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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

Beyond Words: 200 Years of Illustrated Diaries

Final sale! Was $45.00, now $11.25. In the age before cameras, the skill of illustration—like that of piano playing, good penmanship, and journaling—was frequently the mark of an educated person. Whereas the written word alone can adequately record the details of one’s life, enhancing that with illustration adds yet another texture to the story, resulting […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-164-2
Price: $11.25

Brother and the Dancer: A Novel

Final sale! Was $15.00, now $3.75. Winner of the 2012 James D. Houston Award, Keenan Norris’s first novel is a beautiful, gritty, coming-of-age tale about two young African Americans in the San Bernardino Valley—a story of exceptional power, lyricism, and depth. Erycha and Touissant live only a few miles apart in the city of Highland, […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-245-8
Price: $3.75

Dark Metropolis: Irving Norman’s Social Surrealism

Final sale! Was $35.00, now $8.75. Unmasking the realities of human nature and the contemporary society in which we live, Irving Norman aimed only “to tell the truth of our time.” Norman’s massive canvases abound with teeming figures, drone-like and mechanical in their repetition, yet stubbornly and hauntingly human. The combination of jewel-tone colors, transcendent […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-041-6
Price: $8.75

Discovering Early California Afro-Latino Presence

Although it is not generally apparent from paintings and other depictions of early California, many members of the pioneering Anza expeditions and Spanish California’s most prominent families were of mixed race—Hispanic, Indian, and African. At a time when slavery was still legal in the United States, these Afro-Latinos made major contributions to early California.

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-145-1
Price: $1.25

The Fine Art of California Indian Basketry

Final sale! Was $24.95, now $6.24. After a search through private collections and public museums throughout the country, over sixty stunning examples of California Indian basketry were assembled for this book—some almost two hundred years old, some made within the last few decades. Commenting upon each basket are native basket weavers, California Indian artists in […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-249-6
Price: $6.24

Here Tomorrow: Preserving Architecture, Culture, and California’s Golden Dream

Final sale! Was $40.00, now $10.00. Old buildings in our midst call to the imagination, evoking a time just out of reach. Each structure in Here Tomorrow holds a story of California’s rich past in its wainscoting, adobe brick, or Art Deco chandelier. The Temple of Kwan Tai on the fog-wreathed Mendocino coast contains the […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-236-6
Price: $10.00

Hetch Hetchy: Undoing a Great American Mistake

Final sale! Was $24.95, now $6.24. “The environmental movement as we know it was forged in the fight against Hetch Hetchy Dam. No previous debate over the American landscape had so engaged and enraged the American public. The Sierra Club and other opponents helped stir this sentiment and their campaign to preserve Hetch Hetchy became […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-228-1
Price: $6.24

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

Lela Rhoades, Pit River Woman

Final sale! Was $18.95, now $4.74. In the 1970s Lela Rhoades told Molly Curtis the story of her life among her Achumawi Pit River people during the tumultuous first half of the twentieth century in Northern California. In a voice so sharp, so funny, warm, and honest that the stories of her life and the […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-205-2
Price: $4.74

Looking at Art, the Art of Looking

75% off! In museums across the world, Richard Nagler stationed himself in front of his chosen piece of art, waiting for someone to come along and complete it. The serendipitous, unstaged encounters between art and individuals documented in Looking at Art are the results of that patience. At first, the egalitarian relationship between person and […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-268-7
Price: $11.25
Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-266-3
Price: $6.25

A Naturalist’s Guide to the Santa Barbara Region

Final sale! Was $35.00, now $8.75. The Santa Barbara region is at the cusp of Northern and Southern California, where animals and plants from both areas mingle and create ecosystems of great diversity. In the first-ever comprehensive nature guide to the area, accomplished author, teacher, and Santa Barbara native Joan Easton Lentz shares her lifelong […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-241-0
Price: $8.75

Rise of the Ranges of Light: Landscapes and Change in the Mountains of California

Final sale! Was $18.95, now $4.74. California is a place of intense and immediate tectonic activity, varied climate, and diverse habitats, and it is a place where stunning arrays of life meet and intermingle. California is also one of the newest places on Earth, freshly hewn, young and full of vitality, a place where one […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-151-2
Price: $4.74

Rivers of California: Nature’s Lifelines in the Golden State

Final sale! Was $39.95, now $9.99. The classic images of California are those of sunny beaches, redwoods, and the Sierra Nevada. Yet California is also a land of rivers—about ninety of them with thousands of forks, branches, and creeks. Totaling 194,000 miles, they cover more area than those of any other state but Alaska. With […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-129-1
Price: $9.99

Room to Breathe: The Wild Heart of the San Francisco Peninsula

Final sale! Was $24.95, now $6.24. With San Francisco and “Silicon Valley” just down the road, the hills and valleys of the San Francisco Peninsula would have been teeming with residential development had it not been for a group of visionaries who forty years ago created the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District*. More than two […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-199-4
Price: $6.24

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

Saltscapes: The Kite Aerial Photography of Cris Benton

Final sale! Was $50.00, now $12.50. On approach to SFO, a passenger glancing out the window will see the vivid patchwork of the South Bay’s salt evaporation ponds. After a century of industrial salt production, over ten thousand acres of this once vast marshland are now being restored to their natural state. Using a kite […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-247-2
Price: $12.50

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

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