Library JournalO'Malley, who has previously worked as an editor and journalist, now offers a collection of stories about the people and politics of Malibu, CA. Fed up with traffic and concrete, O'Malley flees the hectic pace of Los Angeles in exchange for quiet small-town life-or so, she thinks. Instead, as a reporter for the Malibu Times, she finds herself embroiled in politics, e.g., the rights of Native Americans vs. those of property owners, the struggle between an antidevelopment coalition and civic planners, and never-ending studies of septic systems and water quality. The foundations of her own belief system crack when she sees the ways in which rigid thinking blocks constructive action. Ultimately, O'Malley realizes that in order to grow and mature, we must follow the lead of nature and return something to the surroundings from which we take sustenance. She initiates us into the frustrations of municipal politics while offering valuable insights on how to live within our chosen place. For general collections.-Maureen J. Delaney-Lehman, Lake Superior State Univ Lib., Sault Ste. Marie, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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