Mark Arax

Okay, perhaps its a stretch to call Mark "local", but the Fresno native is a friend of the store and writes about the Central Valley, including Bakersfield. A reporter for the LA Times, our bet (and hope) is that there are many more books to come from this talent.

Mark recounting the "other California" to C-SPAN.  Click Here.


West of the West: Dreamers, Believers, Builders, and Killers in the Golden State Cover Image
ISBN: 9781586489830
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Published: PublicAffairs - March 1st, 2011

BAKERSFIELD BESTSELLER at Russo's Books (2009)

Arax scores again with this wonderfully written collection of nine true investigative short stories taking us up and down the Golden State.

The King Of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of A Secret American Empire Cover Image
ISBN: 9781586482817
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Published: PublicAffairs - February 16th, 2005

BAKERSFIELD BESTSELLER at Russo's Books (2004-05)

A rich, colorful history of California centering on the untold story of America's biggest farmer, J.G. Boswell, who controls more than $1 billion worth of water rights and real estate in the heart of the state. The nonfiction version of Chinatown or East of Eden.

In My Father's Name Cover Image
ISBN: 9780671010027
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Published: Gallery Books - August 1st, 1997

My California: Journeys by Great Writers Cover Image
By Donna Wares (Editor), Pico Iyer (Introduction by)
Potentially Unavailable: Email or call Russo's for price and availability
ISBN: 9781883318437
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Angel City Press - June 4th, 2004

Fly-fish the pristine waters of the Owens River. Step up to the microphone in a California honky-tonk. Surf the biggest waves California has ever seen. Mingle with ducks in an urban oasis. Roller skate through L.A.'s Union Station. See California through the eyes of 27 of the state's finest writers.