Jo Haraf, Author

History with a Heartbeat

Sometimes fiction.
Sometimes biography.
Always historical.

Jo Haraf seeks out forgotten people whose stories need to be told. In her fiction, biography, and history, you’ll meet engaging, and sometimes annoying, men and women you’ll be unlikely to forget.

Purchase your copy of Marriage, Murder, and Betrayal in Nineteenth-Century California from the Marin History Museum and support the museum’s many worthwhile projects. Marriage, Murder, and Betrayal is also available at

Marriage, Murder, and Betrayal was featured in the February 2022 issue of Marin Magazine. Enjoy the story how the Black Family story came to be.

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Latest Posts

This Land is MY Land.

Diseños were hand-drawn maps confirming ownership of Mexican land grants in the mid-1800s. Farming and cattle empires grew and shrank as Marin pioneers bought, sold, and traded diseño patented land.

Cross-cut Trees

An accidental discovery helps map northern California’s portion of El Camino Real, the Royal Road linking California’s missions.


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