This is specifically directed at prospective Californians, from young couples and families on to those of retirement age, and its competent coverage takes in many areas. A short history of the state precedes the detailed guidance, which, in its recognition of the pros and cons, is presented in a manner to aid in making a decision to move. There are sections on life in the two bit cities, Los Angeles and San Francisco, along the Pacific coast, in the small cities, and in valleys and the desert. Other chapters show the Californians at home, shopping, gardening, and note their dependence on cars; material on schooling, music, art, museums, argues that there is no cultural desert here. Living costs and definite economies (heat, clothes and housing) are contrasted with the expense of that necessary car and taxes; the chances for getting a job (and how to do it) are proved to be very good. Trailer living is discussed and the practical handling of retirement comes into the picture, and the opportunities of outdoor life, exploring and sightseeing round out the picture, with a final chapter on the water, traffic and smog problems and state politics. There is an additional note on similar findings in Arizona and Nevada. A book that should fill reference requirements and help anyone thinking of heading west.