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100 Must-Read California Books

"I'm a California girl, born and raised. So when I got the chance to list 100 MUST-READ books set in this fantastic golden state, I jumped. Some aren't set completely in California, but characters spend enough (relevant) time there that I gave them a pass. All I can recommend are must-reads"
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72 Hour Hold (Bebe Moore Campbell)
72 Hour Hold (Bebe Moore Campbell)
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Adaptation (Malinda Lo)
Adaptation (Malinda Lo)
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All the Little Live Things (Wallace Stegner)
All the Little Live Things (Wallace Stegner)
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Angle of Repose (Wallace Stegner)
Angle of Repose (Wallace Stegner)
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Ball Don't Lie (Matt De La Peña)
Ball Don't Lie (Matt De La Peña)
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Be Cool (Elmore Leonard)
Be Cool (Elmore Leonard)
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Beaches (Iris Rainer Dart)
Beaches (Iris Rainer Dart)
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The Big Nowhere (James Ellroy)
The Big Nowhere (James Ellroy)
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The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler)
The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler)
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Big Sur (Jack Kerouac)
Big Sur (Jack Kerouac)
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The Black Dahlia (James Ellroy)
The Black Dahlia (James Ellroy)
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The Black Echo (Michael Connelly)
The Black Echo (Michael Connelly)
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The Black Ice (Michael Connelly)
The Black Ice (Michael Connelly)
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Brothers and Sisters (Bebe Moore Campbell)
Brothers and Sisters (Bebe Moore Campbell)
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California Caress (Rebecca Sinclair)
California Caress (Rebecca Sinclair)
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Changing Places (David Lodge)
Changing Places (David Lodge)
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Concrete Blonde (Michael Connelly)
Concrete Blonde (Michael Connelly)
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Crescent (Diana Abu-Jaber)
Crescent (Diana Abu-Jaber)
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Daughter of Fortune (Isabel Allende)
Daughter of Fortune (Isabel Allende)
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Devil in a Blue Dress (Walter Mosley)
Devil in a Blue Dress (Walter Mosley)
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21
Dirt (David Vann)
Dirt (David Vann)
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Divisadero (Michael Ondaatje)
Divisadero (Michael Ondaatje)
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East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
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Elsewhere, California (Dana Johnson)
Elsewhere, California (Dana Johnson)
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Esperanza Rising (Pam Muñoz Ryan)
Esperanza Rising (Pam Muñoz Ryan)
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Everything Leads to You (Nina Lacour)
Everything Leads to You (Nina Lacour)
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Family Album (Danielle Steel)
Family Album (Danielle Steel)
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Farewell to Manzanar (Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston)
Farewell to Manzanar (Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston)
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Farewell, My Lovely (Raymond Chandler)
Farewell, My Lovely (Raymond Chandler)
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Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Cameron Crowe)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Cameron Crowe)
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Fifteen (Beverly Cleary)
Fifteen (Beverly Cleary)
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Funny in Farsi (Firoozeh Dumas)
Funny in Farsi (Firoozeh Dumas)
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33
Get Shorty (Elmore Leonard)
Get Shorty (Elmore Leonard)
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The Golden Gate (Vikram Seth)
The Golden Gate (Vikram Seth)
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The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
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Ham on Rye (Charles Bukowski)
Ham on Rye (Charles Bukowski)
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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (Dave Eggers)
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (Dave Eggers)
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Hold Still (Nina Lacour)
Hold Still (Nina Lacour)
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Hot Water Music (Charles Bukowski)
Hot Water Music (Charles Bukowski)
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House of Sand and Fog (Andre Dubus III)
House of Sand and Fog (Andre Dubus III)
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