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Yosemite & San Francisco

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-EXCAL128

Item EXCAL128. Buy these 5 items as a set for $79 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

A Crack in the Edge of the World, America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906

CAL193
Simon Winchester
HarperCollins
2006
448
0060572000
PAPER
History
12/3/2014
0
0
0
0
Geologist, master storyteller, traveler and journalist, Simon Winchester succeeds again in this fast-paced, utterly fascinating account of the great 1906 earthquake that devastated San Francisco.
$15.99

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

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 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

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 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

The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges

USA372
David L. Scott
Globe Pequot Press
2015
272
1493006479
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
David Scott includes not only grand, one-of-a-kind historic lodges but also inns, cabins and campgrounds in this comprehensive directory. Organized A-to-Z, with an overview of each park and two or three pages on each of the places to stay, this revised seventh edition, for the first time, has color maps and photographs.
$19.95

The Photographers's Guide to Yosemite

CAL322
Michael Frey
Heyday Books
2012
1930238290
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
These tips and directions from Yosemite local Michael Frye include detailed maps, tips and 100 color photographs.
$12.95

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

Gold Dust and Gunsmoke, Tales of Gold Rush Outlaws, Gunfighters, Lawmen and Vigilantes

USW189
John Boessenecker
John Wiley & Son
2000
384
0471390186
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A history of the California Gold Rush, as seen through the rampant criminal acts that characterized it
$24.95

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

The Ahwahnee, Yosemite's Grand Hotel

CAL334
Keith S. Walklet
Yosemite Association
2004
61
1930238142
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
This well-researched and beautifully crafted book relates the story of the conception, construction and occupation of Yosemites’ opulent Ahwahnee Hotel, including details on the design and fascinating anecdotes about its many celebrity guests. Illustrated with both historic photographs and 70 new color images.
$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 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

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

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

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

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

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

More Books

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

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

National Geographic Yosemite National Park Road Guide

USW472
Jeremy Schmidt
National Geographic
2006
96
0792254856
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact guidebook by National Geographic with the publisher's usual attention to maps and color photography. With a good overview of history, nature, culture and attractions.
$8.95

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, 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

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

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

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