How did I ever become aware of John Stienbeck?
After my discharge from the service in 1962 I had time to look for work and spend a lot of time at the library.
I was working at a car wash in San Jose with a lot of folks from
Nicaragua who were sending most of their money home.
I think I read every single book I could find written by John Stienbeck.
For unknown reasons he hit home with me, showing me and taking me places that I had never been before.
Places that were not very far from the ocean towns that I grew up near.
Places I had traveled by while hitchhiking along Highway 101 (El Camino Real) on the coast of
California between San Francisco and Los Angeles in 1962.
It was a pure pleasure to read his books.
I wanted to become a bracero.
I got close to being a bracero by working the lemon groves near Golita years later and
then moving on to the hops and apple orchards in the Yakima Valley of Washington State.
The California Novels by John Steinbeck
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