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West of the West
Dreamers, Believers, Builders, and Killers in the Golden State
Mark Arax
With his reportage and essays, Arax is mining territory somewhere between Rebecca Solnit and James Ellroy—here you'll find both thoughtful musings on geography and intense crime investigations. Written with real vitality and engagement, this book makes...
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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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Bicycle Diaries
David Byrne
David Byrne's travel diaries illuminate the amazing power that dislocating oneself from their homebase has on the senses. His work sends him to cities in the US and around the world, and the visits are anything but passive.
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Escape From Alcatraz
J. Campbell Bruce
In 1963, just weeks before the original publication of this book, the last prisoner was escorted off Devil's Island and Alcatraz ceased to be a prison. Author J.Campbell Bruce chronicles in spellbinding detail the Rock's transition from a Spanish fort...
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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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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...
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Satchel Paige's America
William Price Fox
This is a book not necessarily about baseball, but of the trials that Satch, the greatest pitcher of all time, went through to be accepted to the major league. It is like you are sitting at the table having a beer with him, laughing and crying at 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 Natural Navigator
The Rediscovered Art of Letting Nature Be Your Guide
Tristan Gooley
Recommended by Paul, City Lights Books. Before GPS, before the compass, and even before cartography, humankind was navigating. A windswept tree, the depth of a puddle, or a trill of birdsong could point the way home—and, for the alert traveler...
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San Francisco
The Unknown City
Helene Goupil, Josh Krist
Arsenal's Unknown City series of alternative guidebooks designed for tourists and hometowners alike turns its attention to the City by the Bay: San Francisco, where stories of notorious murders, city hall scandals, and untold tales of Chinatown...
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The Lost City of Z
A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
David Grann
A fascinating tale of travel, intrigue, and finding a lost city of gold in the Amazon jungle. The author tries to retrace the steps made by Percy Fawcett (the great explorer from the early 1900's), who went searching for the lost city with his son—neither
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The Dashiell Hammett Tour
Thirtieth Anniversary Guidebook
Don Herron
Lovers of Hammett rejoice! The long out of print Dashiell Hammett tour book is back. Thanks to Vince Emmory Editions, a brand new, gorgeously produced, and reasonably priced 30th anniversary edition has now hit the shelves of City Lights. This volume...
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Into Thin Air
A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
Jon Krakauer
A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed...
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Ohlone Way
Malcolm Margolin
Included in the San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100 Non-fiction books of the century Two hundred years ago, herds of elk and antelope dotted the hills of the San Francisco-Monterey Bay area. Grizzly bears lumbered down to the creeks to fish for silver...

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