Launched in the fall of 2012, WILDSAM is a series of American field guides, small books with a lot of soul, packed with local lore, interviews, memoir, hand-drawn maps, personal essays and more. Equal parts travel guide and tribute, the field guides suit both weekender and native. 

We often come back to a single sentence when thinking about the beginnings of WILDSAM. "And the world was peopled with wonders." If you've not read Steinbeck's East of Eden, the gist of the scene is this: An Irishman settles with his sprawling family on a dried-up spread in the Salinas Valley. One day, out digging a well with his two sons, the men hit a quarry of unfamiliar black rock. One son thinks it might be a buried locomotive. The other, some valuable ore. The father, Sam, thinking he might be looking at a fallen meteor, gets what Steinbeck describes as "that joyous faraway look" on his face. We can't imagine a better description of curiosity.

We believe Steinbeck's words to be as true as the ground we walk on. And we think knowing what's in that ground matters. We make our field guides in hopes of populating their pages with those buried joys.

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"For tireless seekers of the authentic." - The Wall Street Journal

"This series gets at the soul of a city." - Conde Nast Traveler

"Charmingly throwback." - National Geographic Traveler

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About the founding editor. Taylor Bruce spent the better part of ten years writing for magazines. Men's Journal, Oxford American, Paste, Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Adventure, among others. He lives in Austin, Texas. 

To read an interview about WILDSAM, go here.

Email for questions about Wildsam, retail queries, wholesale orders or found meteorites.

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Where to buy.


Birmingham - Harrison Limited


Little Rock - Domestic Domestic


Berkeley - Erica Tanov

Burlingame - Podolls

Los Angeles - Alchemy Works, Broome St. General Store, General Store Venice, Travelers Bookcase

Oakland - Standard & Strange

Pacifica - Yonder Shop

San Francisco - Adobe Books, Aggregate Supply, Bibliohead Books, Book Passage, Booksmith, General Store, Green Apply Books, Green Arcade, Heath Ceramics, Iron and Resin, Legion, Little Paper Planes, Mill Mercantile, Park Life, Perish Trust, Rare Device, Unionmade, Voyager, Welcome Stranger

Santa Cruz - Cameron Marks, Sawyer Land & Sea

Ventura - Iron & Resin


Boulder - Cedar & Hyde

Denver - Berkeley Supply, Fancy Tiger


Washington - Mutiny DC


Seaside - Sundog Books

Tampa - Oxford Exchange

Winter Park - Rifle Paper Co.


Atlanta - Henry & June, Tweeds


Des Moines - Domestica


Chicago - Neighborly, Una Mae's

Winnekta - Book Stall


Indianapolis - Printtext

Roanoke - Trove Store


LaFayette - Genterie Supply Co, Red Arrow Workshop

New Orleans - Billy Reid, Hattie Sparks, Historic New Orleans Collection, Mignon Faget, Octavia Books, Ogden Museum, Red Arrow Workshop, Scriptura


Boston - Ball & Buck, Brookline Booksmith


Ann Arbor - Literati Bookstore

Brighton - Artisan's Bench

Detroit - Astro Coffee, City Bird, Detroit Mercantile, Parker Street Market, Peninsulas, Rail & Anchor, Shinola, Signal Return

Grand Rapids - Have Company

Holland - Frances Jaye

Traverse City - Horizon Books


Minneapolis - Forage Modern


Kansas City - Hammerpress

St. Louis - East & West


Oxford - Amelia Presents


Durham - Vert & Vogue

Raleigh - Lumina Clothing Co, Ramble Supply Co


Albany - Fort Orange General Store

Brooklyn - Genuine Motorworks

New York - Billy Reid, Clic Gallery


Oklahoma City - Sara Kate Studios


Portland - Lizard Lounge


Paoli - Trove General

Philadelphia - Moon & Arrow


Charleston - Farm Bar, Indigo & Cotton


Memphis - City & State

Nashville - Antique Archeology, Batch, Billy Reid, Hatch Show Print, Cumberland Transit, Hey Rooster General Store, Parnassus Books, White's Mercantile


Austin - Billy Reid, Book People, Farewell Books, Helm Boots, Hotel Saint Cecilia, Hotel San Jose, Houndstooth Coffee, Jo's Coffee, Love Ding, Mockingbird Domestics, Olive, Spartan, Stag

Houston - Manready Mercantile, Montrose Shop


Culpepper - Harriet's General Store

Richmond - Need Supply Co.