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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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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)

Travelers' Tales San Francisco

Travelers' Tales San Francisco

by James O'Reilly | Larry Habegger | Sean O'Reilly

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

Experience San Francisco from the inside out with this engaging, insightful and entertaining selection of mostly contemporary eyewitness reports -- a terrific literary profile of a dynamic city. (SFO15, $18.95)

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)

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)

 

Point Reyes National Seashore


by Tom Harrison Maps

  • MAP

A colorful, topographic map of Point Reyes National Seashore, at a scale of 1:48,000. (CAL58, $9.95)

San Francisco Bay Map


by Great Pacific Map Company

  • MAP

A map of the San Francisco Bay area, including Oakland, San Jose, Napa, Sonoma and Point Reyes, at a scale of 1:145,000. (CAL194, $6.95)

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)

Moon Handbook Northern California

Moon Handbook Northern California


by Kim Weir

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 848 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to northern California, with a wealth of practical information and coverage of local history, culture and nature. (CAL60, $23.99)

Moon Outdoors 101 Great Hikes of the San Francisco Bay Area

Moon Outdoors 101 Great Hikes of the San Francisco Bay Area


by Ann Marie Brown

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

The fourth edition of this valuable guide. (SFO62, $17.99)

Wildsam Field Guide to San Francisco

Wildsam Field Guide to San Francisco


by Wildsam Field Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 131 PAGES

This beautifully produced pocket guide to San Francisco is designed for the soulful traveler with a bygone sense of place. Contributors include local artists, musicians and writers who compiled recommendations, essays, illustrations and interviews intended to move the traveler beyond their itinerary. (SFO66, $17.95)

A Crack in the Edge of the World, America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906

A Crack in the Edge of the World, America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906


by Simon Winchester

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Geologist, master storyteller, traveler and journalist, Simon Winchester succeeds again in this fast-paced, utterly fascinating account of the great 1906 earthquake that devastated San Francisco. (CAL193, $15.99)

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, $14.95)

A Journey into Steinbeck's California

A Journey into Steinbeck's California


by Susan Shillinglaw

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER

This part art book, part biography, and part travel guide offers insight into how landscapes and townscapes influenced John Steinbeck's creative process and how, in turn, his legacy has influenced modern California. (CAL317, $24.95)

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)

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)

San Francisco, A Cultural History

San Francisco, A Cultural History


by Mick Sinclair

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Organized more thematically than chronologically, this easy-to-read introduction to the city and its neighborhoods will appeal both to first time visitors and those who know and love the city. (SFO20, $15.00)

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)

Natural History of the Point Reyes Peninsula


by Jules Evens

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

Evens weaves history, science and personal anecdote into an absorbing chronicle of one of the most biologically diverse places in North America. (CAL239, $28.95)

Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast

Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast


by Sarah G. Allen | Joe Mortenson | Sophie Webb

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 624 PAGES

Sophie Webb, director of Oikinos, contributes the exquisite paintings for this outstanding field guide, the 100th in the California Natural History Guides series, perfect for the Sea of Cortez. (PNW279, $28.95)

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)

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