Travel, Adventure & Sports

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LONG SHOT : THE TRIUMPHS AND STRUGGLES OF AN NBA FREEDOM FIGHTER
Those of us missing the NBA season, and trying to get our fix from Michael Jordan's "Last Dance," will be better served reading former NBA superstar Craig Hodges' memoir, who, like Colin Kaepernick and other Black athletes before him, put his politics front and center. ---recommended by Stacey
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ACTION PARK: FAST TIMES, WILD RIDES, AND THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICA'S MOST DANGEROUS AMUSEMENT PARK
Both of us survived Action Park as children. It's all true. For a fun, crazy summertime read...this is hard to beat, while dodging the heat! --Recommended by Don & Daven
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The Beats Abroad
A Global Guide to the Beat Generation
Bill Morgan
The international phase of the Beat Generation's story, documenting their travels and the tremendous influence it had on their writing.
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Cool Gray City of Love
49 Views of San Francisco
Gary Kamiya
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...
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San Francisco Chinatown
A Guide to Its History and Architecture
Philip P. Choy
Both a history of America's oldest Chinese community and a guide to its significant sites and architecture San Francisco Chinatown is the first book of its kind, written by someone born and raised there.
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Beat Atlas
A State by State Guide to the Beat Generation in America
Bill Morgan
The ultimate tour guide for those interested in the Beats and their travels "on the road."
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Infinite City
A San Francisco Atlas
Rebecca Solnit
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...
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Lynnee Breedlove's One Freak Show
Lynn Breedlove
"Breedlove has talent coming out of her ears.”—Dodie Bellamy, San Francisco Chronicle "Uninhibited humor lends tender insight and perspective to a gender politics debate that often takes place in a fiercely contentious atmosphere.”—Billy Tania, The...
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Local Girl Makes History
Exploring Northern California's Kitsch Monuments
Dana Frank
A Bay Area historian's nostalgic journey to childhood tourist attractions reveals their hidden stories and universal relevance.
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The Art of Travel
Alain de Botton
Any Baedeker will tell us where we ought to travel, but only Alain de Botton will tell us how and why. With the same intelligence and insouciant charm he brought to How Proust Can Save Your Life, de Botton considers the pleasures of anticipation; the...
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San Francisco's Telegraph Hill
Revised and Updated Edition
David F. Myrick
The City Lights Foundation has collaborated with the Telegraph Hill Dwellers Association to update and reprint David Myrick's classic Telegraph Hill, a beautiful, lavishly illustrated book that is an invaluable community resource documenting the story...
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Reclaiming San Francisco
History, Politics, Culture
James Brook, Chris Carlsson, Nancy J. Peters
Reclaiming San Francisco is an anthology of fresh appraisals of the contrarian spirit of the city-a spirit "resistant to authority or control." The official story of San Francisco is one of progress, development, and growth. But there are other...
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Tracking the Serpent
Journeys into Four Continents
Janine Pommy Vega
These are the true-life adventures of a woman who ranges over four continents, endeavoring to go beyond the limits of ordinary life. Recovering from an accident, she goes to Glastonbury, where she finds energy portrayed in ancient earthworks as a...
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Departures
Selected Writings
Isabelle Eberhardt
As usual, Isabelle Eberhardt's stormy love affair with the Algerian desert sets the physical and emotional scene in this collection of short stories. Written in French in the late 1800s and translated by Karim Hamdy and Laura Rice, her characters...