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Jan. 26, 2011, 12:20pm

This is a list of the books most tagged with 'California'. Personally I have read most of the Steinbeck and both of the Allende books. The Munoz is a YA book. My vote would be with House of Sand and Fog since I haven't read it yet. Or we can just share whatever California-based books we read.

Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
A Crack in the Edge of the World by Simon Winchester
The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
Zorro by Isabel Allende
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
Assembling California by John McPhee
Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays by Joan Didion
Vineland by Thomas Pynchon
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton
C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton

Jan. 26, 2011, 9:18pm

Are you wanting to read fiction? The five star books for adults in my California collection are:
Dear General:The Private Letters of Annie E. Kennedy and John Bidwell 1866-1868
Dear Mad'm(Women of the West) by Stella Walthal Patterson - very funny
From the Known to the Unknown: The memoirs of Baroness de La Grange, 1892-1894 by Clementine de Chaumont-Quitry La Grange
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell - A young adult book
Ishi in Two Worlds by Theodora Kroeber
Life Amongst the Modocs: Unwritten History by Joaquin Miller

I have a lot of unread books about California which I would like to work on, so for me, reading one of those and sharing my thoughts on it here would work better than a group read. However, don't let that stop anyone from a group read, I'll join if it's something I haven't read and can find easily.

Jan. 26, 2011, 10:34pm

I have a great many books on California in my library, many of them nonfiction. Right now, I'm taking a History of California class, so I'm reading California an Interpretive History by James J. Rawls and Walton Bean. I did just read a fun book set in a fictitious Gold Country town, Mr. Monk in Trouble which is based on the TV series "Monk."

I'd be happy to share any books on California or by California authors that I read, as I get to them.

Bearbeitet: Jan. 26, 2011, 11:40pm

A random thought or two.

We could each choose a California book to read from another member's library, maybe a member who is on either side of our name in the membership list? Then report on it.*

Or, two threads. One for a group read of one book, another for people to comment on books they are reading which have anything to do with California?

*A major problem with this idea, is that I see no way to find the whole list of members at this time. :(

Bearbeitet: Mrz. 17, 2011, 8:21pm

A couple of good reads about early California are
River of Red Gold and Eye of the Bear by Naida West

Mrz. 18, 2011, 5:39pm

"Up and Down California" by William Brewer. He was a geologist on the Whitney surveys of California in the 1860's and traveled all over California...some interesting encounters and experiences in this book. One of my all-time favorites.

Mrz. 18, 2011, 5:41pm

For Didion, I might suggest Where I Was From.

Apr. 21, 2011, 11:10am

The audio book I just finished, Badlands, by Peter Bowen, had mention of California in it, but not in a flattering way. It took the position that most other states have of us being wingnuts and screwballs. Being that I identify more with the Montana ranchers than the LA cult in the book, my feathers get a little ruffled. Not seriously though.

Jul. 14, 2011, 12:39am

I'm reading "Wagons West" by Glorianne Weigand. Since I'm the only one on LT who has it, I can't get the touchstone to work, though I found it in the Library of Congress records. *shrug* Anyway, I grew up in the same country as Mrs. Weigand, and know many of the people who have been interviewed and written of in this book. She has written up the early pioneers of our area of California.

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