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Some Recollections
of a Busy Life


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T. S. Hawkins led an astounding life. Born in 1836, he grew up just down the way from Mark Twain in Missouri, in a log cabin. He became a teacher at age 17, and owned his own general store at 21. A few years later, he set out in a covered wagon, and made his way across the plains to California. He and a few other farmers got together and founded the town of Hollister, and Hawkins went on to build a hospital in his granddaughter’s name. It stands today. In Some Recollections of a Busy Life, he tells his story.

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Copies are going fast. You can purchase the book online at our store site.

Recollections is also being sold in a limited number of bookstores. Those include:

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Dave Eggers will discuss the book on Wednesday, December 9th at the San Benito Historical Society. More information here.

Click here to listen to an interview with Dave Eggers about the book on KQED’s Forum.

To read an interview with Dave Eggers in San Benito County Today, click here.