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We feature a handpicked selection of travel guides, maps, literature, books on art, nature and culture, all designed to help you get more out of your travels to Santa Barbara . Order an essential package, and we'll ship any additional items for free.

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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)

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)

Moon Handbooks Santa Barbara & The Central Coast

Moon Handbooks Santa Barbara & The Central Coast

by Michael Cervin

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 392 PAGES

A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout central California. (CAL341, $17.99)

Santa Barbara Map

Santa Barbara Map

by MapLink

  • 2007
  • MAP

A map of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito and Carpinteria at a scale of 1:16,500. (CAL114, $4.95)

 
Day Hikes Around Santa Barbara: 113 Great Hikes

Day Hikes Around Santa Barbara: 113 Great Hikes


by Robert B. Stone

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A guide to nature hikes in the Santa Barbara area. The hikes, which range in length and terrain, are each illustrated with a map. (CAL112, $17.95)

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)

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)

The Santa Barbara County Courthouse

The Santa Barbara County Courthouse


by Patricia Gebhard | Kathryn Masson

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

An architectural study of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. (CAL116, $16.50)

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)

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)

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)

Plant Life in the World's Mediterranean Climates

Plant Life in the World's Mediterranean Climates


by Paul Dallman

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 210 PAGES

Richly illustrated, clearly written and engaging, this book is an ecological overview of the landscapes, plants and vegetation types found in Mediterranean climates. (MED21, $38.95)

A Naturalist's Guide to the Santa Barbara Region

A Naturalist's Guide to the Santa Barbara Region


by Joan Easton Lentz

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 485 PAGES

The first-ever comprehensive nature guide to the Santa Barbara region. Author Joan Lentz mixes lucid nature writing with on-the-scene journal entries and scientific inquiries for a highly personal and informative handbook. (CAL372, $35.00)

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 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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