Highway 99: A Literary Journey Through California's Great Central Valley
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Highway 99: A Literary Journey Through California's Great Central Valley

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Cultural Studies. Fiction. Nonfiction. Poetry. HIGHWAY 99: A LITERARY JOURNEY THROUGH CALIFORNIA'S GREAT CENTRAL VALLEY is an anthology of writings owing to Central Valley. Known in passing through and in memoir, the ground along Highway 99 has contributed to the literature of the twentieth century through such figures as Gary Snyder, Joan Didion, Maxine Hong Kingston, Joh...more
Paperback, 428 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Heyday Books
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I just have to add this book because of one story in it "Madera" by Franz Weinschenk. Franz use to be my brother-in-law. He married my oldest sister in June, 1953 so I have known him practically my whole life. I was aware of his family's flight from Germany in 1935 to escape Hitler. I knew they had initially settled in New York City but I never did know the story of how they got to California. This is that story and I was mesmerized by it. I felt I was probably prejudiced but I loaned it to my b...more
Beth Cato
I was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley of California, and the longer I've been away the more I long to return and be closer to family. It's not a fully positive place though - over development, gangs, allergies, drought. However, I find my home region often as a subject in my writing and also in my reading.[return][return]Highway 99 is a diverse 545-page anthology of essays, short fiction, poetry and plays. It covers well-known explorers such as John Muir commenting on how the valley wa...more
Jenn Raley
I appreciated finding a book devoted to California's Central Valley - a rare thing. This book does a good job of celebrating and exposing the realities of the San Joaquin Valley.

Like any anthology, some of the pieces are really great, while others are not as interesting. My favorites, for the most part, were the essays - especially those at the beginning, which described the long-lost valley as it was before it was turned into farmland, then endless housing tracts.

I had a hard time getting throu...more
Overall enjoyable, and the most poetry I've read since high school. My favorite part was the first half, I think. I loved the Native American tales and the first white explorers' descriptions of how things used to look in the Central Valley of California. I wanted more of those stories. This covers so many kinds of industry, too - from the migrant farmworkers to oil field gangs to the processing of the food by various immigrant communities.
428 pages. Donated 2010 May.

This regional best-seller includes works by Joan Didion, Maxine Hong Kingston, David Mas Masumoto, Richard Rodriguez, Gary Snyder, Gary Soto, John Steinbeck, and others. More than 15,000 copies sold in its first year.

Fabulous collection of short stories, poetry, drama from and about California's Central Valley ... American literature at its best.
I enjoyed this anthology very much. Arranged chronologically, it starts with a Native American legend and includes an essay by Joan Didion and stories of immigrant life through the decades. Some essays I enjoyed more than others, but overall it's very worth reading.
This is an incredible melange telling of the history of our Valley starting with the early Indians. Lots of poetry. A great summary.
This anthology, which includes more than 70 writers, provides a rich view of the region's physical and emotional landscape.
Nice compilation of stories, but got tired of it in the end.
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Stan Yogi has managed development programs for the ACLU of Northern California since 1997. He is the coeditor of two books, Highway 99: A Literary Journey through California's Great Central Valley and Asian American Literature: An Annotated Bibliography. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, MELUS, Los Angeles Daily Journal, and several anthologies. He is married to nonprofit admin...more
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