Hidden History of Napa Valley
Alexandria Brown (Author)
DescriptionNapa Valley is known for its wine and winemakers, but just beneath the fertile soil lies another, more complex version of its history. Uncover the story of Napa's first Chinatown--once home to nearly five hundred immigrants--that dwindled to fewer than seventeen residents before the last buildings were razed in the early twentieth century. Meet the small but determined group of African American farmers and barbers who called Napa home and the indomitable May Howard, a successful businesswoman and brothel owner. Learn about the Bracero Program that kept many of Napa's wineries, including Krug, Beaulieu and Stag's Leap, thriving during World War II. Join author Alexandria Brown as she explores these lesser-known stories of the ordinary people who helped shape modern-day wine country.
March 04, 2019
6.0 X 0.5 X 8.9 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author
Alexandria Brown grew up in Napa and lives in the North Bay with her pet rats and ever-increasing piles of books. She has a master's degree in library and information science and an MA in U.S. history. She is a teen services librarian by day, a writer and reviewer by night and a local historian by passion. Her first book, Hidden History of Napa Valley, shares the stories of Napa's marginalized communities. Find her on Twitter (@QueenOfRats), Instagram (@bookjockeyalex) and her blog (bookjockeyalex.com).