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East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres
From cuisine and martial arts to sex and self-esteem, East Eats West shines new light on the bridges and crossroads where two hemispheres meld into one worldwide ''immigrant nation.'' In this new nation, with its amalgamation of divergent ideas, tastes, and styles, today's bold fusion becomes tomorrow's classic. But while the space between East and West continues to shrink in this age of globalization, some cultural gaps remain. In this ...
Lunch Bucket Paradise: A True-Life Novel
For those of us living in an age of high unemployment, foreclosures, and diminished expectations, suburban life in 1960s California seems like a distant dream. Working-class men, their fingers worn by honest labor, witnessed the invention of comforts designed to take the hurt off with a beer after a long day: frozen food, washer/dryer combos, and a square of unfenced grass called a lawn. Their sons dragged the perfumed streets, discovering James ...
An illustrated edition of the tale in which John Muir recounts how he and a dog named Stickeen struggled to cross an Alaskan glacier during an ice storm. An exhilarating story that has become an American classic.
Everyday Dogs: A Perpetual Calendar for Birthdays and Other Notable Dates
Woof! A dog fancier's delight ideal for birthdays and yearly events What do Gertrude Stein, John Muir, Jack London, Queen Victoria, and your next-door neighbor all have in common? Dogs. The cherished unbreakable bond of friendship between canine and human graces all of our days. Everyday Dogs: A Perpetual Calendar for Birthdays and Other Notable Dates couples literary quotes about canines with historical images from the Bancroft Library at ...
Blood Strangers: A Memoir
Katherine A Briccetti
A powerful and nuanced tale about the search for family Blood Strangers is a captivating, multigenerational story of an alternative family. In her memoir, Katherine A. Briccetti writes about three generations of missing fathers: her father's closed adoption in the 1930s, her own adoption by her stepfather in the 1960s, and finally, the second-parent adoption of her sons by her partner in the 1990s. Fascinated from an early age by the holes ...
Laws Guide to Drawing Birds, The
John Muir Laws
Called a ''modern Audubon'' by the Washington Post , renowned artist and naturalist John Muir Laws brings us this full-color how-to guide to drawing birds. Laws's book, with an illuminating foreword by beloved ornithologist David Sibley, is devoted not only to art but also to the lives, forms, and postures of the birds themselves. It intertwines artistic technique and the exquisite details of natural history, and drawing becomes the vehicle for ...
Mother Goose in California
A classic alphabet book with a California twist Once upon a time, before the Second World War, children's books were whimsical, colorful, and exuberant. Artists and authors such as Howard Pyle, N. C. Wyeth, Howard Garis, and Walter Brooks bestowed wide-eyed wonder on generations of children. Artist Doug Hansen has recaptured this whimsy in a way that is at once nostalgic and brilliantly original. The text of this book is the pure vintage ...
Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada, The (California Academy of Sciences)
John Muir Laws
The most comprehensive field guide to the natural wonders of the Range of Light! In this groundbreaking and meticulously field-tested guide, the rich variety of Sierra life--trees, wildflowers, ferns, fungi, lichens, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, and insects--comes alive. Easy-to-use features include: - Intuitive organization, color tabs, and simple keys - Similar-looking species side by side - Over 2,800 full-color ...
Dear People: Remembering Jonestown
More than a quarter of a century after the fall of Peoples Temple, in which the world witnessed the devastating loss of over nine hundred lives—including those of Congressman Leo J. Ryan and several journalists—the tragedy of Jonestown continues to mystify. In a sensitive account that traces the rise and fall of the idealistic community movement that preceded the deaths at Jonestown, Denice Stephenson uses letters, oral histories, journal ...
State of Change, A: Forgotten Landscapes of California
Vernal pools, protected lagoons, grassy hills rich in bunchgrasses and, where the San Francisco Bay is today, ancient bison and mammoths roaming a vast grassland. Through the use of historical ecology, Laura Cunningham walks through these forgotten landscapes to uncover secrets about the past, explore what our future will hold, and experience the ever-changing landscape of California. Combining the skill of an accomplished artist with a passion ...
Ticket to Exile
Adam David Miller
At age nineteen, A.D. Miller sat in a jail cell. His crime? He passed a white girl a note that read, ''I would like to get to know you better.'' For this he was accused of attempted rape. Ticket to Exile recounts Miller's coming-of-age in Depression-era Orangeburg, South Carolina. Miller reconstructs the sights, sounds and social complexities of the pre-civil rights South, and his youth as a closet rebel who successfully evaded the worst ...
Shirley Letters, The: From the Calfornia Mines, 1851-1852
Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
The Shirley Letters , written from the mining camps in 1851 and 1852, are something valuable and rare--a portrait by a woman of an era dominated by men. They offer a vivid picture of gold rush life, from accounts of ''murders, fearful accidents, bloody deaths, a mob, whippings, a hanging, an attempt at suicide, and a fatal duel'' to bars lined with ''that eternal crimson calico which flushes the whole social life of the Golden State,'' and the ...
Tamalpais Walking: Poetry, History, and Prints
Seventy-two views of Mt. Tamalpais In a new collaboration by the authors of the bestselling The High Sierra of California , readers are introduced to the unique mountain overlooking San Francisco Bay. A source of story and myth since time began, Mt. Tamalpais has inspired conservationists, trail builders, botanists, artists, and poets for more than a century. With freshness and sustained delight, Tamalpais Walking explores Mt. Tamalpais's ...
Rose Hill: An Intermarriage Before Its Time
Carlos E. Cortes
A riveting memoir of cultural crossfire. ''Dad was a Mexican Catholic. Mom was a Kansas City born Jew with Eastern European immigrant parents. They fell in love in Berkeley, California, and got married in Kansas City, Missouri. It happened in 1933, when such marriages were rare.'' Nationally acclaimed multicultural scholar Carlos Cortes's memoir is a loving and examined portrait of a family at odds with itself. Wedged between loyalties and ...
Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora
''When Americans say Vietnam, they don't mean Vietnam.'' In his long-overdue first collection of essays, noted journalist and NPR commentator Andrew Lam explores his lifelong struggle for identity as a Viet Kieu, or a Vietnamese national living abroad. At age eleven, Lam, the son of a South Vietnamese general, came to California on the eve of the fall of Saigon to communist forces. He traded his Vietnamese name for a more American one and ...
Wherever There's a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil ...
The first-ever account of the struggle to develop and protect rights in the Golden State Wherever There's a Fight captures the sweeping story of how freedom and equality have grown in California, from the gold rush right up to the precarious post-9/11 era. The book tells the stories of the brave individuals who have stood up for their rights in the face of social hostility, physical violence, economic hardship, and political stonewalling. It ...
Jesse's Ghost: A Novel
Everybody loved Jesse. Boys wanted to be him--or beat him--and girls wanted to be with him. In a place where fist fighting was a noble sport, and drinking and sex were the only forms of cheap entertainment for teenagers, Jesse was the toughest kid in the valley. Until he was murdered by his best friend. Told without nostalgia or sentimentality, Jesse's Ghost is a powerful novel about a man haunted by the crime he committed decades ago and the ...
One Day on Beetle Rock (California Legacy Book)
An elegant and lively depiction of nine animals spending a spring day on Beetle Rock, a large expanse of granite in Sequoia National Park, One Day on Beetle Rock is a classic of American nature writing. Drawing on seven years of close observation and inspired by the work of natural scientists, Sally Carrighar wrote with exquisite detail, bringing readers to an exhilarating consciousness of the search for food and a safe place to sleep, the ...
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