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California's Gold Coast

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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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Essential Reading Package-EXCAL135

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The Golden Shore, California's Love Affair With the Sea

CAL326
David Helvarg
Perseus
2016
352
1608684407
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

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

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

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

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

California Missions

CAL329
East View Press
MapLink
2012
1
0929591631
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This gorgeously tinted hand-drawn map displays California Missions in excellent detail.
$5.95

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

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

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Los Angeles

USW186
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
160
1465460241
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A shirt-pocket guide to Los Angeles, this slim book includes an excellent map of the center of the city and essential information on its highlights.
$14.00

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

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

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

Golden Gate, The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge

SFO52
Kevin Starr
Bloomsbury USA
2012
240
159691534X
PAPER
History
1/1/2112 12:00:00 AM
0
0
0
0
Starr covers the history and meaning of this beloved icon and great American feats of engineering in this slim portrait.
$16.00

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

Los Angeles, Portrait of a City

CAL340
Kevin Starr (Contributor), Jim Heimann (Editor)
Taschen
2009
571
3836545152
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Watch Los Angeles transform from desert to a glamorous metropolis through more than 500 images enhanced by lively quotations and captions. Highlights include the first known picture of the city taken in 1862, a portrait of bikini-clad Jayne Mansfield surrounded by bottles made in her likeness and coverage of Prohibition gangs and the early 90s racial riots.
$69.99

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

Cool Gray City of Love, 49 Views of San Francisco

SFO64
Gary Kamiya
Bloomsbury USA
2014
400
1620401266
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A kaleidoscopic love letter to one of the world's great cities, San Francisco, by a lifelong Bay Area resident and co-founder of Salon.
$18.00

Fifth Chinese Daughter

SFO08
Jade Snow Wong
University of Washington Press
1990
246
0295968265
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
First published in 1945, Jade Snow Wong's memoir is a simply told, moving story of family life in pre-WWII San Francisco Chinatown.
$17.00

Horatio's Drive, America's First Road Trip

USA439
Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
Alfred Knopf
2003
173
037541536X
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The companion volume to the PBS film chronicles the nation's first road trip by Horatio Jackson, a 31-year-old Vermont doctor who drove his car from San Francisco to New York on mainly unpaved roads in 1903.
$24.95

Big Sur

CAL295
Jack Kerouac
Penguin Putnam
1992
241
0140168125
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Kerouac's gritty, moving take on the destruction of his own myth, as the King of the Beats retires to poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti's seaside shack outside San Francisco.
$16.00

Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch

CAL143
Henry Miller
New Directions Publishing Corporation
1978
0811201074
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A loving, observant tribute to Big Sur, Miller's home for 15 years. As with many of his works, this is more a collection of reflections, anecdotes and character portraits than a straightforward narrative, and it's just as evocative and thought-provoking as anything he has written. First published in 1957.
$18.95

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

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

The Big Sleep

CAL17
Raymond Chandler
Random House
1998
231
0394758285
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The classic crime novel from the master of the genre. Here is a journey into the dark underworld of 1930's Los Angeles.
$15.95

The Golden West, Hollywood Stories

CAL188
John Updike (Introduction), Daniel Fuchs
Black Sparrow Press
2006
272
1574232096
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This marvelous collection of stories and essays from Sunny California, many originally appearing in The New Yorker and Commentary, capture the spirit (and personalities) of Hollywood in the heyday of the studio era.
$16.95

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

Trees in Paradise, A California History

CAL330
Jared Farmer
W. W. Norton & Company
2013
544
0393078027
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A fascinating account of environmental tumult in California that chronicles the "improvements" attempted by settlers, providing a new perspective on Californian history.
$35.00

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

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

California Missions

CAL329
East View Press
MapLink
2012
1
0929591631
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This gorgeously tinted hand-drawn map displays California Missions in excellent detail.
$5.95

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

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

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Los Angeles

USW186
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
160
1465460241
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A shirt-pocket guide to Los Angeles, this slim book includes an excellent map of the center of the city and essential information on its highlights.
$14.00

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

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

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

Cool Gray City of Love, 49 Views of San Francisco

SFO64
Gary Kamiya
Bloomsbury USA
2014
400
1620401266
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A kaleidoscopic love letter to one of the world's great cities, San Francisco, by a lifelong Bay Area resident and co-founder of Salon.
$18.00

Fifth Chinese Daughter

SFO08
Jade Snow Wong
University of Washington Press
1990
246
0295968265
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
First published in 1945, Jade Snow Wong's memoir is a simply told, moving story of family life in pre-WWII San Francisco Chinatown.
$17.00

Big Sur

CAL295
Jack Kerouac
Penguin Putnam
1992
241
0140168125
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Kerouac's gritty, moving take on the destruction of his own myth, as the King of the Beats retires to poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti's seaside shack outside San Francisco.
$16.00

Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch

CAL143
Henry Miller
New Directions Publishing Corporation
1978
0811201074
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A loving, observant tribute to Big Sur, Miller's home for 15 years. As with many of his works, this is more a collection of reflections, anecdotes and character portraits than a straightforward narrative, and it's just as evocative and thought-provoking as anything he has written. First published in 1957.
$18.95

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

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

The Big Sleep

CAL17
Raymond Chandler
Random House
1998
231
0394758285
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The classic crime novel from the master of the genre. Here is a journey into the dark underworld of 1930's Los Angeles.
$15.95

The Golden West, Hollywood Stories

CAL188
John Updike (Introduction), Daniel Fuchs
Black Sparrow Press
2006
272
1574232096
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This marvelous collection of stories and essays from Sunny California, many originally appearing in The New Yorker and Commentary, capture the spirit (and personalities) of Hollywood in the heyday of the studio era.
$16.95

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

Trees in Paradise, A California History

CAL330
Jared Farmer
W. W. Norton & Company
2013
544
0393078027
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A fascinating account of environmental tumult in California that chronicles the "improvements" attempted by settlers, providing a new perspective on Californian history.
$35.00

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

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

More Books

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

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

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

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

Horatio's Drive, America's First Road Trip

USA439
Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
Alfred Knopf
2003
173
037541536X
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The companion volume to the PBS film chronicles the nation's first road trip by Horatio Jackson, a 31-year-old Vermont doctor who drove his car from San Francisco to New York on mainly unpaved roads in 1903.
$24.95

Los Angeles, Portrait of a City

CAL340
Kevin Starr (Contributor), Jim Heimann (Editor)
Taschen
2009
571
3836545152
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Watch Los Angeles transform from desert to a glamorous metropolis through more than 500 images enhanced by lively quotations and captions. Highlights include the first known picture of the city taken in 1862, a portrait of bikini-clad Jayne Mansfield surrounded by bottles made in her likeness and coverage of Prohibition gangs and the early 90s racial riots.
$69.99

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

Golden Gate, The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge

SFO52
Kevin Starr
Bloomsbury USA
2012
240
159691534X
PAPER
History
1/1/2112 12:00:00 AM
0
0
0
0
Starr covers the history and meaning of this beloved icon and great American feats of engineering in this slim portrait.
$16.00

For Kids

Esperenza Rising

USW426
Pam Munoz Ryan
Scholastic Inc.
2002
272
043912042X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
An engaging coming-of-age tale infused with history. When her father dies, 14-year-old Esperanza must abandon her privileged life on a Mexican ranch for the grim reality of 1930s agricultural labor camps in California.
$6.99