Cultural Writing. Revised Edition. This is a new edition of this popular book which was chosen by a SF Chronicle's readers' poll as one the top non-fiction books of the 20th Century. COMING OF AGE IN CALFORNIA consists of seventeen personal essays by a fifth-generation Californian about growing up in the Golden State, experiencing both the uniqueness of place and the universals of family, friends, love, and aging. These essays explore actual people and places as they influenced this popular California writer.