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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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Making San Francisco American
Cultural Frontiers in the Urban West, 1846-1906
Barbara Berglund
The San Francisco that rose from the ashes of the 1906 earthquake and fire was a city of rigid social stratification--a city determined to contain its diverse and disorderly rough-and-tumble past some sixty years after its acquisition by the United...
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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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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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Barbarian Days
A Surfing Life
William Finnegan
A deeply rendered self-portrait of a lifelong surfer by the acclaimed New Yorker writer Barbarian Days is an old-school adventure story, an intellectual autobiography, a social history, a literary road movie, and an extraordinary exploration of the gradual mastering of an exacting, little understood art.
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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 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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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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After the Ruins, 1906 and 2006
Rephotographing the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire
Mark Klett
How exactly has San Francisco's urban landscape changed in the hundred years since the earthquake and cataclysmic firestorms that destroyed three-quarters of the city in 1906? For this provocative rephotography project, bringing past and present into...
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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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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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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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