San Francisco: North Point Press, 1989. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover with Dust Jacket.
No Flaws or Blemishes but minimal shelf handling; and sunning on the spine. The bindings are tight and square. Text clean. 9.5 inches tall; 322 pages.
A Fine Hardcover in a Near Fine Dust Jacket. Item #16580
Assembled here are a distinctive collection of writings--fiction, poetry, essays, travelers' tales, reportage, journals--to analyze the California mystique.
Most of the material covers the last 50 years, though a few pieces reach back into the 19th century.
Topics are as varied as the state's scenery: sex and drugs, murder, youth gangs, internment of the Japanese in World War II, Hollywood, hippies, Esalen, student revolt in the '60s, the desert. Simone de Beauvoir records her impressions of San Francisco and Berkeley; Umberto Eco writes about cults and the Jonestown suicides; Amy Tan takes us to a meeting of the Joy Luck Club; Tom Wolfe introduces the Pump House Gang.