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Author’s new book wild on Tahoe

The new metaphysical book hitting bookshelves,”Tahoe Waters Run Wild,” is no “Celestine Prophecy.” But it doesn’t want to be the popular bestseller by James Redfield either, Reno author Art Peppard, 47, insisted.

Sure there are similarities, including a man on a quest for the meaning of life, he said.

But there are also striking differences. Redfield’s book ends with a sensational departure from reality, while Peppard’s fictional novel stays engrossed in a historical aspect of the lake, its people and their cultures, which have derived strength and spirituality from it.

“What I am trying to say is that obviously Tahoe is a spiritual place, not just a recreational place. All the more reason people should enjoy it,” Peppard said, declining to call his first novel an environmental book. “The environment contains more than trees.”

The result of thirty-six rewrites, this is the story of a local adventurer who is swept up by the destiny of his lifetime and inspired by his love of the beauty and majesty of Lake Tahoe. Through a special connection extending back into local accounts of historical times, Peppard incorporates the significant contribution of Native Americans. The character discovers a unique gift waiting for him left by a distant Oriental immigrant and mystic traveler.

Peppard also tapped into some early writings by authors and adventurers Mark Twain and John Muir to get a glimpse of the lake’s spiritual influence on its famous wanderers.

“I wanted to take their experience and weave it into my own and to other cultures from Tibet and the Orient,” he said.

Characterizing his wife and himself as a couple of hippies who raised their children on the shores of Lake Tahoe in the 1970s, Peppard said his special experience of the lake inspired “the tale of the inner magical heart.”

To this day, the local author marvels at the lake as if embracing an old friend.

“It doesn’t matter how long I’ve been away from it. It’s like someone meeting you with arms open,” he said.

Peppard, who used to be a jeweler, hopes readers will react the same way to his book. It’s available at South Lake Tahoe bookstores – Sierra Bookshop, Mountain Spirit and Keynote Books. In Tahoe City, the book can be found at the Bookshelf, The Store and Rainbow Bridge.

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