The Lure of the Local

Lucy R. Lippard

Norton, 1997

A Short History of Sonoma

Lynn Downey

University of Nevada Press, 2013

Conquer and Colonize

Stevenson’s Regiment and California

Donald C. Biggs

Presidio Press, 1977


Josiah Royce

Peregrine Press, 1970

River of Shadows : Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West

Solnit, Rebecca

New York : Viking, 2003.

A highly intelligent, impassioned telling of a California story that still reverberates today.  A genius, his tumultuous life, murder and a sensational trial, photography and Indian genocide, and the seeds of the motion picture industry. Amazing.

Two Years Before the Mast

Richard Henry Dana

originally published in 1840. California in the 1830s from a seaman’s point of view.

California Through Native Eyes

Reclaiming History

William J. Bauer Jr.

University of Washington Press, 2016

The Last Woman From Petaluma

Greg Sarris

Who Were the First People to Live in the Bay Area?

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