Southern California

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

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” in L.A. Who named these streets […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-075-1
Price: $35.00

The Anza Trail and the Settling of California

In 1774, the Spanish viceroy of Mexico sent Juan Bautista de Anza, captain of the Presidio at Tubac (in what is now Arizona), to lead two expeditions: the first to find a safe overland route to Monterey, and the second to return Anza to California with 240 men, women, and children to establish a settlement […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-026-3
Price: $17.00

Brother and the Dancer: A Novel

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, but their worlds are starkly separated […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-245-8
Price: $15.00

Chumash Ethnobotany: Plant Knowledge Among the Chumash People of Southern California

The Chumash people have lived in coastal California from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara for thousands of years. Their homeland is an area of uncommon biological richness and diversity, featuring over 1,500 species of plants. Their traditional foods, medicine, raw materials for making clothing, all kinds of tools and utensils, religious paraphernalia, and other […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-048-5
Price: $27.95

Creating an Indian Style Coiled Basket

This fully illustrated guide gives readers step-by-step instructions for harvesting, curing, splitting, sizing, and weaving plant materials into an Ipai (Northern Diegueño) style coiled basket. Novices and experienced basket makers alike can learn from Farmer’s methods, which he explains in a voice that is equally instructive and wisecracking. Close-up photographs demonstrate key techniques and processes in this lively, intimate […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-291-5
Price: $16.00

Dear Miss Karana

While reading Island of the Blue Dolphins at school and learning about the real woman stranded on San Nicolás Island, ten-year-old Tíshmal begins writing emails to “Miss Karana” in hopes of talking to her spirit. When she arrived on the mainland of Southern California, Miss Karana spoke a language that no one could understand even […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-323-3
Price: $9.99

EMPIRE

In this book of photographs and essays, noted visual artist Lewis deSoto explores his birthplace and ancestral Cahuilla homeland, the “marvelous and abject” landscape of Southern California’s Inland Empire. Sixty intimate photos capture the paradoxes of the region’s deserts, lushly manicured lawns, freeways, and inland sea. Punctuating these single-frame images are panoramas of landscapes that […]

Paperback, with flaps, ISBN: 978-1-59714-334-9
Price: $30.00

Flora of the Santa Ana River and Environs: With References to World Botany, New Edition

The Santa Ana River is the largest watercourse in the heavily populated coastal plain of southern California. Despite the encroachment of urban development, the river and its environs are home to nearly 1,400 plant species. In this seminal guide to the flora of the Santa Ana River, Oscar F. Clarke and his team have compiled […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-050-8 Temporarily Out of Stock

Insects of the Los Angeles Basin (Third Edition)

Updated for the first time in over twenty years, the third edition of Insects of the Los Angeles Basin is a beautifully produced and richly illustrated field guide to more than 450 common or conspicuous insects, spiders, millipedes, and other arthropods that inhabit the region. Each species account describes the size and physical characteristics of […]

Paperback, with flaps, ISBN: 978-0-938644-44-6
Price: $34.95

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

Many Worlds: Native Life along the Anza Trail

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 world. Read Ajachemem star-myths, guide a […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-167-3
Price: $7.95

A Naturalist’s Guide to the Santa Barbara Region

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 knowledge of this region renowned for […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-241-0
Price: $35.00

No Place for a Puritan: The Literature of California’s Deserts

Feared and romanticized throughout the ages, the desert has a hold on our imagination that is never more evident than in the literature it has inspired. From Mary Austin’s meditations in The Land of Little Rain to Joan Didion’s acerbic cast of characters in Play It As It Lays, the desert’s seemingly barren landscapes have […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-098-0
Price: $21.95

Orange County: A Literary Field Guide

Even by California’s standards, the County of Orange teems with abundance: in sweeping topography along the azure Pacific, in sprawling suburbs, in promises of prosperity, and in its self-perpetuated reputation as a citrus-lined paradise. But the acclaimed fertility of this corner of California is not just agricultural or economic, as this new anthology shows. In […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-387-5
Price: $22.00

Sam Maloof: 36 Views of a Master Woodworker

Finalist for the Glenn Goldman Award for Art, Architecture, and Photography, Southern California Independent Booksellers Association The first craftsman to receive a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant, a man whom his friend and fellow furniture maker Jimmy Carter called “the best woodworker that ever lived,” Sam Maloof was one of the great masters of midcentury modernism. […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-333-2
Price: $20.00

Southern California Luiseño Baskets: A Study of Seventy-Six Luiseño Baskets in the Riverside Municipal Museum Collection

Seventy-six baskets show off the skill and sophistication of Southern Luiseño and Soboba basket weavers and beauty of their art. Farmer comments upon each basket’s material composition; its pattern motif, whether subtle or stunningly intricate; and its probable use, such as for cooking, winnowing chaff from seeds, or playing dice games. A thorough introduction to […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-0-97614-921-7
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

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 the working-class Latino communities of the […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-250-2
Price: $18.95