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California Literature - Fiction and Biography
The following list represents my personal selection of the best regional literature of California. Click a link to go to Amazon.com to purchase the book.


Mary Austin
The Flock
The Ford
The Land of Little Rain
Richard Brautigan
A Confederate General from Big Sur, Dreaming of Babylon, The Hawkline Monster (Three Books in the Manner of Their Original Edition)
Trout Fishing in America, the Pill versus the Springhill Mine Disaster, and In Watermelon Sugar
Revenge of the Lawn, the Abortion, So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away
William H. Brewer
Up and Down California in 1860-64
Vincent Bugliosi
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
Octavia Butler
Mind of My Mind
Raymond Chandler
The Big Sleep
The Long Goodbye
Farewell, My Lovely
The Lady in the Lake
The High Window
Clappe, Louise Amelia Knapp Smith
The Shirley Letters from the California Mines
Joan Didion
Play It As It Lays : A Novel
Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Daniel Duane
Caught Inside: A Surfer's Year on the California Coast
Colin Fletcher
The Thousand Mile Summer [out of print, available as audio tapes]
William Gibson
All Tomorrow's Parties
Allen Ginsberg
Howl and Other Poems
Dashiel Hammet
The Maltese Falcon
The Glass Key
The Continental Op
The Thin Man
The Dain Curse
Bret Harte
Bret Harte's Gold Rush: Outcasts of Poker Flat, the Luck of Roaring Camp, Tennesee's Partner and Other Favorites
Chester Hines
If He Hollers Let Him Go: A Novel
Aldous Huxley
After Many a Summer Dies the Swan
Hunt Jackson
Ramona
Robinson Jeffers
Selected Poems
Stones of the Sur (photography by Morley Baer)
Jack Kerouac
Dharma Bums
Desolation Angels
On the Road
Big Sur
Ken Kesey
Sometimes a Great Notion
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Clarence King
Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada
Theodora Kroeber
Ishi in Two Worlds: A Biography of the Last Wild Indian in North America
Ursula LeGuin
Always Coming Home
Jack London
The Valley of the Moon
Martin Eden
William L. Manley
Death Valley in '49: The Autobiography of a Pioneer; Detailing His Life From a Humble Home in the Green Mountains to the Gold Mines of California
David Mas Masumoto
Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm
Armistead Maupin
28 Barbary Lane (the first three volumes of Tales of the City)
Babycakes (Tales of the City Series, Volume 4)
Significant Others (Tales of the City Series, Volume 5)
Sure of You (Tales of the City Series, Volume 6)
Johnston McCulley
The Mark of Zorro (The Curse of Capistrano)
Zorro: The Masters Edition Volume One
John Muir
My First Summer in the Sierra
The Mountains of California
The Yosemite [out of print]
Walter Nordhoff
The Journey of the Flame: 1792-1902 [out of print]
Kem Nunn
Tapping the Source
The Dogs of Winter
Pomona Queen
Frank Norris
The Octopus: A Story of California
McTeague: A Story of San Francisco
William Saroyan
The Human Comedy
The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze and Other Stories
My Name Is Aram
Alexander Saxton
Bright Web in the Darkness
The Great Midland: The Radical Novel Reconsidered
Upton Sinclair
Oil! A Novel
John Steinbeck
East of Eden
In Dubious Battle
The Log From the Sea of Cortez
Tortilla Flat
Sweet Thursday
Cannery Row
The Grapes of Wrath
Of Mice and Men
The Wayward Bus
To a God Unknown
The Long Valley
The Pastures of Heaven
Robert Louis Stevenson
The Silverado Squatters
George Stewart
The California Trail: An Epic With Many Heroes
Ordeal By Hunger: The Story of the Donner Party
The Pioneers Go West
Earth Abides
Fire [out of print]
Storm [out of print]
Amy Tan
The Joy Luck Club
The Bonesetters Daughter
Mark Twain
Roughing It
The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
Jumping Frog: In English, Then in French, The Clawed Back Into a Civilized Language Once More by Patient, Unremunerated Toil
Jeanne Wakatsuki and James D. Houston
Farewell to Manzanar, A True Story of Japanese-American Experience During and After the World War II Internment
Evelyn Waugh
The Loved One
Nathaniel West
The Day of the Locust
Tom Wolfe
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

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