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California Experience

From snow to sand, mountains to beaches, and everything in between, California gives all you could ever want in a destination—not to mention endless amounts of literary inspiration. Find novels, history, poetry, cookbooks, and more writing about the Golden State in our California Experience section at the store, or shop our selection of books below.

Don't miss the literary essay "California Readin'" written by Bookshop bookseller Richard "Rico" Lange in our Summer 2022 Newsletter. Read it here.

"The dynamism at the heart of each of these California stories reminds us that California is still evolving and that change — hopefully for the better — is not just possible but inevitable." — Richard "Rico" Lange

 

The Coasts of California: A California Field Atlas By Obi Kaufmann Cover Image
$55.00
ISBN: 9781597145510
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Published: Heyday Books - April 19th, 2022

The High Sierra: A Love Story By Kim Stanley Robinson Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780316593014
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 10th, 2022

Rock Me on the Water: 1974--the Year Los Angeles Transformed Movies, Music, Television and Politics By Ronald Brownstein Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062899224
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 22nd, 2022

We Are the Land: A History of Native California By Damon B. Akins, William J. Bauer, Jr. Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780520280502
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Published: University of California Press - March 29th, 2022

California: An American History By John Mack Faragher Cover Image
$28.50
ISBN: 9780300225792
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Published: Yale University Press - May 10th, 2022

Moon California Camping: The Complete Guide to Tent and RV Camping (Travel Guide) By Tom Stienstra Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781640496194
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Published: Moon Travel - June 14th, 2022

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Brown Neon By Raquel Gutiérrez Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566896375
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Published: Coffee House Press - June 7th, 2022

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Flutes of Fire: An Introduction to Native California Languages Revised and Updated By Leanne Hinton Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781597145664
Availability: Not Yet Published - Available for Pre-Order; Please See Publication Date Below Before Ordering
Published: Heyday Books - July 26th, 2022

A Californian's Guide to the Trees Among Us: Expanded and Updated By Matt Ritter, Peter H. Raven (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Matt Ritter, Peter H. Raven (Foreword by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9781597145602
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Published: Heyday Books - July 5th, 2022

Everything Now: Lessons from the City-State of Los Angeles By Rosecrans Baldwin Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250849199
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Published: Picador - June 14th, 2022

Julia Morgan: An Intimate Biography of the Trailblazing Architect By Victoria Kastner Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781797205632
Availability: Backordered
Published: Chronicle Books - March 1st, 2022

A Place at the Nayarit: How a Mexican Restaurant Nourished a Community By Natalia Molina Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780520385481
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: University of California Press - April 19th, 2022

The Ominous Ocean: Rogue Waves, Rip Currents and Other Dangers Along the Shoreline and in the Sea By Gary Griggs Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781493066100
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Published: Sheridan House - June 15th, 2022

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Gordo By Jaime Cortez Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802158086
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - August 17th, 2021

Big Sur By Jack Kerouac, Aram Saroyan (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Jack Kerouac, Aram Saroyan (Foreword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780140168129
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 1992

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There There By Tommy Orange Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525436140
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019

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Parable of the Sower By Octavia E. Butler Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538732182
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 30th, 2019

Cannery Row (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) By John Steinbeck, Susan Shillinglaw (Introduction by) Cover Image
By John Steinbeck, Susan Shillinglaw (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140187373
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 1st, 1994

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Pacific Coasting: A Guide to the Ultimate Road Trip, from Southern California to the Pacific Northwest By Danielle Kroll Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781579658717
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Published: Artisan - March 16th, 2021

Wit's End: A Novel By Karen Joy Fowler Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780452290068
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 28th, 2009

Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics) By Joan Didion Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374531386
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 28th, 2008

California the Beautiful By Galen Rowell (Photographs by), Peter Beren (Editor) Cover Image
By Galen Rowell (Photographs by), Peter Beren (Editor)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781599620749
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Published: Welcome Books - October 20th, 2009

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Spirits of San Francisco: Voyages through the Unknown City By Gary Kamiya, Paul Madonna (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Gary Kamiya, Paul Madonna (Illustrator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781635575880
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 20th, 2020

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Why We Swim By Bonnie Tsui Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781643751375
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 13th, 2021

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Alone on the Wall By Alex Honnold, David Roberts (With) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393356144
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 2nd, 2018

The California Surf Project By Eric Soderquist, Chris Burkard Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780811862820
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 22nd, 2009

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The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California By Mark Arax Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781101910191
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Published: Vintage - April 7th, 2020

Hollywood Eden: Electric Guitars, Fast Cars, and the Myth of the California Paradise By Joel Selvin Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781487011376
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Published: House of Anansi Press - March 22nd, 2022

Mecca: A Novel By Susan Straight Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374604516
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 15th, 2022

Surfing in Santa Cruz (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) By Thomas Hickenbottom, Santa Cruz Surfing Club Preservation Soc, The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780738570761
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Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - August 5th, 2009

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All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms By David Arora Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780898153880
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Published: Ten Speed Press - February 1st, 1991

The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area By Malcolm Margolin Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780930588014
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Published: Heyday Books - April 1st, 1997

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Inter State: Essays from California By Jose Vadi Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781593766955
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Published: Soft Skull - September 14th, 2021

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The State of Water: Understanding California's Most Precious Resource By Obi Kaufmann Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781597144698
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Published: Heyday Books - June 1st, 2019

Essential Muir (Revised): A Selection of John Muir's Best (and Worst) Writings By John Muir, Fred White (Editor), Jolie Varela (Foreword by) Cover Image
By John Muir, Fred White (Editor), Jolie Varela (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781597145503
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Published: Heyday Books - October 5th, 2021

East of Eden By John Steinbeck Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9780142004234
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Published: Penguin Books - June 18th, 2003