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Out of Bodie
Adam O'Kee is the half-Cherokee son of a prosperous brothel owner from the gold rush town of Bodie, California. Young and strong-willed, Adam is forced to grow up quickly after the unexpected death of his beloved mother. Left without family, Adam flees the little town to begin his life anew at the tender age of eight. Mathilda Jamison and her family are on their way to Cal ...more
Hardcover, 452 pages
Published June 29th 2009 by Eloquent Books
(first published June 1st 2009)
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Wow - totally captivating going back four generations in the O'Kee Family to relate the early history of California's Eastern Sierra area and over the mountains to the Modesto area. Poignantly relating a very rough and tough life, the author skillfully, although not without losing me sometimes, used diary, back flashes and oral history told by old Great Grandma O'Kee. I often had to flip back and forth to confirm what year it was in. (Probably just lack of focus and attention on my part.) Mainta ...more