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The Log from the Sea of Cortez

The Log from the Sea of Cortez

by John Steinbeck

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The classic account of a collecting trip to the Sea of Cortez with marine biologist Ed Ricketts, first published in 1941. Subtitled "A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research," this much-loved book captures the wonders of the Gulf of California and the joys of discovery. (BJA02, $17.00)

The Forgotten Peninsula, A Naturalist in Baja California

The Forgotten Peninsula, A Naturalist in Baja California

by Joseph Wood Krutch

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 277 PAGES

A classic, leisurely account of the plants, landscapes and history of Lower California. (BJA01, $19.95)

Whales and Other Marine Mammals of California and Baja

Whales and Other Marine Mammals of California and Baja

by Tamara Eder

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Photographs, maps, identification and natural history are all covered in this handy guide featuring color illustrations by Ian Sheldon. (BJA52, $12.95)

Moon Handbook Baja

Moon Handbook Baja

by Nikki Goth Itoi

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 485 PAGES

Packed with maps, charts and photographs, this handy guide combines practical advice with chapters on natural history. (BJA09, $19.99)

Baja California Map

Baja California Map

by ITMB

  • 2010
  • MAP

Including the Sea of Cortez and adjoining Sonora coast at a scale of 1:650,000, this handy map is also printed on waterproof paper. (BJA13, $10.95)

 
Baja Califonia Adventure Map, Two-pack, North and South

Baja Califonia Adventure Map, Two-pack, North and South


by National Geographic Society

  • 2009
  • MAP

Together these two National Geographic Adventure Maps cover all of Baja California and surrounding islands at a scale of 1:450,000. We also carry the North (Item BJA65) and South (Item BJA66) Adventure Maps separately. (BJA67, $19.95)

Baja California South Adventure Map

Baja California South Adventure Map


by National Geographic

  • 2009
  • MAP

Printed on water- and tear-resistant paper, this detailed map covers Baja from Santa Rosalia south. (BJA66, $11.95)

Baja California Missions, In the Footsteps of the Padres

Baja California Missions, In the Footsteps of the Padres


by David Burckhalter

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

With gorgeous photographs and useful descriptions that include both historical backgrounds and contemporary driving directions, Baja California Missions is both a photography book and a guidebook. (BJA79, $24.95)

The Labyrinth of Solitude

The Labyrinth of Solitude


by Octavio Paz

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 398 PAGES

These essays by the Nobel Prize-winning poet address Mexican culture and character. The chapters on the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead and the conquest are especially memorable. (MEX08, $17.00)

Miraculous Air

Miraculous Air


by C. M. Mayo

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Like Steinbeck (from whom she quotes in the title "the very air here is miraculous"), Mayo is enchanted with the land and people of Baja. She writes of a 1,000-mile journey from Cabo to Tijuana with insight, warmth and style. (BJA34, $15.00)

The Whales Know, Travels Along the Baja California Peninsula

The Whales Know, Travels Along the Baja California Peninsula


by Pina Cacucci

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 180 PAGES

A humorous and humble travelogue by writer-explorer Cacucci. He travels the length of Baja California revisiting sites seen by John Steinbeck, but becomes enamored with all things whale. (CAL338, $22.95)

The Girl of the Sea of Cortez

The Girl of the Sea of Cortez


by Peter Benchley

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A heartwarming, eco-conscious novel about a young woman and her sixth-sense for ocean wildlife. Benchley's protagonist, Paloma, discovers a secret ocean animal in a sea full of beauty, danger and adventure. First published in 1983. (BJA78, $15.00)

Eye of the Whale, Epic Passage From Baja to Siberia

Eye of the Whale, Epic Passage From Baja to Siberia


by Dick Russell

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 688 PAGES

Epic in scope, this absorbing, first-person account follows the migration of the gray whale from the lagoons along the Pacific coast of Baja to the summer feeding grounds in Alaska. (BJA32, $37.50)

Oasis of Stone

Oasis of Stone


by Bruce Berger | Miguel Angel de la Cueva

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

The geology, plants, wildlife and human history of Baja in 180 gorgeous color photographs and marvelously informative essays. (BJA60, $49.95)

Telling Our Way to the Sea

Telling Our Way to the Sea


by Aaron Hirsh

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

Biologist and director of the Vermilion Sea Field Station Aaron Hirsh recounts his adventures underwater and among the islands of the Sea of Cortez with biologist wife Veronica Volny, historian friend Graham Burnett and students in this series of wondrous essays. (BJA77, $18.00)

The Desert Year

The Desert Year


by Joseph Wood Krutch

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Joseph Wood Krutch celebrates the austere beauty, rugged plants and many animals of American Southwest in this classic account of his first year in Arizona, winner of the 1954 John Burroughs Medal for a Distinguished Book of Natural History -- and as enchanting today. With 33 original illustrations by Rudolf Freund. (USW652, $19.95)

The Whale

The Whale


by Philip Hoare

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A deeply engaging meditation on all things whale. Hoare saves his special love and attention for the sperm whale -- not only via a beautiful literary analysis of Moby Dick -- but also by indulging in a childhood fantasy and actually swimming with whales in the Azores. (BST144, $15.99)

Baja California Plant Field Guide

Baja California Plant Field Guide


by Norman C. Roberts | Jon Rebman

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 452 PAGES

We can't imagine a walk through the deserts and islands of Baja California without this book in hand. With hundreds of color photographs illustrating 715 plants of the region, this superb field guide also includes short introductory chapters on vegetation, geology and climate. This expanded third edition was revised by Jon Rebman, botanist at the San Diego Natural History Museum. (BJA05, $34.95)

Baja, Sea of Cortez Marine Mammal Guide

Baja, Sea of Cortez Marine Mammal Guide


by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • PLASTIC CARD

A double-sided, laminated field guide illustrating the whales, dolphins and other marine mammals of the Sea of Cortez and Pacific coast of Baja. (BJA62, $5.95)

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Baja California, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Baja California, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco


by Idaz Greenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PLASTIC CARD

A double-sided, full-color waterproof card. (BJA31, $7.50)

Mexico Field Guide, Baja California Sea and Shore Birds

Mexico Field Guide, Baja California Sea and Shore Birds


by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PLASTIC CARD

This beautifully illustrated, double-sided laminated card depicts 60 commonly encountered birds of coastal Baja California and the Sea of Cortez. We also carry the Baja, Sea of Cortez Marine Mammal Guide plastic card. (Item BJA62) (MEX174, $6.95)

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America


by Jon Dunn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

This guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Practical to use in the field, it has maps, illustrations and descriptions of the birds on facing pages. (FG09, $27.95)

The Desert Islands of Mexico's Sea of Cortez

The Desert Islands of Mexico's Sea of Cortez


by Stewart Aitchison

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 120 PAGES

A biologist, geologist and naturalist on expedition cruises in the region, Stewart Aitchison brings experience -- and a large photo library -- to this well-illustrated natural history. (BJA69, $15.95)

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