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Book chronicles Sacramento's development

This is the fifth book by Jody and Ric Hornor focusing on 19th century California. The first four, "The Golden Corridor," "The Golden Quest and Nevada's Silver Heritage," "The Golden Highway, Volume I: El Dorado, Placer, Nevada, and Sierra Counties" and "The Golden Highway, Highway 49, Volume II: Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Mariposa (including Yosemite) and Madera Counties," talked about the towns of the Mother Lode and became best sellers almost immediately. The same is expected for this one.

"The Golden Hub" chronicles and birth and development of Sacramento City and County from Sutter's 1939 New Helvetia through the Gold Rush to the end of the 19th century. Because it was the transportation center for the area, this indeed was the "Golden Hub" during the Gold Rush and even after, when California was developing. 

These books are unique in that they are a compilation of works written by the people who were there instead of a rewrite or interpretation of history as is found in most history books.

"The language of the 19th century pioneers and miners is much more colorful than today's language," noted Jody Hornor, one half of the husband and wife team that produces these unique books.

"Whether it's Sir Henry conveying his disgust at 'spittoons ... the very sight of which invites discharge from an American mouth,' or John Bidwell having a coyote's 'lights' for breakfast, these books reflect actual events told by the people who experienced then," Jody said.

"The only thing we write," continued Hornor, "are the photo captions. Everything else comes straight from 19th century documents, preserving the colorful vernacular for the reader to enjoy."

Other wonderful elements of the books include side bars on every page with anecdotes, crime stories, letters from early settlers and entries from early pioneers' and miners' diaries and journals. There are also articles from local newspapers of that era.

One very special thing about this book and the previous books are the photos on each page, garnered from museums and private collections and lovingly restored by Ric Hornor.

Like the previous four, this book, "The Golden Hub" is wonderful reading and since it is in the words of the people who lived in the 19th century, it carries the reader back to that time like no other book.

If you enjoy California history or even just wonder what life was like in the early days of the state, this is a book you need to have.

In addition to these five books, Jody is the author of 6 books on marketing including the best seller "Power Marketing for Small Business." 

As a consultant, Jody has worked with hundreds of different clients over her 25 year plus career. From start-ups to companies preparing for an IPO, to small local retailers, she's helped them develop and implement strategic marketing programs that enabled them to meet and exceed their goals. She also hosted a radio talk show in Sacramento and had a regular segment on a TV business show as well.

Ric is a Sacramento native and graduate of California State University, Sacramento. He went on to complete his masters of fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As a fine artist, Ric has many corporate collectors of his work including: MCI International, ADP, Trammel Crow, Sprint, Kaiser Permanente, RCA Global Communications and the Sarnoff Research Center, just to mention a few. He also taught new media at two highly prestigious universities: Pratt Institute, and the Center for Media Arts. You may see the result of his teaching in many movie and TV show special effects as some of his students have gone on to become the top special effects people in the industry. Ric has received numerous honors and awards for his work.

Mountain Democrat

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