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A beautiful debut set around the creation of the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium--and the last days of John Steinbeck's Cannery Row In 1940, fifteen year-old Margot Fiske arrives on the shores of Monterey Bay with her eccentric entrepreneur father. Margot has been her father's apprentice all over the world, until an accident in Monterey's tide pools drives them apart and plunges her head-first into the mayhem of John Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Steinbeck is hiding out from his burgeoning fame at the raucous lab of Ed Ricketts, the biologist known as Doc in Cannery Row. Ricketts, a charismatic bohemian, quickly becomes the object of Margot's fascination. Despite Steinbeck's protests and her father's misgivings, she wrangles a job as Ricketts's sketch artist and begins drawing the strange and wonderful sea creatures he pulls from the waters of the bay. Unbeknownst to Margot, her father is also working with Ricketts. He is soliciting the biologist's advice on his most ambitious and controversial project to date: the transformation of the Row's largest cannery into an aquarium. When Margot begins an affair with Ricketts, she sets in motion a chain of events that will affect not just the two of them, but the future of Monterey as well. Alternating between past and present, Monterey Bay explores histories both imagined and actual to create an unforgettable portrait of an exceptional woman, a world-famous aquarium, and the beloved town they both call home. From the Hardcover edition.

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Buz Bezore,Christina Waters

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Devin Pine,Michael Santa Cruz

Michael Thomas is a world-traveling successful artist. When a client offers him a free stay at his winter home in Carmel, California, a haven for creative painters like himself, he enthusiastically moves in. A believer in destiny, he feels drawn toward this town, uncertain of the reasons yet hopeful of a prosperous visit. Here, in this cozy beach town, Angelina Serracino works as a waitress in her father's Italian restaurant. Her fiance, a practical man, has recently died. Everybody thought they were perfect for each other, especially her fiance's mother, who had been like family to Angelina. Michael prepares to immerse himself in his artistic work, but when he meets Angelina, he finds her intriguing and irresistible. Angelina longs for the romance she has never known, and becomes caught between the guilt of her past and the lure of a promising future. The story of Moonlight at Monterey Bay will embrace you with its power. This is a remarkable novel about being honest in love, no matter the consequences.

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Sam Eastland longs for an oasis. After a messy and very public divorce, the Silicon Valley millionaire just wants a seaside house on California’s Monterey Bay where he can escape his high-pressure world. But the new interior decorator is an unwanted distraction—and a tantalizingly lovely one, at that. Madeline Ames talks about reading the home’s energies and other nonsense, but Sam is paying more attention to her lithe body and eclectic beauty. Yet when he tries to make his interests clear, Maddie rebuffs him—and Sam realizes, for the first time in a long time, that he actually cares. For Maddie Ames, the Eastland house job is essential. She aims to make a soothing interior for a man who seems highly in need of some relaxation. But after just one encounter with the astonishingly handsome Sam Eastland, Maddie realizes that she might be the one who needs to unwind. A fling with Sam Eastland is not part of her plan. But no amount of denying will make the hot bolt of attraction go away.

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Carol Cherry Anderson

Love Lights on Monterey Bay is the final book of an action-packed trilogy. Inspired by true stories interwoven around actual events, readers will experience the intrigue and uncertainty Matthew and Jenny experience while adjusting to civilian life in Monterey, California. He struggles with PTSD and must also battle leukemia, caused by exposure to Agent Orange. Jenny faces many challenges as she tries to keep the Healing Home open, a center assisting children who are victims of abuse, including trafficking. Will Jenny survive another terrifying experience in Africa while trying to adopt Star, the child who was kidnapped at the same time Jenny was? Will their dreams of a family ever come to fruition? Learn what happens to the characters when the Loma Prieta earthquake hits Central California in 1989. While across the Pacific, Matthew’s parents Bob and Barbara fight their own battles as they continue to warn people about ID theft, which is becoming more complex in the computer age. Will faith help or hinder the characters when America is hit by terrorists on 9/11? Find out who had an encounter with a possible perpetrator and who was killed in the tragedy.

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Stephen R Palumbi,Carolyn Sotka

Anyone who has ever stood on the shores of Monterey Bay, watching the rolling ocean waves and frolicking otters, knows it is a unique place. But even residents on this idyllic California coast may not realize its full history. Monterey began as a natural paradise, but became the poster child for industrial devastation in John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row,and is now one of the most celebrated shorelines in the world. It is a remarkable story of life, death, and revival—told here for the first time in all its stunning color and bleak grays. The Death and Life of Monterey Bay begins in the eighteenth century when Spanish and French explorers encountered a rocky shoreline brimming with life—raucous sea birds, abundant sea otters, barking sea lions, halibut the size of wagon wheels,waters thick with whales. A century and a half later, many of the sea creatures had disappeared, replaced by sardine canneries that sickened residents with their stench but kept the money flowing. When the fish ran out and the climate turned,the factories emptied and the community crumbled. But today,both Monterey’s economy and wildlife are resplendent. How did it happen? The answer is deceptively simple: through the extraordinary acts of ordinary people. The Death and Life of Monterey Bay is the biography of a place, but also of the residents who reclaimed it. Monterey is thriving because of an eccentric mayor who wasn’t afraid to use pistols, axes, or the force of law to protect her coasts. It is because of fishermen who love their livelihood, scientists who are fascinated by the sea’s mysteries, and philanthropists and community leaders willing to invest in a world-class aquarium. The shores of Monterey Bay revived because of human passion—passion that enlivens every page of this hopeful book.

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Jerry Emory

"Healthy oceans are critical to the future of all life on Earth, yet by and large the underwater world remains hidden to us, unknown and mysterious. The mission of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans, and this series of books is intended to further that goal. By helping people discover their connection with the natural world, we hope to foster a lifelong commitment to learning about and caring for the oceans on which all life depends."--Julie Packard, Executive Director, Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Emily Abbink

Go back in time to learn more about the Spanish missionaries who came to California in the 1700s and how the mission system shaped Californias history. Each book in this series examines a region of California that was greatly influenced by missions. Missions introduced in Monterey Bay Area Missions include San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo (Carmel), Mission Santa Cruz, and San Juan Bautista. In this title, youll learn about the Native Americans living in the Monterey Bay area before missionaries arrived; why missionaries chose this area and what happened when they arrived; how the missionaries designed and built the missions; what daily life was like at the missions; what happened to cause the end of each mission; and what the missions look like today. This series also includes California Mission Projects and Layouts, which provides directions for creating models of missions. Get ready for Exploring California Missions!

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Take the Monterey Bay Aquarium home with you in this comprehensive guide to the aquarium's award-winning exhibits and the habitats they represent, including kelp forests, rocky shores, shale reefs, sandy beaches, wet-lands, coastal streams, sandy seafloors and the open ocean. Playful sea otters, reclusive octopuses, mysterious sharks and graceful jellies are just a few of Monterey Bay's residents that you'll find in this handy book. A wonderful resource for anyone interested in the richness of life in Monterey Bay.

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Lucinda Jaconette

The first comprehensive guide to a fascinating area that draws nearly two million visitors annually, Monterey Bay and Beyond offers an "insider's" perspective on the many environmental attractions and recreational activities for both adults and children along California's central coast. Carefully researched and sensibly organized (all chapters and tour suggestions radiate from the Monterey Bay Aquarium), this is the perfect companion for anyone contemplating a visit to Monterey -- and beyond.