- Cuke Press Presents



A Brief History of Tassajara:
from Native American Sweat Lodges to Pioneering Zen Monastery

by Marilyn McDonald

with a Foreword by David Chadwick
194 pages with 260 images - $20
Official date of publication November 19, 2018

Till then a pre publication edition is available at the San Francisco Zen Center's three centers: Tassajara Zen Mt. Center, the City Center Bookstore at 300 Page St. in SF, and Green Gulch Farm in late July. It can be ordered from the
SFZC Bookstore

From the book:

Marilyn McDonald
Those involved in creating this book

Press Release/Info Sheet

text from back cover

Laura Burgess on Jack Novcich who got Marilyn started on her Tass history journey

On Bill Lambert by DC - the great Jamesburg character quoted here and there

Interviews with Bob Beck and with Anna Beck and Nancy Roscoe, former owners of Tassajara

More info on the Mural of an Indian Legend at Tassajara and a painting on a rock

Esselen Indians cuke page

John Morrow's Letters - maybe easier to read here than in the book.

Color postcards that were in black and white in the book

Springs of California by Gerald A. Waring - source of water analysis on pp. 168-69

Tassajara History - Lots more here.

Tassajara Road

Fun Facts

The Becks talked about how Phillip Terry who married Helen Myers, and was there in 1949 when the place burned down, had been married to Joan Crawford. I checked up on it. He was Joan Crawford's third husband. She his first. They separated Dec. 18, 1945. There was talk that he burned the hotel down for the insurance money but I learned from Marilyn's book that there was hardly any so that was just a groundless rumor — unless he thought there was lots of insurance on it to be terribly disappointed later. I like the photo of him on p103. - dc

Phillip Terry Wikipedia page

A pre publication version is now also available via our distributor, Itasca Books. These were printed up so Tassajara could have some for the last six weeks of the guest season. It wont be available from the trades (bookstores and other online outlets) till the November publishing date.

Why A Brief History of Tassajara won't be available for the trades till November 19, 2018.

For the 2nd printing, available on November 19th, the book title, subtitle and author will be on the copyright page, the subtitle will be on title page, and the publisher's logo will be on the back cover — as required by our distributor Itasca for the trades (bookstores and online sources). Also on the copyright page will be a PCIP block which makes the book library-ready. And there are lead times for possible reviewers and other reasons. And maybe surely some errata will show up. Already found one: the name of Jonathan Latupeirissa on page 171 was misspelled. - David Chadwick 


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