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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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Assembling California

Assembling California

by John McPhee

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Another fine book on geology and natural history from John McPhee, this time in the company of scientist Eldridge Moores, on travels throughout California. (USW187, $17.00)

Compass Guide California Wine Country

Compass Guide California Wine Country

by John Doerper

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 307 PAGES

Covering wineries both small and large, this comprehensive guide to the Napa and Sonoma Valleys includes excellent maps, color photographs and informative essays. (USW171, $21.99)

Point Reyes, The Complete Guide to the National Seashore & Surrounding Area

by Jessica Lage

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 249 PAGES

A helpful guide to Point Reyes, featuring information about hiking and biking, kayaking, horesback riding and other activities. With an overview of the region's natural and cultural history. (CAL200, $19.95)

MapEasy's Guidemap to Napa & Sonoma

MapEasy's Guidemap to Napa & Sonoma

by MapEasy

  • MAP

A handy, informative road map and guide to wineries. (CAL118, $7.95)

 
Eyewitness Guide San Francisco and Northern California

Eyewitness Guide San Francisco and Northern California


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry. With excellent maps. (USW147, $25.00)

Fodor's Northern California

Fodor's Northern California


by Carissa Bluestone

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 608 PAGES

A practical guide in the popular series, saturated with valuable information on accommodation, shopping, sights, and dining. (CAL224, $19.99)

A Wine Journey Along The Russian River

A Wine Journey Along The Russian River


by Steve Heimoff

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

Heimoff interviews growers and vintners to gain an understanding of how the vineyards play a role in the cultural and natural history of California Wine Country. (CAL293, $23.95)

Great Wine Made Simple, Straight Talk From a Master Sommelier

Great Wine Made Simple, Straight Talk From a Master Sommelier


by Andra Immer Robinson

  • FOOD
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 326 PAGES

A practical, personable introduction to the world of wine, including helpful definitions of terms, label-reading tips and advice on pairing wines with food. (GEN411, $30.00)

Cyclopedia, It's All About the Bike

Cyclopedia, It's All About the Bike


by William Fotheringham

  • SPORT
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 432 PAGES

The distinguished journalist and cycling fan William Fotheringham brings humor and substance to this irresistible compendium, organized A-to-Z. With maps and illustrations. (BCY27, $25.00)

Golden Gate, The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge

Golden Gate, The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge


by Kevin Starr

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Starr covers the history and meaning of this beloved icon and great American feats of engineering in this slim portrait. (SFO52, $16.00)

Judgment of Paris

Judgment of Paris


by George Taber

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 330 PAGES

The story of the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976, a blind tasting where esteemed French judges chose obscure California wines over France's best, turning the industry on its head. (CAL287, $17.00)

Just Ride, A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike

Just Ride, A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike


by Grant Petersen

  • SPORT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 212 PAGES

Bicycle commuter, reformed racer and proprietor of Rivendell Bicycle Works in Walnut Creek California, Grant Petersen covers equipment, health, safety and attitude in 87 short and illustrated, often provocative essays. (BCY22, $13.95)

Napa, the Story of an American Eden

Napa, the Story of an American Eden


by James Conway

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 560 PAGES

Conway expertly combines history, personal anecdote, wine criticism and social commentary into a definitive portrait of place, overflowing not only with cabernets and chardonnays, but also with genuine connoisseurs, scores of dilettantes, feuds, scandals and plenty of money. (USW169, $17.95)

The Oxford History of the American West

The Oxford History of the American West


by Clyde Milner | Carol A. O'Connor | Martha A. Sandweiss

  • HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 872 PAGES

A collection of wonderfully written essays by 25 contributors on the cultural and environmental history of the American West. With color illustrations and period photographs. (USW02, $60.00)

Bone


by Fae Myenne Ng

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 191 PAGES

A poetic, dreamlike novel that tells the story of two generations of a family in San Francisco's Chinatown, as told through the wandering memories of a woman in search of clues to explain her sister's suicide. (USW153, $12.99)

Mendocino and Other Stories


by Ann Packer

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

These ten memorable slice-of-life stories, which originally appeared in the New Yorker and Ploughshares magazines, are set primarily in northern California and recount the lives of ordinary people in unusual situations. (CAL192, $13.95)

The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon


by Dashiell Hammett

  • MYSTERY
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 217 PAGES

Set in San Francisco, this is Dashiell Hammett's classic story of Sam Spade, the archetypal hard-boiled detective. (CAL06, $14.00)

The Portable Beat Reader

The Portable Beat Reader


by Ann Charters

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 645 PAGES

An anthology of poetry and prose from the Beat generation, including excerpts from Kerouac's "On the Road" and Ginsberg's "Howl" as well as works by Herbert Huncke, Bob Dylan, and others. (GEN130, $21.00)

The Silverado Squatters

The Silverado Squatters


by Robert Louis Stevenson

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

A classic account of Calistoga and Napa Valley, where they were already growing wine in 1880. On a rather untraditional honeymoon, Stevenson and his new wife settled for nine months in the bunkhouse of an abandoned silver mine and met numerous local characters, all vividly described in this treasure of a book. (CAL01, $18.00)

The Vineyard

The Vineyard


by Idwal Jones | Robert Mondavi

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 285 PAGES

Evocative of the seasons in Napa Valley, this novel traces the fate of Alda Pendle, a viticulturist's daughter who becomes a viticulturist herself. (CAL104, $24.95)

Coastal Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest

Coastal Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest


by Elizabeth Horn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 179 PAGES

A handy photo-identification guide to 200 species from British Columbia south to northern California, divided by habitats and plant family. (PNW15, $14.00)

Mac's Field Guide to Northern California Wildflowers

Mac's Field Guide to Northern California Wildflowers


by Craig MacGowan

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • 2 PAGES

This double-sided, laminated card features color drawings of the wildflowers commonly found in the northern California region. (CAL05, $4.95)

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)

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