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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 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)

The Monterey Bay, Big Sur & Gold Coast Wine Country Book

The Monterey Bay, Big Sur & Gold Coast Wine Country Book

by Christina Waters | Buz Bezore

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 301 PAGES

An excellent, locally produced travel guide mixing history, culture, nature and anecdote with a shipload of up-to-date practical information. (CAL182, $18.95)

Monterey Peninsula Map

by AAA Publishing

  • 2003
  • MAP

A detailed city map of the Monterey Peninsula and surroundings. (CAL183, $4.95)

 
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)

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)

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)

Life in a California Mission

Life in a California Mission


by Jean Francois de la Perouse | Malcolm Margolin

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 112 PAGES

A remarkable essay about the natural life and native customs of 18th-century California, written by a French explorer while his ships lay at anchor in Monterey Bay. (USW366, $10.95)

Cannery Row

Cannery Row


by John Steinbeck

  • LITERATURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 193 PAGES

Based on memories of characters he met living in Monterey, including his good friend the marine biologist Ed Ricketts, this is Steinbeck's story of the good-natured bums, prostitutes, alcoholics and other denizens of Cannery Row. (USW150, $15.00)

Down to a Soundless Sea

Down to a Soundless Sea


by Thomas Steinbeck

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Son of John, Thomas Steinbeck mines the same terrain as his father, writing stories set in the Monterey Peninsula of the early 20th-century. (CAL144, $13.95)

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Slouching Towards Bethlehem


by Joan Didion

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 238 PAGES

A classic collection of essays on the19 60s cultural climate, first published in 1968. In the acclaimed title essay, Didion vividly describes the landscape, mood and culture of '60s San Francisco. (SFO11, $15.00)

Tortilla Flat

Tortilla Flat


by John Steinbeck

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 174 PAGES

First of his Monterey novels, Steinbeck peoples his tales of life in run-down Tortilla Flat with a colorful cast of memorable characters. (USW149, $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)

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)

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises


by Mark Carwardine

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

In the trademark, graphic Eyewitness style, this sturdy guidebook colorfully describes the world's cetaceans with numerous illustrations, range maps, fluke drawings and a few paragraphs on each species. (FG02, $22.00)

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