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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)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to California

National Audubon Society Field Guide to California

by Peter Alden

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A compact, easy-to-use guide to 1,000 California trees, wildflowers, mammals, insects, birds and other flora and fauna. (CAL07, $22.00)

California Map

California Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2008
  • MAP

A laminated, folded map of California, shown at a scale of 1:1,100,000. (CAL55, $9.95)

 
Eyewitness Guide California

Eyewitness Guide California


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 632 PAGES

A literate, visually rich guide to the Golden State, featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of California's attractions with a particular focus on San Francisco and Los Angeles. (USW146, $30.00)

Hill Guide Santa Barbara & the Central Coast


by Kathleen Hill | Gerald Hill

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A homegrown guide to Santa Barbara and surroundings from two longtime residents of California, both practical and personal in its delivery of travel information and regional background. (CAL115, $14.95)

The Monterey Bay, Big Sur & Gold Coast Wine Country Book

The Monterey Bay, Big Sur & Gold Coast Wine Country Book


by Christina Waters | Buz Bezore

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 301 PAGES

An excellent, locally produced travel guide mixing history, culture, nature and anecdote with a shipload of up-to-date practical information. (CAL182, $18.95)

The Measure of Her Powers, An M.F.K. Fisher Reader

The Measure of Her Powers, An M.F.K. Fisher Reader


by M. F. K. Fisher

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A fat, judicious selection of M.F.K. Fisher's writings, which spanned a lifetime and chronicled adventures (culinary and otherwise) in France, Switzerland and Italy, on shipboard and in her native California. (CUL01, $21.95)

California the Beautiful

California the Beautiful


by Galen Rowell

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 159 PAGES

Rowell's exquisite photographs are accompanied by excerpts from Joan Didion, M.F.K. Fisher, Jack London, William Saroyan and many other luminaries in this celebration of the nature and spirit of California. (CAL277, $19.95)

California, A History

California, A History


by Kevin Starr

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A lively short history in the excellent Modern Library Chronicles series, written by a renowned historian. (CAL204, $16.00)

Rush for Riches, Gold Fever and the Making of California

Rush for Riches, Gold Fever and the Making of California


by J. S. Holliday

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

An illustrated, oversize history of the California Gold Rush and its effects by a noted expert, covering the 1830's through the 1890's and packed with more than 200 illustrations and archival photographs. (USW190, $41.95)

Where I Was From

Where I Was From


by Joan Didion

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Supreme essayist Didion's personal history of California spanning the 18th to 21st centuries. More than a family chronicle, it's also a provocative cultural critique that attacks the myth of the Sunshine State. (CAL153, $15.00)

Angle of Repose

Angle of Repose


by Wallace Stegner

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 592 PAGES

A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of one man's search for his grandparents' story. It beautifully weaves the history of the American West and a glimpse of their life in California, Colorado and Idaho. (USW301, $17.00)

Big Sur

Big Sur


by Jack Kerouac

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 241 PAGES

Kerouac's gritty, moving take on the destruction of his own myth, as the King of the Beats retires to poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti's seaside shack outside San Francisco. (CAL295, $15.00)

Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch

Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch


by Henry Miller

  • LITERATURE
  • 1978
  • PAPER

A loving, observant tribute to Big Sur, Miller's home for 15 years. As with many of his works, this is more a collection of reflections, anecdotes and character portraits than a straightforward narrative, and it's just as evocative and thought-provoking as anything he has written. First published in 1957. (CAL143, $18.95)

Cannery Row

Cannery Row


by John Steinbeck

  • LITERATURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 193 PAGES

Based on memories of characters he met living in Monterey, including his good friend the marine biologist Ed Ricketts, this is Steinbeck's story of the good-natured bums, prostitutes, alcoholics and other denizens of Cannery Row. (USW150, $15.00)

Natural State, A Literary Anthology of California Nature Writing

Natural State, A Literary Anthology of California Nature Writing


by Steven Gilbar

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Divided by ecological region, this book is a literary tour of California's unrivaled natural diversity, featuring essays and excerpts by such great writers as Barry Lopez, Gretel Ehrlich and John McPhee. Gary Snyder provided the afterword. (CAL101, $30.95)

The Literature of California, Vol. 1

The Literature of California, Vol. 1


by Jack Hicks | Al Young | James D. Houston | Maxine Hong Kingston

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 653 PAGES

A best-of anthology of California writing, pre-1945. (CAL102, $34.95)

Tortilla Flat

Tortilla Flat


by John Steinbeck

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 174 PAGES

First of his Monterey novels, Steinbeck peoples his tales of life in run-down Tortilla Flat with a colorful cast of memorable characters. (USW149, $15.00)

Wild God of the World, An Anthology of Robinson Jeffers


by Robinson Jeffers

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A collection of pieces from Carmel, California's Robinson Jeffers, the prolific poet from the first half of the 20th century. (CAL142, $21.95)

An Island Called California, An Ecological Introduction to Its Natural Communities

An Island Called California, An Ecological Introduction to Its Natural Communities


by Elna S. Bakker

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1984
  • PAPER
  • 484 PAGES

An introduction to the ecology and wildlife of the Golden State, this volume is filled with photographs illustrating a variety plants, animals and geological features found throughout the deserts, forests and coastline of California. (CAL11, $28.95)

The Natural History of Big Sur


by Paul Henson | Donald J. Usner | Valerie A. Kells

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER

A natural history and guide to Big Sur, California with detailed information on specific sites and trails. (CAL62, $36.95)

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)

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