Non-Fiction historical and travel books


This book was the result of a five-year project which entailed over 200 interviews and in depth research about a topic that had not been written about prior to the book's publication in 1990.  The 460 page coffee table book is a three-part history:  Part 1 chronicles Southern California's only County Poor Farm; Part 2 discusses the addition of a hospital for victims of the polio epidemic during the 1940s and 50s; and the last chapters deal with the beginnings of rehabilitation medicine.

Rancho Los Amigos eventually evolved into one of the world's best known, cutting-edge rehabilitation facilities.

This project was a work-for-hire through the County of Los Angeles.  The book continues to be used as a resource for dissertations and masters' theses in medical and social science courses. 







Always curious about the past, Colleen spent a great deal of time in Park City, Utah, researching the lives of some of Park City's former residents.  Using the headstones in the local cemeteries as a beginning point, she scraped away the layers of time to bring her readers more than 100 colorful stories about the miners, madams, merchants, and murderers who once resided in this famous mining town turned resort located in the beautiful mountains just outside of Salt Lake City.








This is a book written for Globe Pequot Press who publish many Quick Escapes books around the country.  This was a real push to get done in 3 ~ 4 months from beginning to end.  With many trips around Southern California to do volumes of research, it was a monumental task. 

It will guide you to 24 ~ 48 hour "escapes" from Orange  County that are up to about 4 hours away at the most.  It includes lots of ideas for lodging, dining and entertainment in each of the areas.  Try them out and enjoy ! 






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