Castro Valley Library


Tuesday September 25 @ 7 p.m. Memoir Writing and storytelling with Chuck Nelson by library1.5
Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 2:33 pm
Filed under: Books, Programs

If you’ve ever wanted to write your own memoir, come Tuesday to meet  Castro Valley resident  Chuck Nelson who has written Life at the End of a Dirt Road,  a richly detailed account of growing up on a working cattle ranch in Siskiyou County in the 1950’s. The author and published nature photographer included over 100 images in the book and will display some of those original photos at his book talk.
Life Dirt RoadI’ve read this book and can state simply that Chuck is a great storyteller!  It is at times laugh-out-loud funny.  The author will share recollections of unforgettable characters and critters, including the previous owner’s wife, who reportedly motivated her husband to build a new house by burning down the old one, and Shep the ranch dog who had an obsessive and ill advised fascination with porcupines.  
Though he and his family still spend time in the shadows of Mt. Shasta, the bulk of the original ranch is now in the hands of the Nature Conservancy, which is another story in itself!

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I, too, have read Chuck’s book and can also say that I thoroughly enjoyed every page. Moreover, having met Mr. Nelson in person I can attest to his wonderful gift for storytelling via the oral tradition as well as through his pen. This is sure to be a wonderful evening for all who can attend.

Chuck’s book is indeed full of wit, humor, and inspiring photographs, but between laughs and enjoyment of the pictures the careful reader will also notice a sprinkling of subtle metaphors intricately woven throughout the book that reveal the author’s exceptional wisdom about deeper meanings in life. This, I think, is the real value of his story. Times may change, but some things will forever remain timeless.

I am glad Mr. Nelson has brought his story and talent for photography to Castro Valley, and I wish him great success. Everyone should read this book!

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