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Historical Reference & Fun Books to Read About our Area

Carmel Celebrated 100 Years in 2016

Stories of Old Carmel: A Centennial Tribute from the Carmel Residents Association. Available at Pilgrim’s Way, River House Books, the Carmel Bay Company and other local outlets.

The Carmel Heritage Society, located in downtown Carmel at the corner of Lincoln and 6th, is a wonderful resource about books and historical information on the Carmel area.

For some great historical photos of our area:

Images of America: Carmel-by-the-Sea, by Monica Hudson

Images of America: Monterey Peninsula: The Golden Age, by Kim Coventry

A treasure trove of historical photographs, most suitable for framing, is at Pat Hathaway’s studio in Monterey at 469 Pacific Street, in downtown Monterey:  Pat Hathaway Photography


Books about the river, beach, ocean, and trees:

1. The Monterey Bay Shoreline Guide, by Jerry Emory
2. The Death and Life of Monterey Bay, by Steve Palumbi
3. Wildflowers of Garland Ranch - a field guide by Michael Mitchell & Rod M. Yeager, MD (look for new edition in 2016)
4. America's Wetlands: Guide to Plants and Animals, by Marianne D. Wallace
5. Coastal California's Living Legacy: The Monterey Pine Forest, by Bates, Dalessio, Nedeff, & Stevens
6. Passion for Place: Community Reflections on the Carmel River Watershed, by Paola Fiorelle Berthoin
7. A Living Bay: The Underworld of Monterey Bay, by Lovell Langstroth and Libby Langstroth
8. River in Ruin: The Story of the Carmel River, by Ray A. March
9. A Californian's Guide to the Trees Among Us, by Matt Ritter


Hiking Books

1. Day Hikes Around Monterey & Carmel: 77 Great Hikes, by Robert Stone

2. Day Hikes on the California Central Coast: 71 Great Hikes, by Robert Stone

3. Explore! Big Sur Country, by Barry Parr

Other Books

1. Robinson Jeffers Selected Poems, by Donnan and Garth Jeffers
2. Sketches of Carmel-by-the-Sea, co-published by Ashley Day and Lisa Bryan
3. Cottages by the Sea, by Linda Leigh Paul
4. Carmel: A Timeless Place, by Steve Shapiro
5. Legendary Locals of Carmel-by-the-Sea, by Lisa Crawford Watson

Last Updated 1/4/17