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Suzanne Guldimann, Freelance Reporter
2:51 pm PDT April 14, 2014

It was a lucky find; a battered old book with a green cloth cover embossed with an illustration of a mountain lion and a mule deer, and the title “Malibu.”

The novel, published in 1931, is a fictionalized account of author and naturalist Vance Joseph Hoyt’s experiences raising an orphaned mule deer fawn with a mountain lion kitten in the Santa Monica Mountains.