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The California Missions by Rubén G. Mendoza & Melba Levick

The 21 California missions were established by Spanish padres, built by Native Californians, and preserved and restored by historians and architects. This book of 200 lush photographs by Melba Levick, accompanied by Rubén G. Mendoza’s insightful text, will put making a pilgrimage to each of these historic sites high on your bucket list. Author Mendoza is an archaeologist and professor at our own California State University, Monterey Bay. - Felica

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By Ruben G. Mendoza, Melba Levick (Photographs by)
$55.00
ISBN: 9780847861514
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Published: Rizzoli - March 20th, 2018

Flâneuse by Lauren Elkin

Flâneuse traces the relationship between singular women and their cities as a way to map their own lives in this journey that begins in New York and takes us to Paris via Venice, Tokyo, and London. “A deeply pleasurable book, whether you are a man or a woman, whether you know these cities (or books, or writers, or artists) or not. You will see these streets anew, just as if you were a flâneur in a New York neighborhood or along a canal in Venice. There is always something more to explore, just around the next corner―or on the next page.” ―—A.V. Club

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780374537432
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 6th, 2018

Disappointment River by Brian Castner

Disappointment River is a both an historical narrative and travel memoir. In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie traveled 1,200 miles by canoe—on the immense river in Canada that now bears his name—in a failed search for the fabled Northwest Passage. Join author Brian Castner as he tells the story of Mackenzie’s voyage while he personally retraces an epic journey of discovery some 227 years later. Travel by canoe has never seemed so exhausting, so dangerous, and so doable. - Felicia

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$28.95
ISBN: 9780385541626
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Published: Doubleday - March 13th, 2018

Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik

At nearly 20 years of age, this book’s use as a travel guide may be a bit outdated, but it still makes for a great read. Gopnik and his young family relocate from New York to Paris so that he can write about French culture. Covering everything from maternity leave to how French people behave at the gym, Gopnik’s observations and interactions are ridiculous, relatable, and full of faux pas. - Jade

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780375758232
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 11th, 2001

The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

This author’s quest for happiness takes him across the globe. Everywhere he goes, Weiner poses the same questions to the natives: “are you happy?” Despite being a self-declared grump, Weiner’s narrative is witty and fun and he delves into some fascinating cultural analyses. A great read for anyone in need of a good laugh. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780446698894
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Published: Twelve - January 5th, 2009

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

When Bryson and his bumbling friend set out to hike the Appalachian Trail, they are plagued by misfortune from the very start. Ill prepared and out of shape, the two hikers drag themselves along the trail, with many humorous encounters along the way. Interesting history about the trail is interspersed with amusing misadventures, making for a thoroughly enjoyable read. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780767902526
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Published: Crown - May 4th, 1999

Van Life by Foster Huntington

All right, Santa Cruzans: Whether you have your own Sprinter or vintage VW or you’re just looking for inspiration, a breath of fresh air, and a little open road, here’s the book for you and your favorite nomad. Huntington has put together a glorious collection of van life, divided into sections by vehicle type and full of stunning photographs and essays by those living the dream. Love Tiny Homes or Cabin Porn? Here’s your next move. - Melinda

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By Foster Huntington (By (artist))
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ISBN: 9780316556446
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 10th, 2017

Coastal California by Jake Rajs

If you love the California coast and are dying for a nice coffee-table book celebrating its rugged beauty but can’t decide between photography or paintings, I’m here to make your decision harder. These two books capture our gorgeous coastline—one in beautiful photographs, the other in luminous paintings that span 100 years of the California Art Club. Like me, you may be hard-pressed to choose between the two! - Flannery

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$50.00
ISBN: 9780847861095
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Published: Rizzoli - October 24th, 2017

Painting California by Jean Stearn & Molly Siple

If you love the California coast and are dying for a nice coffee-table book celebrating its rugged beauty but can’t decide between photography or paintings, I’m here to make your decision harder. These two books capture our gorgeous coastline—one in beautiful photographs, the other in luminous paintings that span 100 years of the California Art Club. Like me, you may be hard-pressed to choose between the two! - Flannery

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By Jean Stern, Molly Siple, Elaine Adams (Foreword by)
$60.00
ISBN: 9780847860593
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Published: Rizzoli Electa - October 3rd, 2017

Lonely Planet's Atlas of Adventure

Lonely Planet is a trusted source whose guidebooks many have used on travels abroad. Their new book is a little different this time around. Instead of focusing on a specific area, Lonely Planet’s Atlas of Adventure has tips and tricks for maximizing your adventure, whether it be biking, climbing, or canoeing, in numerous locations around the globe. It is a great book for the armchair traveler and outdoor enthusiast alike. - Ian

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781786577597
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Published: Lonely Planet - September 1st, 2017

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