Roadtrip to the Valley of Shadows and Dreams

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Melanie Light
Standard / 8.25" x 10.75"
36 pages Perfect-bound
agriculture, California, central valley, documentary, environment, Ken Light, Melanie Light, oral history, photography

As almost anyone who has driven through the Great Central Valley in California knows, the real heart of the valley is hidden. This book is a selection of personal journal entries and working photographs created during Melanie and Ken Light's five year exploration of this vital, but troubled region. It was created as a companion piece to the award winning book, "Valley of Shadows and Dreams," (Heyday, 2012) which documents and examines California's Great Central Valley between 2005 - 2010. Go to for more information.

This book not only offers first hand documentation of the people and places Ken and Melanie encountered, but gives an idea about how a project is shaped from many small interactions, observations and musings. For more information about the author, please visit

Roadtrip to the Valley of Shadows and Dreams

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