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Reading and Travel Guide
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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Essential Reading Package-EXCAL172

Item EXCAL172. Buy these 4 items as a set for $75 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

My First Summer in the Sierra

CAL47
John Muir
Modern Library
2003
353
0812968654
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Muir's original account of a summer in Yosemite and surrounding High Sierras, based on his youthful notebooks of the summer of 1869.
$14.00

Assembling California

USW187
John McPhee
Noonday Press
1994
304
0374523932
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Another fine book on geology and natural history from John McPhee, this time in the company of scientist Eldridge Moores, on travels throughout California.
$17.00

Rivers of California

CAL424
Tim Palmer
Heyday Books
2010
186
1597141291
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
California contains an extensive river system, which cover more than 194,000 miles. Through 176 gorgeous photographs and complementary text, Palmer introduces readers to a variety of waterways, from small to large and from drought to flood.
$39.95

California Map

CAL55
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2017
2
3866093454
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A laminated, folded map of California, shown at a scale of 1:1,100,000.
$9.95

Yosemite National Park Map

CAL40
National Geographic Maps
National Geographic Maps
2009
2
0925873063
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed, topographic map of Yosemite, shown at a scale of 1:80,000. Pinted on tear- and water-resistant paper.
$11.95

Eyewitness Guide California

USW146
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2014
632
1465412123
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A literate, visually rich guide to the Golden State, featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of California's attractions with a particular focus on San Francisco and Los Angeles.
$30.00

Falcon Guide, Hiking the Sierra Nevada

CAL71
Barry Parr
Falcon Press
2014
432
0762782374
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide to hiking in the Sierra Nevada, including Yosemite, Sequoia and King's Canyon. It features descriptions of 96 hikes, maps, black-and-white photographs, and practical information.
$27.95

John Shaw's Nature Photography Field Guide

PHT01
John Shaw
Watson-Guptill Publications
2000
160
0817440593
PAPER
Reference
0
0
0
0
An updated edition of Shaw's guide to taking better photographs of plants, animals and landscapes. The book offers solid advice on equipment and basic techniques, and is highly recommended as the best reference for the wildlife photographer.
$24.99

Moon Handbook Northern California

CAL60
Kim Weir
Avalon Travel Publishing
2016
600
1631211536
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide to northern California, with a wealth of practical information and coverage of local history, culture and nature.
$23.99

The Complete Guidebook to Yosemite National Park

CAL51
Steven P. Medley
Yosemite Association
2012
120
1597140872
PAPER
Guidebook
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
Published by the Yosemite Association, this slim guide includes practical information on activities, hiking trails, wildlife and history.
$12.95

The Complete Whitewater Rafter

OCE59
Jeff Bennett
McGraw-Hill
1996
196
007005505X
PAPER
Reference
0
0
0
0
A popular, practical guide to whitewater rafting, with information on preparing for your trip, choosing equipment, safety and rescue, the history of rafting, as well as introductions to water currents and rapid classifications.
$17.95

The New Art of Photographing Nature

PHT02
Martha Hill, Art Wolfe (Photographer)
Crown
2013
184
0517880342
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An elegant how-to book, featuring 250 photographs by nature photographer Art Wolfe and insightful commentary by Martha Hill, a former photo editor at Audubon magazine.
$29.99

California the Beautiful

CAL277
Galen Rowell (Photographer)
Welcome Books
2009
159
159962074X
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

Rush for Riches, Gold Fever and the Making of California

USW190
J. S. Holliday
University of California Press
1999
336
0520214021
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$41.95

River Horse: The Logbook of a Boat Across America

USM117
William Least Heat-Moon
Penguin Putnam
2001
506
0140298606
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
William Heat-Moon and a small crew travel westward across the rivers of America in a dual-outward boat dubbed "River-Horse."
$16.00

The Mountains of California

USW368
John Muir
Modern Library
2001
281
0375758194
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The classic account by the pioneering conservationist of Yosemite and lesser-known regions of the Sierra Nevada. Muir's tribute includes his commentary on the glaciers, geology and natural history of the region.
$15.00

Bret Harte's Gold Rush, Outcasts of Poker Flat, The Luck of Roaring Camp, Tennessee's Partner and Other Favorites

CAL78
Bret Harte, Reuben H. Margolin (Editor)
Heyday Books
1996
178
0930588886
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In the 1860s and 70s, a former stagecoach messenger named Bret Harte dazzled the literary world with his tales of Gold Rush-era California. These 15 rough-and-tumble stories include some of the best he ever wrote.
$13.95

Myths and Legends of the Pacific Northwest

PNW17
Katharine Berry Judson
University of Nebraska Press
1997
204
0803275951
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
First collected in 1910, these age-old stories include revealing myths and creation narratives alongside noted geographical features of the territory. Presented with 52 photographs.
$14.95

Natural State, A Literary Anthology of California Nature Writing

CAL101
Steven Gilbar (Editor)
University of California Press
1998
400
0520212096
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
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.
$30.95

The Literature of California, Vol. 1

CAL102
Jack Hicks (Editor), Al Young (Editor), James D. Houston (Editor), Maxine Hong Kingston (Editor)
University of California Press
2000
653
052022212
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
A best-of anthology of California writing, pre-1945.
$34.95

The Valley of the Moon

CAL169
Jack London
University of California Press
1999
425
0520218205
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In part a tribute to his wife and rural life on his ranch in Glen Ellen, London's California novel follows Billy and Saxon Roberts from Oakland to Sonoma, where they strive to live independently off the land.
$28.95

An Island Called California, An Ecological Introduction to Its Natural Communities

CAL11
Elna S. Bakker
University of California Press
1984
484
0520049489
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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.
$28.95

Introduction to Water in California

CAL432
David Carle
University of California Press
2015
384
0520287908
PAPER
Science
0
0
0
0
An accessible scientific overview, now in its second edition. Carle discusses California's rivers, lakes, wetlands, dams and aqueducts, as well as its current water crisis and the impact of climate change.
$29.95

Rivers of America

NAT148
Tim Palmer
Harry N. Abrams
2006
0810954850
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Palmer celebrates the natural history of America's waterways in 200 dazzling color photographs and accompanying incisive essays on the vital role of rivers. A Discovery Channel Book Club.
$45.00

Sierra Nevada, The Naturalist's Companion

CAL46
Verna Johnston
University of California Press
2004
241
0520224884
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.95

The Klamath Knot

CAL251
David Rains Wallace
University of California Press
2003
0520236599
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
The 20th-anniversary edition of Wallace's celebrated meditation on the natural history, myth and meaning of the Klamath mountains of northern California and southern Oregon.
$29.95

Yosemite, an American Treasure

CAL43
Kenneth Brower
National Geographic
1997
200
0792270304
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

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

CAL48
Craig MacGowan
Mountaineers
2000
089886674x
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This double-sided, laminated card features color drawings of the birds and mammals commonly found in Yosemite National Park.
$4.95

National Audubon Society Field Guide to California

CAL07
Peter Alden
Alfred Knopf
1998
448
0679446788
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A compact, easy-to-use guide to 1,000 California trees, wildflowers, mammals, insects, birds and other flora and fauna.
$22.95

Sierra Nevada Natural History

CAL53
Tracy I. Storer, Robert L. Usinger, David Lukas
University of California Press
2004
560
0520240960
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
An old-fashioned comprehensive guide to 750 species of mammals, plants, insects, fish, birds and amphibians throughout the Sierra Nevadas.
$29.95

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

USW418
David Sibley
Alfred Knopf
2016
512
0307957926
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

Yosemite Wildlife

USW499
James Kavanagh
Waterford Press
2007
158355369X
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A handy, laminated fold-up card featuring 140 birds, mammals, reptiles and insects.
$7.95

Yosemite National Park Map

CAL40
National Geographic Maps
National Geographic Maps
2009
2
0925873063
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed, topographic map of Yosemite, shown at a scale of 1:80,000. Pinted on tear- and water-resistant paper.
$11.95

Eyewitness Guide California

USW146
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2014
632
1465412123
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A literate, visually rich guide to the Golden State, featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of California's attractions with a particular focus on San Francisco and Los Angeles.
$30.00

Falcon Guide, Hiking the Sierra Nevada

CAL71
Barry Parr
Falcon Press
2014
432
0762782374
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide to hiking in the Sierra Nevada, including Yosemite, Sequoia and King's Canyon. It features descriptions of 96 hikes, maps, black-and-white photographs, and practical information.
$27.95

John Shaw's Nature Photography Field Guide

PHT01
John Shaw
Watson-Guptill Publications
2000
160
0817440593
PAPER
Reference
0
0
0
0
An updated edition of Shaw's guide to taking better photographs of plants, animals and landscapes. The book offers solid advice on equipment and basic techniques, and is highly recommended as the best reference for the wildlife photographer.
$24.99

Moon Handbook Northern California

CAL60
Kim Weir
Avalon Travel Publishing
2016
600
1631211536
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide to northern California, with a wealth of practical information and coverage of local history, culture and nature.
$23.99

The Complete Guidebook to Yosemite National Park

CAL51
Steven P. Medley
Yosemite Association
2012
120
1597140872
PAPER
Guidebook
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
Published by the Yosemite Association, this slim guide includes practical information on activities, hiking trails, wildlife and history.
$12.95

The Complete Whitewater Rafter

OCE59
Jeff Bennett
McGraw-Hill
1996
196
007005505X
PAPER
Reference
0
0
0
0
A popular, practical guide to whitewater rafting, with information on preparing for your trip, choosing equipment, safety and rescue, the history of rafting, as well as introductions to water currents and rapid classifications.
$17.95

The New Art of Photographing Nature

PHT02
Martha Hill, Art Wolfe (Photographer)
Crown
2013
184
0517880342
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An elegant how-to book, featuring 250 photographs by nature photographer Art Wolfe and insightful commentary by Martha Hill, a former photo editor at Audubon magazine.
$29.99

California the Beautiful

CAL277
Galen Rowell (Photographer)
Welcome Books
2009
159
159962074X
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

Rush for Riches, Gold Fever and the Making of California

USW190
J. S. Holliday
University of California Press
1999
336
0520214021
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$41.95

River Horse: The Logbook of a Boat Across America

USM117
William Least Heat-Moon
Penguin Putnam
2001
506
0140298606
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
William Heat-Moon and a small crew travel westward across the rivers of America in a dual-outward boat dubbed "River-Horse."
$16.00

The Mountains of California

USW368
John Muir
Modern Library
2001
281
0375758194
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The classic account by the pioneering conservationist of Yosemite and lesser-known regions of the Sierra Nevada. Muir's tribute includes his commentary on the glaciers, geology and natural history of the region.
$15.00

Bret Harte's Gold Rush, Outcasts of Poker Flat, The Luck of Roaring Camp, Tennessee's Partner and Other Favorites

CAL78
Bret Harte, Reuben H. Margolin (Editor)
Heyday Books
1996
178
0930588886
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In the 1860s and 70s, a former stagecoach messenger named Bret Harte dazzled the literary world with his tales of Gold Rush-era California. These 15 rough-and-tumble stories include some of the best he ever wrote.
$13.95

Myths and Legends of the Pacific Northwest

PNW17
Katharine Berry Judson
University of Nebraska Press
1997
204
0803275951
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
First collected in 1910, these age-old stories include revealing myths and creation narratives alongside noted geographical features of the territory. Presented with 52 photographs.
$14.95

Natural State, A Literary Anthology of California Nature Writing

CAL101
Steven Gilbar (Editor)
University of California Press
1998
400
0520212096
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
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.
$30.95

The Literature of California, Vol. 1

CAL102
Jack Hicks (Editor), Al Young (Editor), James D. Houston (Editor), Maxine Hong Kingston (Editor)
University of California Press
2000
653
052022212
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
A best-of anthology of California writing, pre-1945.
$34.95

The Valley of the Moon

CAL169
Jack London
University of California Press
1999
425
0520218205
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In part a tribute to his wife and rural life on his ranch in Glen Ellen, London's California novel follows Billy and Saxon Roberts from Oakland to Sonoma, where they strive to live independently off the land.
$28.95

An Island Called California, An Ecological Introduction to Its Natural Communities

CAL11
Elna S. Bakker
University of California Press
1984
484
0520049489
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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.
$28.95

Introduction to Water in California

CAL432
David Carle
University of California Press
2015
384
0520287908
PAPER
Science
0
0
0
0
An accessible scientific overview, now in its second edition. Carle discusses California's rivers, lakes, wetlands, dams and aqueducts, as well as its current water crisis and the impact of climate change.
$29.95

Rivers of America

NAT148
Tim Palmer
Harry N. Abrams
2006
0810954850
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Palmer celebrates the natural history of America's waterways in 200 dazzling color photographs and accompanying incisive essays on the vital role of rivers. A Discovery Channel Book Club.
$45.00

Sierra Nevada, The Naturalist's Companion

CAL46
Verna Johnston
University of California Press
2004
241
0520224884
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.95

The Klamath Knot

CAL251
David Rains Wallace
University of California Press
2003
0520236599
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
The 20th-anniversary edition of Wallace's celebrated meditation on the natural history, myth and meaning of the Klamath mountains of northern California and southern Oregon.
$29.95

Yosemite, an American Treasure

CAL43
Kenneth Brower
National Geographic
1997
200
0792270304
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

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

CAL48
Craig MacGowan
Mountaineers
2000
089886674x
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This double-sided, laminated card features color drawings of the birds and mammals commonly found in Yosemite National Park.
$4.95

National Audubon Society Field Guide to California

CAL07
Peter Alden
Alfred Knopf
1998
448
0679446788
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A compact, easy-to-use guide to 1,000 California trees, wildflowers, mammals, insects, birds and other flora and fauna.
$22.95

Sierra Nevada Natural History

CAL53
Tracy I. Storer, Robert L. Usinger, David Lukas
University of California Press
2004
560
0520240960
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
An old-fashioned comprehensive guide to 750 species of mammals, plants, insects, fish, birds and amphibians throughout the Sierra Nevadas.
$29.95

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

USW418
David Sibley
Alfred Knopf
2016
512
0307957926
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

Yosemite Wildlife

USW499
James Kavanagh
Waterford Press
2007
158355369X
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A handy, laminated fold-up card featuring 140 birds, mammals, reptiles and insects.
$7.95

For Kids

California

CAL358
Rick Peterson (Illustrator), Erik A. Bruun
Workman Publishing Company
2000
49
1579121004
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A fun tour of California that begins with Disneyland and ends in San Diego and uses cartoonish illustrations and engaging narrative to teach children ages 9 to 12 about the state’s past and present.
$9.95

California History for Kids, Missions, Miners, and Moviemakers in the Golden State: Includes 21 Activities

CAL359
Katy S. Duffield
Chicago Review Press
2012
127
1569765324
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A history of the dreamers who shaped the great state of California, featuring a time line of important events and fun and educational hands-on activities.
$16.95

Island of the Blue Dolphins

PAC78
Scott O'Dell
Houghton Mifflin Company
1971
177
0547328613
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The gripping story of a courageous American Indian girl left abandoned by her tribe on an island off the California coast. Recommended for children ages 12 and up. Karana's struggle to survive is riveting.
$7.99

John Muir: My Life with Nature

CAL120
Joseph Bharat Cornell
Aa Balkema
2000
80
1584690097
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A short introduction to the life, work and writings of John Muir.
$9.95

For Kids

Island of the Blue Dolphins

PAC78
Scott O'Dell
Houghton Mifflin Company
1971
177
0547328613
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The gripping story of a courageous American Indian girl left abandoned by her tribe on an island off the California coast. Recommended for children ages 12 and up. Karana's struggle to survive is riveting.
$7.99

John Muir: My Life with Nature

CAL120
Joseph Bharat Cornell
Aa Balkema
2000
80
1584690097
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A short introduction to the life, work and writings of John Muir.
$9.95

California

CAL358
Rick Peterson (Illustrator), Erik A. Bruun
Workman Publishing Company
2000
49
1579121004
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A fun tour of California that begins with Disneyland and ends in San Diego and uses cartoonish illustrations and engaging narrative to teach children ages 9 to 12 about the state’s past and present.
$9.95

California History for Kids, Missions, Miners, and Moviemakers in the Golden State: Includes 21 Activities

CAL359
Katy S. Duffield
Chicago Review Press
2012
127
1569765324
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A history of the dreamers who shaped the great state of California, featuring a time line of important events and fun and educational hands-on activities.
$16.95