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Works (496)

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Adventures of a novelist by Gertrude Franklin Horn AthertonNonfiction-Memoir, Gold, 1932
The autobiography of Lincoln Steffens by Lincoln SteffensNonfiction-Memoir, Silver, 1932
Nur Mahal by Harold LambGeneral Literature, Silver, 1932
The pursuit of death: A study of Shelley's poetry by Benjamin Putnam KurtzScholarship-Study, Silver, 1933
San Francisco: A Pageant by Charles Caldwell DobieNonfiction, Gold, 1933
The Lord's anointed, a novel of Hawaii by Ruth Eleanor McKeeGeneral Literature, Silver, 1934
The revolutionary emperor, Joseph the Second, 1741-1790, by Saul Kussiel PadoverScholarship-History, Silver, 1934
The Saga of the Comstock Lode- Boom Days in Virginia City-Signed by George D. LymanScholarship, Gold, 1934
Laughter Out of the Ground; A Novel in Cadence by Robin LampsonGeneral Literature, Silver, 1935
SAN FRANCISCO TALES by charles dobieNonfiction, Gold, 1935
Tortilla Flat by John SteinbeckGeneral Literature, Silver, 1935
God and Man's Destiny by Hartley Burr AlexanderScholarship, Gold, 1936
In Dubious Battle by John SteinbeckGeneral Literature, Silver, 1936
Ordeal by Hunger by George R. StewartScholarship, Silver, 1936
Snow covered wagons: A pioneer epic : the Donner party expedition, 1846-1847 by Mrs. Julia Cooley AltrocchiScholarship, Silver, 1936
The early Stuarts, 1603-1660 by Godfrey DaviesScholarship, Silver, 1937
The Education of Hyman Kaplan by Leonard Q. RossGeneral Literature, Silver, 1937
Men of mathematics by E.T. BellScholarship, Gold, 1937
The Big Four by Oscar LewisScholarship, Silver, 1938
East of the Giants by George Rippey StewartGeneral Literature, Silver, 1938
Enchanted Vagabonds by Dana LambNonfiction-Memoir, Gold, 1938
Bright heritage by Mary Virginia ProvinesGeneral Literature, Silver, 1939
Flowering Earth by Donald Culross PeattieScholarship, Silver, 1939
The Grapes of Wrath by John SteinbeckGeneral Literature, Silver, 1939
Land Below the Wind by Agnes Newton KeithNonfiction-Memoir, Gold, 1939
San Francisco's Literary Frontier by Franklin WalkerScholarship, Gold, 1939
The Time of Your Life: A Comedy in Three Acts by William SaroyanGeneral Literature, Silver, 1939
Blue Willow by Doris GatesJuvenile, Silver, 1940
A Diplomatic History of the American People by Thomas A. BaileyScholarship, Gold, 1940
The March of the Barbarians by Harold LambScholarship, Silver, 1940
My Name is Aram by William SaroyanNonfiction-Memoir, Silver, 1940
The Structure of Art by Carl ThurstonScholarship, Gold, 1940
Wild Geese Calling by Stewart Edward WhiteGeneral Literature, Silver, 1940
Anybody's Gold by Joseph Henry JacksonGeneral Literature, Silver, 1941
Lord of Alaska: Baranov and the Russian Adventure by Hector ChevignyNonfiction, Gold, 1941
Many Mexicos by Lesley Byrd SimpsonScholarship, Gold, 1941
A history of historical writing by James Westfall ThompsonScholarship, Gold, 1942
I Remember Christine by Oscar LewisGeneral Literature, Silver, 1942
The Man Who Killed the Deer by Frank WatersFiction, Silver, 1942
The Stranger by Lillian Bos RossFiction, Silver, 1942
Brothers under the skin by Carey McWilliamsNonfiction, Gold, 1943
The Legacy of Nazism: The Economic and Social Consequences of Totalitarianism by Frank MunkScholarship, Gold, 1943
Spurs for Antonia by Katherine Wigmore EyreJuvenile, Silver, 1943
Trio by Dorothy BakerGeneral Literature, Silver, 1943
Wide is the Gate by Upton SinclairFiction, Silver, 1943
Caesar and Christ by Will DurantNonfiction, Gold, 1944
Captain Retread by Donald HoughFiction, Silver, 1944
Mystery at Thunderbolt House by Howard PeaseJuvenile, Silver, 1944
One Day on Beetle Rock by Sally CarrigharGeneral Literature, Silver, 1944
Woodrow Wilson and the lost peace by Thomas A. BaileyScholarship, Gold, 1944
The Epic of Latin America by John A. CrowScholarship, Gold, 1945
High Bonnet by Idwal JonesFiction, Silver, 1945
A Lion is in the Streets by Adria Locke LangleyGeneral Literature, Silver, 1945
Minor Heresies, Major Departures: A China Mission Boyhood by John Jenkins EspeyNonfiction, Gold, 1945
The Singing Cave by Margaret Carver LeightonJuvenile, Silver, 1945
South America called them; explorations of the great naturalists: La Condamine, Humboldt, Darwin, Spruce by Victor Wolfgang Von HagenNonfiction, Silver, 1945
Big Tree by Mary BuffFiction, Gold, 1946
The Christian Heritage in America by George Percy HedleyNonfiction, Silver, 1946
Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Movement by George E. MowryNonfiction, Silver, 1946
The Atlantic Frontier: Colonial American Civilization, 1607-1763 by Louis B. WrightScholarship, Gold, 1947
Blood Brother by Eliott ArnoldFiction, Gold, 1947
The great forest by Richard Gordon LillardNonfiction, Silver, 1947
The Trial of Sören Qvist by Janet LewisGeneral Literature, Silver, 1947
The Age of the Great Depression 1929-1941: A History of American Life by Dixon WecterScholarship, Gold, 1948
The Big Divide: The Lively Story of the People of the Southern Rocky Mountains from Yellowstone to Santa Fe by David LavenderNonfiction, Silver, 1948
The Legend of Henry Ford by Keith SwardNonfiction, Silver, 1948
The Nine Brides and Granny Hite by Neill Compton WilsonFiction, Silver, 1948
Seabird by Holling C. HollingJuvenile, Silver, 1948
The Sky and the Forest by C. S. ForesterFiction, Gold, 1948
Woman With a Sword by Hollister NobleGeneral Literature, Silver, 1948
At The Palace Gates by Helen Rand ParishJuvenile, Silver, 1949
The beast in his hunger; poems by Harry BrownPoetry, Silver, 1949
Epicurus My Master by Max RadinFiction, Silver, 1949
The Journey of Simon McKeever by Albert MaltzFiction, Gold, 1949
Revolt in San Marcos by Robert Carver NorthFiction, Silver, 1949
To Hell and Back by Audie MurphyNonfiction, Silver, 1949
About Mrs. Leslie by Viña DelmarFiction, Silver, 1950
Bridal Journey by Dale Van EveryFiction, Gold, 1950
Fifth Chinese Daughter by Jade Snow WongNonfiction, Silver, 1950
Sea road to the Indies: An account of the voyages and exploits of the Portuguese navigators, together with the lif by Henry Hersch HartNonfiction, Gold, 1950
Thomas and the Red Headed Angel by Marion GarthwaiteJuvenile, Silver, 1950
Ark of Empire by Idwal JonesNonfiction, Silver, 1951
The Negro and the Communist Party by Wilson RecordNonfiction, Silver, 1951
Sandra and the Right Prince by Mildred Napier AndersonFiction, Gold, 1951
Tracy's Tiger by William SaroyanFiction, Silver, 1951
The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (Perennial Classics) by Eric HofferNonfiction, Gold, 1951
Boss Ruef's San Francisco: The Story of the Union Labor Party, Big Business, and the Graft Prosecution (Cal 138) by Walton BeanNonfiction, Gold, 1952
Winds of Morning by H. L. DavisFiction, Silver, 1952
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray BradburyFiction, Silver, 1953
The High and the Mighty by Ernest K. GannFiction, Gold, 1953
It's Good to Be Black (Arcturus paperbacks ; AB133) by Ruby Berkley GoodwinNonfiction, Gold, 1953
Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West by Wallace StegnerNonfiction, Silver, 1954
Beyond the Hungry Country by Louise A. StinetorfFiction, Silver, 1954
The Epics of Everest by Leonard WibberleyFiction, Silver, 1954
Glory, God and Gold: A Narrative History of the Southwest by Paul I. WellmanNonfiction, Silver, 1954
Howells and the age of realism by Everett CarterNonfiction, Gold, 1954
The Nightmare by C. S. ForesterFiction, Gold, 1954
Cities in Revolt Urban Life in America, 1743-1776 by Carl BridenbaughNonfiction, Gold, 1955
The Genius and the Goddess by Aldous HuxleyFiction, Silver, 1955
The Good Shepherd by C. S. ForesterFiction, Silver, 1955
Notre-Dame of Paris by Allan TemkoNonfiction, Gold, 1955
The Streets of San Francisco by Samuel DicksonNonfiction, Silver, 1955
James Wilson, Founding Father, 1742-1798 by Page SmithNonfiction, Silver, 1956
The Long Watch by Elizabeth LiningtonFiction, Silver, 1956
Men of the Western Waters by Dale Van EveryCaliforniana, Silver, 1956
The Nun's Story by Kathryn HulmeNonfiction, Gold, 1956
Spook, the Mustang by Harlan ThompsonFiction, Silver, 1956
The Braintree Mission by Nicholas E. WyckoffFiction, Silver, 1957
David and the Phoenix by Edward OrmondroydJuvenile, Silver, 1957
Elizabethans at Home by Lu Emily PearsonNonfiction, Gold, 1957
The Flower Drum Song by C. Y. LeeFiction, Silver, 1957
Knock and Wait a While by William Rawle WeeksFiction, Silver, 1957
San Francisco Bay by Harold GilliamCaliforniana, Silver, 1957
The Era of Theodore Roosevelt, 1900-1912 by George E. MowryNonfiction, Silver, 1958
Land of Giants: Drive to the Pacific Northwest, 1750-1950 by David LavenderNonfiction, Silver, 1958
Mistress to an age : a life of Madame de Staël by J. Christopher HeroldNonfiction, Gold, 1958
Montgomery and the Portsmouth by Fred Blackburn RogersCaliforniana, Silver, 1958
The Sergeant by Dennis MurphyFiction, Silver, 1958
Warlock by Oakley HallFiction, Gold, 1958
Alexander Hamilton (Portrait in Paradox) by John C. MillerNonfiction, Gold, 1959
The Earth Shook, the Sky Burned by William BronsonCaliforniana, Silver, 1959
The end of American innocence : a study of the first years of our own time, 1912-1917 by Henry F. MayNonfiction, Silver, 1959
Flight from Ashiya by Eliott ArnoldFiction, Gold, 1959
Thaddeus Stevens : Scourge of the South by Fawn M. BrodieNonfiction, Silver, 1959
The Thirteenth Apostle by Eugene ValeFiction, Silver, 1959
This Is The Desert story of America's Arid Region by Phil AultJuvenile, Silver, 1959
Chancellor Robert R. Livingston of New York, 1746-1813 by George DangerfieldNonfiction, Gold, 1960
Hawaii the Aloha State by Helen BauerJuvenile, Silver, 1960
A Shooting Star by Wallace StegnerFiction, Silver, 1960
The War for the Union, Vol. 2: War Becomes Revolution, 1862-1863 by Allan NevinsNonfiction, Silver, 1960
The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving StoneFiction, Silver, 1961
Forth to the Wilderness: The First American Frontier, 1754-1774 by Dale Van EveryNonfiction, Silver, 1961
The Gray Sea Raiders by Gordon D. ShirreffsJuvenile, Silver, 1961
Ishi in Two Worlds by Theodora KroeberCaliforniana, Silver, 1961
Mila 18 by Leon UrisFiction, Gold, 1961
Sinclair Lewis: An American Life by Mark SchorerNonfiction, Gold, 1961
Adolph Sutro - A Biography by Robert E. and M. F. StewartNonfiction, Silver, 1962
The Everlasting Fire by Jonreed LauritzenFiction, Silver, 1962
First woman ambulance surgeon, Emily Barringer by Iris NobleJuvenile, Silver, 1962
Franz Kafka: Parable and Paradox [Revised and Expanded Edition] by Heinz PolitzerNonfiction, Gold, 1962
Heart of the Wild by Chet SchwarzkopfFiction, Silver medal, 1962
John Adams by Page SmithNonfiction, Gold, 1962
Ah, Julian! A memoir of Julian Brodetsky by Leonard WibberleyNonfiction, Silver, 1963
A History of Russia by Nicholas V. RiasanovskyNonfiction, Gold, 1963
James Gibbons Huneker: Critic of the Seven Arts by Arnold T. SchwabNonfiction, Silver, 1963
The Keys and the Candle: The Story of a Boy Scribe in Eleventh Century England by Maryhale WoolseyJuvenile, Silver, 1963
South from San Francisco by Frank Merriman StangerCaliforniana, Silver, 1963
Andreas Vesalius of Brussels, 1514-1564 by C. D. O'MalleyNonfiction, Gold, 1964
Armageddon by Leon UrisFiction, Silver, 1964
The Gathering of Zion: The Story of the Mormon Trail by Wallace StegnerFiction, Silver, 1964
The Man by Irving WallaceFiction, Silver, 1964
Sarah & the Senator by Robert Henry KroningerCaliforniana, Silver, 1964
A Spell is Cast by Eleanor CameronJuvenile, Silver, 1964
Arfive by A. B. Guthrie, Jr.Nonfiction, Gold, 1965
Campion Towers by John Louis BeattyJuveile, Silver, 1965
Cellist by Gregor PiatigorskyNonfiction, Silver, 1965
The Final Challenge: The American Frontier, 1804-1845 by Dale Van EveryNonfiction, Silver, 1965
Oil, land, and politics; the California career of Thomas Robert Bard by W. H. HutchinsonNonfiction, Gold, 1965
Selected Poems by Louis SimpsonPoetry, Silver, 1965
The Year of the Death by Reuben MerlissFiction, Silver, 1965
All the Little Heroes by Herbert WilnerFiction, Silver, 1966
The cave and the mountain : a study of E M Forster by Wilfred StoneNonfiction, Gold, 1966
Chancy and the Grand Rascal by Sid FleischmanCaliforniana, Silver, 1966
Decline of the Californios: A Social History of the Spanish-Speaking Californias, 1846-1890 by Leonard PittNonfiction, Silver, 1966
The ordeal of the Constitution; the antifederalists and the ratification struggle of 1787-1788 by Robert Allen RutlandNonfiction, Silver, 1966
The Stone Mason of Tor House: The Life and Times of Robinson Jeffers by Melba Berry BennettNonfiction, Gold, 1966
All the Little Live Things by Wallace StegnerFiction, Silver, 1967
Fathers by Herbert GoldNonfiction, Silver, 1967
Fool's Gold by Richard DillonCaliforniana, Silver, 1967
A Night of Watching by Eliott ArnoldFiction, Gold, 1967
Robert E. Lee: A Portrait by Margaret SanbornNonfiction, Gold, 1967
The rose of solitude by William EversonPoetry, Silver, 1967
Silent Ship, Silent Sea by Robb WhiteJuvenile, Silver, 1967
The young Stalin; the early years of an elusive revolutionary by Edward Ellis SmithNonfiction, Silver, 1967
Airport by Arthur HaileyFiction, Silver, 1968
Edward L. Thorndike: The Sane Positivist by Geraldine JonCich CliffordNonfiction, Gold, 1968
Everyman's Eden by Ralph Joseph RoskeCaliforniana, Silver, 1968
Heroic Mexico: The Violent Emergence of a Modern Nation by William Weber JohnsonNonfiction, Gold, 1968
The Immigrant Upraised: Italian Adventurers and Colonists in an Expanding America by Andrew F. RolleNonfiction, Silver, 1968
The Cay by Theodore TaylorJuvenile, Silver, 1969
The Great Betrayal by Audrie GirdnerCaliforniana, Silver, 1969
Green and Burning Tree: On the Writing and Enjoyment of Children's Books by Eleanor CameronJuvenile, Silver, 1969
With Bold Knife and Fork by M.F.K. FisherNonfiction, Gold, 1969
Asian Ideas of East and West: Tagore and His Critics in Japan, China, and India by Stephen HayNonfiction, Gold, 1970
Crimson ramblers of the world, farewell by Jessamyn WestFiction, Silver, 1970
The El Dorado Trail by Ferol EganCaliforniana, Silver, 1970
Interpretations of Life: A Survey of Contemporary Literature: The Lives and Opinions of Some Major Authors of Our Time by Will DurantNonfiction, Silver, 1970
Jonah and the great fish by Clyde Robert BullaJuvenile, Silver, 1970
The Rise of Modern China by Immanuel C. Y. HsuNonfiction, Silver, 1970
Annie and the Old One by Patricia Miles MartinJuvenile, Silver, 1971
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. GainesFiction, Silver, 1971
The Exorcist by William Peter BlattyFiction, Gold, 1971
The Indispensable Enemy by Alexander SaxtonCaliforniana, Silver, 1971
More under Saturn by William DickeyPoetry, Silver, 1971
Textile Art in the Church by Marion P. IrelandNonfiction, Silver, 1971
Contour in Time: The Plays of Eugene O'Neill by Travis BogardNonfiction, Gold, 1972
Monterey by Augusta FinkCaliforniana, Silver, 1972
The Pound Era by Hugh KennerFiction, Silver, 1972
Samurai of Gold Hill by Yoshiko UchidaJuvenile, Silver, 1972
Sand in a whirlwind: the Paiute Indian War of 1860 by Ferol EganNonfiction, Silver, 1972
Americans and the California Dream, 1850-1915 by Kevin StarrNonfiction, Gold, 1973
Chile, Peru, and the California Gold Rush of 1849 by Jay MonaghanCaliforniana, Silver, 1973
The Cowboy and the Cossack by Clair HuffakerFiction, Silver, 1973
Gideon Welles: Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy by John NivenNonfiction, Silver, 1973
Living together : new and selected poems by Edgar BowersPoetry, Silver, 1973
Steinbeck Country by Steve CrouchNonfiction, Gold, 1973
Yours, and mine; novella and stories by Judith RascoeFiction, Silver, 1973
Against the law; the Nixon Court and criminal justice by Leonard W. LevyFiction, Silver, 1974
The Ascent of Man by Jacob BronowskiNonfiction, Gold, 1974
The Connoisseur by Evan S. ConnellFiction, Silver, 1974
An Everyday History of Somewhere by Ray RaphaelCaliforniana, Gold, 1974
Love Out of Season by Ella LefflandFiction, Silver, 1974
The Paper Party (Picture Puffin) by Don FreemanJuvenile, Silver, 1974
A Time for Titans by Viña DelmarFiction, Silver, 1974
The Age of Napoleon by Will DurantNonfiction, Silver, 1975
The Great Train Robbery by Michael CrichtonFiction, Silver, 1975
Nothing Seemed Impossible by David LavenderCaliforniana, Silver, 1975
The Opium War, 1840-1842: Barbarians in the Celestial Empire in the Early Part of the Nineteenth Century and the War by Which They Forced Her Gates Ajar by Peter Ward FayNonfiction, Silver, 1975
The Rape of the Nile: Tomb Robbers, Tourists, and Archaeologists in Egypt, Revised and Updated by Brian M. FaganNonfiction, Gold, 1975
Romantic Revolutionary: A Biography of John Reed by Robert A. RosenstoneNonfiction, Silver, 1975
Adult bookstore by Karl ShapiroPoetry, Silver, 1976
Jack Straw's Castle by Thom GunnPoetry, Gold, 1976
A New Age Now Begins: A People's History of the American Revolution by Page SmithNonfiction, Gold, 1976
Peasants into Frenchmen: The Modernization of Rural France, 1870-1914 by Eugen WeberNonfiction, Silver, 1976
The Spectator Bird by Wallace StegnerFiction, Silver, 1976
Fremont: Explorer For A Restless Nation by Ferol EganNonfiction, Silver, 1977
Haywire by Brooke HaywardNonfiction, Silver, 1977
Henry Evans Botanical Prints by Henry EvansNonfiction, Silver, 1977
In Mediterranean Air by Ann StanfordPoetry, Silver, 1977
The Wanderers: The Saga of Three Women Who Survived by Ingrid RimlandFirst Fiction, Gold, 1977
The Dark Range by David Rains WallaceCaliforniana, Silver, 1978
Germany 1866-1945 by Gordon A. CraigNonfiction, Silver, 1978
Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott BergFiction, Gold, 1978
North of Danger by Dale FifeJuvenile, Silver, 1978
Saint Nicholas of Myra, Bari, and Manhattan: Biography of a Legend by Charles W. JonesNonfiction, Silver, 1978
A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsyth HaileyFirst Fiction, Silver, 1978
Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery by Leon F. LitwackNonfiction, Silver, 1979
The Fool and the Dancing Bear by Pamela StearnsJuvenile, Silver, 1979
The Morning Star by Kenneth RexrothPoetry, Silver, 1979
Sea Glass by Laurence YepJuvenile, Silver, 1979
Symbols of Eternity: The Art of Landscape Painting in China by Michael SullivanNotable Contribution to Publishing, Silver, 1979
The Urban Crucible: The Northern Seaports and the Origins of the American Revolution by Gary B. NashNonfiction, Silver, 1979
The Year of the French by Thomas FlanaganFirst Fiction, Gold, 1979
Flight of the sparrow: A novel by Julia CunninghamJuvenile, Gold, 1980
The Half-a-Moon Inn by Paul FleischmanJuvenile, Silver, 1980
The Imperiled Union: Essays on the Background of the Civil War by Kenneth M. StamppNonfiction, Silver, 1980
Impossible Appetites: Nine Stories (The Iowa School of Letters Award for Short Fiction) by James FetlerFiction, Silver, 1980
A Revolutionary People At War: The Continental Army and American Character, 1775-1783 by Charles RoysterNonfiction, Silver, 1980
Translating Neruda: The Way to Macchu Picchu by John FelstinerNonfiction, Gold, 1980
Family: A Novel in the Form of a Memoir by Herbert GoldFiction, Silver, 1981
Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez by Richard RodriguezNonfiction, Gold, 1981
A Jar of Dreams by Yoshiko UchidaJuvenile, Silver, 1981
Poems Old and New: 1918-1978 by Janet LewisPoetry, Silver, 1981
Will's boy : a memoir by Wright MorrisNonfiction, Silver, 1981
The World Rushed In by J. S. HollidayCaliforniana, Gold, 1981
The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 by Robert MiddlekauffNonfiction, Gold, 1982
The Infinite Passion of Expectation by Gina BerriaultFiction, Silver, 1982
Spacks Street : new & selected poems by Barry SpacksPoetry, Silver, 1982
Story for a Black Night by Clayton BessFirst Fiction, Silver, 1982
Winemaking in California by Ruth TeiserCaliforniana, Gold, 1982
Collected Poems, 1930-83 by Josephine MilesPoetry, Silver, 1983
Cry of the Kalahari by Mark OwensJuvenile, Silver, 1983
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly ClearyJuvenile, Silver, 1983
A Dime to Dance By by Walter WalkerFirst Fiction, Silver, 1983
The First Elizabeth by Carolly EricksonNonfiction, Gold, 1983
French Gothic Architecture of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries by Jean BonyNonfiction, Gold, 1983
A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. GainesFiction, Silver, 1983
The Klamath Knot by David Rains WallaceCaliforniana, Silver, 1983
Mountains of the Middle Kingdom: Exploring the High Peaks of China and Tibet by Galen RowellNotable Contribution to Publishing, Silver, 1983
Above Paris by Robert CameronNonfiction, Silver, 1984
Celebrating Italy by Carol FieldNotable Contribution to Publishishing, Silver, 1984
European Poems and Transitions: Over All the Obscene Boundaries (New Directions Paperback) by Lawrence FerlinghettiPoetry, Silver, 1984
The Hill Towns of Italy by Carol FieldNotable Contribution to Publishishing, Silver, 1984
Monkey Puzzle and Other Poems by Myra Cohn LivingstonJuvenile, Silver, 1984
Stones for Ibarra by Harriet DoerrFiction, Silver, 1984
Tapping the Source by Kem NunnFirst Fiction, Silver, 1984
The University of California/Sotheby Book of California Wine by Doris MuscatineCaliforniana, Gold, 1984
Art in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-1980 by Thomas AlbrightCalifornia, Gold, 1985
Early light (University of Utah Press poetry series) by W. S. Di PieroPoetry, Silver, 1985
Face by Cecile PinedaFiction, Silver, 1985
Greasy Lake: and Other stories by T.C. BoyleFiction, Silver, 1985
A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals by Spiro KostofNonfiction, Gold, 1985
Reasons to Live by Amy HempelFiction, Silver, 1985
Willow Maiden by Meghan CollinsJuvenile, Silver, 1985
Birds Landing by Ernest FinneyFiction, Silver, 1986
France, Fin de Siècle (Studies in Cultural History) by Eugen WeberNonfiction, Gold, 1986
Giovanni and Lusanna: Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence by Gene A. BruckerNonfiction, Silver, 1986
The Golden Gate by Vikram SethCaliforniana, Gold, 1986
Left Out in the Rain: New Poems 1947-1985 by Gary SnyderPoetry, Silver, 1986
Mountain Light: In Search of the Dynamic Landscape by Galen A. RowellNotable Contribution to Publishing, Silver, 1986
Sapphics Against Anger and Other Poems by Timothy SteelePoetry, Silver, 1986
Small Business (Contemporary American Fiction) by Tom ParkerFirst Fiction, Silver, 1986
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy ShiltsNonfiction, Silver, 1987
Bitter Melon by Jeff GillenkirkCaliforniana, Silver, 1987
Chaucer: His Life, His Works, His World by Donald R. HowardNonfiction, Gold, 1987
Imagining Argentina by Lawrence ThorntonFirst Fiction, Silver, 1987
Nell's Quilt by Susan TerrisJuvenile, Silver, 1987
Unremembered Country by Susan GriffinFirst Fiction, Silver, 1987
Voyages of Discovery: Captain Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific by Lynne WitheyNonfiction, Silver, 1987
World's End by T.C. BoyleFiction, Silver, 1987
The Collected Poems by Czesław MiłoszPoetry, Silver, 1988
Green Architecture & The Agrarian Garden by Barbara Stauffacher SolomonNonfiction, Silver, 1988
Julia Morgan, Architect by Sara Holmes BoutelleCaliforniana, Gold, 1988
Of Gravity and Angels by Jane HirshfieldPoetry, Silver, 1988
Picasso's Guernica : history, transformations, meanings by Herschel B. ChippNonfiction, Silver, 1988
Step into the night by Joanne Ryder Juvenile, Silver, 1988
The Way to the Western Sea by David LavenderNonfiction, Silver, 1988
What Is It Then Between Us by Ehud HavazeletFiction, Silver, 1988
Dead Languages by David ShieldsPoetry, Silver, 1989
Denial of Disaster by Gladys C. HansenCaliforniana, Gold, 1989
Fortress (Wesleyan Poetry) by Brenda HillmanPoetry, Silver, 1989
Human Wishes by Robert HassPoetry, Silver, 1989
The Joy Luck Club by Amy TanFiction, Silver, 1989
Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans Au of... by Ronald TakakiNonfiction, Gold, 1989
America in 1857: A Nation on the Brink by Kenneth M. StamppNonfiction, Silver, 1990
Babushka's Doll by Patricia PolaccoJuvenile, Silver, 1990
Bay Area Figurative Art, 1950-1965 by Caroline A. JonesCaliforniana, Gold, 1990
Even Now by Michelle LatiolaisFiction, Silver, 1990
The Knight, Death and the Devil by Ella LefflandNonfiction, Silver, 1990
Limbo River by Rick HillisFiction, Silver, 1990
O California! : nineteenth and early twentieth century California landscapes and observations by Stephen VincentNotable Contribution to Publishing, Silver, 1990
Sacred Mountains of the World by Edwin BernbaumNonfiction, Gold, 1990
Anne Sexton: A Biography by Diane MiddlebrookNonfiction, Gold, 1991
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan FaludiNonfiction, Silver, 1991
Farming on the Edge by John HartCaliforniana, Gold, 1991
Fly Away Home by Eve BuntingJuvenile, Silver, 1991
Jayhawker by Patricia BeattyJuvenile, Silver, 1991
Mariette in Ecstasy by Ron HansenFiction, Silver, 1991
Provinces by Czesław MiłoszPoetry, Silver, 1991
Sarah Canary by Karen Joy FowlerFiction, Silver, 1991
What Work Is by Philip LevinePoetry, Silver, 1991
A Bowl of Mischief by Ellen Kindt McKenzieJuvenile, Silver, 1992
Chicken Sunday by Patricia PolaccoJuvenile, Silver, 1992
Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father by Richard RodriguezNonfiction, Silver, 1992
Earthquake at Dawn by Kristiana GregoryJuvenile, Silver, 1992
Het lied van de Mexicana's by Sylvia Lopez-MedinaFirst Novel, Silver, 1992
Josiah Royce: From Grass Valley to Harvard by Robert V. HineCaliforniana, Gold, 1992
Napoleon by Proctor Patterson JonesNotable Contribution to Publishing, Silver, 1992
Red Square by Martin Cruz SmithFiction, Silver, 1992
Triumphs and Tragedy: A History of the Mexican People by Ramón Eduardo RuizNonfiction, Gold, 1992
When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. YalomFiction, Gold, 1992
The Arts and Crafts Movement in California: Living the Good Life by Kenneth R. TrappNotable Contribution to Publishing, Silver, 1993
Bull Run by Paul FleischmanJuvenile, Silver, 1993
Dragon's Gate by Laurence YepJuvenile, Silver, 1993
Grandfather's Journey by Allen SayJuvenile, Silver, 1993
The Great Central Valley by Stephen JohnsonCaliforniana, Silver, 1993
Lost Body (National Poetry Series) by Terry EhretPoetry, Silver, 1993
No Way to Build a Ballpark by Allan TemkoNonfiction, Silver, 1993
Opera in America: A Cultural History by John DizikesNonfiction, Gold, 1993
Tuscaloosa by W. Glasgow PhillipsFirst Novel, Silver, 1993
Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen CushmanJuvenile, Silver, 1994
The October Palace: Poems by Jane HirshfieldPoetry, Silver, 1994
The Odyssey of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade: Americans in the Spanish Civil War by Peter CarrollJuvenile, Silver, 1994
The Palace Thief by Ethan CaninFiction, Silver, 1994
The philosopher's club by Kim Theresa AddonizioPoetry, Silver, 1994
Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self Esteem, and the Confidence Gap by Peggy OrensteinNonfiction, Silver, 1994
Smoky Night by Eve BuntingJuvenile, Silver, 1994
Two Eagles / Dos Aguilas: A Natural History of the United States-Mexico Borderlands by Tupper Ansel BlakeNotable Contribution to Publishing, Silver, 1994
The ZOO WHERE YOU'RE FED TO GOD: A NOVEL by Michael VenturaFiction, Silver, 1994
Canto familiar by Gary SotoJuvenile, Silver, 1995
The Faithful Friend by Robert D. San SouciJuvenile, Silver, 1995
Jackson Street and Other Soldier Stories by John A. MillerFirst Work, Gold, 1995
Lights & Mysteries by Thomas CentolellaPoetry, Silver, 1995
Naming the Spirits by Lawrence ThorntonFiction, Silver, 1995
Poles Apart: Parallel Visions of the Arctic and Antarctic by Galen RowellNonfiction, Silver, 1995
Possible Lives by Mike RoseNonfiction, Silver, 1995
Reckless Driver by Lisa ViceFirst Work, Silver, 1995
Red Sauce, Whiskey and Snow by August KleinzahlerPoetry, Silver, 1995
A Time for Dancing by Davida Wills HurwinJuvenile, Silver, 1995
A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy FarmerJuvenile, Silver, 1996
Harping On: Poems, 1985-1995 by Carolyn KizerPoetry, Silver, 1996
Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir by D. J. WaldieNonfiction, Gold, 1996
Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics by Ruth Lewin SimeNonfiction, Silver, 1996
Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman by Alan SchroederJuvenile, Silver, 1996
Sacred Dust by David HillFirst Work of Fiction, Silver, 1996
Storm over Mono by John HartCaliforniana, Gold, 1996
Sun Under Wood by Robert HassPoetry, Silver, 1996
Women in Their Beds: New and Selected Stories by Gina BerriaultFiction, Silver, 1996
Circumnavigation by Steve LattimoreFirst Fiction, Silver, 1997
Creek Walk and Other Stories by Molly GilesFiction, Silver, 1997
The Dream Endures: California Enters the 1940s by Kevin StarrCaliforniana, Silver, 1997
A Far Rockaway of the Heart (New Directions Paperbook) by Lawrence FerlinghettiPoetry, Silver, 1997
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared DiamondNonfiction, Gold, 1997
The Hired Hand by Robert D. San SouciJuvenile, Silver, 1997
Le Divorce by Diane JohnsonFiction, Gold, 1997
Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature by Harry W. GreeneNotable Contribution to Publishing, Silver, 1997
All On Fire by Henry MayerNonfiction, Silver, 1998
The Art of the Lathe by B. H. FairchildPoetry, Silver, 1998
Goodnight, Nebraska by Tom McNealFiction, Silver, 1998
Harvest Son by David Mas MasumotoCaliforniana, Silver, 1998
Hunger by Lan Samantha ChangFirst Fiction, Silver, 1998
I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade by Diane Lee WilsonJuvenile, Silver, 1998
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam HochschildNonfiction, Gold, 1998
Lost Lake: Stories by Mark SloukaFiction, Silver, 1998
Mrs. Dumpty by Chana BlochPoetry, Silver, 1998
Sitting Ducks by Michael BedardJuvenile, Silver, 1998
The Artist of the Missing: A Novel by Paul La FargeFirst Fiction, Silver, 1999
Crooked by Laura McNealFirst Fiction, Silver, 1999
Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 by David M. KennedyNonfiction, Gold, 1999
Leaving Pico (Hardscrabble Books) by Frank GasparFiction, Silver, 1999
Little Bo by Julie Andrews EdwardsYoung Adult, Silver, 1999
The Mercy: Poems by Philip LevinePoetry, Silver, 1999
The Oxygen Man by Steve YarbroughFirst Fiction, Gold, 1999
Rush for Riches by J. S. HollidayCaliforniana, Silver, 1999
Salvation at Stake: Christian Martyrdom in Early Modern Europe by Brad S. GregoryNonfiction, Silver, 1999
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael ChabonFiction, Gold, 2000
At the Sign of the Star by Katherine SturtevantYoung Adult, Silver, 2000
California Calls You: The Art of Promoting the Golden State 1870 to 1940 by K. D. KurutzPublishing, Silver, 2000
Jubal's Wish by Audrey WoodJuvenile, Silver, 2000
The Literature of California by Jack HicksCaliforniana, Silver, 2000
Our Vietnam: The War 1954-1975 by A. J. LangguthNonfiction, Gold, 2000
Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner by F.X. TooleFirst Fiction, Silver, 2000
The Royal Family by William T. VollmannFiction, Silver, 2000
Selected Poems [by Fanny Howe] by Fanny HowePoetry, Gold, 2000
American Colonies by Alan TaylorNonfiction, Gold, 2001
Capturing Light by Drew Heath JohnsonCaliforniana, Silver, 2001
Cool, Calm, and Collected: Poems 1960-2000 by Carolyn KizerPoetry, Silver, 2001
Edgewater Angels: A Novel by Sandro MealletFirst Fiction, Silver, 2001
Haussmann, or the Distinction: A Novel by Paul La FargeFiction, Silver, 2001
Highwire Moon by Susan StraightFiction, Gold, 2001
New and Collected Poems: 1931–2001 by Czesław MiłoszPoetry, Gold, 2001
Notes from a Liar and Her Dog by Gennifer CholdenkoYoung Adult, Silver, 2001
Splendide Californie!: Impressions of the Golden State by French artists, 1786 to 1900 by Claudine ChalmersNotable Contribution to Publishing, Silver, 2001
American Law in the Twentieth Century by Lawrence M. FriedmanNonfiction, Silver, 2002
Brown: The Last Discovery of America by Richard RodriguezNonfiction, Gold, 2002
Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest: Poems by B. H. FairchildPoetry, Gold, 2002
The High Sierra of California by Gary SnyderNotable Contribution to Publishing, Silver, 2002
The Last Good Chance: A Novel by Tom BarbashFirst Fiction, Silver, 2002
The Lovely Bones by Alice SeboldFirst Fiction, Silver, 2002
The Miracle: A Novel by John L'HeureuxFiction, Gold, 2002
This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie by Elizabeth PartridgeYoung Adult, Silver, 2002
When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson by Pam Munoz RyanJuvenile, Silver, 2002
Writing Los Angeles by David L. UlinCaliforniana, Silver, 2002
American Expressionism: Art and Social Change, 1920-1950 by Bram DijkstraNonfiction, Silver, 2003
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrauYoung Adult, Silver, 2003
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ PackerFirst Fiction, Silver, 2003
Evidence of Things Unseen: A Novel by Marianne WigginsFiction, Gold, 2003
Just a Minute!: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book by Yuyi MoralesJuvenile, Silver, 2003
The King Of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of A Secret American Empire by Mark AraxCaliforniana, Silver, 2003
Old School by Tobias WolffFiction, Silver, 2003
Parasites Like Us by Adam JohnsonFiction, Silver, 2003
Rising Up and Rising Down by William T. VollmannNotable Contribution to Publishing, Silver, 2003
River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West by Rebecca SolnitNonfiction, Gold, 2003
The Strange Hours Travelers Keep: Poems by August KleinzahlerPoetry, Gold, 2003
Where I Was From by Joan DidionSpecial Acknowledgement, Silver, 2003
Beasts of the Fields: A Narrative History of California Farmworkers, 1769-1913 by Richard Steven StreetCaliforniana, Silver, 2004
The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean GreerFiction, Gold, 2004
Every Night Is Ladies' Night: Stories by Michael Jaime-BecerraFirst Fiction, Silver, 2004
Graceland by Chris AbaniFiction, Silver, 2004
Happy Baby by Stephen ElliottFiction, Silver, 2004
The School Among the Ruins: Poems 2000-2004 by Adrienne RichPoetry, Gold, 2004
The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic (The American Empire Project) by Chalmers JohnsonNonfiction, Gold, 2004
Walt Whitman: Words for America by Barbara KerleyJuvenile, Silver, 2004
Worth by A. LaFayeYoung Adult, Silver, 2004
Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves by Adam HochschildNonfiction, Gold, 2005
The Cloud Chamber (Anne Schwartz Books) by Joyce MaynardYoung Adult, Silver, 2005
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared DiamondNonfiction, Silver, 2005
Europe Central by William VollmannFiction, Gold, 2005
The Great Earthquake and Firestorms of 1906 by Philip L. FradkinCaliforniana, Silver, 2005
The Niagara River: Poems by Kay RyanPoetry, Gold, 2005
Nice Big American Baby by Judy BudnitzFiction, Silver, 2005
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa SeeFiction, Silver, 2005
Terrific by Jon AgeeJuvenile, Silver, 2005
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers: Stories by Yiyun LiFirst Fiction, Silver, 2005
Artificial Light (Little House on the Bowery) by James GreerFirst Fiction, Silver, 2006
Enrique's Journey by Sonia NazarioNonfiction, Silver, 2006
The Great Black Way by R J SmithCaliforniana, Silver, 2006
Landed by Milly LeeJuvenile, Silver, 2006
New and Collected Poems, 1964-2006 by Ishmael ReedPoetry, Gold, 2006
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael PollanNonfiction, Gold, 2006
Talk Talk by T.C. BoyleFiction, Silver, 2006
A True and Faithful Narrative by Katherine SturtevantYoung Adult, Silver, 2006
Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi wa'Thiong'oFiction, Gold, 2006
Chinese Apples: New and Selected Poems by W. S. Di PieroPoetry, Gold, 2007
Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul FleischmanContribution to Publishing, Silver, 2007
Ralph Ellison: A Biography by Arnold RampersadNonfiction, Gold, 2007
Reinventing Los Angeles: Nature and Community in the Global City by Robert GottliebCaliforniana, Silver, 2007
Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang CompestineYoung Adult, Silver, 2007
Sons and Other Flammable Objects: A Novel by Porochista KhakpourFirst Fiction, Silver, 2007
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay AsherYoung Adult, Silver, 2007
What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker HoweNonfiction, Silver, 2007
The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael ChabonFiction, Gold, 2007
Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970 by Gordon ChangContribution to Publishing, Gold, 2008
The End of the Jews: A Novel by Adam MansbachFiction, Gold, 2008
Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life by John AdamsNonfiction, Gold, 2008
Legend of a Suicide by David VannFirst Fiction, Silver, 2008
Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West by Deanne StillmanNonfiction, Silver, 2008
Practice by Dan BellmPoetry, Silver, 2008
Sleeping It Off in Rapid City: Poems, New and Selected by August KleinzahlerPoetry, Gold, 2008
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We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir NelsonJuvenile, Gold, 2008
White Sands, Red Menace by Ellen KlagesYoung Adult, Gold, 2008
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