costa Times
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