Dreams, danger, and tragedy await a family of immigrants to Alaska in The Unpassing, the highly anticipated debut novel of Chia-Chia Lin.
From steam donkeys to whistle punks, Karl Marlantes’s Deep River is a sweeping tale of Finnish immigrants who felled the forests of the Pacific Northwest at the start of the 20th century.
Lydia Kiesling’s sharp debut explores the underside of rural California
A 229-year-old live oak tells of its life among the Chumash people, Spanish explorers, Californios and the denizens of present-day Los Angeles
It’s tricky to look back posthumously at a writer. So many factors — the substance of her fiction, say, or ...
Alta’s partners at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena recommend books by California authors and on California subjects, with reviews by Vroman's (well-read) staff members.
Rachel Kushner’s new novel, “The Mars Room,” chronicles gritty life in a women’s prison, with a focus on one inmate’s story in and out of jail.
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