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ABC Oakland

A is for Aviary, a home for the birds; B is for Broadway, from College to Third. C is for Cranes standing tall in the sky; D is for Dogs, wagging tails, saying “hi!” This enchanting picture book highlights landmarks and themes that exemplify Oakland’s unique culture, from the myriad food trucks on International Boulevard […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-371-4     available April 2017

Berkeley 1900: Daily Life at the Turn of the Century (10th Anniversary Edition)

Since its initial publication, Berkeley 1900: Daily Life at the Turn of the Century has captivated readers with its unprecedented blend of serious history, fascinating images, and heartfelt storytelling. Its eyewitness accounts and unique views of Berkeley a hundred years past show how profoundly the landscape, culture, economy, and social values of modern Berkeley have […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-0967820446     available September 2009

A Californian’s Guide to the Birds among Us

As its sister title, A Californian’s Guide to the Trees among Us, did for arboreal varieties, this new guidebook introduces casual birders to 120 of California’s most easily seen bird species—native and exotic alike—as found in a mix of urban, suburban, and traditionally natural habitats. Full-color images and clear, direct descriptions make identification easy, and […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-383-7     available August 2017

The Circle of Stones: An Investigation of the Circle of Stones in Stampede Valley, Sierra County, California

In 1969, archaeologists uncovered a large circle of roughly piled stones about twenty miles north of Lake Tahoe. In The Circle of Stones, Richard Schwartz sets out to determine who built this mysterious ring and what its original purpose was. In his search for answers, Schwartz compares the Circle to known similar occurrences and explores […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1555675868

Earthquake Exodus, 1906: Berkeley Responds to the San Francisco Refugees

Earthquake Exodus, 1906 tells the story of the ten-week relief effort in the East Bay after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. Within hours of the earthquake, the people of Berkeley began to organize a citizens’ committee, knowing that terrified masses of stricken refuges would pour into their town within hours. By revisiting both […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-0967820415     available November 2005

Gold Rush Stories: 49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss, and Luck

This volume explores the deeply human stories of the California Gold Rush generation, drawing out all the brutality, tragedy, humor, and prosperity as lived by those who experienced it. In less than ten years, more than 300,000 people made the journey to California, some from as far away as Chile and China. Many of them […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-384-4     available May 2017

The Haas Sisters of Franklin Street: A San Francisco Memoir of Family, Sisterhood, and Love

Outfitted with a new foreword by Kevin Starr, this account of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century San Francisco vividly evokes the luxurious lifestyle and close bond shared by sisters Alice Haas Lilienthal and Florine Haas Bransten. While author Frances Bransten Rothmann recreates her mother and aunt’s world of leisure with lively descriptions of high tea at […]

Paperback, with flaps, ISBN: 978-1-59714-389-9     available May 2017

Living Wild

Where is your favorite place to be? Is it a hole in the ground, the bloom of a flower, or a little blue spot in the sky? In the latest board book from the author of Running Wild, photographs of animals in their natural habitats show young readers the varied and wonderful places that creatures […]

Board book, ISBN: 978-1-59714-382-0     available March 2017

The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M. B. Curtis

As the Statue of Liberty stood unlit and unloved by American politicians in 1886, one of her saviors was creating a theatrical sensation at New York’s Fourteenth Street Theatre. Actor M. B. Curtis, who had achieved overnight success in Sam’l of Posen, a groundbreaking play that transcended the common stereotypes of Jewish characters current at […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-0967820453     available April 2017

The Mission

Dick Evans captures the pulse of life in the Mission District, the San Francisco neighborhood known for its murals and Latin American culture—and more recently for its rapid gentrification. Intimate, colorful images depict a place filled with diverse residents, stately Victorian houses, hand-painted store signs, Carnaval dancers, Día de los Muertos celebrants, political activists, and […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-159714-360-8     available April 2017

Organic Olive Oil Production Manual

This guidebook provides detailed information for growers on production issues, plant nutrition, economics, pest and weed control, management of olive wastes, the conversion process, and organic certification and registration. Using this manual you’ll learn about orchard site selection considerations, irrigation needs, terrain, temperature, soil, damage from the olive fruit fly, and how these may vary for table fruit versus […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-60107-440-9

The Way We Lived: California Indian Stories, Songs, and Reminiscences

Here, in their own words, indigenous voices reclaim the narrative of California Indians. Before contact, California’s Native people comprised five hundred independent tribal groups whose cultural and linguistic multiplicity expressed a sense of incalculable human richness. Reflecting that diversity, this collection of personal histories, songs, chants, and stories draws together a range of experiences from […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-393-6     available June 2017