Fall 2019 Book Guide

    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
    NONFICTION

    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
    NONFICTION

    Gary Snyder: Local Hero

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

    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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    EXCERPT

    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. 

    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
    NONFICTION

    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
    NONFICTION

    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 ...