2018 brought San Diego plenty of restaurants and retail, but for some of us, what flew under the radar were new titles from local authors, tackling topics like homelessness, education, breaking the glass ceiling, untamed cats, and more—all in our city. Go on, read on!
My Way Home: Growing Up Homeless in America
by Michael Gaulden
Michael Gaulden’s memoir traces the 10 years of his childhood spent homeless in San Diego. Through a relentless pursuit of education, he came to his current position at Monarch School, where he helps homeless youth prepare to attend college and find meaningful careers. "I wrote this story as a blueprint for anyone who may find themselves homeless," Gaulden says. "I always wished there was a book that could have guided me in hardships. There wasn’t. So I wrote one."
The Very Principled Maggie Mayfield
by Kathy Cooperman
Self-proclaimed ex-improv-comic and recovering attorney Kathy Cooperman (author of Amazon best-seller Crimes Against a Book Club) dishes up another title with important messages at its core. Set in suburban Carmel Valley, the scenes may be hilariously familiar for some of our readers, but don’t miss this gist: The seemingly fluffy read dives deep into California’s education system and the tough choices facing public schools today.
Endless Blue Sky
by Josh Turner
Josh Turner takes an irreverent look at San Diego, family, and exactly how far sunshine can get you in his new novel, Endless Blue Sky. "I wanted to poke a bit of fun at how the fantastic weather informs life," Turner says. "It’s wonderful—I mean, I don’t miss shoveling the driveway one bit—but it doesn’t really change that much." The book’s main character, Jeff, is just trying to get through the day, but with a chaotic workplace, confusing love life, and family that is, well, probably just like yours, he is forced to hope that the universe will intervene.
by Robin "R.D." Kardon
Author Robin Kardon was a commercial pilot for 12 years, and her experience breaking into a male-dominated industry in the 1990s inspired her to write Flygirl. The novel examines the discriminatory environment and other challenges faced by female pilots. Long before #MeToo, Kardon was shattering glass ceilings and standing up against hostile work environments.
Engineering for Cats: Better the Life of Your Pet with 10 Cat-Approved Projects
by Mac Delaney
Aerospace engineer Mac Delaney encountered a distressing problem a few years ago: cat aggression in his own home. In the face of this, he used his engineering background and love of cats to create 10 projects that can make your cat’s life better, and in turn, your life safer. Read our Q&A with the author.