Central Valley

Adopted by Indians: A True Story

The children’s version of our best-selling title Indian Summer, this book gives younger readers a close-up view of traditional California Indian life and early California. Thomas Jefferson Mayfield kept a wonderful secret for almost sixty years; the secret of his childhood among the Choinumne Indians of California’s San Joaquin Valley. For twelve years he played […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9780930588939 Available on Aerio and at your local independent bookstore

Allensworth, the Freedom Colony: A California African American Township

In 1908, an escaped slave turned army officer named Colonel Allen Allensworth founded a small town in California’s Central Valley where African Americans could thrive. Over the next decade some three hundred Black pioneers established a self-sufficient farming community with its own school, church, businesses, and municipal government. Although the community only flourished for a […]

The Bakersfield Sound: How a Generation of Displaced Okies Revolutionized American Music

In California’s Central Valley, two thousand miles away from country music’s hit machine, the hard edge of the Bakersfield Sound transformed American music in the latter half of the twentieth century. It turned displaced Oklahomans like Buck Owens and Merle Haggard into household names, and it aggressively pushed style, instrumentation, and attitude that countered the […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597144155 Available on Aerio and at your local independent bookstore

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

Honor Title, 2016-2017 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Finalist, 2017 Northern California Book Award (Creative Nonfiction) 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 […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597143660 Available on Aerio and at your local independent bookstore

Edges of Bounty: Adventures in the Edible Valley

Join photographer Scott Squire and writer William Emery as they meander—bewildered, impressionable, and wry—through the roads, back roads, and backwaters of America’s greatest agricultural valley. Leaving behind the packaged comforts of supermarkets and restaurants, the pair roamed California’s Central Valley in search of “edibilists,” or those engaged in the production of their own food. Their […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597141086 Available on Aerio and at your local independent bookstore

Magpies and Mayflies: An Introduction to Plants and Animals of the Central Valley and Sierra Foothills

Follow biologist Derek Madden as he explores some of California’s most diverse ecosystems. Most often associated with rich farmland, bountiful orchards, spreading cities, irrigation channels, and well-traveled highways, California’s Great Central Valley and nearby Sierra Nevada Foothills have long hosted abundant, varied, and often surprising plant and animal life. Meet the pickleweed, which survives in […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597140034 Available on Aerio and at your local independent bookstore

The Naturalist’s Illustrated Guide to the Sierra Foothills and Central Valley

California’s San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys and the nearby Sierra Nevada Foothills are host to abundant, varied, and often surprising plants and wildlife. This fully illustrated guide pairs over seven hundred meticulous line drawings with descriptions of the birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fishes, invertebrates, plants, and fungi that make the Central Valley and Foothill Regions […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597144865 Available on Aerio and at your local independent bookstore

Sacrament: Homage to a River

“To fall in love with a wild river is to be changed forever, heart and soul. To fall for a river in California is to live with the scars and ghosts of loss.” In Sacrament: Homage to a River, Geoff Fricker’s atmospheric photographs reveal the geology, salmon runs, fluvial morphology, and human impact of the […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 9781597142434 Available on Aerio and at your local independent bookstore

Soul Calling: A Photographic Journey through the Hmong Diaspora

The result of five years of courageous and heartfelt commitment, Soul Calling opens our eyes to the beauty, resilience and daily lives of the Hmong people, so recently displaced from their traditional homeland by the traumas of the Vietnam War. From the rice harvests and funerals of remote Hmong villages in the mountains of Laos […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 9781597141680 Available on Aerio and at your local independent bookstore

Take Me to the River: Fishing, Swimming, and Dreaming on the San Joaquin

For ten years, Coke Hallowell and her daughter Joell asked people with deep connections to the San Joaquin, “What was your life like along the river?” With candor and enthusiasm, people responded. Fishermen, miners, immigrants, Native Americans, hunters, farmers, and environmentalists all clamored to be heard. The result is Take Me to the River—a collection […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597141437 Available on Aerio and at your local independent bookstore