"The Californias are today three states in two nations sharing a single Pacific shore. Somewhere in the borderland between reality and imagination, a Spanish novelist stirred adventurers five centuries ago- Know ye that California lies on the right hand of the Indies, very near to the terrestrial paradise. This wonderfully diverse region was, and remains, an actual and symbolic frontier for natural experiment, human enterprise, and learning. Sunbelt books are about such edges, borders, and transitions on frontiers wherever they are encountered. Sunbelt books celebrate "La Frontera".