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Best Books About San Francisco

Recommendations from 11 articles, Kara Swisher, Raoul Pal, Patrick Collison and 5 others.
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Tales of the City
A Novel (P.S.)
Armistead Maupin - 2007-05-29 (first published in 1978)
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The first novel in the beloved Tales of the City series, Armistead Maupin’s best-selling San Francisco saga, and inspiration for the Netflix original series once again starring Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis.Inspiration for the Netflix Limited Series, Tales of the CityA PBS Great American Read Top 100 PickFor almost four decades Armistead Maupin’...
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The Golden Gate
Vikram Seth - 1991-06-18 (first published in 1986)
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One of the most highly regarded novels of 1986, Vikram Seth's story in verse made him a literary household name in both the United States and India.John Brown, a successful yuppie living in 1980s San Francisco meets a romantic interest in Liz, after placing a personal ad in the newspaper. From this interaction, John meets a variety of characters, e...
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Cool Gray City of Love
49 Views of San Francisco
Gary Kamiya - 2014-10-14 (first published in 2013)
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A runaway San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, Cool Gray City of Love is a one-of-a-kind book for a one-of-a-kind city. It's a love song in 49 chapters to an extraordinary place, taking 49 different sites around the city as points of entry and inspiration-from a seedy intersection in the Tenderloin to the soaring sea cliffs at Lands End. Encompassin...
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Infinite City
A San Francisco Atlas
Rebecca Solnit - 2010-11-29
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What makes a place? Infinite City, Rebecca Solnit’s brilliant reinvention of the traditional atlas, searches out the answer by examining the many layers of meaning in one place, the San Francisco Bay Area. Aided by artists, writers, cartographers, and twenty-two gorgeous color maps, each of which illuminates the city and its surroundings as experie...
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This is San Francisco [A Children's Classic]
Miroslav Sasek - 2003-05-30 (first published in 1962)
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Let the rumbling cable car tell you the story! And what a story: From the crookedest street in the world to the Peking ducks in Chinatown, San Francisco is easily one of the world's most enchanting cities. Illustrator Miroslav Sasek captures both the breathtaking landscape and the cosmopolitan flavor of the City by the Bay in This is San Francisco....
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San Francisco
A Book of Numbers(Hardback) - 2015 Edition
Ashley Evanson - 2015-01-01
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Hello, World is an exciting book series that pairs early learning concepts with colorful, stylish illustrations of cities around the world. From the Golden Gate Bridge to seals to cable cars, there’s no shortage of bright, bold, and interesting things to count in San Francisco. Explore numbers through the best the city has to offer in this gorgeous...
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The Magnificent Rogues of San Francisco
A Gallery of Fakers and Frauds, Rascals and Robber Barons, Scoundrels and Scalawags
Charles F. Adams - 2012-08-01 (first published in 1998)
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Get ready to meet twenty of the most interesting, bizarre, colorful, and unforgettable characters to be found in the annals of the most interesting, bizarre, colorful, and unforgettable city in the world. Historian Charles F. Adams brings each personality to vivid life, describing in fascinating detail their strange contributions to the first centu...
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Larry Gets Lost in San Francisco
Michael Mullin - 2009-03-31
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Follow the fun adventures of the dog Larry, who after chasing down a donut, loses his owners and travels around the city's landmarks and cultural attractions before reuniting with his family. Filled with candy-colored retro illustrations, this book provides children with a dog's eye view of the City by the Bay. Among Larry's stops are such classic ...
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Kid's Guide to San Francisco
Eileen Ogintz - 2014-11-18
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Before you plan your family’s next excursion, get some help from a travel professional… and your kids! Kid’s Guide to San Francisco lets the kids help plan the trip and guides you as you explore this California destination. Inside you’ll find kid-tested tips on where to go, where to eat, what to see, and where to get the best souvenirs. Along the w...
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The Cable Car and the Dragon
Herb Caen - 1995-03-01 (first published in 1972)
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This is the rollicking tale of the adventures of Charlie, the youngest cable car. Only sixty years old, he is tired of the same old rut. One night as he's puffing himself up Nob Hill, he hears a lot of excitement down below: Chinese New year! Suddenly, Charlie takes a right turn at Jackson Street, rather than the left he has taken for sixty years, ...
Color this Book by Abbi Jacobson
A Kid's Guide to San Francisco by Sara Day
San Francisco, Baby! by Ward Jenkins
Jack London by Jack London
CONFESSIONS OF MAX TIVOLI by Andrew Sean Greer
Oh the Glory of It All by Sean Wilsey
Season of the Witch by David Talbot
28 Barbary Lane by Armistead Maupin
Meanwhile in San Francisco by Wendy MacNaughton
San Francisco, Portrait of a City by Fred Lyon
Lost San Francisco by Dennis Evanosky
Urban Trails by Alexandra Kenin
60 Hikes within 60 Miles by Jane Huber
Moon 101 Great Hikes San Francisco Bay Area by Ann Marie Brown
Womens Murder Club 18 Books Collection Set by James Patterson by James Patterson
Great Giants Stories Every Young Fan Should Know by Julie Jackson
Street Art San Francisco by Annice Jacoby
San Francisco Then and Now by Eric J. Kos
See San Francisco by Victoria Smith
Frommer's EasyGuide to San Francisco by Erika Lenkert
Tales from the San Francisco Giants Dugout by Nick Peters
Fodor's San Francisco by Fodor'S Travel Guides
Why Is That Bridge Orange San Francisco for the Curious by Art Peterson
The Big 50 by Daniel Brown
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide by Travel
San Francisco by Leah Garchik
Chronicles of Old San Francisco by Gael Chandler
100 Things Giants Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Bill Chastain
San Francisco by Matt Weber
Victorian Buildings of San Francisco by Shirley Salzman
Walking San Francisco by Kathleen Dodge Doherty
100 Things to Do in San Francisco Before You Die by Eve Batey
Color San Francisco by Emma Kelly
San Francisco, California by Patricia Kennedy
MICHELIN Guide San Francisco 2019 by Michelin
Architectural Guidebook to San Francisco and the Bay Area by Susan Cerny
History of Alcatraz Island, 1853-2008 Images of America by Gregory L. Wellman
The Adventures of Sasha by Ron Berman
How to love San Francisco by Johanna Lehmann
Into the Void Pacific by Andrew Shanken
Lonely Planet Pocket San Francisco by Lonely Planet
Best Easy Day Hikes San Francisco Peninsula by Tracy Salcedo
Cityscapes 2 by John King
Painted Ladies Revisited by Elizabeth Pomada
111 Places in San Francisco That You Must Not Miss Updated and Revised by Floriana Petersen
National Trust Guide / San Francisco by Peter Booth Wiley
Geek Silicon Valley by Ashlee Vance
Humphrey the Lost Whale by Wendy Tokuda
Good Night San Francisco by Adam Gamble
Kids' Travel Guide - San Francisco by Kelsey Fox
Disrupted by Dan Lyons
Frank Lloyd Wright and San Francisco by Paul V. Turner
Lonely Planet San Francisco by Lonely Planet
A Book of Walks by Bruce Bochy
A Short History of San Francisco by Tom Cole
Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Growing Up in San Francisco by Frank Dunnigan
Zodiac by RM Graysmith
The Barbary Coast by Herbert Asbury
The Global Silicon Valley Handbook by Michael Moe
Alcatraz by Michael Esslinger
Cityscapes by John King
1906 San Francisco Earthquake by Richard Hansen
Chaos Monkeys by Antonio Garcia Martinez
Cheap Bastard's® Guide to San Francisco by Lauren Markham
San Francisco Noir by Nathaniel Rich
Maids of Misfortune by M. Louisa Locke
Valencia by Michelle Tea
Alcatraz-1259 by William G. Baker
No Comfort for the Lost by Nancy Herriman
San Francisco Architecture by John M. Woodbridge
China Boy by Gus Lee
San Francisco Secrets by John Snyder
Iconic San Francisco Coloring Book by Emily Isabella
33 Getaways from San Francisco That You Must Not Miss by Marissa Guggiana
Alcatraz by Donald MacDonald