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Free O.C. Orange County
The Ultimate Free Fun Guide to the California Riviera

by Robert Stock
Editor: Troy Corley

      It's a Promise!
This is a Book that Will Pay for Itself

As the author of The Frugal Book Promoter, I am the queen of all things thrifty. Without reservation, Robert Stock's Free O.C. does it for me just as the first Corley Guide, Free L. A. did.

As an Angeleno who misses the days before Prop. 13 when my adopted town was the "land of the FREE," I am tired of blowing a hundred bucks to schlep a small family to a museum or the zoo and Knott's Berry Farm. Well, fugeddaboutit!

Free O. C. to the rescue. A small book that will fit easily into a purse or the side-pocket of your car, its $12.95 price will easily be made up by the first trek I take using its advice. It plots out weekends to so much that is FREE in this area just south of Los Angeles -from concerts to what it calls "Orange Specials" like the International Surfing Museum. This book not only works well as a guide but gives a reader the flavor of the area.

Because parking is always an issue in metropolitan areas, it is only natural that Free should also cover where to find FREE parking. I also appreciate this book's Southern California style irreverence. Instead of "details" we get "the poop" and it works.

I liked that, in spite of the fact that I have lived in Southern California, I found new things to do and places to go. This book is as useful for residents as for travelers. Residents may also have trouble tracking FREE museum days. Some charge eight bucks for an adult ticket, but will give visits to the public if you know when to go. This feature alone will prove invaluable when my relatives from the Rockies descend on my doorstep.

The Book

Corley Publications
Nonfiction/ Guide /Travel
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The Reviewer

Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Reviewed 2005
NOTE: Reviewer Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the award-winning author of This is the Place, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered and The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't, the winner of USA Book News' Best Professional Book of the Year.
© 2005