By now a confirmed Californian, Max Miller writes an unconventional, casual breezy book about his favorite state. It's not a travel book, but just an informal miscellany of odd, out of the way things about California, that heterogeneous, unpredictable ""grab box"". From missions to whorehouses, from Indians to lifeguards, from swordfish to vineyards, from large cities to resorts. Ideas, impressions, facts, by a reporter with a nice anecdotal approach. Double market -- Miller fans- California fans.