Reading List

A great way to learn about a place is to read about it. Below is a list of books that I have read throughout my travels. These include both fiction and non-fiction books, where the author or setting is related to the Capital or State.

Sacramento California

SACRAMENTO’S CAPITOL PARK
By John E. Allen
128 pp. Arcadia Publishing $22
Historic photojournalism documenting the development of the California State Capitol.


SACRAMENTO CHRONICLES: A GOLDEN PAST
By Cheryll Anne Stapp
144 pp. The History Press $20
A brief history of the Sacramento region from just before the Gold Rush to the middle of the 20th Century.


SACRAMENTO RENAISSANCE: ART, MUSIC, & ACTIVISM IN CALIFORNIA’S CAPITAL CITY
By William Burg
192 pp. The History Press $20
Social movements of the 20th Century that shaped Sacramento.

Honolulu Hawai’i

HAWAII’S STORY BY HAWAII’S QUEEN
By LILIUOKALANI
409 pp. Mutual Publishers $10
Detailed memoir from Hawaii’s Queen about the difficult years at the end of the 19th century. 


KAMEHAMEHA: THE WARRIOR KING OF HAWAII
By Susan K. Morrison
96 pp. University of Hawaii Press $15
Historical Fiction documenting the life and times of Kamehameha.

Boise Idaho

THE BASQUE HISTORY OF THE WORLD: THE STORY OF A NATION
By Mark Kurlansky
400 pp. Penguin Books $17
Detailed history of the Basque people. 


IDAHO: A NOVEL
By Emily Ruskovich
322 pp. Random House $17
An award winning debut novel set in Idaho that explores memory, tragedy, loss, and forgiveness.

Frankfort Kentucky

CONCERNING THE MATTER OF THE KING OF CRAW
By Ron Rhody
288 pp. Outer Banks Publishing Group $17
During the roaring twenties, in Frankfort Kentucky, two boys come of age.


THE GREAT CROSSING: A HISTORIC JOURNEY TO BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY
By Richard Taylor
109 pp. Buffalo Trace Distillery
A brief history of the Burbon industry in Frankfort.


KENTUCKY’S STATE CAPITOL
By David L. Buchta
128 pp. Arcadia Publishing $22
Historic photojournalism documenting the development of Kentucky’s State Capitol. 

Boston Massachusetts

THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: A HISTORY
By Gordon S. Wood
224 pp. Modern Library $17
Concise history of the events leading up to the Revolutionary War as well as the aftermath. 


OUR BOSTON: WRITERS CELEBRATE THE CITY THEY LOVE
By Andrew Baluner
368 pp. Mariner Books $17
Collection of essays from local Boston writers that celebrate their city. 

Carson City Nevada

AMERICAN RAILROADS
By John F. Stover
324 pp. University of Chicago Press $28
From short lines to Amtrak, the entire history of railroads in America.


EARLY CARSON CITY
By Susan J. Ballew and L. Trent Dolan
128 pp. Arcadia Publishing $22
Historic photojournalism documenting people, events, and architecture of early Carson City.


A SHORT HISTORY OF CARSON CITY
By Richard Moreno
189 pp. University of Nevada Press $22
A brief history of the foundations of Carson City.

Columbus Ohio

THAT DARK AND BLOODY RIVER
By Allan W. Eckert
882 pp. Bantam $22
Sprawling historical fiction detailing over a hundred years of history around the Ohio river. 

Salem Oregon

THE SALEM CLIQUE: OREGON’S FOUNDING BROTHERS
By Barbara S. Mahoney
224 pp. Oregon State University Press $23
An Oregon historian explores the complexities of creating a state.


ASTORIA: JOHN JACOB ASTOR AND THOMAS JEFFERSON’S LOST PACIFIC EMPIRE: A STORY OF WEALTH, AMBITION, AND SURVIVAL
By Peter Stark
403 pp. Ecco $16
An epic and forgotten story of the first American western colony. 

Austin Texas

HISTORIC TALES FROM THE TEXAS REPUBLIC: A GLIMPSE OF TEXAS PAST
By Jeffery Robenalt
163 pp. The History Press $20
Stories tracing the history of the Texas Republic from revolution, to sovereignty, to annexation.

Salt Lake City Utah

HIDDEN HISTORY OF UTAH
By Eileen Hallet Stone
208 pp. The History Press $20
Collection of stories showing that a successful newspaper column does not translate to a successful book.


SALT LAKE CITY: 1890 – 1930
By Gary Topping, Melissa Coy Ferguson, and Utah State Historical Society
128 pp. Arcadia Publishing $22
Historic photojournalism documenting the transformation of Salt Lake City from a Mormon refuge to a metropolis.

Olympia Washington

EXPLORING WASHINGTON’S MAJESTIC STATE CAPITOL
By Cathleen M. Norman
64 pp. Washington State Capitol Furnishings Preserva $12
Historic photojournalism documenting the development of Washington’s State Capitol. 


FREE BOY: A TRUE STORY OF SLAVE AND MASTER
By Lorraine McConaghy and Judy Bentley
108 pp. University of Washington Press $19
A story of escape on the underground railroad of the west. 


OLYMPIA
By David Scherer Water
109 pp. $10
A local author writes about the city he loves and hates.