Award Winners

Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute

In 1913 the San Francisco Bulletin published a serialized, ghostwritten memoir of a prostitute who went by the moniker Alice Smith. “A Voice from the Underworld” detailed Alice’s humble Midwestern upbringing and her struggle to find aboveboard work, and candidly related the harrowing events she endured after entering “the life.” While prostitute narratives had been […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-361-5
Price: $20.00

All the Saints of the City of the Angels: Seeking the Soul of L.A. on Its Streets

Final sale! Was $35.00, now $8.75. One fateful afternoon in August of 2000, J. Michael Walker began to notice how many L.A. streets began with the letter “S.” Upon further inspection, he discovered that something else was repeating itself: they were all named for saints! Thus began Walker’s quest to find and document every “saint-street” […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-075-1
Price: $8.75

Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir

Winner of the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award, Gold Medal for Autobiography/Memoir Shortlisted for the 2014 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing “If we allow the pieces of our culture to lie scattered in the dust of history, trampled on by racism and grief, then yes, we are irreparably damaged. But if we pick up […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-201-4
Price: $19.00

California’s Wild Edge: The Coast in Prints, Poetry, and History

Winner of the NCIBA Book of the Year Award (Regional Interest) Winner of the 2016 Northern California Book Reviewers Recognition Award This new volume captures the beauty of the California coast from Mendocino, Point Reyes, and the San Francisco Bay down through Carmel, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, and Santa Monica. Woodcut artist Tom Killion’s prints […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-299-1
Price: $50.00
Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-365-3
Price: $25.00

Changing Season: A Father, A Daughter, A Family Farm

How do you become a farmer? The real questions are: What kind of person do you want to be? Are you willing to change? How do you learn? What is your vision for the future? In this poignant collection of essays, Epitaph for a Peach author David Mas Masumoto gets ready to hand his eighty-acre […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-366-0
Price: $16.00

Children of Manzanar

Eleven tumultuous weeks after Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, an act that authorized the U.S. Army to undertake the rapid removal of more than one hundred thousand Japanese and Japanese Americans from the West Coast. With only a few weeks (and sometimes only a few days) notice, families were forced to abandon their homes and, […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-160-4
Price: $17.95

Forbidden City, USA: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936–1970

Forbidden City, USA captures the magic and glamour of the Chinese American nightclub scene, which peaked in San Francisco during World War II. In the 1930s and ’40s, audiences flocked to nightclubs to escape the problems of the day with a cocktail and a show. Filmmaker Arthur Dong spent twenty-five years interviewing the entertainers from this […]

Paperback, with flaps, ISBN: 978-0-9915733-0-1
Price: $29.95

Game Changers: Twelve Elections That Transformed California

Regional Nonfiction Finalist, Next Generation Indie Book Awards The latest CHS Book Award winner examines California’s history through the prism of twelve elections that forever changed the state. Drawing from a wealth of primary sources, including new interviews conducted by the authors, each chapter explores one election (Leland Stanford’s gubernatorial race, the initiative that mandated […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-320-2 Temporarily Out of Stock

General Vallejo and the Advent of the Americans

General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo was one of California’s most distinguished citizens in the mid-nineteenth century. A frontier cosmopolitan and visionary, Vallejo owned vast ranchos in northern California and wielded enormous political power throughout the province. While serving as military governor during Mexican rule, he established an open immigration policy that encouraged and facilitated the American […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-890771-19-5
Price: $18.95

The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin: The Damn Good Times of a Fiercely Independent Publisher

Final sale! Was $20.00, now $5.00. In an age of big box stores and media conglomerates, how can an independent publishing house survive—and even thrive? Kim Bancroft takes us into Heyday, a small press that for forty years has spotlighted California’s best stories. Drawing from the words of founder Malcolm Margolin, this compelling portrait recounts […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-287-8
Price: $5.00

The High Sierra of California

The High Sierra of California is a brilliant tribute to the bold, jagged peaks that have inspired generations of naturalists, artists, and writers. Using traditional Japanese and European woodcut techniques, Killion has created stunning visual images of the Sierra that focus on the backcountry above nine thousand feet, accessible only on foot. Accompanying these riveting […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-890771-99-7
Price: $25.00
Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-890771-51-5
Price: $50.00

LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas

Anthology Finalist, Next Generation Indie Book Awards This literary and cartographic exploration of Los Angeles reorients our understanding of the city in highly imaginative ways. Illuminated by boldly conceived and artfully rendered maps and infographics, nineteen essays by LA’s most exciting writers reveal complex histories and perspectives of a place notorious for superficiality. This chorus […]

Paperback, with flaps, ISBN: 978-1-59714-297-7
Price: $30.00

The Morning the Sun Went Down

Through this lyrical and richly textured memoir we experience both the beauty and the struggles of Darryl Babe Wilson’s journey through childhood. Born into the Achumawi and Atsugewi tribes (often called the Pit River Nation) of northeastern California, Wilson spent his early years with his family in a life rich in tradition, until tragic events […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-362-2
Price: $15.00

Scrape the Willow until It Sings: The Words and Work of Basket Maker Julia Parker

Julia Parker, Coast Miwok-Kashaya Pomo basket maker, carries the stories of baskets in her hands. A prolific artist, teacher, and storyteller, she makes baskets that carry the stories of an older California, of bracken fern patch and sedge bed, of all the Native women through the generations who gathered willow together. But this book isn’t […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-226-7
Price: $35.00

Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots, and Rogues

The Sierra Nevada, with its 14,000-foot granite mountains, crystalline lakes, conifer forests, and hidden valleys, has long been the domain of dreams, attracting the heroic and the delusional, the best of humanity and the worst. Stories abound, and characters emerge so outlandish and outrageous that they have to be real. Could the human imagination have […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-265-6
Price: $17.00

A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California

Vernal pools, protected lagoons, grassy hills rich in bunchgrasses and, where the San Francisco Bay is today, ancient bison and mammoths roaming a vast grassland. Through the use of historical ecology, Laura Cunningham walks through these forgotten landscapes to uncover secrets about the past, explore what our future will hold, and experience the ever-changing landscape […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-306-6
Price: $35.00

Tahoe beneath the Surface: The Hidden Stories of America’s Largest Mountain Lake

Lake Tahoe transformed America, and not just once but many times over—from the earliest Ice Age civilizations to the mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe. It even played a hidden role in the American conquest of California, the launch of the Republican Party, and the birth of John Steinbeck’s first novel. Along the way, Lake Tahoe […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-139-0
Price: $17.00

Tamalpais Walking: Poetry, History, and Prints

2010 NCIBA Book of the Year Award Winner In a new collaboration by the authors of the bestselling The High Sierra of California, readers are introduced to the unique mountain overlooking San Francisco Bay. A source of story and myth since time began, Mt. Tamalpais has inspired conservationists, trail builders, botanists, artists, and poets for […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-097-3
Price: $50.00
Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-259-5
Price: $25.00

Under Spring: Voices + Art + Los Angeles

The winner of the first CHS Book Award reimagines what a history book can be, and it tells a story all California needs to hear in order to understand itself. Beneath Los Angeles’s North Spring Street bridge, a deteriorated concrete landscape was used for years as a homeless encampment and a buffer zone between gang territories. […]

Paperback, with flaps, ISBN: 978-1-59714-295-3
Price: $20.00

Vital Signs

Final sale! Was $18.95, now $4.74. The product of six years of reflection and documentation, Vital Signs takes us on a walk through one of California’s largest cities: San Bernardino—generally presented in the media as a center of urban blight and high crime. In this passionate collaboration, poet Juan Delgado and photographer Thomas McGovern celebrate […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-250-2
Price: $4.74

Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California

Wherever There’s a Fight captures the sweeping story of how freedom and equality have grown in California, from the gold rush right up to the precarious post-9/11 era. The book tells the stories of the brave individuals who have stood up for their rights in the face of social hostility, physical violence, economic hardship, and […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-114-7
Price: $25.00