In 1796, a young English bricklayer named George Vason sailed to the South Pacific to become a missionary. He settled in the Kingdom of Tonga, but soon abandoned his faith and went native, getting... More > tattooed, marrying a 14-year-old princess, and operating a plantation. After civil war breaks out and some of the missionaries are killed, Vason eventually returns to England, where he wrote this book in 1810 as a warning to other young men proposing to become missionaries.< Less
In 1793, teenager Richard Cleveland of Salem became the captain of a ship and set off for Napoleonic Europe to make his fortune in shipping. In the next decades he circled the world many times,... More > giving rich descriptions of revolutionary Europe, China, India, South America, California, and Hawai'i. Illustrated and annotated.< Less
The true story of William Mariner, a 15-year-old English boy who was captured by the Tongans in 1806 and lived there for four years. Extensively researched and annotated. Includes a glossary,... More > bibliography, and appendices. Hardbound edition.< Less
Fourteen very unusual and diverse stories by Marin County author Brian K. Crawford. From the desert to the South Pacific, from the creation of life to a space-traveling future, from an intimate... More > conversation with a dead wife to the “loopy” nature of time, these stories will inspire thought and wonder and remain in your head long after you put the book down.< Less
Brian Crawford was a twenty-year-old hippie, hitch-hiking around the country and sampling every psychedelic experience he could find. One day in Boulder, Colorado, he met a mysterious stranger with... More > something new – peyote, the magic cactus.
With his girlfriend Elissa, the bizarre and paranoid Mike just returned from Vietnam, Sara the seductress, and fellow travelers Sean and Chris, he set off in a red 1947 Cadillac ambulance in an odyssey through the southwest in search of the places where peyote was rumored to grow. They found what they were looking for, and more.< Less
In 1806, British teenager William Mariner was captured by Finau 'ulukalala, ruler of the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific. Mariner spent four years as Finau's adopted son, taking part in their... More > wars, ceremonies, and social life. His vivid account of his adventures forms the best description of Polynesian society before it was altered forever by the coming of the missionaries.< Less