Author: Edan Lepucki
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316250821
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California from the Author: Edan Lepucki. The highly acclaimed, instant New York Times bestseller that "shows the moment-by-moment reality of a painful possible future, the price we may have to pay for our passionate devotion to all of the wrong things." --Sarah Stone, San Francisco Chronicle The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. Mourning a past they can't reclaim, they seek solace in each other. But the tentative existence they've built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she's pregnant. Terrified of the unknown and unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses dangers of its own. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust. A gripping and provocative debut novel by a stunning new talent, California imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind's dark nature and deep-seated resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love.


Author: Kevin Starr
Publisher: Modern Library
ISBN: 9780307430755
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California from the Author: Kevin Starr. California has always been our Shangri-la–the promised land of countless pilgrims in search of the American Dream. Now the Golden State’s premier historian, Kevin Starr, distills the entire sweep of California’s history into one splendid volume. From the age of exploration to the age of Arnold, this is the story of a place at once quintessentially American and utterly unique. Arguing that America’s most populous state has always been blessed with both spectacular natural beauty and astonishing human diversity, Starr unfolds a rapid-fire epic of discovery, innovation, catastrophe, and triumph. For generations, California’s native peoples basked in the abundance of a climate and topography eminently suited to human habitation. By the time the Spanish arrived in the early sixteenth century, there were scores of autonomous tribes were thriving in the region. Though conquest was rapid, nearly two centuries passed before Spain exerted control over upper California through the chain of missions that stand to this day. The discovery of gold in January 1848 changed everything. With population increasing exponentially as get-rich-quick dreamers converged from all over the world, California reinvented itself overnight. Starr deftly traces the successive waves of innovation and calamity that have broken over the state since then–the incredible wealth of the Big Four railroad tycoons and the devastating San Francisco earthquake of 1906; the emergence of Hollywood as the world’s entertainment capital and of Silicon Valley as the center of high-tech research and development; the heroic irrigation and transportation projects that have altered the face of the region; the role of labor, both organized and migrant, in key industries from agriculture to aerospace. Kevin Starr has devoted his career to the history of his beloved state, but he has never lost his sense of wonder over California’s sheer abundance and peerless variety. This one-volume distillation of a lifetime’s work gathers together everything that is most important, most fascinating, and most revealing about our greatest state. From the Hardcover edition.

Assembling California

Author: John McPhee
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374706026
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Assembling California from the Author: John McPhee. At various times in a span of fifteen years, John McPhee made geological field surveys in the company of Eldridge Moores, a tectonicist at the University of California at Davis. The result of these trips is Assembling California, a cross-section in human and geologic time, from Donner Pass in the Sierra Nevada through the golden foothills of the Mother Lode and across the Great Central Valley to the wine country of the Coast Ranges, the rock of San Francisco, and the San Andreas family of faults. The two disparate time scales occasionally intersect—in the gold disruptions of the nineteenth century no less than in the earthquakes of the twentieth—and always with relevance to a newly understood geologic history in which half a dozen large and separate pieces of country are seen to have drifted in from far and near to coalesce as California. McPhee and Moores also journeyed to remote mountains of Arizona and to Cyprus and northern Greece, where rock of the deep-ocean floor has been transported into continental settings, as it has in California. Global in scope and a delight to read, Assembling California is a sweeping narrative of maps in motion, of evolving and dissolving lands.

Introduction To Water In California

Author: David Carle
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520240865
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Introduction To Water In California from the Author: David Carle. This California Natural History Guide addresses the need to educate the citizenry of California on crucial environmental issues by presenting a primer on the state's most important natural resource.


Author: Robert Joseph Chandler
Publisher: Hippocrene Books
ISBN: 9780781810340
Size: 69.56 MB
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California from the Author: Robert Joseph Chandler. Thirty-five million Americans live in California, more than any other state. Robert Chandler's sweeping history begins with the area's indigenous inhabitants, and leads through the era of Spanish colonization, conquest by the United States, the Gold Rush, the founding of Hollywood, and the present. California remains prominent in America's and the world's culture and economy. This is an introduction to the events and people that have shaped this great state.--From publisher description.

History Of California

Author: Theodore Henry Hittell
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History Of California from the Author: Theodore Henry Hittell.

Inland Fishes Of California

Author: Peter B. Moyle
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520029750
Size: 31.21 MB
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Inland Fishes Of California from the Author: Peter B. Moyle. A reference with information on the freshwater, anadromous, and estuarine fishes of California for biologists, students, managers and environmentalists.

Handbook Of The Indians Of California

Author: Alfred Louis Kroeber
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486233680
Size: 66.28 MB
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Handbook Of The Indians Of California from the Author: Alfred Louis Kroeber. A major ethnographic work by a distinguished anthropologist contains detailed information on the social structures, homes, foods, crafts, religious beliefs, and folkways of California's diverse tribes

Paradise Lost

Author: Peter Schrag
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520243873
Size: 45.50 MB
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Paradise Lost from the Author: Peter Schrag. Paradise Lost demonstrates the consequences to education, public services and political institutions in California of the increasing resort to the hyper-democracy of the ballot initiative process. WITH A NEW PREFACE.