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A Man and His Mountain by Edward Humes

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Chapter 2

First Pour: Glut and Stuck

When Jess and Jane Jackson bought the old farm in Lakeport, it was supposed to be his getaway, his career extender. The old pear-and-walnut orchard on the northern edge of Wine Country would, Jess vowed, allow him some breathing space from the San Francisco law practice. It would be his respite from the pressure of managing a busy firm and litigating the high-stakes real estate cases in his esoteric specialty of inverse condemnations. This was a type of law that few knew well but that was in high demand in the seventies, as newly (and belatedly) environmentally conscious state and federal governments were rushing to convert unique coastal properties into parks and preserves before all of California could ...

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