The Coasts of California: A California Field Atlas

The Coasts of California: A California Field Atlas
Flexibound, 5.5 x 7.5, with over 400 full-color illustrations and maps, 672 pages.
ISBN: 9781597145510.

By Obi Kaufmann

California’s coastline is world famous, an endless source of fascination and fantasy, but there is no book about it like this one. Obi Kaufmann, author-illustrator of The California Field Atlas and The Forests of California, now turns his attention to the 1,200 miles of the Golden State where the land meets the ocean. Bursting with color, The Coasts of California is in Kaufmann’s signature style, fusing science with art and pure poetic reverie. And much more than a survey of tourist spots, Coasts is a full immersion into the astonishingly varied natural worlds that hug California’s shoreline. With hundreds of gorgeous watercolor maps and illustrations, Kaufmann explores the rhythms of the tides, the lives of sea creatures, the shifting of rocks and sand, and the special habitats found on California’s islands. At the book’s core is an expansive, detailed walk down the California Coastal Trail, including maps of parks along the way—a wealth of knowledge for any coast-lover. The Coasts of California is a geographic epic, an odyssey in nature, a grand and glorious book for a grand and glorious part of the world.

Reviews

"Kaufmann’s gaze easily ranges from the micro to the macro, skipping from phytoplankton to blue whales, and rising from the 2-mile depths of Monterey Canyon to mile-high coastal peaks where California condors glide along the thermals. [...] As a reader you are invited to join him on a journey of discovery — not as a passenger but as an active partner." Matt Jaffe, San Francisco Chronicle
"Much more than a survey of tourist spots, Coasts is a full immersion into the astonishingly varied natural worlds that hug California's shoreline. Everyone in the state should have this gorgeous book on their bookshelf." Liam Mayclem, CBS San Francisco
"Kaufmann spent a year, seven days a week, delving into and recording what’s on the coastline, in complex and dynamic detail, to produce a substantive, colorfully interpretive, frequently poetic 'atlas.' [...] The natural world of California’s coasts is surprising in its depth and complexity. And as captured by a diligent and experienced observer, unbelievably beautiful as well." Stephen Nett, The Press Democrat
"The Coasts of California: A California Field Atlas is a great addition to a collection of field guides or atlases that are also art books—this one has over 400 of the author’s signature watercolors and maps. While providing precious information on trails, the shifting of rocks, sand and special habitats, Kaufmann’s books can also be described as philosophical meditations written with surprisingly poetic prose." Agata Popeda, Monterey County Weekly
"The Coasts of California is a paean to the beauty and diversity of the littoral, unfolding in evocative essays and lovingly-rendered watercolors of the flora and fauna that live at the edges of the land." Alisa Carroll, HENRY magazine
"Obi wants to inspire us to be optimistic, not fatalistic about the world we find ourselves in. Stories of recovery are all around us if we open our eyes. He believes we can, indeed, reverse course and save what we have inherited." Dan Sealy, EcoNews
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About the Author

Obi Kaufmann

Obi Kaufmann

Growing up in the East Bay as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, Obi Kaufmann spent most of high school practicing calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo and map its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood, he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. He is the author of The California Field Atlas (2017, #1 San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller), The State of Water: Understanding California’s Most Precious Natural Resource (2019), and The Forests of California: A California Field Atlas (2020), all published by Heyday. When he is not backpacking, you can find the painter-poet at home in the East Bay, posting trail paintings at his handle @coyotethunder on Instagram. His website is coyoteandthunder.com. 

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