What book are you reading about California?
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I can't say this is a very compelling read, the characters are not attractive and the history is competent but not really exciting. It is a non-fiction work, and what I find very interesting is the wild and woolly aspect of the beginnings of law and politics in California. The difference between the actions and attitudes of State rule over Federal rule and what that entailed back then as compared to now are instructive. It might take me awhile to finish, I can only read about a chapter a day before my mind wanders.
ETA: By the way, I am hoping that anyone reading anything, fiction or nonfiction which has a California connection will post in this thread. It doesn't have to be a close connection. :)
I have a fairly extensive number of items tagged California in my library, with sub-tags of Native American, History, Printing, Art, Art History, etc.
I finished the David S. Terry one. Couldn't recommend it to anyone except those who are very interested in early California history. Rather ho hum.
#2 - Horses and California seem like a very good fit!
ETA: There was a bridge in a community near where I grew up which was named "Horsethieves Lynch Bridge" for a very good reason. My grandfather remembered going by it once on his way to work on a ranch in the early 1900s and seeing three men hanging there. *shudder*
Lynching in the West: 1850-1935, by Ken Gonzales-Day
This last book was recommended by TV show and professional journalist Bill Moyers on one of his more recent TV series for Public Television. According to this author, 350 persons were lynched during this era, all non-white (mostly Latinos, but also native Americans, Asian Americans and African Americans).
When I visited an AAA local office recently, I noticed they had several books on California travel they published in the last year, such as AAA Spiral California.
Published in 2004, The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco written by Marilyn Chase. In an author interview on C-SPAN Booknotes, the author explains that differences between flea species in North America versus Asia (where many people died from plague) kept bubonic plague from killing many people in North America.
The Cookbook Library: Four Centuries of the Cooks, Writers, and Recipes that Made the Modern Cookbook (series: California Studies in Food and Culture)
2 from the Moon Outdoor Series:
Moon Northern California Biking: More than 160 of the Best Rides for Road and Mountain Biking.
Moon Tahoe Camping and Hiking
So Far from Home: Russians in Early California
Ghost Towns of California
California Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow, and Eat the Best Edibles for California Gardens
Day and Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California
Wildflowers of California: A Month-By-Month Guide
The Northern Craft Beer Guide
The Banjo Clock: New California Poetry
The California Native Landscape
Divinely Guided: The California Work of the Women's National Indian Association
Field Guide to Mushrooms of Western North America
West of Eden: Communes and Utopia in Northern California
American Heathens: Religion, Race, and Reconstruction in California
They saved the Crops: Labor, Landscape, and the Struggle over Industrial Farming in Bracero-Era California
From Lonely Planet: California, Coastal California, Discover California, Northern California
Backroads & Byways of Northern California
The Best Beaches in California: The Top 20 Beaches for a Wonderful Beach Vacation
Explorer's Guide Northern California
Beach Boundaries: Fences & Gates of Southern California
Meet the Chumash Native American Tribe! (an e-book)
New California Writing 2012
I'm beginning Maverick Mayor: a biography of Sam Yorty of Los Angeles by Ed Ainsworth. Kind of helps me see the history of my state during the years I was too young to remember, but were too recent to have been taught in school.
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