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Monterey to Santa Barbara Wine Country

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-EXCAL112

Item EXCAL112. Buy these 3 items as a set for $48 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

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

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

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

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

The Measure of Her Powers, An M.F.K. Fisher Reader

CUL01
M. F. K. Fisher
Counterpoint
2010
432
1582435561
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
A fat, judicious selection of M.F.K. Fisher's writings, which spanned a lifetime and chronicled adventures (culinary and otherwise) in France, Switzerland and Italy, on shipboard and in her native California.
$21.95

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

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.
$17.00

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

Where I Was From

CAL153
Joan Didion
Alfred Knopf
2004
240
0679752862
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Supreme essayist Didion's personal history of California spanning the 18th to 21st centuries. More than a family chronicle, it's also a provocative cultural critique that attacks the myth of the Sunshine State.
$15.00

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

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

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

Tortilla Flat

USW149
John Steinbeck
Penguin
1995
174
0140187405
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
First of his Monterey novels, Steinbeck peoples his tales of life in run-down Tortilla Flat with a colorful cast of memorable characters.
$16.00

Wild God of the World, An Anthology of Robinson Jeffers

CAL142
Robinson Jeffers
Stanford University Press
2003
256
0804745927
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A collection of pieces from Carmel, California's Robinson Jeffers, the prolific poet from the first half of the 20th century.
$21.95

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

The Natural History of Big Sur

CAL62
Paul Henson, Donald J. Usner, Valerie A. Kells (Illustrator)
University of California Press
1996
0520205103
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A natural history and guide to Big Sur, California with detailed information on specific sites and trails.
$36.95

Coastal Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest

PNW15
Elizabeth Horn
Mountain Press Publishing Company
2003
179
0878422919
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A handy photo-identification guide to 200 species from British Columbia south to northern California, divided by habitats and plant family.
$14.00

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

The Circuit, Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child

CAL197
Francisco Jimenez
University of New Mexico Press
1997
134
0826317979
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
Jiminez retells, in simple, child's-eye prose, his experiences as an illegal Mexican migrant worker in the fields of California in the mid-20th century. It's a quiet, episodic book, simultaneously moving and matter-of-fact.
$16.95

The Higher Power of Lucky

FRN737
Susan Patron
Atheneum
2006
144
1416901949
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The orphaned 10-year-old Lucky and her dog, HMS Beagle, make their way in Hard Pan, California (population 43) in this 2007 Newbery Medal-winning novel for ages 9-12. Among the pleasures of this intricate novel 0(with winning small town characters) is the desert southwest setting.
$17.99

Going West!, Journey on a Wagon Train to Settle a Frontier Town

USW603
Carol A. Johmann
Aa Balkema
2000
96
1885593384
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
This Kaleidoscope Kids Book engages youngsters (grades 4-6) with activities, crafts and projects.
$12.95