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Head Trip

Recovering from a Traumatic Brain Injury

By Dorian Hargrove

The Partch Reverberations

Notes on a Musical Rebel

By Jeff Smith

Beyond the Vermillion Sea

Sebastian Vizcaino's Voyage of Discovery

By Jeff Smith

Reader Local

Books in the Reader Local series spotlight San Diego neighborhoods. They feature neighborhood histories, famous landmarks, annual events, outrageous real estate, famous residents, Roam-O-Rama hikes, and Reader stories from the past 40 years.

All Things Imperial Beach


Black Specks Amid Emptiness

The Seven Sisters Journey to Yuma

By Jeff Smith

Escape from Vietnam

A Journalist Rescues His Family, Survives Torture and Thai Pirates

by Neal Matthews

A Few Rounds with the Mongoose

A 1985 Road Trip with Boxing Champ Archie Moore

by Neal Matthews

First in the Air

John Montgomery's flight 19 years before Kitty Hawk

by Jeff Smith

A Great Escape

Edouard Izac's escape from a World War I German P.O.W. camp

by Jeff Smith

I Ran Drugs for Uncle Sam

Map Points and Secret Moves of the Contra War

by Neal Matthews

San Diego's Worst Floods

by Jeff Smith

To Save a Symbol

The California Condor Controversy Endures

by Neal Matthews

Wing Men

Who Was Behind the Navy Tomcats?

by Neal Matthews


Complete Guide to San Diego Breweries

2014/2015 Edition

By Brandon Hernández

The Answer Man

25 years of facts ... mostly

by Matthew Alice


A Bad, Bad Boy

Frank Bompensiero, The Most Feared Mobster in Southern California for 30 Years

by Judith Moore

The Last Meeting of the Dove Club

A Pioneer Family's Tragedy

by Laura McNeal

The Toothpicks

A Mexican Cartel in San Diego

by Laura McNeal

The Death of Judy Huscher

by Laura McNeal

You Can't Leave Me Now

Three Stories of True Crime

by Laura McNeal

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