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CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY. Buy these 3 items as a set for $44 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

Napa, the Story of an American Eden

USW169
James Conway
Mariner Books
1992
560
0618257985
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Conway expertly combines history, personal anecdote, wine criticism and social commentary into a definitive portrait of place, overflowing not only with cabernets and chardonnays, but also with genuine connoisseurs, scores of dilettantes, feuds, scandals and plenty of money.
$17.95

The Napa & Sonoma Book, A Complete Guide

CAL195
Peg Melink, Tim Fish
Berkshire House Publishers
2014
264
1581572328
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An excellent, locally produced guidebook mixing history, culture and anecdote with up-to-date practical information, including detail on wineries, restaurant recommendations and accommodations.
$19.95

MapEasy's Guidemap to Napa & Sonoma

CAL118
MapEasy
MapLink
2008
2
MEA NAPA
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A handy, informative road map and guide to wineries.
$7.95

Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die

BCY37
Chris Santella
Stewart, Tabori & Chang
2012
224
1584799897
HARD COVER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Santella showcases a wide variety of expertly selected places to bike, from the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia and the Indochina Trail in Vietnam to the urban jungle of New York City.
$24.95

Fodor's San Francisco's 25 Best

USW185
Fodor's
Fodor's
2014
176
080414348X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A shirt-pocket guide to San Francisco, this slim book includes an excellent map of the center of the city and essential information on its highlights.
$16.99

Frommer's Napa and Sonoma Day by Day

CAL413
Avital Binshtock Andrews
Frommer's
2016
192
1628872985
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This compact yet remarkably thorough guide, ideal for a short visit, includes recommendations for everything from food to shopping. With a separate fold-out map of the city center and suggested itineraries for visits of one to three days.
$13.95

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

Moon Napa & Sonoma

CAL426
Elizabeth Linhart Veneman
Avalon Travel Publishing
2017
350
1631214659
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A great resource for the independent traveler, this guidebook features a good introduction to land, history and culture, as well as practical detail on getting around, where to go, and where to stay.
$19.99

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

CAL182
Christina Waters, Buz Bezore
Berkshire House Publishers
2005
301
1581570503
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An excellent, locally produced travel guide mixing history, culture, nature and anecdote with a shipload of up-to-date practical information.
$18.95

Wildsam Field Guide to San Francisco

SFO66
Wildsam Field Guides
Wildsam
2013
131
0615912583
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.00

Great Wine Made Simple, Straight Talk From a Master Sommelier

GEN411
Andra Immer Robinson
Broadway Books
2005
326
0767904788
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
A practical, personable introduction to the world of wine, including helpful definitions of terms, label-reading tips and advice on pairing wines with food.
$30.00

The Accidental Connoisseur, An Irreverent Journey Through the Wine World

TVL31
Lawrence Osborne
North Point Press
2005
262
0865477124
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
With a winning wit and not a drop of pretense, Osborne sets out to discover what's what with wine, traveling through Sonoma and Napa, France, Italy and other European wine meccas, 11 adventures in all. He meets plenty of interesting characters along the way, revealing much about the pleasures of wine (and travel!).
$16.00

The California Directory of Fine Wineries

CAL466
Olmsetead, Marty, Robert Holmes (Photographer), Daniel Mangin, Cheryl Crabtree
Lightning Source
2015
160
0985362839
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
This illustrated guide to California’s wine country covers Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino and includes profiles of 68 Northern California wineries, describing their architecture and gardens as well as their wine and vineyards. With more than 200 color images by photographer Robert Holmes.
$22.95

The Winemaker's Dance, Exploring Terroir in the Napa Valley

CAL190
Jonathan Swinchatt, David G. Howell
University of California Press
2004
229
0520235134
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
California-bound wine connoisseurs will appreciate the informative no-stone-left-unturned scientific approach to the analysis of Terroir (i.e. soil but much more than that) in the Napa Valley.
$85.00

Wines of California, The Comprehensive Guide

CAL353
Jeff Jenssen, Mike Desimone
Sterling Publishing Company
2014
592
1454904488
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Featuring up-to-date profiles and critiques of the wineries of California, the World Wine Guys offer a great way to discern between California's vineyards.
$24.95

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

Cyclopedia, It's All About the Bike

BCY27
William Fotheringham
Chicago Review Press
2015
448
1613734123
PAPER
Sport
0
0
0
0
The distinguished journalist and cycling fan William Fotheringham brings humor and substance to this irresistible compendium, organized A-to-Z. With maps and illustrations.
$18.95

Judgment of Paris

CAL287
George Taber
Scribner
2006
330
743297326
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
The story of the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976, a blind tasting where esteemed French judges chose obscure California wines over France's best, turning the industry on its head.
$17.00

Just Ride, A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike

BCY22
Grant Petersen
Workman Publishing Company
2012
212
0761155589
PAPER
Sport
0
0
0
0
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.
$13.95

Napa Valley Wine Country

CAL429
Lin Weber
Arcadia
2004
128
0738528765
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
In this brief history of America's premier wine region, historian Lin Weber discusses Napa's rich pioneer heritage, the Bear Flag Revolt, the first resort spas, the mining industry and much more. A concise primer in the Images of America series.
$21.99

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

The Silverado Squatters

CAL01
Robert Louis Stevenson
St. Martins
2008
184
1845119908
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A classic account of Calistoga and Napa Valley, where they were already growing wine in 1880. On a rather untraditional honeymoon, Stevenson and his new wife settled for nine months in the bunkhouse of an abandoned silver mine and met numerous local characters, all vividly described in this treasure of a book.
$18.00

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

The Vineyard

CAL104
Idwal Jones, Robert Mondavi (Introduction)
University of California Press
1997
285
0520210905
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Evocative of the seasons in Napa Valley, this novel traces the fate of Alda Pendle, a viticulturist's daughter who becomes a viticulturist herself.
$26.95

A Natural History of California

CAL431
Allan A. Schoenherr
University of California Press
2017
735
0520290372
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Abundantly illustrated, this natural history takes California apart, region by region, telling about its variety of landforms, habitats and wildlife. This updated second edition features new species, park details, information on the impacts of a changing climate on the state and new stories about people's interactions with the wild.
$44.95

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

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

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National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

FG09
Jon Dunn
National Geographic
2017
592
1426218354
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.99

Cowgirls: Women of the American West

USW13
Teresa Jordan
Bison Books
1992
309
0803275757
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
The story of the western woman, past and present, is intimately recounted through the words of the women themselves.
$19.95

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

USW56
Alfred Runte
Taylor Trade Publishing
2011
128
1570984425
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$24.95

A Field Guide to Western Birds

FG18
Roger Tory Peterson
Houghton Mifflin Company
2010
512
0547152701
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A field guide to the birds west of the Mississippi, featuring color plates of each species.
$19.95

The Best of the West, An Anthology of Classic Writing from the American West

USW87
Tony Hillerman (Editor)
HarperCollins Publishers
1992
528
0060923520
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
A campfire collection of unforgettable portraits of the West, this anthology takes in travelers, homesteaders, Navajos, government officials, pioneers and authors as diverse as Meriwether Lewis, John Steinbeck and Edward Abbey.
$18.99

Empire Express, Building the First Transcontinental Railroad

USW135
David Haward Bain
Viking
2000
816
0140084991
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$30.00

Eyewitness Guide California

USW146
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
632
1465441131
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

Eyewitness Guide San Francisco and Northern California

USW147
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
324
1465441298
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry. With excellent maps.
$21.99

Cannery Row

USW150
John Steinbeck
Penguin
1993
193
0140177388
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

The Grapes of Wrath

USW151
John Steinbeck
Penguin
1992
612
0143039431
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Steibeck's epic, Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of the Joad family and their journey from Oklahoma to California in search of a new life, wonderfully detailed in it portrait of rural life in the 1930s and a classic novel of the road. John Ford made it into a movie.
$18.00

East of Eden

USW152
John Steinbeck
Penguin
1992
602
0140186395
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Steinbeck's story of two families in rural California, and the violent fates that befall them. Covering the period from the Civil War to World War I, this story of connected families is a retelling of the early chapters of Genesis.
$18.00

Seashore Life of the Northern Pacific Coast, An Illustrated Guide to Northern California, Oregon, Washington & British Columb

PNW60
Eugene Kozloff
University of Washington Press
1983
370
0295960841
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A guide and handbook to nearshore marine life from British Columbia to San Mateo, California.
$29.95

Mac's Field Guide to Northern California Wildflowers

CAL05
Craig MacGowan
Mountaineers
2000
2
0898862884
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This double-sided, laminated card features color drawings of the wildflowers commonly found in the northern California region.
$4.95

The Portable Beat Reader

GEN130
Ann Charters (Editor)
Penguin
2003
645
0142437530
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
An anthology of poetry and prose from the Beat generation, including excerpts from Kerouac's "On the Road" and Ginsberg's "Howl" as well as works by Herbert Huncke, Bob Dylan, and others.
$22.00

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

Angle of Repose

USW301
Wallace Stegner
Vintage Books
2014
632
1101872764
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of one man's search for his grandparents' story. It beautifully weaves the history of the American West and a glimpse of their life in California, Colorado and Idaho.
$16.95

Crossing the Next Meridian: Land, Water, and the Future of the West

USW361
Charles F. Wilkinson
Island Press
1993
320
155963149X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A discussion of development and conservation in the West.
$45.00

On the Road

USA16
Jack Kerouac
Penguin
2008
416
0140185216
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The original, unedited, rougher, wilder and more provocative 50th anniversary edition of the famed Beat poet's landmark work.
$18.00

Life in a California Mission

USW366
Jean Francois de la Perouse, Malcolm Margolin (Introduction)
Heyday Books
1989
112
0930588398
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$12.00

Stairway Walks in San Francisco

SFO07
Adah Bakalinsky
Wilderness
2014
304
0899977499
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Who needs Mt. Everest when one can climb a hill in San Francisco? Tour guide Bakalinsky leads 27 ascents (and descents) throughout the city, elucidating history and architecture en route, in this classic guide.
$18.95

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

SFO11
Joan Didion
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2008
238
0374531382
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A classic collection of essays on the1960s cultural climate, first published in 1968. In the acclaimed title essay, Didion vividly describes the landscape, mood and culture of '60s San Francisco.
$15.00

Verdi at the Golden Gate, Opera and San Francisco in the Gold Rush Years

SFO14
George Whitney Martin, Lotfi Mansouri
University of California Press
1993
321
0520081234
HARD COVER
Music
0
0
0
0
A musical history of San Francisco in the 19th century.
$63.00

Travelers' Tales San Francisco

SFO15
James O'Reilly (Editor), Larry Habegger (Editor), Sean O'Reilly (Editor)
Traveler's Tales
2002
496
1885211856
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.95

Mammals of North America

NAM11
Roland W. Kays, Don E. Wilson
Princeton University Press
2009
248
0691140928
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Fully revised, this second edition covers 462 mammals found throughout the United States and Canada. With 112 color plates, range maps and concise descriptive information.
$19.95

Kingbird Highway, The Story of a Natural Obsession That Got a Little Out of Hand

BRD27
Kenn Kaufman
Mariner Books
2006
336
0618709401
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Kaufman's absorbing account of coming-of-age as a Wichita teenager on the road in 1973 with a summer's pay in his pocket and the goal of seeing as many birds as he could in a year.
$15.99

California, A History

CAL204
Kevin Starr
Modern Library
2007
400
081297753X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A lively short history in the excellent Modern Library Chronicles series, written by a renowned historian.
$18.00

The Oxford Companion to Wine

REF15
Tom Jaine (Editor), Jancis Robinson
Oxford University Press
2015
912
0198705387
PAPER
Reference
0
0
0
0
Almost 4,000 detailed entries make this wine guide thorough enough for the connoisseur and engaging for the novice. Includes history (and plenty of anecdotes!), terminology, information on wine regions and illustrations, plus a judge's list of wine qualities and weaknesses.
$65.00

American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of California

CAL383
Brian E. Small (Photographer), Alvaro Jaramillo
Independent Publishers Group
2015
352
1935622501
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
The ABA’s daypack-sized guide to more than 300 endemic and migratory species found in The Golden State. Each species is presented with 450 color photos, clear descriptions and spotting tips.
$24.95

36 Hours Guide, Los Angeles & Beyond

CAL423
Barbara Ireland
Taschen
2016
80
383653942X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Filled with recommendations from the New York Times' travel column, this well-curated guide to Los Angeles and Beyond is organized in a day-by-day, hour-by-hour format. A great way to inject cool, quirky and inspired experiences into every moment.
$14.99