Cool Gray City of Love

Author: Gary Kamiya
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781620401262
Release Date: 2014-10-14
Genre: Travel

"A kaleidoscopic homage both personal and historical . . . Kamiya's symphony of San Francisco is a grand pleasure." --New York Times Book Review

Cool Gray City of Love

Author: Gary Kamiya
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781620401255
Release Date: 2013-08-06
Genre: Travel

Cool, Gray City of Love brings together an exuberant combination of personal insight, deeply researched history, in-depth reporting, and lyrical prose to create an unparalleled portrait of San Francisco. Each of its 49 chapters explores a specific site or intersection in the city, from the mighty Golden Gate Bridge to the raunchy Tenderloin to the soaring sea cliffs at Land's End. This unique approach captures the exhilarating experience of walking through San Francisco's sublime terrain, while at the same time tying that experience to a history as rollicking and unpredictable as the city herself. From her absurd beginnings as the most distant and moth-eaten outpost of the world's most extensive empire, to her instantaneous fame during the Gold Rush, from her apocalyptic destruction by earthquake and fire to her perennial embrace of rebels, dreamers, hedonists and misfits of all stripes, the City by the Bay has always followed a trajectory as wildly independent as the untrammeled natural forces that created her. This ambitious, eclectic, and beautifully written book draws on everything from on-the-ground reporting to obscure academic papers to the author's 40-year life in San Francisco to create a rich and insightful portrait of a magical corner of the world. Complete with hand-drawn maps ofthe 49locations, this handsome package will sit comfortably on the short shelf of enduring books about places, alongside E. B. White's Here is New York, Jose Saramago's Journey to Portugal, or Alfred Kazin's A Walker in the City.

Cool Gray City of Love

Author: Gary Kamiya
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781608199600
Release Date: 2013-08-06
Genre: Travel

A kaleidoscopic tribute to San Francisco by a life-long Bay Area resident and co-founder of Salon explores specific city sites including the Golden Gate Bridge and the Land's End sea cliffs while tying his visits to key historical events. By the author of Shadow Knights. 30,000 first printing.

Season of the Witch

Author: David Talbot
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439108246
Release Date: 2013-03-05
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Traces the story of San Francisco in the latter half of the twentieth century, covering topics ranging from the civil rights movement and pop culture to the 49ers and famous crime cases.

Infinite City

Author: Rebecca Solnit
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520262492
Release Date: 2010-11-29
Genre: History

What makes a place? Rebecca Solnit reinvents the traditional atlas, searching for layers of meaning & connections of experience across San Francisco.

Meanwhile in San Francisco

Author: Wendy MacNaughton
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9781452130200
Release Date: 2014-03-18
Genre: Art

Take a stroll through the City by the Bay with renowned artist Wendy MacNaughton in this collection of illustrated documentaries. With her beloved city as a backdrop, a sketchbook in hand, and a natural sense of curiosity, MacNaughton spent months getting to know people in their own neighborhoods, drawing them and recording their words. Her street-smart graphic journalism is as diverse and beautiful as San Francisco itself, ranging from the vendors at the farmers' market to people combing the shelves at the public library, from MUNI drivers to the bison of Golden Gate Park, and much more. Meanwhile in San Francisco offers both lifelong residents and those just blowing through with the fog an opportunity to see the city with new eyes.

See San Francisco

Author: Victoria Smith
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9781452149257
Release Date: 2015-04-28
Genre: Travel

From internationally popular design blogger SF Girl By Bay comes the ultimate love letter to San Francisco. This gorgeously photographed lifestyle guide gives readers an insider's tour of the City by the Bay through Victoria Smith's unique lens. Organized by neighborhood, each chapter features enchanting photos of hidden corners, local color, landmarks, and hotspots, revealing why so many people—Victoria included—are falling head over heels for this amazing city. Brimming with original, dreamy photography and packaged as a gorgeous jacketed hardcover, this lovely book makes a perfect gift for photography fans, San Francisco dwellers, visitors to the city, or anyone who has left their heart in San Francisco.

Shadow Knights

Author: Gary Kamiya
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451683592
Release Date: 2011-12-06
Genre: History

Pulp History brings to life extraordinary feats of bravery, violence, and redemption that history has forgotten. These stories are so dramatic and thrilling they have to be true. In SHADOW KNIGHTS, everyday men and women risk their lives on top-secret missions to sabotage Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. Hell-bent on conquering Europe, Hitler had just set his sights on England when Winston Churchill reached into his bag of tricks and invented a secret spy network of ordinary citizens. These schoolteachers, housewives, prostitutes, and farmers abandoned their former lives, trained in covert black ops, and set Europe ablaze. Parachuting into Nazi territory under the cover of night, they destroyed factories, armed resistance networks, and turned Hitler’s juggernaut on its head.

Artistic San Francisco

Author: James A. Ganz
Publisher: Pomegranate
ISBN: 0764959891
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Art

Situated on a small peninsula between a scenic bay and the vast Pacific Ocean, San Francisco is known for its picturesque neighborhoods and attractions--from bustling Chinatown to the beloved Golden Gate Bridge. But even before these iconic symbols of the city took shape, San Franciscos rugged topography and fog-shrouded coast served as a beacon for artists, who began arriving at the same time others were seeking their fortunes in the Sierra Nevada goldfields. Landscape artists were drawn to the idyllic natural beauty of the Bay Area in the early nineteenth century, and as San Francisco grew into a metropolis and now-famous landmark buildings appeared, more artists came to record the vibrant city and its unique setting. In the 1930s, hundreds of local artists were able to work under the federal arts programs of New Deal, and many took part in the citys public mural projects. Throughout the twentieth century, artists have continued their love affair with the City by the Bay, creating an enduring portrait of the ever-changing city and its surrounds via paintings, drawings, photographs, and prints. Featuring more than fifty artworks from the mid-1800s to the present, all from the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, "Artistic San Francisco" celebrates the sites and experiences of this extraordinary city through the eyes of the artists while providing a rare opportunity to witness the citys many changes over the past century and a half. An introductory essay by curator James A. Ganz explores the artistic roots of this dynamic region.

San Francisco Secrets

Author: John Snyder
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 0811822222
Release Date: 1999-03-01
Genre: Travel

Did you know that the Golden Gate Bridge is designed to sway 27 feet in an earthquake? Or that famous Lombard Street, the Crookedest Street in the World actually isnt even the crookedest street in San Francisco? Written by the same author who brought us Play Ball and other best-selling trivia books, this quirky compendium of fun facts and stories about The City is cut in the shape of the Golden Gate Bridge. From BARTs transbay tube that sits 130 feet below the surface of the San Francisco Bay to the top of the 853-foot-tall Transamerica Pyramid, all of San Franciscos best-kept mysteries are revealed and popularbut inaccuratemyths are exploded. A distinctive souvenir for visitors, a great impulse buy for locals, and a necessary dispute settler for San Francisco fanatics everywhere, this book takes a fresh approach to the City That Knows How, but prefers not to.

Exploring San Francisco s 49 Mile Scenic Walk

Author: Kristine Poggioli
Publisher: Craven Street Books
ISBN: 1610352793
Release Date: 2016-11-01
Genre: Health & Fitness

San Francisco is one of the world's top tourist destinations and its 49 Mile Drive is one of the best ways to see the city. "Exploring San Francisco's 49 Mile Scenic Walk" breaks down the drive into fun hikes, and encourages people to get out and explore San Francisco on their own time, in their own way.

Jack London

Author: Jack London
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 1453840508
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Fiction

From one of America's great writers, this delightful collection - the first of its kind - contains twenty-three adventurous tales set in the San Francisco Bay Area. If San Francisco has captured the world's imagination through the hardboiled stories of Dashiell Hammett, the prose and poetry of Jack Kerouac and his fellow Beats, through Orson Welles' Lady From Shanghai and Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, it is as a romantic city of vast suspension bridges and foggy back alleys, not as the wild west of Jack London's day. Pre-quake San Francisco was a tough town, and Jack London - hobo, sailor, oyster pirate, hard drinker - was pretty tough, too. Although famous for his stories of the Klondike and the Pacific, London wrote extensively about his home base. This collection contains such classic stories as 'The Apostate' and 'South of the Slot' as well as extracts from John Barleycorn and The Sea-Wolf. The overlooked 1905 story cycle Tales of the Fish Patrol is included in its entirety. London's vivid eyewitness report of the Great 1906 Earthquake and Fire - which destroyed forever the old city - stands as a fitting epilogue. Discover a vanished San Francisco in these wonderful stories of Jack London. Selected as one of the 16 BOOKS TO READ IF YOU LOVE SAN FRANCISCO: "Most of us know San Francisco as a soft foggy charmfest of a city. But it wasn't always so tame. Jack London's San Francisco Stories chronicles the tougher annals of SF's pre-earthquake days, and includes Jack London's firsthand account of the city burning in the wake of the 1906 quake. Either a must-read or must-avoid for anyone waiting for the next shaker. In this collection, you can find the San Francisco that is no longer, but still haunts the back allies. Recommended for: True lovers of San Francisco [and] neighborhood dive bar drinkers." -ANISSE GROSS, BuzzFeed.com "A meaty, compactly packaged book. If you don't have these stories, a great intro to a city that was lost in the 1906 quake and fire, by the most famous author born in town." -DON HERRON, the San Francisco Dashiell Hammett Tour "This collection by scholar and writer Matthew Asprey finally brings together London's best writing about the coastal communities of Northern California that he loved so well." -RODGER JACOBS, Journalist, Author, Jack London Scholar