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  • Californiaby Kevin Starr

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 17.00

    California has always been our Shangri-la?the promised land of countless pilgrims in search of the American Dream. Now the Golden State?s premier historian, Kevin Starr, distills the entire sweep of California?s history into one splendid volume. From the age of exploration to the age of Arnold, this is the story of a place at once quintessentially... more...

  • Four Quarters of Lightby Brian Keenan

    Crown/Archetype 2008; US$ 14.00

    Brian Keenan's fascination with Alaska began as a small boy choosing his first library book in a Belfast school. The book was Jack London's wondrous Call of the Wild . And it has permeated Keenan's life ever since. A short visit to Fairbanks several years ago was enough to seal his connection with the place and he resolved to return. Last year he... more...

  • Desperate Passageby Ethan Rarick

    Oxford University Press 2008; US$ 10.99 US$ 9.45

    Drawing on fresh archaeological evidence, recent research on topics ranging from survival rates to snowfall totals, and heartbreaking letters and diaries made public by descendants a century-and-a-half after the tragedy, Ethan Rarick offers an intimate portrait of the Donner party and their unimaginable ordeal: a mother who must divide her family,... more...

  • Tide, Feather, Snowby Miranda Weiss

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.24

    "Miranda Weiss's Tide, Feather, Snow is beautifully poetic, her observations are expansive, and the pace and rhythm in which she writes are perfect.? ? Lynne Cox, author of Grayson and Swimming to Antarctica " Tide, Feather, Snow is about the resplendence and subtleties of coastal Alaska, and about one woman?s attempt to be fully present... more...

  • Rock, Water, Wildby Nancy Lord

    University of Nebraska Press 2009; US$ 24.95

    For Nancy Lord, what began as a yearning for adventure and a childhood fascination with a wild and distant land culminated in a move to Alaska in the early 1970s. Here she discovered the last place in America “big and wild enough to hold the intact landscapes and the dreams that are so absent today from almost everywhere else.” In Rock, Water,... more...

  • The Pacific Northwestby Raymond D. Gastil; Barnett Singer

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2010; US$ 38.00

    The Pacific Northwest--for the purposes of this book mostly Oregon and Washington--has sometimes been seen as lacking significant cultural history. Home to idyllic environmental wonders, the region has been plagued by the notion that the best and brightest often left in search of greater things, that the mainstream world was thousands of miles away--or... more...

  • The Land of Little Rainby Mary Austin; Robert Hass

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 16.00

    ?Between the high Sierras south from Yosemite?east and south over a very great assemblage of broken ranges beyond Death Valley, and on illimitably into the Mojave Desert? is the territory that Mary Austin calls the Land of Little Rain. In this classic collection of meditations on the wonders of this region, Austin generously shares ?such news of the... more...

  • California Romantic and Resourcefulby John F. Davis

    ReadHowYouWant 2006; US$ 4.99

    The book captures the history of California with all its uniqueness and splendor. From the quests of gold that brought instantaneous increase in population to the turmoil that later struck it. The narrative captures the diversity of history and culture of the state in its true essence. more...

  • The Good Rainby Timothy Egan

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 15.95

    A fantastic book! Timothy Egan describes his journeys in the Pacific Northwest through visits to salmon fisheries, redwood forests and the manicured English gardens of Vancouver. Here is a blend of history, anthropology and politics. From the Trade Paperback edition. more...

  • San Francisco in the 1930sby Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration

    University of California Press 2011; US$ 28.95 US$ 23.16

    "San Francisco has no single landmark by which the world may identify it," according to San Francisco in the 1930s , originally published in 1940. This would surely come as a surprise to the millions who know and love the Golden Gate Bridge or recognize the Transamerica Building?s pyramid. This invaluable Depression-era guide to San Francisco relates... more...