Many Californias: Literature from the Golden State / Edition 2

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Haslam divides the state into five regions, selecting prose and poetry from each that reflects their history, terrain, and culture. Many Califonias features sixty-seven authors ranging from Jack London to Maxine Hong Kingston, making it the most diverse general-interest anthology available.


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Many Californias lives up to the promise of its title, uniting writers from various ethnic, historic, regional, and philosophical corners of the state. . . . [S]plendid and thoughtful.” 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874173253
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press
  • Publication date: 3/16/2014
  • Series: Western Literature Series Series
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald W. Haslam, the author of Straight White Male and other award-winning titles, is professor emeritus of English at Sonoma State University. He lives in Northern California.


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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Californios 18
Life at the Mines 22
Joaquin 24
The Society Upon the Stanislaus 27
Dickens in Camp 29
Baker's Blue-Jay Yarn 31
The Bubble Reputation 36
South of the Slot 47
Shootout 62
The California Poppy 69
Dead in the Sierras 70
The Man with the Hoe 72
Slant-Eyed Americans 74
Sheep-Shearing Time 82
Out There Where Men Are Men 85
Land of Boyhood 88
Noon on Alameda Street 91
The Snake at Shingle Springs 93
In the First Person 94
Guggenheim's Water Tower, Fresno, 1921 103
The Squatters' Camps 105
The Residual Years 110
Muscat Pruning 112
Winter Plowing 113
The Watch 114
The Range of Light 118
My Neighbor's Field 121
Vulture 126
Autumn Evening 127
Hurt Hawks 128
An Island Called California 131
Facing West from California's Shores 133
Adore 135
A Supermarket in California 150
Dharma Bums 152
Dog 156
Spring Rain 159
My Mother Would Be a Falconress 161
I Have Folded My Sorrows 164
Marin-An 172
Above Pate Valley 174
Hay for the Horses 175
The Opium of the People 176
On the Coast Near Sausalito 180
Palo Alto: The Marshes 183
Los Angeles Notebook 187
To Sergie My Sweet Old Dog Who Died in Old Age 193
Wyoming Is an Indian Name 196
The American Father 198
Dealing with the Whole Child 215
Crop Dusting 218
Fields in Light 219
Coming of Age: The End of the Beginning 221
Letter from a Friend in Monterey 227
Dead Valley Town 229
Sleeping in a Truck 230
My Father Can Beat Muhammad Ali 231
weightlifting 235
The Best Year of Her Life 237
happy hour 238
Soldado Razo 240
The Screamer 252
The Tomato Field 259
Thinking Like a Kid 265
Magnets 267
A Red Palm 269
Wilderness Fire 271
Grocery Shopping with Aunt Geeta 277
Aunt 281
The Art of Benny Carter 283
In Marin Again 284
A Sunday Sonnet for My Mother's Mother 285
10 Pm 286
You Ask About Madness 288
Softenings 290
Upstream 292
a radio with guts 300
the red porsche 302
eulogy to a hell of a dame - 304
The Planter Box 306
The Linden Tree 311
Wildflowers 325
The Ring 329
The Photos 331
Precision 333
San Francisco I: Mary Temple 336
Farewell to Manzanar 341
Two Vignettes 354
America's Wild Child 356
Don't Forget 362
Death of a Hog 363
Scars 364
Last Shot 365
Today I'll Sit Still 367
Graffiti 368
My Fifty-Plus Years Celebrate Spring 370
Selected California Bibliography 373
Credits 391
About the Editor 396
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