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.

Nashville - Imogene + Willie, Hey Rooster, Emil Erwin, Billy Reid, White's Mercantile, Parnassus Books, Antique Archeology, Cumberland Transit

Austin - Houndstooth, Helm, Hotel San Jose, Hotel Saint Cecilia, Stag, BookPeople, Billy Reid, Sam Hill, Spartan

San Francisco - Unionmade, Mill Mercantile, The Perish Trust, General Store, Green Apple Books, Book Passage, Little Paper Planes, Legion, Welcome Stranger, Heath Ceramics, Adobe Books, Booksmith, Rare Device, Park Life, Voyager, Bibliohead, The Podolls (Burlingame)

Denver - Fancy Tiger, Berkeley Supply, Cedar & Hyde (Boulder)

Detroit - Shinola, City Bird, Astro Coffee, Detroit Mercantile Co

Atlanta - TWEEDS, Billy Reid

Chicago - Una Mae's, Neighborly

Portland - Imogene + Willie, Lizard Lounge

Los Angeles - General Store, Unionmade, Broome Street General Store, Traveler's Bookcase, Iron & Resin (Ventura), Cameron Marks (Santa Cruz)

Minneapolis - Forage Modern

Durham - Vert & Vogue

Boston - Ball & Buck

Charleston - Indigo & Cotton

Tampa - Oxford Exchange

Richmond - Need Supply

Kansas City - Hammerpress

Des Moines - Domestica