Reclaiming Their Community

September 2015 Product Web Exclusive

This promises to be a gripping read, especially if you’re into houseboating and the criminal justice system. “Houseboats, Drugs, Government, and the 4th Estate” delves into the Sausalito houseboat culture as it has shifted over the past 40 years; the Waldo Point Harbor in the San Francisco, Calif., bay area is the specific focal point of this firsthand narrative history. The story begins in the 1960s when overflow from the drug scene was attracted to the area. A mighty struggle ensued as the core tenants struggled to reclaim their community in the midst of the bureaucratic process that author T. J. Nelsen has no qualms about frankly discussing. Writing openly about his houseboat community’s efforts to fight drugs and violence while discussing government and individual responsibilities, Nelsen’s guidance might very well interest those who are struggling to fight drug problems in their own community. A Sausalito houseboater and former harbormaster, Nelsen’s narrative is an incredible example of how citizens, politicians, the criminal justice system, and troublemakers all shape and affect the community they live in. You can find “Houseboats, Drugs, Government, and the 4th Estate for sale at places like, where kindle and ebook editions are priced at $8 while paperback copies are selling for $13.

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