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Laughter can be more satisfying than honor; more precious than money; more heart-cleansing than prayer.

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Harriet Rochlin is a writer, collector and Western Jewish historian. Born in 1924 in Boyle Heights, a Los Angeles neighborhood, Rochlin grew up attached to its foods, languages, and multicultural social clime. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic America at the University of California, Berkeley, married, had four children, and became a freelance journalist. In the early 1960s, excited by the emerging ethnic history movement, she launched a quest for Jewish roots in the Spanish, Mexican and American West. Her pursuit has reaped the landmark illustrated social history, Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West (with images collected by Fred Rochlin) ("This is social history at its best—entertaining, engaging and filled with little-known information about famous and not so famous Jewish pioneers." San Francisco Chronicle), as well as numerous articles and speeches and two Western Jewish collections—one historical, the other photographic—both at UCLA Charles Young Library. To probe deeper, she created the fictional Desert Dwellers trilogy: The Reformer's Apprentice: A Novel of Old San Francisco, The First Lady of Dos Cacahuates, and On Her Way Home. ("The author serves up enough period charm, crackling storytelling and priceless details to satisfy devotees of both Wild West lore and Jewish history." Publishers Weekly)

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