Secret California: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure





Title: Secret California: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure
Author: Ruth Carlson
Size: 6 x 9
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781681063317
Price: $22.50

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Where can you walk on a beach full of broken pottery? What smells might you discover at the country’s only perfume museum? Is there any evidence that Big Foot is real? It’s no surprise that these are some of the questions that you might ask about California. In fact, the very title of this book, Secret California: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, may seem like an oxymoron to those who live here and already know about the quirky sides of California’s cities, beaches, wine regions, and mountains.

Learn the fascinating tales behind all the points of interest and discover some new places to look for adventure. Watch silent movies at the theater that made Charlie Chaplin famous, or see your own name in lights at the first Neon Museum. Whether it’s an ancient society’s crypt or the second city underneath the Capital, this guide leaves no stone unturned.

During the more than forty-six years author Ruth Carlson has lived in California she’s made it a point to seek out the oddities locals love and try to keep just for themselves. She’s sharing them here with locals and visitors alike so that you too can experience all that California’s been keeping a secret.


The quirky odd history of our state. Authors Ruth Carlson and Alec Scott will stop by to discuss their books ahead of an appearance at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club on October 24th. Scott’s book is called Oldest San Francisco and

San Francisco author Ruth Carlson reads from her new book, Secret California. It’s about the quirky, odd, unusual characters and places in the Golden State.

The California Magic Club family is excited to share that we’ve been featured in Secret California: A Guide To The Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure by Ruth Carlson.

Write-Stuff – Secret California: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure is the name of the book and its author Ruth Carlson has details.

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Weight 0.8 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 × 8.5 in


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