New books by Valley authors: Linton continues series, Carpenter writes of suffragist

Clovis author Vera Linton published the third book in her Maggie Bloom series, “In Full Bloom.”
Clovis author Vera Linton published the third book in her Maggie Bloom series, “In Full Bloom.” Vera Linton

In Full Bloom

Author: Vera Linton, Clovis

Description: A wise man once said, “If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother.”

Maggie’s life is finally coming together...or is it? Will she say, “I do” or will life’s unpredictability disrupt the plans of our mid-life heroine once again?

Maggie’s mother, Jackie hasn’t been the same since their return from Italy. She’s become more forgetful and easily confused. After a series of scary and unfortunate events, Maggie is confronted with making a decision which will affect them both. How will it change the course of their lives and family around them?

With a humorous take on growing older, “In Full Bloom,” book three in the Maggie Bloom series, reminds us we are never too old to learn, and a good sense of humor makes the journey a little easier. Full of surprises, intrigue, and new relationships for Maggie as she struggles to find meaning in her life. (Vera Linton, 142 pages)

Available at Goode Ol’ Days Antique Store in Old Town Clovis and on Amazon, $12.99 paperback, free on Kindle Unlimited,

Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist

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Local author Angelica Shirley Carpenter published a new book about suffragist Matila Joslyn Gage. Angelica Shirley Carpenter

Author: Angelica Shirley Carpenter, curator emerita at the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Fresno State

Description: In 1893, a deputy sheriff knocked on Matilda Joslyn Gage’s door in Fayetteville, New York. He had come to arrest her. “All of the crimes which I was not guilty of rushed through my mind,” she wrote later, “but I failed to remember that I was a born criminal – a woman.” Her crime: registering to vote. The verdict: guilty as charged.

Matilda was actually pleased to be arrested. She welcomed attention to her cause: women’s rights. A famous leader in the early women’s movement, she was a writer, organizer, speaker, planner, and historian. She worked closely with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, but today she is mostly forgotten, after those so-called friends wrote her out of history. Carpenter says, “I hope that my book will help to write her back in.” (South Dakota Historical Society Press, 272 pages)

Available at Petunia’s Place in Fresno, A Book Barn in Clovis and on Amazon, $16.95 for hardcover,