Hillinger’s California: Stories from All 58 Counties

By Charles Hillinger
Read by Jeff Riggenbach

9.75 Hours 08/01/2003 unabridged
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The California that Charles Hillinger writes about is not the stereotypical land of movie stars, sensational trials, or tourist snapshots. Instead, he reveals a patchwork of incredible variety and uniqueness in the out-of-the-way places and everyday people found throughout this remarkable state. As a Los Angeles Times columnist who wrote thousands of human-interest stories during forty-six years of traveling the world, Charles Hillinger hones in on what makes each of California’s counties different from the others. Listeners learn about the man who flew an airplane long before the Wright Brothers did, the church with stained-glass windows commemorating preachers who were murdered or accidentally killed, and the museum with the largest collection of mummies on the West Coast. The stories are down-to-earth without excessive sentiment or philosophy.

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The California that Charles Hillinger writes about is not the stereotypical land of movie stars, sensational trials, or tourist snapshots. Instead, he reveals a patchwork of incredible variety and uniqueness in the out-of-the-way places and everyday people found throughout this remarkable state. As a Los Angeles Times columnist who wrote thousands of human-interest stories during forty-six years of traveling the world, Charles Hillinger hones in on what makes each of California’s counties different from the others. Listeners learn about the man who flew an airplane long before the Wright Brothers did, the church with stained-glass windows commemorating preachers who were murdered or accidentally killed, and the museum with the largest collection of mummies on the West Coast. The stories are down-to-earth without excessive sentiment or philosophy.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The book is filled with surprises that make California different from every other state.  Chuck has left no California stone unturned.” Bob Hope
“Hillinger has the skills of a Paul Harvey, Charles Kuralt, or Charles Osgood in being able to spin stories that grab one from the first sentence. Essential for all California libraries.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: Charles Hillinger

Charles Hillinger, a graduate of UCLA, roamed California, America, and the world for forty-five years writing some six thousand human-interest stories for the Los Angeles Times. His features and column were syndicated in more than six hundred newspapers. He is one of the creators of the television show Real People. He and his wife live in Los Angeles.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.75
Audience: Adult
Language: English