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Majestic California

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. We have updated the original package. These are the current recommendations.
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Essential Reading Package-EXCAL139

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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

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, the Complete Guide

CAL213
James Kaiser
Independent Publishers Group
2016
304
1940754194
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This outdoor guide, which includes the High Sierra, features stunning color photographs on almost every page, a detailed roundup of hiking, camping and other activities, innovative maps in topographic detail and dozens of suggested itineraries.
$19.99

DK Eyewitness Top Ten San Francisco

SFA1
Jeffrey Kennedy
DK Publishing
2016
192
1465445749
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. With handy pullout map.
$14.00

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

San Francisco Map

CAL80
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2015
2
3866091028
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A laminated, folded map of the city center of San Francisco at a nice scale of 1:13,000.
$9.95

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

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

Ansel Adams in Yosemite Valley, Celebrating the Park at 150

CAL356
Ansel Adams (Photographer), Peter Galassi
Little Brown and Company
2014
216
0316323403
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This large-format clothbound book showcases 150 breathtaking images from Yosemite, including photographs of places like Cathedral Rocks and El Capitan, immortalized by Ansel Adams. A stunning collection.
$100.00

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.
$16.00

The Last Season

CAL207
Eric Blehm
HarperCollins Publishers
2006
352
0060583002
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Eric Blehm's account of the disappearance of experienced ranger Randy Morgenson in the wilderness of the Sierras is a tribute to the man and the natural beauty of the mountains.
$14.99

Yosemite Meditations for Adventurers

CAL347
Michael Frye
Perseus
2014
96
1930238460
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This Yosemite adventure companion features inspired quotes by John Muir, Sir Edmund Hillary, Susan Sontag, Walt Whitman, T.S. Eliot, Joseph Campbell and many more. Includes a foreword by pioneering rock climber Royal Robbins.
$9.95

A Passion for Nature, The Life of John Muir

NAM45
Donald Worster
Oxford University Press
2011
544
0199782245
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Worster's richly anecdotal biography of the pioneering naturalist, conservationist and founder of the Sierra Club captures the spirit of the man and his love of travels and exploration.
$24.95

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

Inspiring Generations, 150 Years, 150 Stories in Yosemite

CAL333
Yosemite Association
Yosemite Association
2014
416
1930238452
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the unprecedented Yosemite Grant Act, this book compiles 150 pieces of prose and poetry selected out of hundreds of submissions from the general public. The collection includes personal stories about hikes up Half Dome, encounters with bears and overnight stays at the Ahwahnee Hotel.
$19.95

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

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

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

Beautiful Whale

BST224
Bryant Austin
Harry N. Abrams
2013
124
1419703846
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A vivid photographic tribute which brings us eye-to-eye with whales.
$55.00

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 National Parks, America's Best Idea

USA356
Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
Alfred Knopf
2011
400
0375712100
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
This lavishly illustrated tale by the dynamic PBS duo brings to life the conservationists, politicians, presidents and dreamers who created our national park system.
$35.00

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

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

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

More Books

To Yosemite and Beyond, Writings from the Years 1863-1865

CAL45
John Muir
University of Chicago Press
1988
171
0874805805
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A selection of letters, journals and articles by Muir covering his Yosemite years.
$14.95

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

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

For Kids

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

This is San Francisco

CAL181
Miroslav Sasek
Rizzoli International
2003
64
0789309629
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Cable cars, Chinatown and other city sights are depicted with bright, stylized illustrations in this classic portrait of San Francisco, first published in 1961 and presented here in facsimile.
$17.95

Wild Tracks! A Guide to Nature's Footprints

BST113
Jim Arnosky
Sterling Publishing Company
2015
32
1454914726
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Bear, deer, rabbit, coyote, oh my! Lush color paintings and pencil sketches of North American animal tracks, each presented in an informative, two-page spread, makes this an excellent beginning field guide for kids, and loads of fun for the whole family.
$6.95

The Ranger's Guide to Yosemite, Insider Advice from Ranger Dick

RKY4
Susan Frank
Avalon Travel Publishing
2008
180
1598801295
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A cartoon park ranger leads travelers to the best hikes, accommodations, and recreations in the national park in this handy guide.
$16.95

My Yosemite: A Guide for Young Adventurers

CAL325
Mike Graf
Heyday Books
2012
197
1930238304
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
In eight chapters covering everything from Yosemite's Rich Past to Endless Things to See and Do, Mike Graf calls on the park's most knowledgeable insiders -- biologists, rangers, even the park's resident entertainer -- share exciting stories and advice for kids.
$12.95

John Muir, America's First Environmentalist

CAL342
Kathryn Lasky
Candlewick Press
2014
56
0763662143
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
An illustrated biography for young people on one of America’s most influential naturalists, John Muir, who founded the Sierra Club and played a vital role in the establishment of Yosemite National Park.
$4.99

City by the Bay: A Magical Journey Around San Francisco

SFO67
Elisa Kleven (Illustrator), Tricia Brown
Chronicle Books
1998
32
0811820122
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A colorful introduction to San Francisco’s highlights through collage-style illustrations of city landmarks -- kids will have fun finding the hidden surprises in each picture.
$7.99

Fly High, Fly Low

SFO68
Don Freeman
Puffin
2007
56
0142408174
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A classic Caldecott Honor Book about two San Francisco birds who live in a sign above a hotel; illustrated with sweeping panoramas of the Bay Area.
$7.99

San Francisco

SFO74
Andrews McMeel Publishing,
Andrews McMeel
2014
12
1449455832
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A fabulous and stylish die-cut book that introduces young readers to San Francisco highlights.
$12.99