Nonfiction

  • Author Joan Didion has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Medal of Arts and Humanities by President Obama, and the PEN Center USA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
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    Joan Didion on the Morning After the Sixties

    - Few are more deeply Californian than Joan Didion. Alta Books Editor David L. Ulin edited this except of The 1960s & 70s, the first in a multi-volume series of her collected works. 
Terry Tempest Williams stares down both love and loss in her latest book, Erosion—a collection of essays that are as relentless as they are tender and absolutely unwilling to “look away from all that is breaking our hearts.”
CHERYL HIMMELSTEIN
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Essays on the End of the World As We Know It

In Erosion, Terry Tempest Williams bears unflinching witness to what gets stripped away.

Born in San Francisco, poet Gary Snyder was a member of the legendary Beat school of writers.
KURT LORENZ
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Gary Snyder: Local Hero

Gary Snyder’s Tawny Grammar is short on pages but long on decency.

In his first nonfiction book, Cruising, Southern California novelist Alex Espinoza examines a misunderstood aspect of gay male culture—through both a personal and a historical lens.
JENNA SCHOENEFELD
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The Secret History of Cruising

In Cruising, Alex Espinoza traces the history, experience, and intimacy of anonymous love.

Alta California author Nick Neely
NICK NEELY
NONFICTION

Walking the Golden State in ‘Alta California’

In his new book, Alta California, Nick Neely rediscovers the Golden State one step at a time.

Shadowlands author Anthony McCann
KIRSTY SINGER
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A Bigger Story of the American West

Anthony McCann uses the Malheur occupation to tell a bigger story of the American West in Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff.

Clockwise from top left: Barry Siegel, A.K. Sandoval-Strausz, Flea, and Susan Straight
NONFICTION

The Lovers, the Dreamers, and Flea

DREAMERS AND SCHEMERS By Barry Siegel University of California Press, 272 pages, $29.95 Dreamers and Schemers: How an Improbable Bid ...

Upton Sinclair, militant international author and Socialist, who captured the Democratic nomination for Governor of California, reads a paper at a desk in 1934.
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NONFICTION

The Jungle of Politics

Upton Sinclair’s 1934 bid for California’s governorship has lessons for today.