Local Books

Carmel ... A Great Place to Live

Author: 

Ron Wilks
$59.95

Description: 

Newly Released Coffee Table Book About Carmel!

Published locally, this big beautiful book features amazing pictures and descriptions of our town. Measuring at 13" x 10" with 240 pages this book is truly a keepsake. Included are two 4-page foldouts, one of our fabulous Carmel Beach coastline, and the other of the famous Walker House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. All this and only priced at only $59.95.

Table of contents includes:

  • History
  • Lifestyle
  • Recreation
  • Shopping
  • Dining Out
  • Wineries
  • Art & Culture
  • Cars & Events
  • Resorts & Golf
  • Homes

 

Binding: 

Hardcover

Publisher: 

Rhino Media Group

Pub date: 

01/01/2023
SKU: b9798218302016

Olly and Lucille's Adventure in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Author: 

Kirsten Tarman
$29.95

Description: 

Newly Released Children's Book

Go Shopping with the Pups!

Welcome to Olly and Lucille’s Adventure in Carmel-by-the-Sea! Follow along as they explore a magical village by the sea, help solve a mystery and make new “FUREVER” friends. Discover the magic of Carmel-by-the-Sea through the lives of beloved actual pets.

Our story book features…

  • A beautifully illustrated, vibrant hardcover book with over 75 pages.
  • Three interactive activity pages to enjoy in the book or download/print here!
  • Fun facts and photos of the actual pets in the story.
  • A walking map of Carmel so readers can follow the pets path and collect clues.
  • Information about local nonprofits dedicated to improving the lives of pets and humans.
  • A list of pet friendly places and dog friendly events to enjoy in Carmel.

Binding: 

Hardcover

Pub date: 

07/15/2023
SKU: b9781953120663

Big Sur Revealed

Author: 

Douglas Steakley
$38.00

Description: 

Big Sur Revealed takes us inside a Big Sur unknown to most, exposing the extraordinary nature of this vast wilderness. Through Douglas Steakley's lens, we see sunrays streaming through storm clouds and reflecting off late afternoon fog. We see granite beach stones and eroded hillsides, Indian pictographs and bedrock grinding holes. We see rising moons, waterfalls, star trails, redwood forests and tidal creeks. Douglas reveals Big Sur as a land for all seasons and all creatures. Hardcover, 112 pages, published in 2017. Doug Steakley is a highly acclaimed photographer from Carmel Valley, California. His images span the Monterey Peninsula to far-flung locales around the globe where he leads photography tours. Doug supports and works with various land conservation groups and received the Ansel Adams award for photography. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel. His work can be found in many private and public collections.

Binding: 

Hardcover

Publisher: 

Central Coast Books

Pub date: 

04/25/2017
SKU: b9781930401013

The Stone Mason of Tor House: The Life and Work of Robinson Jeffers - In Slipcase

Author: 

Melba Berry Bennett
$29.99

Description: 

This is the first full-length biography of Robinson Jeffers. He wrote of impassioned people with a vigor and beauty of imagery almost unsurpassed by any other poet writing in English. His life and his development as a poet is ably chronicled by Melba Berry Bennett, who has had access to letters and documents not otherwise available. Her intimate friendship with Jeffers, his wife Una and his twin sons, Garth and Donnan, extended over the last thirty-five years of his life.

This beautiful large format hardcover edition comes in it's own slipcase.

Binding: 

Hardcover

Publisher: 

Ward Ritchie Press

Pub date: 

01/01/1966
SKU: bB004890806

Coastal California’s Legacy: The Monterey Pine Forest

Author: 

Coastal California’s Living Legacy
$22.00

Description: 

"The Monterey pine, (Pinus radiata) is widely farmed as a timber tree with over ten million acres in cultivation in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, and Chile. This robust and expanding industry would seem to ensure the future of this economic resource, but those far-flung plantations depend on the genetic diversity of natural Monterey pine forests, which are limited in number and locale and are threatened by human development.

Conservationists dedicated to the vitality of this tree came together as The Monterey Pine Forest Watch to record the history and condition of natural Monterey pine forests.

The authors, with a long list of editors, photographers, artists, and financial contributors, have documented the fossil, natural, and human history of the Monterey pine and the current vulnerability of its ecosystem to disease and habitat shrinkage.

The book provides clear maps of the five natural Monterey pine forests and recounts the history of the trees at the three Central California coastal sites. This history begins thousands of years ago when Native Americans (Salinans and Ohlones) occupied the area, continues with the Spanish era through the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, and extends into the period of California statehood, which began in 1850.

The chapter, “A Natural History,” provides a botanical and ecological primer supported by detailed appendices for each of California’s native Monterey pine forests.

An extensive chapter, “Stalking the Wild Pine,” presents detailed maps and pine forest hike locations in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. The authors encourage the reader to “explore, learn and enjoy the mysteries” of the pine forest and its natural beauty.

The book is comprehensive and attractive, with numerous photographs and illustrations. There is some repetition of key points, reflecting the individual perspectives of the several authors. Naming the primary author of each chapter would have helped to personalize the book. Still, the book’s overall message is clear: we need to appreciate and protect this natural treasure of Coastal California."

Article by Tom Karwin of Pacific Horticulture

Binding: 

Paperback

Pub date: 

01/01/2011
SKU: bB01MU6RKTI

EuroGraphics Sunset on The Pacific Jigsaw Puzzle

$19.99

Description: 

EuroGraphics Sunset on the Pacific 1000-Piece Puzzle. Box size: 10" x 14" x 2.37" Finished Size: 19.25" x 26.5". There is a special kind of light that arrives at sunset, rare and beautiful, between waking and sleep when desire is lost and only the moment is alive to demand our attention and transport the imagination. Strong high-quality puzzle pieces. Made from recycled board and printed with vegetable based ink. This superior quality puzzle will delight and educate all at the same time.

  • 1000-Piece Puzzle
  • Box size: 10" x 14" x 2.37"
  • Finished Puzzle Size: 19.25" x 26.5"
  • Manufactured using the highest quality blue board
  • Made in the USA
  • Made in the USA using the highest quality blue board
  • Assembling puzzles improves fine motor skills and picture recognition abilities
  • Strong high-quality, easy fit puzzle pieces that won't break

Binding: 

Puzzle

Publisher: 

EuroGraphics
SKU: bB00LM75OTW

Oddball by Q Tavener

Author: 

Q Tavener
$16.95

Description: 

A young adult fantasy highlighting the adventures of a young man who helps his village investigate a strange phenomenon by relying on the power of friendship, acceptance and magic. “My interest in writing/becoming an author started in 4th grade,” Tavener wrote on her website, “and since then I've written a few things just for myself. Oddball is my first ever ‘print and sell’ book.”

Binding: 

Paperback

Pub date: 

08/01/2020
SKU: b97813579

Sometimes it's good to be different.

No Mind For Murder

Author: 

Gualtieri, Kathryn
$15.00

Description: 

It's Summer, 1939, and news of the growing war in Europe is on the mind of every American. Closer to home, the Carmel City Council is weighing the unpopular action of firing two seasoned police officers in an effort to balance the city budget. Nora Finnegan, a feature writer for The Carmel Pine Cone, is also coping with the daily challenges of the economy and her family duties as a wife and mother. When the troubled administrator of her son's school becomes the victim of a vicious attack during an early morning home invasion, Nora decides to get involved. Soon it becomes clear that plans are afoot to shutter the private Forest Hill School and turn it into a for-profit psychiatric clinic. Teaming up with Neal Butler, the new cop on the Carmel beat, Nora is determined to discover the identity of the guilty party. Can they find and arrest the criminal intruder before matters get worse?

Series: 

Nora Finnegan 08

Binding: 

Paperback

Publisher: 

Tin Lantern

Pub date: 

11/20/2020
SKU: b9780988856363

8th book in the Nora Finnegan Mystery series.

Steinbeck the Untold Stories

Author: 

Hauk, Steve
$12.95

Description: 

Steinbeck: The Untold Stories, a book of short stories about John Steinbeck’s life, family, and friends. Written by Steve Hauk, a playwright and fiction writer from Pacific Grove, California, the 16 short stories dramatize incidents in Steinbeck’s life—some real, some imagined—that take place over six decades, from the author’s childhood in Salinas, California to the years in New York, where his circle of family and friends included Burgess Meredith, Joan Crawford, and Elaine Steinbeck, the widow with whom Hauk had a memorable conversation 30 years after John Steinbeck’s death. Illustrated by Caroline Kline, an artist on California’s Monterey Peninsula.

Binding: 

Paperback

Publisher: 

Steinbecknow.com

Pub date: 

01/01/2017
SKU: b9781546977315

Steinbeck: The Untold Stories, a book of short stories about John Steinbeck’s life, family, and friends.

Carmel's Fairy Tale Cottages

Author: 

Barton, Mike
$21.95

Description: 

Photographer Mike Barton has captured the distinctive charm of Carmel-By-The-Sea in a book filled with over 220 full-color photographs. This 112 page hard cover book features the fairy tale cottages and homes designed by Hugh Comstock and other architects, along with the rich history and natural beauty of the area. Chapters include; Cottages, Doors and Windows, Chimneys and Fireplaces, Yards and Fences, Entryways and Car Parks, and A Look Inside.

Binding: 

Hardcover

Publisher: 

Boulder Press

Pub date: 

12/01/2010
SKU: b9780980102444

Beautifully crafted hardcover book showing vibrant color pictures of the unique village of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Beloved Trees of Carmel-By-The-Sea

Author: 

Shambhala Master
$24.95

Description: 

Shambhala is an ancient, legendary city in Tibet. The people of Shambhala are dedicated to wisdom and its practical application towards a joyful life, well lived.

In ancient times the Shambhala Master's ancestors embarked upon a life-long pathway towards personal excellence. This pathway has been passed down from Master to Master for over 5000 years. The Shambhala Pathway leads to peaceful restraint and the ability to stay powerfully grounded. It is a way of daily living that opens the heart, clarifies and quiets the mind, strengthens the body, and brings a lasting joy to life.

The current Shambhala Master, whose epigrams grace these pages, when not traveling and teaching, abides in Carmel-By-The-Sea.

Binding: 

Hardcover

Publisher: 

Forerunner Publications

Pub date: 

01/01/2014
SKU: belovedtrees

Epigrams from the Shambhala Master.

Photography by L.M. McDermott

Murder by Candlelight

Author: 

Gualtieri, Kathryn
$15.00

Description: 

It’s May, 1935, and the country remains in the throes of the Great Depression. In the seaside enclave of Carmel-By-The-Sea, the villagers are embroiled in another type of struggle. Many residents wish to censor and prevent an allegedly obscene novel from being circulated in the public library. Along with the town’s bohemian writers and artists, Nora Finnegan, a free-lance reporter for The Carmel Pine Cone, finds herself on the side of free expression. Matters take an ominous turn when an outspoken activist is found brutally murdered. Even more suspicious, the Theatre of the Golden Bough, the site where several controversial plays have been staged, is set ablaze. Arson is suspected. Nora wonders if the fire might have been set by a vindictive person intent on silencing the theater’s owner, and even the town.

Series: 

Nora Finnegan 07

Binding: 

Paperback

Publisher: 

Tin Lantern

Pub date: 

02/01/2019
SKU: b9780988856356

Seventh book in the Nora Finnegan series.

Red Scare

Author: 

Gualtieri, Kathryn
$15.00

Description: 

It's the summer of 1934, and Carmel is abuzz with rumors concerning a local club preaching that the Communist doctrine can solve the woes of the bad economy.  In San Francisco, striking longshoremen, led by Communist-leaning agitators, are tying up deliveries and causing Carmel businesses to suffer without products on their shelves. Some villagers fear the Communists will soon be flying the Red flag over City Hall.  To counteract these problems, Carmel Pine Cone reporter Nora Finnegan has been hired by famous newspaper magnate, William Randolph Hearst, a staunch anti-Communist, to find the person in town whom he believes is funding the Red cause.  Added to the turmoil, to Nora's discomfort, an old friend has come under the spell of a doctor peddling medicinal herbs and "forest baths". Can Nora uncover the spy in time, and also convince her friend to reexamine her options?

Series: 

Nora Finnegan 06

Binding: 

Paperback

Publisher: 

Tin Lantern

Pub date: 

03/18/2017
SKU: b9780988856349

Sixth in the Nora Finnegan book series.

Brush with Death

Author: 

Gualtieri, Kathryn
$15.00

Description: 

"Carmel Pine Cone" reporter Nora Finnegan is back! "A Brush with Death", the 5th installment in Kathryn Gualtieri's historical mystery series, offers a snapshot of Carmel-by-the-Sea in 1929 at the outset of the Great Depression and its terrible effect on the artist colony. Jobs are scarce. Money is tight. There is talk of issuing local scrip. Amid the promises from the candidates vying for seats on the Carmel City Council, a prominent Socialist and former resident stirs up confrontation as a solution to the villagers' plight. Using her investigating skills, Nora discovers that some are resorting to art fraud, blackmail, and even murder, to survive. In addition to the novel, Gualtieri has appended a non-fictional essay that offers a centennial year tribute to community activist and former publisher of the "Carmel Pine Cone", Perry Newberry.

Series: 

Nora Finnegan 05

Binding: 

Paperback

Publisher: 

Tin Lantern

Pub date: 

03/01/2016
SKU: b9780988856332

Fifth book in the Nora Finnegan Series.

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