The Borinas of Watsonville

December 5, 2013

Apparently it’s Book Day here on Santa Cruz News.

Earlier we told you about a local author’s new science-fiction novel. Now for something completely different…

The Museum of Art and History this week announced the publishing of a new book focused on one of Watsonville’s historic families, the Borinas.

“The Borina Family of Watsonville” is written by former Register-Pajaronian editor Mike Wallace.

From Wallace’s description:

It’s an amazing Santa Cruz County story, and one that had been almost forgotten. A penniless young immigrant arrives here, builds a fortune, and marries a woman who was widowed when her first husband was murdered. Together they raise two smart daughters who go on to enjoy professional success almost without equal in their time, with the youngest daughter, June, becoming California’s first female district attorney.

The Borinas’ story began in what is now Croatia with Nick Borina, who came to America at the age of 10 and later wound up in Watsonville, where he became one of the biggest apple growers and shippers in the Pajaro Valley.

The book is available for purchase at Bookshop Santa Cruz, Crossroads Books in Watsonville and the Capitola Book Cafe. A signing and reading is planned for Dec. 14 at Crossroads Books from 1 to 3 p.m.

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