Very California: Travels Through the Golden State

Very California: Travels Through the Golden State

by Diana Hollingsworth Gessler
     
 

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A fisherman on the Santa Monica Pier. The vineyards of Napa Valley. Surfers in Malibu. An Indian village in Yosemite and the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset. Artist Diana Gessler captures the color and character of our third largest and most populous state. In lively watercolors, sketches, and stories, Gessler shares her adventures on the road, driving from north to

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A fisherman on the Santa Monica Pier. The vineyards of Napa Valley. Surfers in Malibu. An Indian village in Yosemite and the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset. Artist Diana Gessler captures the color and character of our third largest and most populous state. In lively watercolors, sketches, and stories, Gessler shares her adventures on the road, driving from north to south--Sonoma to San Diego and beyond. She and her husband, Paul (designated driver and food lover), stop when curiosity or hunger seizes them.

With pen and brush, Gessler works on the spot, bringing to life the cities, towns, and countrysides as well as the details that make them special. A great horned owl. A local farm stand. A woman making tortillas on a sidewalk cart. A bunkhouse in the redwoods. Crab traps along the bay. Her intimate journal is filled with colorful people, beaches, flowers, architecture, animals, trails, memorable meals, and movie stars (at least the gates in front of their houses).

Very California is organized by region, and each chapter opens with a map and driving route of the area. Peppered throughout are amusing tidbits about all the things that make California so very California. Diana Gessler has created a memento for tourists and an enchanting book for those who appreciate the pleasures of the West Coast.

Editorial Reviews

Diana Gessler's pen-and-brush tour of California captures facets of the Golden State that victims of freeway madness never suspected. Taking roads far off the beaten track, she and husband/designated driver Paul discovered seldom-visited architectural treasures, Indian villages, surfer hideaways, and crab fishermen almost as craggy as their quarry. Along the way, our intrepid author also found restaurants memorable enough to lure back any tourist. After all, the scent of the salty Pacific carries you only so far.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616202996
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date:
07/12/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
14 MB
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Meet the Author

Diana Hollingsworth Gessler is the author and illustrator of Very New Orleans, Very Charleston, and Very California. Her watercolors and oil paintings are represented by Shaw Gallery in Naples and Bonita Springs, Florida. She and her husband live in Melbourne, Florida, when they’re not traveling.

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