Book review: Local author Chapman’s landmark book of ‘true tales’ captivates | Community


In his third book about California, “The Valley of Heart’s Delight: True Tales from Around the Bay,” Robin Chapman wrote a love letter to his hometown and surrounding areas. Originally from Los Altos, she traveled the world as a television journalist, then returned home to delve into the area’s history and delight readers with her stories.

Weaving personal memoirs with stories from local residents – and some famous people who have stayed in the area – Chapman has written a book that enlightens while entertaining. Who knew 1940s movie star Esther Williams was married in a church in Los Altos, or that Steve Jobs had a thing for apricots?


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