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 Volume 12, Issue 15  |  February 21, 2020

Christina Adams, local author of new book Camel Crazy, to speak in OC on Jan 30

 Laguna resident Christina Adams is an award-winning writer and journalist with a background in aerospace, government, and health. She is the author of the new book Camel Crazy: A Quest for Miracles in the Mysterious World of Camels (New World Library). 

Adams has two upcoming local events at which she’ll be discussing her book. The first is at The Hill Bookstore at UCI on Thursday, Jan 30 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., and the second is at fashion designer Rohini Bedi’s store Fashion By Rohini in Artesia, on Sunday, Feb 2 from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m., in partnership with food entrepreneur and Kitchen Queens associate Smita Vasant of Saffron Spot, who will serve camel milk tea. 

Camel Crazy is a memoir/narrative blend, but wraps in fun, quirky information on camels, their milk, their unique biology and characteristics, behavior, and the science behind the milk’s health benefits. It features the moving and humorous voices of camel experts, traditional camel society caregivers, modern camel nomads, and wet-behind-the-ears camel lovers. 

Famed Virginia farmer-author Joel Salatin contributed a passionate foreword. 

Describing her book, Adams says, “It is the story of how I was a newly single mom when I met a man with a camel (at Orange Coast College) and had the idea that the milk would help my son’s autism symptoms and health. Against all odds, I flew it into LAX from Bedouins in the Israel/Palestine desert and my son greatly improved. Soon, I gained USDA permission to import it for autism. I pushed through official and geographic boundaries and explored camel milk, science, and cultures, from Hindu, Amish, Mennonite, Muslim, Somali, Christian, and more. 

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Christina Adams, author of “Camel Crazy: A Quest for Miracles in the Mysterious World of Camels

“This experience made me into an unlikely camel expert, and even led to me writing an often-cited medical journal article and doing an experiment with scientists in a Nobel Prize-winning lab. Now I speak on the milk around the world as thousands of people are using it worldwide. In part due to my work, the camel has become the second-fastest growing livestock in the world.”

The book is set in Orange County and branches out into a global story, with locations in UAE, India, and the U.S. Adams says, “Even as Australia plans to shoot 10,00 camels this week, there are compelling reasons for their survival, as I discuss in the book.” 

Adams is also the author of A Real Boy (Penguin). She has an MFA in Creative Writing and her work has been featured by NPR, the Washington Post, OZY, the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, Open Democracy, RAVISHLY, the Public Library of Science, Orange Coast Magazine, Web MD, Global Advances in Health and Medicine, Dubai One, Khaleej Times, Epocha, TATA SKY, The Rajasthan Patrika, The Writer, literary magazines, and many more. She speaks on writing, health, camels, and autism internationally, including for audiences in Germany, India, England, Pakistan, UAE, and the U.S. 

New York Times best-selling author Caroline Levitt says, “This book can change the world.” National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery calls it “fascinating and important.” Best-selling author Jen Pastiloff calls it “magical…I want everyone to read this book.” Geneticist and author Dr. Ricky Lewis calls it “mesmerizing.” 

Christina Adams book cover

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Available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and independent bookstores 

Richard McCarthy of Slow Food International calls it, “Heroic, a joy to read and an important reminder…that animals matter and biodiversity matters.” Randy Fertel, co-founder of Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, says, “I was looking for a camel milk source by page 38.” 

Camel milk, which is now scientifically documented as having a positive impact on a variety of health conditions, is currently widely sold in the U.S. There is also a first-ever users’ guide to camel milk and a list of global sources in the back of the book. 

 Adams says, “I also used sensitivity readers and worked to let pastoral people’s voices be directly heard. Additionally, the book is endorsed by Orange County neurologist Dr. Caroline Choan, various scholars, nomadic persons, and autistic persons such as speaker and author Dr. Stephen Shore.

The book is available at Barnes and Noble, independent bookstores, Amazon, and the usual places where books are sold. Additionally, the book is going to be distributed by Penguin Random House in India (English version) and is available in many countries.

 In other California events, Adams will be speaking at the Camelid Symposium in Sacramento on Saturday, Jan 18 at 3:30 p.m. She also has a book signing at the Barnes and Nobles Arden Fair on Sunday, Jan 19.

The book was just featured on the Public Library of Science Genetics Blog here and in Ravishly here.

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