Doris Ober

Selected Work

Do not be alarmed by the title: The Alzheimer's Years: A Mother and Daughter Reunion is not a depressing book, though it is touching and frequently very funny. Molly Bourne, M.D., director of Hospice in Petaluma in the California Bay Area, writes: "A treasure. I think of those just early into the possibility of a dementia diagnosis and how this is an accessible, real, inspiring, funny glance at it without crushing the heart or making one run fast in the other direction."
A middle-aged couple of escaped New Yorkers become shepherds in the rural outpost of West Marin California, and learn much about life—and about death—from the experience.
Prose, Poetry, and Art
managing editor
A literary/art journal with works by locals and visitors to this very special northern California community. Robert Hass, Jane Hirshfield, Susan Trott are a few of the stars in Volume 4.
with Sukie Miller, Ph.D.
“This is the best book on parental grief that I have seen.”
--Seattle Times
English/Spanish Language
with Richard Kirschman
“It says, Go ahead, give this language a try; you’ve already got the vocabulary.”
--San Francisco Chronicle
with Charles Garfield and Cindy Spring
“An extremely valuable source of information.... Your heart will be touched and your mind opened.”
--Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles

Check out the brand new (and very first) solo book by Doris Ober! CLICK ON THE COVER IMAGE TO VISIT THE DOGTOWN CHRONICLES WEBSITE and/or to purchase a copy of the book.

The Dogtown Chronicles, Our Life and Times... is a memoir as much as a layered love story, in which love of place, love of animals, and love of an inventive, adventurous partner grows over more than 20 years.

Readers meet the author in her 40s, when she was afraid of most animals and afraid to admit it to Richard, who introduced Moe and Curly, two Scottish Highland steer, to his 10-acre property in Dogtown not long after she moved in with him. After 10 years, the cumulative effect of Moe and Curly, sheep and goats, lambs and kids, and llamas, horse, dog, and cats—and Richard—had opened her heart to animals. The book shows how, through stories of the couple's adventures and misadventures with their menagerie of creatures great and small.

Stories feature Jacob sheep, San Clemente Island goats, an Arabian horse named Sharif, llamas Lloyd, Slaus, and Quentin, a Lakeland Terrier named Woody, and others.