Books by State: California

The first item on the Better World Books 2016 Reading Challenge is to read a book set in your home state or region. Also, the summer vacation season is quickly approaching, which means you may be visiting new locales soon. What better way to prepare than by reading something about or set in that place? If physical travel isn’t on the menu, take some literary vacations to any place you’d like to go. Throughout the summer, we’ll be posting books set in each state. (If you live outside the United States, comment with your country or region and we’ll try to round up some books for place).

We’re planning to soak up some sun while reading in “The Golden State,” California.

White Oleander by Janet Fitch


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Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis


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The Master of Monterey by Lawrence Coates


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Tell us you favorite California-based books in the comments.


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  3. As a California-based author who covers regional topics, I’m intrigued by your choices! I always point people toward Sally Hayton-Keeva’s JUANITA’S EAT-IT-OR-WEAR-IT COOKBOOK and JUANITA! THE MADCAP ADVENTURES OF A LEGENDARY RESTAURATEUR, and I hope that someone brings them back into print soon. They’re rollicking tales of a truly entertaining character (the late, great Juanita Musson), as well as very evocative portrayals of Sausalito and Sonoma Valley in the ’50s and ’60s.

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