post about the book Creating an Orange Utopia: Eliza Lovell Tibbets and the Birth of California's Citrus Industry by Patricia Ortlieb and Peter Economy, published in September 2011. Patricia, my step mother-in-law, went to Washington, D.C. late last year for the de Pizan Honors event at the National Women's History Museum, and met actress Meryl Streep. After talking to her, Patricia (resplendent in her orange-colored scarf), presented the actress with a copy of her book. My imagination went into overdrive as soon as I saw this photo. I could easily imagine Creating an Orange Utopia as a movie, in which Meryl Streep would play the woman who first introduced the navel orange tree to Riverside, spawning Southern California's lucrative citrus industry, Eliza Lovell Tibbets. Perhaps Meryl Streep--or some other gutsy woman--could also help direct the film. Eliza Tibbets was also an active abolitionist, spiritualist, and suffragist. We need to hear more stories about women pioneers who made important contributions! This would be an opportunity for film makers to depict the story of a daring visionary who changed the course of Southern California's history, transforming it into a very wealthy place. It seems ripe with possibilities to me.
At Home With Books. This is the first time I'm posting a photo for this meme.