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Best Books About San Francisco

Recommendations from 7 articles, Donald Knuth.
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Tales of the City
A Novel (P.S.)
Armistead Maupin - May 29, 2007 (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’...
The Golden Gate
Vikram Seth - Jun 18, 1991 (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 - Oct 14, 2014 (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...
Infinite City
A San Francisco Atlas
Rebecca Solnit - Nov 29, 2010
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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...
Zodiac
RM Graysmith - Mar 23, 2007 (first published in 1986)
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A sexual sadist, the Zodiac's pleasure was torture and murder. He taunted the authorities with mocking notes telling where he would strike next. The official tally of his victims was six. He claimed 37 dead. He was never caught. This book tells the inside story of the hunt for the hooded killer, and finally reveals his possible true identity....
Jack London
San Francisco Stories
Jack London - Oct 11, 2010
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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...
Valencia
Michelle Tea - Apr 15, 2008 (first published in 2000)
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Valencia is the fast-paced account of one girl's search for love and high times in the drama-filled dyke world of San Francisco's Mission District. Michelle Tea records a year lived in a world of girls: there's knife-wielding Marta, who introduces Michelle to a new world of radical sex; Willa, Michelle's tormented poet-girlfriend; Iris, the beautif...
Oh the Glory of It All
Sean Wilsey - Apr 25, 2006 (first published in 2005)
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"A memoir, at its heart, is written in order to figure out who you are," writes Sean Wilsey, and indeed, Oh the Glory of it All is compelling proof of his exhaustive personal quest. It's no surprise that as a kid in the '80s, Wilsey found similarities between his own life and his beloved Lord of the Rings and Star Wars--his journey was fraught with...