'The Union of Their Dreams' by Miriam Pawel Richard Steven Street, Street is the author, most recently, of "Everyone Had Cameras: Photography and Farmworkers in California, 1850-2000," the third volume in his history of California farmworkers.
'The Humbling' by Philip Roth Richard Rayner, Rayner is the author, most recently, of "A Bright and Guilty Place" and writes the Paperback Writers column, which appears monthly at www.latimes.com/books.
California's deficit of common sense Rebecca Solnit, Rebecca Solnit, a product of California public schools from kindergarten to graduate school, is the author most recently of "A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster."
The Golden State isn't worth it William Voegeli, William Voegeli is a contributing editor of the Claremont Review of Books. This article is adapted from the autumn 2009 issue of City Journal.
Examining ex-executives Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. His cartoons also appear in USA Today.