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Yosemite and Sequoia: John Muir's California

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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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My First Summer in the Sierra

My First Summer in the Sierra

by John Muir | Scot Miller

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

Published in collaboration with Yosemite Conservancy, this handsome hardcover, 100th anniversary edition of Muir's classic account features Scot Miller's stunning color photographs of Yosemite and the High Sierra. (CAL309, $30.00)

Yosemite

Yosemite

by Ansel Adams

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 112 PAGES

A handsome collection of Ansel Adams' photographs of Yosemite National Park. The 66 photographs include Clearing Winter Storm and portraits of Moon, Half Dome and El Capitan. (CAL49, $22.00)

Yosemite Wildlife

Yosemite Wildlife

by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PLASTIC CARD

A handy, laminated fold-up card featuring 140 birds, mammals, reptiles and insects. (USW499, $6.95)

Compass Guide Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks

Compass Guide Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks

by Sara Benson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide and overview of the history, culture, nature and attractions of the region. Also includes a 20-page section of practical information from featured local authors. (USW576, $21.99)

Yosemite National Park Map

Yosemite National Park Map

by Trails Illustrated

  • MAP

A detailed, topographic map of Yosemite National Park, shown at a scale of 1:100,000. (CAL40, $11.95)

 
San Francisco Map

San Francisco Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2006
  • MAP

A laminated, folded map of the city center of San Francisco at a nice scale of 1:13,000. (CAL80, $9.95)

Sequoia/King's Canyon Map

Sequoia/King's Canyon Map


by Trails Illustrated

  • MAP

A topographic map of Sequoia National Park and King's Canyon at a scale of 1:112,000. (CAL72, $11.95)

Eyewitness Guide San Francisco and Northern California

Eyewitness Guide San Francisco and Northern California


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 324 PAGES

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

Fodor's San Francisco's 25 Best

Fodor's San Francisco's 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A shirt-pocket guide to San Francisco, this slim book includes an excellent map of the center of the city and essential information on its highlights. (USW185, $12.99)

National Parks Deck Yosemite

National Parks Deck Yosemite


by Mountaineers Books

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • BOXED
  • 50 PAGES

A set of 50 full-color cards with sights, fun facts, wildlife, photos, maps and 33 day hikes. (CAL301, $14.95)

The Complete Guidebook to Yosemite National Park

The Complete Guidebook to Yosemite National Park


by Steven P. Medley

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 120 PAGES

Published by the Yosemite Association, this slim guide includes practical information on activities, hiking trails, wildlife and history. (CAL51, $12.95)

Seed of the Future, Yosemite and the Evolution of the National Park Idea

Seed of the Future, Yosemite and the Evolution of the National Park Idea


by Dayton Duncan

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Signed by President Lincoln in 1864, the Yosemite Grant Act, argues Dayton Duncan, launched a movement. The conservationist and filmmaker (he frequently collaborates with Ken Burns), Duncan brings together 100 spectacular photographs, biographies and great stories to celebrate the park's 150th birthday. Published by the Yosemite Association. (CAL336, $27.00)

The Big Burn, Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America

The Big Burn, Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America


by Timothy Egan

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 324 PAGES

Egan relates the tale of the implacable fire that raged across the west in August 1910 and the larger story of outsized president Teddy Roosevelt, his chief forester, Gifford Pinchot, and the transformation of the American idea of public lands. (USW692, $15.95)

The Civil War, An Illustrated History

The Civil War, An Illustrated History


by Geoffrey C. Ward | Ken Burns

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

An illustrated, comprehensive social history of the Civil War by the now-famous team of Ward and Burns. With 500 photographs and maps, extensive text and original essays by contributing experts. (USS27, $29.95)

The Golden Shore, California's Love Affair With the Sea

The Golden Shore, California's Love Affair With the Sea


by David Helvarg

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 325 PAGES

In this eminently readable and well-researched tribute, Helvarg, an environmental journalist and filmmaker, considers the crosscurrents of culture, history, economy and myth that come together on the state's golden shores. (CAL326, $34.99)

The National Parks, America's Best Idea

The National Parks, America's Best Idea


by Dayton Duncan | Ken Burns

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • DVD

The widescreen edition of Ken Burn's 6-part, 12-hour ode to the national parks, featuring hundreds of interviews, fascinating archival images and dazzling cinematography in High Definition. (USA394, $99.99)

Jazz, A History of America's Music

Jazz, A History of America's Music


by Geoffrey C. Ward | Ken Burns

  • MUSIC
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns vividly bring to life the story of the quintessential American music -- jazz. Born in the black community of turn-of-the-century New Orleans and quickly embraced in urban centers throughout the nation, jazz celebrates American individualism and creativity at its best. (MUS79, $45.00)

Yosemite Meditations for Adventurers

Yosemite Meditations for Adventurers


by Michael Frye

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 96 PAGES

This Yosemite adventure companion features inspired quotes by John Muir, Sir Edmund Hillary, Susan Sontag, Walt Whitman, T.S. Eliot, Joseph Campbell and many more. Includes a foreword by pioneering rock climber Royal Robbins. (CAL347, $9.95)

A Passion for Nature, The Life of John Muir

A Passion for Nature, The Life of John Muir


by Donald Worster

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

Worster's richly anecdotal biography of the pioneering naturalist, conservationist and founder of the Sierra Club captures the spirit of the man and his love of travels and exploration. (NAM45, $24.95)

Fire Season, Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout

Fire Season, Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout


by Philip Connors

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A remarkable reflection on work, our place in the wild, and the charms of solitude. Connors recounts his days and nights in the rugged Gila wilderness, trips to the hidden graves of Buffalo Soldiers slain during the Apache Wars, and the majesty and might of lightning storms and untamed fire. (USW690, $14.99)

Horatio's Drive, America's First Road Trip

Horatio's Drive, America's First Road Trip


by Dayton Duncan | Ken Burns

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 173 PAGES

The companion volume to the PBS film chronicles the nation's first road trip by Horatio Jackson, a 31-year-old Vermont doctor who drove his car from San Francisco to New York on mainly unpaved roads in 1903. (USA439, $24.95)

The Wild Muir, Twenty-two of John Muir's Greatest Adventures

The Wild Muir, Twenty-two of John Muir's Greatest Adventures


by John Muir

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

An entertaining collection of some of Muir's finest writing recounting a few of his adventures -- from his avalanche ride off the rim of Yosemite Valley to death-defying falls he suffered in the Alaskan frontier. Another, more outrageous side of the activist outdoorsman. (CAL337, $11.95)

Inspiring Generations, 150 Years, 150 Stories in Yosemite

Inspiring Generations, 150 Years, 150 Stories in Yosemite


by Anniversary Story Book Committee

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the unprecedented Yosemite Grant Act, this book compiles 150 pieces of prose and poetry selected out of hundreds of submissions from the general public. The collection includes personal stories about hikes up Half Dome, encounters with bears and overnight stays at the Ahwahnee Hotel. (CAL333, $19.95)

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)

Our National Parks

Our National Parks


by John Muir | Richard F. Fleck

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 370 PAGES

A collection of ten essays on the national parks of the west, including Yosemite, Yellowstone, Sequoia and General Grant. Six of the ten chapters are devoted to Yosemite National Park. (USW272, $28.00)

Secret Yosemite

Secret Yosemite


by National Geographic Society

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • DVD

From the spectacle of North America's tallest waterfall to the ecologies of mountain frogs and black bears, you'll enjoy an unforgettable glimpse into the wild heart of Secret Yosemite. (CAL305, $24.95)

Spectacular Yosemite

Spectacular Yosemite


by Stuart Booth | Quang-Tuan Luong

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 144 PAGES

The waterfalls, wildlife, mountains and meadows of Yosemite in 150 photographs. (CAL308, $45.00)

The National Parks, America's Best Idea

The National Parks, America's Best Idea


by Ken Burns | Dayton Duncan

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

This lavishly illustrated tale by the dynamic PBS duo brings to life the conservationists, politicians, presidents and dreamers who created our national park system. (USA356, $35.00)

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)

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 Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada

The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada


by John Muir Laws

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 366 PAGES

This impressively detailed, compact and comprehensive identification guide covers 1700 native species of trees, wildflowers, ferns, fungi, lichens, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals and insects. Well organized for the field with 2,800 clear color illustrations and key features integrated on the page. (CAL238, $24.95)

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America


by David Sibley

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 474 PAGES

A compact, geographically specific version of the Sibley Guide with all new range maps, the same glorious illustrations and expanded, extremely valuable descriptions of each bird. (USW418, $19.95)

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