Portland Citizens Fight Back Against Car Thieves

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The Most Famous California Novel You’ve Never Heard Of
Harold Bell Wright’s bestseller "The Winning of Barbara Worth" promised California it could make deserts bloom. Now we’re paying the pr…
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‘A Horrible Death to Die’

Behind the origin myth of Stanford University lies a century-old murder. The victim: the school’s chief founder and benefactor.


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The Home Front

At the heart of Mona Simpson’s Commitment is a family on the ropes.

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Time It Was

In Saving Time, Jenny Odell wants to take back the clock.

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The Player, Not the Game

Lucy Jane Bledsoe’s Tell the Rest is a novel of basketball and art.

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Where We Are Now

In three books of poetry, Courtney Faye Taylor, Vickie Vértiz, and B.H. Fairchild write California through the lens of place.

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a visitor to yellowstone bear world in rexburg, idaho, has an up close encounter with a grizzly, californians could have similar experiences if the iconic creatures are reintroduced to the state
A Grizzly Bear Comeback?

Researchers show that it is possible to reintroduce the iconic brown bear to California. Will people go for it?


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Alta Live: Cartoonist Teresa Burns Parkhurst

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Alta Live: Author Terry McDonell

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Alta Live: Author Jane Smiley

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Alta Live: The Accuracy of HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’

Learn how two historians helped HBO’s Perry Mason television series re-create Depression-era Los Angeles as accurately as possible.

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Terry McDonell’s West Coast Perspective

Together with his novel and earlier memoir, Terry McDonell’s Irma defines a perspective of perpetual curiosity and self-discovery.


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L.A.’s Third Rail

Major concerns about mass transit.

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Powerful Nature Documentaries

“Fire of Love” and “Buried” document nature—and humanity—in the extreme.

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Remembering David Lance Goines

Remembering Berkeley artist David Lance Goines.

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Man One’s Los Angeles

Man One paints the faces of Los Angeles.