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  • CALIFORNIA CHILDHOOD: Recollections and Stories of the Golden State. by [Anthology, signed] Soto, Gary, editor; Maxine Hong Kingston, Genny Lim and Floyd Salas, signed.
    [Anthology, signed] Soto, Gary, editor; Maxine Hong Kingston, Genny Lim and Floyd Salas, signed.
    CALIFORNIA CHILDHOOD: Recollections and Stories of the Golden State.

    Edition: First printing in wrappers, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Berkeley, CA: Creative Arts Book Co., 1988. SIGNED first edition - A collection of 32 prose pieces about growing up in California now long gone; the authors include Devorah Majors, James D. Houston, Genny Lim,, Maxine Hong Kingston, Gary Soto, M. F. K. Fisher, Mary Helen Ponce, Gerald Haslam, Hisaye Yamamote, Richard Dokey, Domenic Stansberry, Soto himself and many others. SIGNED by THREE authors at their selections: Maxine Hong Kingston, Genny Lim and Floyd Salas. 255 pp plus notes on the contributors. ISBN: 0-88739-0579.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (a bit of wear to the covers and a few spots to the edges of the textblock, but a clean and tight copy with no spine creases, etc.)

    Book ID: 63687
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  • CALIFORNIA CHILDHOOD: Recollections and Stories of the Golden State. by [Anthology, signed] Soto, Gary, editor, signed; Maxine Hong Kingston, signed.
    [Anthology, signed] Soto, Gary, editor, signed; Maxine Hong Kingston, signed.
    CALIFORNIA CHILDHOOD: Recollections and Stories of the Golden State.

    Edition: First printing in wrappers, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Berkeley, CA: Creative Arts Book Co., 1988. SIGNED first edition - A collection of 32 prose pieces about growing up in California now long gone; the authors include Devorah Majors, James D. Houston, Genny Lim,, Maxine Hong Kingston, Gary Soto, M. F. K. Fisher, Mary Helen Ponce, Gerald Haslam, Hisaye Yamamote, Richard Dokey, Domenic Stansberry, Soto himself and many others. SIGNED by TWO authors: INSCRIBED on the title page by Gary Soto and SIGNED by Maxine Hong Kingston at her story "The Quiet Girl". 255 pp plus notes on the contributors. ISBN: 0-88739-0579.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 47329
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  • JAMES H. CARSON'S CALIFORNIA, 1847 - 1853. by Carson, James H. (Doris Shaw Castro, editor.)
    Carson, James H. (Doris Shaw Castro, editor.)
    JAMES H. CARSON'S CALIFORNIA, 1847 - 1853.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Vantage, 1997. dj. Hardcover first edition - James H. Carson was a Virginia native who came to California with his army regiment, which landed at Monterey just after the Mexican War ended in 1847. While on furlough from his military duties in 1848, he panned the tributaries of the Stanislaus River; he struck it rich at what became known as Carson's Creek. In 1850 he acted as a guide to Lt George Derby on the first topographical survey of the Tulare (San Joaquin) Valley. In early 1852, the Stockton newspaper The San Joaquin Republican printed thirty-three articles written by Carson from his sickbed describing humorous anecdotes from his mining experiences. His letters were collected later that year…

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    New York: Vantage, 1997. dj. Hardcover first edition - James H. Carson was a Virginia native who came to California with his army regiment, which landed at Monterey just after the Mexican War ended in 1847. While on furlough from his military duties in 1848, he panned the tributaries of the Stanislaus River; he struck it rich at what became known as Carson's Creek. In 1850 he acted as a guide to Lt George Derby on the first topographical survey of the Tulare (San Joaquin) Valley. In early 1852, the Stockton newspaper The San Joaquin Republican printed thirty-three articles written by Carson from his sickbed describing humorous anecdotes from his mining experiences. His letters were collected later that year as 'Early Recollections of the California Mines.' He died in 1853, just 32 years old. This edition - the third of his letters - is the most comprehensive; it contains all of Carson's known works, including articles not previously published in book form. Introduction and notes by Doris Shaw Castro. Illustrated, index. 248 pp. ISBN: 0-533-121930.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 61816
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  • AUGUST HEAT. by Dokey, Richard.
    Dokey, Richard.
    AUGUST HEAT.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Chicago: Story Press, (1982.). First edition - Very uncommon early collection of this California author's short stories - it includes both his highly praised and frequently anthologized short story 'Sanchez' in which the realism of the description of depressed downtown Stockton ( a description unfortunately still accurate many years later) and the small town in the Sierras is effectively combined with his deceptive simplicity of language, and other stories from his earlier Gusto Press collection as well as several new stories. Cover praise from Erskine Caldwell who calls this 'one of the outstanding books of fiction of this year' and cites the story 'The Dead Man' - in which a young ranch boy struggles to understand the accidental death…

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    Chicago: Story Press, (1982.). First edition - Very uncommon early collection of this California author's short stories - it includes both his highly praised and frequently anthologized short story 'Sanchez' in which the realism of the description of depressed downtown Stockton ( a description unfortunately still accurate many years later) and the small town in the Sierras is effectively combined with his deceptive simplicity of language, and other stories from his earlier Gusto Press collection as well as several new stories. Cover praise from Erskine Caldwell who calls this 'one of the outstanding books of fiction of this year' and cites the story 'The Dead Man' - in which a young ranch boy struggles to understand the accidental death of a farmhand, his friend - as one of the 'most memorable stories in fiction.' An attractive publication, a slim book, illustrated by Inara Cedrins. ISBN: 0-931704-081.

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    Condition: Good in illustrated wrappers (some spotting to the white covers)

    Book ID: 60532
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  • THE HOLLYWOOD CAFE. by Dokey, Richard.
    Dokey, Richard.
    THE HOLLYWOOD CAFE.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, not issued in hardcover.

    Stillwater, MN: Rivers Bend Press, (2009.). SIGNED first edition - Novel set in Stockton, California by this noted chronicler of life in the Central Valley. "One dark night, when movies were black and white, old Pete Morrell was brutally murdered in the back room of the Hollywood Cafe by two men looking for hidden treasure. The treasure was not found. The killers were not caught. , , , A half century later the past finally catches up with the present." SIGNED on the first page. 247 pp. ISBN: 0-9729445-83.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 45869
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  • AUGUST HEAT. by Dokey, Richard.
    Dokey, Richard.
    AUGUST HEAT.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Chicago: Story Press, (1982.). SIGNED first edition - Very uncommon early collection of this California author's short stories - it includes both his highly praised and frequently anthologized short story 'Sanchez' in which the realism of the description of depressed downtown Stockton ( a description unfortunately still accurate many years later) and the small town in the Sierras is effectively combined with his deceptive simplicity of language, and other stories from his earlier Gusto Press collection as well as several new stories. Cover praise from Erskine Caldwell who calls this 'one of the outstanding books of fiction of this year' and cites the story 'The Dead Man' - in which a young ranch boy struggles to understand the accidental…

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    Chicago: Story Press, (1982.). SIGNED first edition - Very uncommon early collection of this California author's short stories - it includes both his highly praised and frequently anthologized short story 'Sanchez' in which the realism of the description of depressed downtown Stockton ( a description unfortunately still accurate many years later) and the small town in the Sierras is effectively combined with his deceptive simplicity of language, and other stories from his earlier Gusto Press collection as well as several new stories. Cover praise from Erskine Caldwell who calls this 'one of the outstanding books of fiction of this year' and cites the story 'The Dead Man' - in which a young ranch boy struggles to understand the accidental death of a farmhand, his friend - as one of the 'most memorable stories in fiction.' An attractive publication, a slim book, illustrated by Inara Cedrins. SIGNED on the half title page. 152 pp. ISBN: 0-931704-081.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 45923
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  • AUGUST HEAT. by Dokey, Richard.
    Dokey, Richard.
    AUGUST HEAT.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Chicago: Story Press, (1982.). SIGNED first edition - Uncommon early collection of this California author's short stories - it includes both his highly praised and frequently anthologized short story 'Sanchez' in which the realism of the description of depressed downtown Stockton ( a description unfortunately still accurate many years later) and the small town in the Sierras is effectively combined with his deceptive simplicity of language, and other stories from his earlier Gusto Press collection as well as several new stories. Cover praise from Erskine Caldwell who calls this 'one of the outstanding books of fiction of this year' and cites the story 'The Dead Man' - in which a young ranch boy struggles to understand the accidental death…

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    Chicago: Story Press, (1982.). SIGNED first edition - Uncommon early collection of this California author's short stories - it includes both his highly praised and frequently anthologized short story 'Sanchez' in which the realism of the description of depressed downtown Stockton ( a description unfortunately still accurate many years later) and the small town in the Sierras is effectively combined with his deceptive simplicity of language, and other stories from his earlier Gusto Press collection as well as several new stories. Cover praise from Erskine Caldwell who calls this 'one of the outstanding books of fiction of this year' and cites the story 'The Dead Man' - in which a young ranch boy struggles to understand the accidental death of a farmhand, his friend - as one of the 'most memorable stories in fiction.' An attractive publication, a slim book, illustrated by Inara Cedrins. SIGNED by the author. 152 pp. ISBN: 0-931704-081.

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    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 50260
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  • THE WOMAN WARRIOR: Memoirs of a girlhood among ghosts. by Kingston, Maxine Hong.
    Kingston, Maxine Hong.
    THE WOMAN WARRIOR: Memoirs of a girlhood among ghosts.

    Edition: Paperback.

    New York: Vintage Books, (1977.). SIGNED - Author's highly acclaimed first book, the story of her childhood in the central valley of California, and of her mother's "talk-story" about the women in her family and about China and its legends, tales which so fascinated the little girl that she saw herself becoming Mu Lan, the woman warrior. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle award. SIGNED on the title page. 243 pp. ISBN: 0-394-723929.

    Condition: Good only condition (prev owner's name, minor wear to covers, usual toning to the pages. )

    Book ID: 45488
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  • SAMFOW: The San Joaquin Chinese Legacy by Minnick, Sylvia Sun.
    Minnick, Sylvia Sun.
    SAMFOW: The San Joaquin Chinese Legacy

    Edition: First edition.

    Fresno, CA: Panorama West Publishing, (1988.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - From the dust jacket : "The book is a revealing portrait of the Chinese emigres of western America, a people laughing, crying, fighting and loving in the Chinatown community of Stockton, California, the gateway to the Mother Lode and the San Joaquin Valley. Using a historical perspective, the author reviews why the Chinese left their native land and looks at the City of Stockton in which the Chinese settled. Being the third stop on the way to the gold fields, the development of a Chinese community within its township was a significant event. The author also discusses social and economic issues and the role of Chinese women…

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    Fresno, CA: Panorama West Publishing, (1988.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - From the dust jacket : "The book is a revealing portrait of the Chinese emigres of western America, a people laughing, crying, fighting and loving in the Chinatown community of Stockton, California, the gateway to the Mother Lode and the San Joaquin Valley. Using a historical perspective, the author reviews why the Chinese left their native land and looks at the City of Stockton in which the Chinese settled. Being the third stop on the way to the gold fields, the development of a Chinese community within its township was a significant event. The author also discusses social and economic issues and the role of Chinese women and marriage in the culturally changing environment." Foreword by Thomas W. Chinn. INSCRIBED by the author on the title page "To ---- A wonderful person, I adore your total being. Gung Hay Fat Choy 1988!" Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs. Bibliography, index. Somewhat oversized format. 322 pp. ISBN: 0-944194-095.

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    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (light edgewear to the dj.)

    Book ID: 52016
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  • THE BLUE BANDITS. by Morrison, Lucile.
    Morrison, Lucile.
    THE BLUE BANDITS.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1930. Hardcover first edition - Charming children's story by this Southern California author - a group of children are fascinated by the legends surrounding Joaquin Murrietta, and so they form a "gang" - the blue bandits - based on his outlaw gang. Set in Stockton and uses the area very well - the tule fog, flooding and the attempts to strengthen the levees. Frontispiece in color and numerous other illustrations throughout by Mable Pyne. lllustrated endpapers. 318 pp.

    Condition: Very good in the original illustrated blue cloth boards with the spine and cover stamped in dark blue.

    Book ID: 64612
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  • Navarro, Ramon Gil. (edited by Maria Del Carmen Ferreyra & David S. Reher)
    THE GOLD RUSH DIARY OF RAMON GIL NAVARRO.

    Edition: First printing.

    Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, (2000.) dj. Hardcover first edition - First publication of one of the most interesting diaries written during the California gold rush: Navarro did not just come to California from Argentina by himself: he founded a company with 120 investors. His diary (which is a true diary - that is, one written at night each day, rather than a reconstruction of events based on diary notes) actually covers more than the three years that he spent in California, and only about half of the California portion is included in this book (extremely repetitive elements have been reduced, as well as comments about his family back in South America.) From the introduction: " 'I am going…

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    Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, (2000.) dj. Hardcover first edition - First publication of one of the most interesting diaries written during the California gold rush: Navarro did not just come to California from Argentina by himself: he founded a company with 120 investors. His diary (which is a true diary - that is, one written at night each day, rather than a reconstruction of events based on diary notes) actually covers more than the three years that he spent in California, and only about half of the California portion is included in this book (extremely repetitive elements have been reduced, as well as comments about his family back in South America.) From the introduction: " 'I am going to California! Everyone has heard about California. This entire society, from the wisest of the wise to the most rustic hillbilly, has been talking about California. The friars at church talk about its gold, and on walks, in drawing rooms, and even while praying people ask the Lord for a safe trip up there. ..They say so much about that far-off land that my diary, even if it were to be completely filled, could never contain all the news that reaches us all the time from that remote land. Summing it up, they say that everyone who gets there can make his fortune. Then fine, that is where I am going.' Navarro diary entry for 15 February 1849. ...[this] is a diary written by an Argentinean political exile who first took refuge in Chile, just beyond the reach of the Argentinean political hatreds, disputes, reprisals, and singular lack of political tolerance. From there, he, like thousands of people from all over the world, heard the call of California, the California where gold had been discovered. Heading up a Chilean mining company, he set sail in search of his own personal fortune and destiny. Navarro's intensely personal account is about California and about gold, of course, but it is also about life, love, success, and frustration. A stunning tale of his own experience as a forty-niner, the diary is also an often intensely lyrical exploration into our human condition. Navarro was a keen but seldom dispassionate observer of life with a penchant for literary description. He was strongly, Argentinean in his education, outlook, and temperament, but he was also a man enthusiastically caught up in the maelstrom of life that took place in California during the gold rush." Among the California locations which are part of this diary are San Francisco, Stockton, Sacramento, Mokelumne Hill, Calaveras, Melones, San Andreas, Marysville, and more. Photographs, maps, chronology, glossary of key person, notes, bibliography, index. xx, 305 pp. ISBN: 0-803233434.

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    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (corners slightly bumped).

    Book ID: 38014
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  • Pease, Howard
    HURRICANE WEATHER: A Tod Moran Mystery

    Edition: Later printing.

    Garden City, New York: Doubleday, (c 1950's, c 1936.) dj. Hardcover - Story set on a yacht in the South Seas. Double page map. Uncommon vintage juvenile adventure story by this popular California writer, who was born in Stockton (just down the road from us) and lived an adventurous life himself. 296 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library in sturdy library binding with some markings and missing front endpaper, but overall tight and clean in a good dust jacket (shallow chip to top of spine, spine label.)

    Book ID: 54839
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  • THE TATTOOED MAN: A Todd Moran Mystery. by Pease, Howard
    Pease, Howard
    THE TATTOOED MAN: A Todd Moran Mystery.

    Edition: Later printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, (ca 1950, c 1926.) dj. Hardcover - Originally subtitled "A tale of strange adventures befalling Tod Moran, mess boy of the tramp steamer "Araby" upon his first voyage from San Francisco to Genoa via the Panama Canal. Illustrated with black and white drawings and with great dust jacket art by Lawrence Beall Smith. Uncommon vintage juvenile adventure story by this popular California writer, who was born in Stockton (just down the road from us) and lived an adventurous life himself. 332 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library with markings and missing front endpaper, in a good+ dust jacket (remnants of spine sticker, but overall quite attractive.)

    Book ID: 78988
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  • PERSISTENCE AND DETERMINATION: The Wartime Experiences of William R. Reynolds. by Reynolds, Bill (1933-2017) and James Imman.
    Reynolds, Bill (1933-2017) and James Imman.
    PERSISTENCE AND DETERMINATION: The Wartime Experiences of William R. Reynolds.

    Edition: Trade paperback original.

    By the author, nd (ca 2017). SIGNED first edition - As a young boy, growing up on a farm outside Stockton, California, Bill Reynolds was fascinated by the pilots he saw training there, and, as soon as he could - in 1941 - he enlisted. He went on to be a pilot and served throughout the war. Illustrated with several photographs and maps, some in color, and many black of white photos of the various types of planes he flew, from the Ryan PT 22 to the Curtiss G-46 Commando and many others. SIGNED on the first page by the co-author, James Inman. 122 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 77777
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