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The Explorer's Guide to Death Valley National Park

The Explorer's Guide to Death Valley National Park

by T. Scott Bryan | Betty Tucker-Bryan

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

A practical guide to Death Valley and a survey of the park's human and natural history. (CAL67, $23.95)

Desert Solitaire

Desert Solitaire

by Edward Abbey

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 303 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

One of the great works on the value of the desert, eloquent and laugh-out-loud funny. Although Abbey writes specifically about his experiences as a ranger at Arches National Park outside Moab, Utah, his message is universal. (DES02, $16.00)

The Land of Little Rain

The Land of Little Rain

by Mary Austin | Terry Tempest Williams

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 107 PAGES

In this turn-of-the-century desert hymn, Austin -- a writer and naturalist who accompanied her husband to Death Valley in the 1890s -- finds a vibrant ecosystem where her forbears saw wasteland. An illuminating natural history. (CAL66, $14.00)

Death Valley National Park Map

Death Valley National Park Map

by Trails Illustrated

  • MAP

A topographic map of Death Valley National Park. (CAL09, $11.95)

 
Adventuring in the California Desert

Adventuring in the California Desert


by Lynne Foster

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

With terrific coverage of the nature, culture, history and hikes of Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Mojave National Preserve, Anza-Borrego and other desert destinations. (CAL73, $18.95)

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)

Death Valley and the Amargosa, Land of Illusion

Death Valley and the Amargosa, Land of Illusion


by Richard E. Lingenfelter

  • HISTORY
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 662 PAGES

An exhaustive history of Death Valley and the Amargosa River, filled with illustrations, maps and documents. (CAL10, $38.95)

Just Ride, A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike

Just Ride, A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike


by Grant Petersen

  • SPORT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 212 PAGES

Bicycle commuter, reformed racer and proprietor of Rivendell Bicycle Works in Walnut Creek California, Grant Petersen covers equipment, health, safety and attitude in 87 short and illustrated, often provocative essays. (BCY22, $13.95)

Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance

Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance


by Lennard Zinn

  • SPORT
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 436 PAGES

In this comprehensive, best-selling guide, former racer, frame builder and bike designer Lennard Zinn draws on a half century of bike history to demonstrate all there is to know about bicycle maintenance. (BCY34, $24.95)

In Search of the Old Ones, Exploring the Anasazi World of the Southwest

In Search of the Old Ones, Exploring the Anasazi World of the Southwest


by David D. Roberts

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 271 PAGES

An exuberant, engaging account of archaeological adventures in the desert Southwest. Roberts investigates the factors that may have led to the demise of the Anasazi civilization and looks into longstanding controversies. (USW157, $16.00)

Metal Cowboy, Ten Years Further Down the Road Less Pedaled

Metal Cowboy, Ten Years Further Down the Road Less Pedaled


by Joe Kurmaskie

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

The ebullient, big-hearted and entertaining Kurmaskie recounts a life on the road in this collection of columns from Bicycling magazine. (BCY17, $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)

Basin and Range

Basin and Range


by John McPhee

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

McPhee's illuminating account of travels in the company of geologist Kenneth S. Deffeyes along Route 80 from Utah to California. (GEO13, $16.00)

Cadillac Desert, The American West and Its Disappearing Water

Cadillac Desert, The American West and Its Disappearing Water


by Marc Reisner

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 582 PAGES

A definitive history of water development in the American desert -- and a now-classic chronicle of wrong-headed policies and misadventures controlling the great rivers of the West. (USW246, $19.00)

Chuckwalla Land, The Riddle of California's Desert

Chuckwalla Land, The Riddle of California's Desert


by David Rains Wallace

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES

Wallace (The Klamath Knot) draws on the work of paleobiologists, botanists and naturalists to go beyond the surface of the flora and fauna of North America's hottest and driest region and explores the debate over the origin and evolution of its ecosystems. We admire his Thoreau-like sense of the poetry of place. (CAL307, $36.95)

Gathering the Desert

Gathering the Desert


by Gary Paul Nabhan

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 209 PAGES

An ecologist with a particular interest in the origins of foodstuffs, Nabhan interweaves ethnography, biochemistry, natural history and journalism in this well-written account of desert cultures and botany in the American Southwest. (USW120, $22.95)

Geology Underfoot in Death Valley and Owens Valley

Geology Underfoot in Death Valley and Owens Valley


by Robert P. Sharp | Allen F. Glazner

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 329 PAGES

An introduction to the geological features of southeastern California. (CAL12, $20.00)

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

Now in a paper edition, 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, $32.50)

A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians

A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians


by Robert Stebbins

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 533 PAGES

The definitive field guide, with a special section on Baja's endemic species. (FG08, $22.00)

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)

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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