Southern California

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: 9781597140751 Temporarily Out of Stock

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: 9781597140263
Price: $18.00

Bird Songs Don’t Lie: Writings from the Rez PREORDER

In this deeply moving collection of short stories and essays, Gordon Lee Johnson (Cupeño/Cahuilla) cements his voice not only as a wry commentator on American Indian reservation life but also as a master of fiction writing. In Johnson’s stories, all of which are set on the fictional San Ignacio reservation in Southern California, we meet […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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The City of Vines: A History of Wine in Los Angeles

Winner of the 2016 California Historical Society Book Award! The latest title from the author of A History of Wine in America recounts the beginnings of California’s world-renowned wine trade—a story set not in Napa but in the isolated pueblo now called Los Angeles. With incisive analysis and a touch of dry humor, The City […]

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Dear Miss Karana

Finalist, 2016 Foreword INDIES 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 […]

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EMPIRE

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

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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 […]

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Foucault in California [A True Story—Wherein the Great French Philosopher Drops Acid in the Valley of Death] PREORDER

In The Lives of Michel Foucault, David Macey quotes the iconic French philosopher as speaking “nostalgically…of ‘an unforgettable evening on LSD, in carefully prepared doses, in the desert night, with delicious music, [and] nice people.’” This came to pass in 1975, when Foucault spent Memorial Day weekend in Southern California at the invitation of Simeon […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Our National Disgrace: Homelessness in the City of Angels

Homelessness in Los Angeles has burst its traditional borders. These days, downtown’s Skid Row is only the ugly epicenter of a staggering problem that radiates outward for more than one hundred miles. Homelessness has spread to gloomy underpasses and dark side streets, to parks, libraries, and subway platforms, so that there are now more than […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Unlikely Ally: How the Military Fights Climate Change and Protects the Environment

What do national security and defense mean in the ecologically destabilizing age of climate change? In California, the US military has begun to redefine these concepts by taking on a largely unrecognized yet crucial role in renewable-energy innovation and in preserving cultural and natural treasures. Environmental stewardship is law on installations throughout the United States, […]

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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 […]

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