Introducing Napa Valley Chronicles

This September, History Press West looks forward to a new American Chronicles title from author Lauren Coodley:

In 1905, Napa’s mayor, J.A. Fuller, announced, “Napa for half a century has been slumbering in a Rip Van Winkle sleep but she has awakened at last.” Back then, fifteen cents bought coffee and a donut at the Depot and Sawyer’s Tannery made soft leather baseball gloves.

Napa Valley Chronicles by Lauren Coodley

In this collection, local author Lauren Coodley reimagines the unvarnished country life of historic Napa Valley through the stories of notables like postmaster Ernest Kincaid, Napa Register reporter Phyllis King, firefighter historian Rita Bordwell and Brewster’s owners Rachel and Larry Friedman. Trace the region’s lasting legacy, from the time when a horse and buggy purchased Browns Valley to the days when art galleries replaced blue-collar businesses and the California grape took center stage from Sunsweet prunes.

Napa Valley Chronicles by Lauren Coodley will be available from the History Press and Napa Valley shops September 2013.

Visit to learn more about the author and mark your calendar for a September 15 book launch at Traditions.

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