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 fieldguides@wildsam.com for questions about Wildsam, retail queries, wholesale orders or found meteorites.

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Where to buy.

ALABAMA

Birmingham - Harrison Limited

ARKANSAS

Little Rock - Domestic Domestic

CALIFORNIA

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, 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

COLORADO

Boulder - Cedar & Hyde

Denver - Berkeley Supply, Fancy Tiger

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Washington - Mutiny DC

FLORIDA

Seaside - Sundog Books

Tampa - Oxford Exchange

Winer Park - Rifle Paper Co.

GEORGIA

Atlanta - Henry & June, Tweeds

IOWA

Des Moines - Domestica

ILLINOIS 

Chicago - Neighborly, Una Mae's

Winnekta - Book Stall

INDIANA

Indianapolis - Printtext

Roanoke - Trove Store

LOUISIANA

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

MASSACHUSETTS 

Boston - Ball & Buck, Brookline Booksmith

MICHIGAN

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

MINNESOTA

Minneapolis - Forage Modern

MISSOURI

Kansas City - Hammerpress

St. Louis - East & West

MISSISSIPPI

Oxford - Amelia Presents

NORTH CAROLINA 

Durham - Vert & Vogue

Raleigh - Lumina Clothing Co, Ramble Supply Co

NEW YORK

Albany - Fort Orange General Store

Brooklyn - Genuine Motorworks

New York - Billy Reid, Clic Gallery

OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma City - Sara Kate Studios

OREGON

Portland - Lizard Lounge

PENNSYLVANIA

Paoli - Trove General

Philadelphia - Moon & Arrow

SOUTH CAROLINA

Charleston - Farm Bar, Indigo & Cotton

TENNESSEE

Memphis - City & State

Nashville - Antique Archeology, Batch, Belle Meade Country Club, Beveled Edge, Billy Reid, Country Music Hall of Fame, Hatch Show Print, Cumberland Transit, Emil Erwin, Hey Rooster General Store, Parnassus Books, White's Mercantile

TEXAS

Austin - Billy Reid, Book People, Coterie Market, 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

VIRGINIA

Culpepper - Harriet's General Store

Richmond - Need Supply Co.