Re: Good Reading Material? Not Instructional/Theory Books
If you'd like something scholarly, I recommend "Mandolins in the United States since 1880 : an industrial and sociocultural history of form" by Scott Hambly. This is his PhD dissertation. IIRC Scott Hambly played mandolin with one of the first SF Bay Area bluegrass bands, the Redwood Canyon Ramblers. There are two parts to the dissertation, your local public library can probably get it for you on Interlibrary Loan.