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  • Land of Smoke and Mirrorsby Vincent Brook

    Rutgers University Press 2013; US$ 27.95

    Land of Smoke and Mirrors looks at greater Los Angeles through the images projected from within and without its geographical and psychological borders. Divided into sections that probe the city?s checkered history and reflect on Hollywood?s own self reflections, the book offers revealing readings of different types of texts (novelistic, cinematic,... more...

  • Power and Control in the Imperial Valleyby Benny J Andrés

    Texas A&M University Press 2014; US$ 86.00

    Power and Control in the Imperial Valley examines the evolution of irrigated farming in the Imperial-Mexicali Valley, an arid desert straddling the California?Baja California border. Bisected by the international boundary line, the valley drew American investors determined to harness the nearby Colorado River to irrigate a million acres on both... more...

  • Joshua Tree: The Complete Guideby James Kaiser

    Destination Press 2015; US$ 19.95

    Located just two hours east of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree is a desert getaway that boasts some of the most dramatic scenery in California. "Joshua Tree: The Complete Guide" features in-depth information on the park?s attractions, plus fascinating chapters on the region?s history, geology, ecology and wildlife. Detailed maps showcase over 20 of the park?s... more...

  • Yosemite: The Complete Guideby James Kaiser

    Destination Press 2015; US$ 19.95

    Filled with gorgeous photographs, this full-color guidebook showcases the highlights and hidden gems of Yosemite National Park. From thundering waterfalls to sparkling granite peaks, "Yosemite: The Complete Guide" equips travelers with everything they need to make the most of their time in the park. Fascinating background chapters on history, geology... more...

  • The Silverado Squattersby Robert Louis Stevenson

    The Floating Press 1906; US$ 3.99

    Robert Louis Stevenson wrote The Silverado Squatters as the travel memoir of his honeymoon in California's Napa Valley in 1880. He and his new wife Fanny Vandegrift were unable to pay 10 dollars a week for a local hotel room, so they spent their unconventional honeymoon living in a bunkhouse in an abandoned mining camp named "Silverado".... more...

  • The Far Cornerby John Daniel

    Counterpoint 2009; US$ 25.00

    These essays include meditations and arguments on becoming a writer; on old-growth forest and the practice of clear-cutting; on the fluid dynamics and biotic diversity and mythic resonance of rivers; on the writers Ken Kesey and Wallace Stegner; on the literary genre of “creative nonfiction?; on death and dying and the consolations of mortality;... more...

  • Eldoradoby Bayard Taylor

    Skyhorse Publishing 2015; US$ 14.95

    A journalist?s eyewitness account of the explosive 1849 California gold rush and his travels through Mexico. In 1849, a young, wide-eyed reporter from New York ventured West not to seek riches, but to report on the madness and exuberance of the California gold rush. Sent by Horace Greeley, a highly respected New-York Tribune editor, twenty-four-year-old... more...

  • L.A. Noirby John Buntin

    Crown Publishing Group 2009; US$ 11.99

    Other cities have histories. Los Angeles has legends. Midcentury Los Angeles. A city sold to the world as "the white spot of America," a land of sunshine and orange groves, wholesome Midwestern values and Hollywood stars, protected by the world?s most famous police force, the Dragnet-era LAPD. Behind this public image lies a hidden world of "pleasure... more...

  • Northern Californiaby Jack Newcombe; Stan Skandinski

    Random House Publishing Group 2013; US$ 11.99

    A History and Guide -- From Napa to Eureka. From the Trade Paperback edition. more...

  • The Rough Guide to Californiaby

    Rough Guides 2013; US$ 23.99

    The Rough Guide to California is the ultimate guide to the USA's most exciting and varied state. It is packed with incisive comment on everything from LA's political scandals and Hollywood hype to San Francisco's Beat poet hangouts and Yosemite's sheer rock walls. Find up-to-date listings of the best places to stay, from off-the-beaten-track campgrounds... more...