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Barbarian Days
A Surfing Life
William Finnegan
Barbarian Days is William Finnegan's memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.
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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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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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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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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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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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Mark Twain's San Francisco
Mark Twain
"This book's time span is from the fall of 1863, when Twain began frequently making the coach trip from Virginia City down to San Francisco and contributing to San Francisco journals, to December, 1866 when he left the city to embark on the voyages...
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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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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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Ringolevio
A Life Played for Keeps
Emmett Grogan
Ringolevio is a classic American story of self-invention by one of the more mysterious and alluring figures to emerge in the 1960s. Emmett Grogan grew up on New York City's mean streets, getting hooked on heroin before he was in his teens, kicking the...
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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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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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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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