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San Miguel Island: My Childhood Memoir, 1930-1942

Betsy Lester Roberti

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ISBN 10: 1886342091 / ISBN 13: 9781886342095
Published by Santa Cruz Island Foundation, 2008
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: San Miguel Island: My Childhood Memoir, 1930...

Publisher: Santa Cruz Island Foundation

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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Many readers will expect this book to be an elegiac account of life on a little known island with a legendary reputation for desolation, shipwrecks and storms. It could be about the dramas of a childhood recalled in tranquility many years later. But this is not a book written out of other people's expectations. It is a highly personal account of a continuing relationship with a well known and much beloved landscape. San Miguel Island is deeply inscribed with a human history so much longer then that of the Lester family's stay. It is populated by the animals, insects, plants,marine life and fast-moving sky that Betsy Lester Roberti learned to watch with patience and perception as a child and to study and interpret for others as an adult. She has worked quietly as one of a group of people dedicated to preserving, protecting and interpreting the California Channel Islands for many years. Herb and Elise Lester did not just manage sheep while on San Miguel Island. They came to run a ranch, and learned to care for a whole island, a passion they shared with their employer Bob Brooks, and which they tried to communicate to family, friends, visitors, and above all, to their daughters, each of whom has moved in her own way-- Marianne to poetry, Betsy to teach and to interpret. The Lester family earned the title "Island Shepherds." For Betsy, time on San Miguel Island has never been just a once- in-a-lifetime recalled. The warp and woof of this fascinating island are embedded deeply in her life. An islander's way of looking at the world is part of the legacy that her early experiences left her- a fascination with the fragile ecology, long history, and the unique plant and animal species of the California Channel Islands taught her ways of learning and thinking about the world that shaped her life as a teacher. In "San Miguel Island- My Childhood Memoir", Betsy Lester Roberti carries on a work that her parents took up with enthusiasm in 1930 by sharing her insights, knowledge, continuing love of and pleasure in the unique life of one of the most rugged and little- visited California islands. Dr. Teri Brewer University of Glamorgan, Wales

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