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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

The Autobiography of Lincoln Steffens

Final sale! Was $21.95, now $5.49. Here, in what The Nation publisher Victor Navasky says “ought to be assigned reading,” is the autobiography of one of the world’s first celebrity journalists: Lincoln Steffens, a man whose writing was so notorious that President Theodore Roosevelt coined a term for it—muckraking. Growing up in Sacramento, Steffens (1866-1936) […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-016-4
Price: $5.49

Bear in Mind: The California Grizzly

Final sale! Was $49.50, now $12.38. Bear in Mind is the story of the California grizzly bear. Once arguably the most powerful and terrifying animal in the California landscape, he now lives in the imagination, a disembodied symbol of the romantic West. Bear in Mind is also a portal into one of California’s great resources, […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-890771-70-6
Price: $12.38

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

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

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

Fool’s Paradise: A Carey McWilliams Reader

Final sale! Was $18.95, now $4.74. “It suddenly occurred to me that, in all the world, there neither was nor would ever be another place like this City of the Angels. Here the American people were erupting, like lava from a volcano; here, indeed, was the place for me: a ringside seat at the circus.”—Carey […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-890771-41-6
Price: $4.74

Grassroots Philanthropy: Field Notes of a Maverick Grantmaker

Final sale! Was $15.00, now $3.75. Set aside the mountains of paper that characterize conventional philanthropy and focus instead on forging enduring partnerships with outstanding individuals. Dare to change the world in imaginative ways that prove deeply satisfying, exciting, and (dare we say it?) fun. Based on four decades of experience as a foundation executive, […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-085-0
Price: $3.75

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

The Journey of the Flame

On the night of his 104th birthday, Don Juan Obrigón—tall and straight, with hair still flaming red—prepares to tell his life story to assembled relatives and guests. The story he will tell describes his travels as a boy of twelve in 1810, when he accompanied the Spanish viceroy of Baja California from the southern tip […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-890771-58-4
Price: $3.74

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

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

Many Worlds: Native Life along the Anza Trail

Final sale! Was $7.95, now $1.99. In 1775, Spain sent the Anza expedition to explore and settle California, its “new” territory. But California was not new to the hundreds of thousands of native people who had lived here for millennia. Many Worlds provides young people with an engaging and informative window into the California Indian […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-167-3
Price: $1.99

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

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

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

Straight with the Medicine: Narratives of Washoe Followers of the Tipi Way

Final sale! Was $12.95, now $3.24. Twenty years after its initial publication, Heyday is proud to re-release Straight with the Medicine with eleven new chapters that add more depth to the original. The narratives here were collected in the 1950s from seven members of the Washoe Tribe living on the eastern slopes of the Sierra […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-029-4
Price: $3.24

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

There’s an Opossum in My Backyard

Final sale! Was $15.95, now $3.99. A baby opossum falls off her mother’s back and finds herself in a strange new world—a suburban backyard. As the Green family and the opossum become acquainted with each other, the adventurous creature learns to sneak food from the dog bowl, avoid capture by an owl, and make friends […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-059-1
Price: $3.99

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