The Heart of California: Exploring the San Joaquin Valley


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Bison Books
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6.32 X 14.42 X 0.73 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Aaron Gilbreath is an essayist, a journalist, and previously a contributing editor at Longreads. He has written essays and articles for Harper's, the New York Times, the Paris Review, and the Dublin Review and his work has been listed as notable in Best American Essays and Best American Travel Writing. Gilbreath is the author of two essay collections, Everything We Don't Know: Essays and This Is: Essays on Jazz.


"Aaron Gilbreath uses his keen eye and environmental consciousness, historical records, and the occasional imaginative flight to give us an invaluable portrait of an overlooked place."--Thomas Swick, author of A Way to See the World

--Thomas Swick (2/26/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"The Heart of California is a quickly moving history with unexpected adventure. There's a little Joan Didion, James D. Houston, Gerald Haslam, Kevin Starr, and Mark Arax in these pages. Aaron Gilbreath's observations are an extension of these writers and, I could argue, their equal."--Gary Soto, author of The Elements of San Joaquin
--Gary Soto (2/26/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"This is what the San Joaquin Valley looks and sounds like and how it feels."--Don Thompson, native Valley poet and author of Back Roads
--Don Thompson (2/26/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"Without question, riding downriver through the San Joaquin Valley's past and present with Aaron Gilbreath is one of the greatest and most unexpected journeys I've taken in a long, long time."--Joe Donnelly, author of L.A. Man: Profiles from a Big City and a Small World

--Joe Donnelly (2/26/2020 12:00:00 AM)