So much great writing about California — what should you read?


By Allen Pierleoni, Sacramento Bee

Everybody knows California is a nation unto itself, culturally and geographically unique. From Gold Rush argonauts to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, we’ve always been at the forefront of daring and innovation.

Hey, we invented the movie industry, hard-boiled noir fiction, Mickey Mouse and the digital age.

It follows that we literate Californians owe it to ourselves to cherry-pick from the millions of California-centric books available to us and take a look – even if it’s just to remind ourselves of how special we are (or think we are).

But which ones? What would a “dream list” of California reading look like?

We asked a group of book-savvy Californians to come up with their best recommendations of books we Californians should have read or should read, along with their brief comments. Think of their choices as a sampling of the Golden State itself – full of predictable and surprising entries.

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  1. 30yrlocal says - Posted: April 24, 2012

    One of my favorites is California Gold by John Jakes….historical fiction as only Jakes can do.

  2. dryclean says - Posted: April 24, 2012

    Yes, Jakes is wonderful. California Gold is a good read.