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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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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)

My First Summer in the Sierra

My First Summer in the Sierra

by John Muir

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 353 PAGES

Muir's original account of a summer in Yosemite and surrounding High Sierras, based on his youthful notebooks of the summer of 1869. (CAL47, $14.00)

Sierra Nevada, The Naturalist's Companion

Sierra Nevada, The Naturalist's Companion

by Verna Johnston

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 241 PAGES

This portrait of the Sierra Nevada has been a favorite among naturalists since first being published in 1970. Recently updated to reflect ecological research, it's a lyrical tour of the wildlife, plants and landscapes. (CAL46, $29.95)

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)

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)

 
Eyewitness Top Ten San Francisco

Eyewitness Top Ten San Francisco


by Jeffrey Kennedy

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. With handy pullout map. (SFA1, $14.00)

The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges

The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges


by David L. Scott

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 260 PAGES

David Scott includes not only grand, one-of-a-kind historic lodges but also inns, cabins and campgrounds in this comprehensive directory. Organized A-to-Z, with an overview of each park and two or three pages on each of the places to stay, this revised seventh edition, for the first time, has color maps and photographs. (USA372, $18.95)

The Photographers's Guide to Yosemite

The Photographers's Guide to Yosemite


by Michael Frye

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER

These tips and directions from Yosemite local Michael Frye include detailed maps, tips and 100 color photographs. (CAL322, $12.95)

Empire Express, Building the First Transcontinental Railroad

Empire Express, Building the First Transcontinental Railroad


by David Haward Bain

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 816 PAGES

A magisterial history of the railroad that connected the East to the West -- and radically changed the face of America. It is quite a tale, featuring greed, corruption, disaster and many memorable characters. (USW135, $30.00)

Gold Dust and Gunsmoke, Tales of Gold Rush Outlaws, Gunfighters, Lawmen and Vigilantes


by John Boessenecker

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A history of the California Gold Rush, as seen through the rampant criminal acts that characterized it (USW189, $24.95)

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)

The Ahwahnee, Yosemite's Grand Hotel

The Ahwahnee, Yosemite's Grand Hotel


by Keith S. Walklet

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 61 PAGES

This well-researched and beautifully crafted book relates the story of the conception, construction and occupation of Yosemites' opulent Ahwahnee Hotel, including details on the design and fascinating anecdotes about its many celebrity guests. Illustrated with both historic photographs and 70 new color images. (CAL334, $19.95)

Trains of Discovery, Railroads and the Legacy of the National Parks

Trains of Discovery, Railroads and the Legacy of the National Parks


by Alfred Runte

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

An advisor to Ken Burns on National Parks, America's Best Idea, one-time Seattle mayoral candidate and all-around advocate for open space, Al Runte has revised his classic tribute to the golden age of railroads and national parks to now include protected and historic sites east of the Mississippi from the Hudson River Valley to Harpers Ferry, Gettysburg and Shenandoah. With hundreds of colorful period advertisements, posters and memorabilia of Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Canyon and Denali and other great places across the nation. (USW56, $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)

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)

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)

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)

To Yosemite and Beyond, Writings from the Years 1863-1865

To Yosemite and Beyond, Writings from the Years 1863-1865


by John Muir

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 171 PAGES

A selection of letters, journals and articles by Muir covering his Yosemite years. (CAL45, $14.95)

Yosemite and the High Sierra

Yosemite and the High Sierra


by Ansel Adams | John Szarkowski | Stillman, Andrea G.

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • HARD COVER
  • 136 PAGES

This gorgeous collection includes Adams' best work on Yosemite and spans his 60-year career. (CAL210, $55.00)

Yosemite, an American Treasure

Yosemite, an American Treasure


by Kenneth Brower

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

An overview of Yosemite National Park, presented in the style of National Geographic style with 120 color photographs and text by Kenneth Brower. A volume in the National Geographic Park Profiles series. (CAL43, $16.00)

Mac's Field Guide to Yosemite National Park: Birds and Mammals

Mac's Field Guide to Yosemite National Park: Birds and Mammals


by Craig MacGowan

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PLASTIC CARD

This double-sided, laminated card features color drawings of the birds and mammals commonly found in Yosemite National Park. (CAL48, $4.95)

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)

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)

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