In the three weeks since The Recorder published its first edition of ‘A Place Called Home’ — our 94-page historical tribute to the people, places and events that have made Porterville what it is today — our phone lines, emails and even our lobby has been busy with feedback from the community saying how much the enjoyed it.

We have had people come in to the office to buy extra copies to send to friends and family all over the country — even overseas — that have a connection to Porterville, and we have already received more story ideas and photos for next year’s publication.

Based on these reactions we have realized two things: the first being that our hard work combined with wonderful contributions of photos and stories from all over the community have resulted in a very special section that people will cherish for years to come.

The second is that in order for readers to enjoy it for years to come, we should offer a sturdier, more permanent copy of ‘A Place Called Home’ that will better stand the test of time. 

To that end, we are pleased to announce that The Recorder will making a 100-page hardcover book containing the material from this year’s ‘A Place Called Home’ section. The book will feature a thick outer cover similar to a high school yearbook printed on heavy stock paper and will make great gifts or an interesting addition to a coffee table.

The book version will also have some bonus material not included in the original print version released on Feb. 28.

“We are very excited to be offering this book version of ‘A Place Called Home,’ which we feel is the best special section The Recorder has ever produced,” says Porterville Recorder Publisher Bill Parsons. “These books would make great gifts for weddings, graduations, birthdays and holidays, and are a great way to rekindle old memories or learn something new about Porterville and southern Tulare County.”

The price for the ‘A Place Called Home’ book is $34.99, and pre-order forms are available at the Porterville Recorder office at 115 E. Oak Ave., the Porterville Public Library, and the Porterville Chamber of Commerce.

Those who cannot make it to those locations to pick up an order form can have an one emailed to them by sending a request to, and we will soon have a link up at for online ordering. The books will arrive later on this spring.

So if you liked what you saw in ‘A Place Called Home’ and you want a high quality book version that will last for decades, or if you know someone out of town who would appreciate a well-packaged reminder of what makes Porterville so special, pick up an order form and order your copy of the ‘A Place Called Home’ today.

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