Books

  • Phantoms author Christian Kiefer says he’s attracted to writing about “folks who are broke and/or disenfranchised from the system.”
    JESSICA NEWHAM

    Onward, Christian’s Soldiers

    - "Phantoms", a new novel from Christian Kiefer, exorcises past crimes and confronts current issues against the backdrop of two wars.
Chia-Chia Lin’s The Unpassing is an unvarnished story of an immigrant family that lives up to the nuanced ambiguity of its title.
F. YANG
BOOKS

Chia Chia Lin’s ‘The Unpassing’

Dreams, danger, and tragedy await a family of immigrants to Alaska in The Unpassing, the highly anticipated debut novel of Chia-Chia Lin.

REVIEWS

Vroman’s Bookstore: Summer Picks

Staff at Alta partner Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena recommend books by California authors or on California subjects.

Karl Marlantes drew upon his experiences growing up in an Oregon logging town and working in commercial fishing to write [em]Deep River[/em].
DEVON MARLANTES
BOOKS

Karl Marlantes’s ‘Deep River’

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.

BOOKS

The Books On Our Nightstand

Take a peek onto the nightstands of Alta's editors—and maybe get a few ideas for your own bedside table reading material. 

BOOKS

Book Passage: April Book Picks

Staff at Alta partner Book Passage in the Bay Area recommend books by California authors and/or on California subjects.

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

The Jungle of Politics

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

“The Golden State” by Lydia Kiesling
BOOKS

Not Everything Turns to Gold

Lydia Kiesling’s sharp debut explores the underside of rural California