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: 978-0-930588-93-9
Price: $11.00

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 […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-341-7
Price: $20.00

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: 978-1-59714-366-0
Price: $16.00

Edges of Bounty: Adventures in the Edible Valley

Final sale! Was $24.95, now $6.24. 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 […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-108-6
Price: $6.24

Heirlooms: Letters from a Peach Farmer

As suburbs swallow more and more rich farmland and reforms change the farming industry, the voices of farmers have never been more important. In his latest collection of essays, David Mas Masumoto reminds us that food remains the cornerstone of our society, even in the twenty-first century. Pervading his essays is a rooted, proud sense […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-064-5
Price: $21.95

Indian Summer: Traditional Life among the Choinumne Indians of California’s San Joaquin Valley

With accuracy, zest, and insight, Indian Summer portrays the nearly lost and unspeakably beautiful world of the Choinumne Yokuts and the valley in which they lived.

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-035-5
Price: $13.95

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

Final sale! Was $16.95, now $4.24. 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. […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-003-4
Price: $4.24

Sacrament: Homage to a River

Final sale! Was $45.00, now $11.25. “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 […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-243-4
Price: $11.25

Soul Calling: A Photographic Journey through the Hmong Diaspora

Final sale! Was $30.00, now $7.50. 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 […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-168-0
Price: $7.50

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

Final sale! Was $21.95, now $5.49. 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 […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-143-7
Price: $5.49