As part of Read Yourself Happy’s America…In Books feature, here are some of the best books set in California.
Let’s start off with a classic. This novel takes place on a farm in California’s Salinas Valley and follows two rival families.
Writer Joan Didion grew up in California and this non-fiction memoir is all about the state and her life.
I couldn’t make a list about books set in California without including Kerouac’s Big Sur (although I do have some bias as he’s one of my favorite authors). As you can probably guess, this book takes place in Big Sur, California.
Aubyn’s On the Edge is a satirical look at California’s New Age community after a banker leaves his life behind and follows his nomadic lover to the state.
This famous crime story is set in San Francisco, California, and is a perfect example of the noir genre.
If what you want is a nonfiction history of California, Kevin Starr’s book will be right up your alley.
Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore takes place in San Francisco, California and follows web designer Clay Jannon as he starts a new job at a local bookstore.
I’m loving the yellow aesthetic of these last few books. Gold Fame Citrus takes place in the near future when California is running out of water.
I read and reviewed this book all the way back in January and gave it a very solid five stars. Similar to Gold Fame Citrus, this story also takes place in a parched California.
This young adult retelling of the classic Anne of Green Gables is set in contemporary California. Also, can we all just take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous this cover is?!
Naturalist and conservationist John Muir wrote this nonfiction book about California’s Sierra Nevada.