Bay Area and California Recommendations

The Once and Future Forest: California's Iconic Redwoods Cover Image
By Save the Redwoods League, Sam Hodder (Introduction by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9781597145565
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Published: Heyday Books - August 3rd, 2021

Five writers capture the majesty and grandeur of California's famed redwoods


A People's Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area (A People's Guide Series #3) Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780520288379
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Published: University of California Press - October 6th, 2020

An alternative history and geography of the Bay Area that highlights sites of oppression, resistance, and transformation.

A People’s Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area looks beyond the mythologized image of San Francisco to the places where collective struggle has built the region.


Stairway Walks in San Francisco: The Joy of Urban Exploring Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780899978543
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Published: Wilderness Press - October 16th, 2018

The Essential City Walking Guide for Over 30 Years


The Murders That Made Us: How Vigilantes, Hoodlums, Mob Bosses, Serial Killers, and Cult Leaders Built the San Francisco Bay Area Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781770415492
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Published: ECW Press - May 4th, 2021

The 170-year history of the San Francisco Bay Area told through its crimes and how they intertwine with the city's art, music, and politics In The Murders That Made Us, the story of the San Francisco Bay Area unfolds through its most violent and depraved acts.


Best Easy Bike Rides San Francisco (Best Bike Rides) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781493052431
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Published: Falcon Press Publishing - February 1st, 2021

San Francisco has an abundance of bike paths, roads, parks, and trails that provide a wonderful cycling experience for the entire family. Best Easy Bike Rides San Francisco includes concise descriptions and detailed maps for twenty easy-to-follow rides.


52 Weekend Adventures in Northern California: My Favorite Outdoor Getaways (Travel Guide) Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781640499348
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Published: Moon Travel - September 15th, 2020

Escape to the great outdoors with award-winning expert Tom Stienstra's 52 Weekend Adventures in Northern California. Inside you'll find:


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Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358505020
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Published: Mariner Books - April 20th, 2021

Winner of the California Bookseller Association's Golden Poppy Award for Nonfiction
Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography
A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller

“A portrait of a heroics, innovation, grit, and pot-baking . . . strikingly relevant . . .


We Are the Land: A History of Native California Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780520280496
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Published: University of California Press - April 20th, 2021

“A Native American rejoinder to Richard White and Jesse Amble White’s California Exposures.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
Rewriting the history of California as Indigenous.


Before there was such a thing as “California,” there were the People and the Land.


Golden Gates: The Housing Crisis and a Reckoning for the American Dream Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525560234
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Published: Penguin Books - February 16th, 2021

A Time 100 Must-Read Book of 2020 • A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice • California Book Award Silver Medal in Nonfiction Finalist for The New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism


Tales of San Francisco: Comprising 'San Francisco Is Your Home, ' 'San Francisco Kaleidoscope, ' 'The Streets of San Francisco' Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780804720977
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Published: Stanford University Press - July 1st, 1992

Seventy-two colorful stories about the men and women, the places and events that have contributed to San Francisco's flamboyant history are included in this one-volume edition of Samuel Dickson's three popular books, San Francisco Is Your Home, San Francisco Kaleidoscope, and The Streets of San Francisco.


Spirits of San Francisco: Voyages through the Unknown City Cover Image
By Gary Kamiya, Paul Madonna (Illustrator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781635575880
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 20th, 2020

A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
A Beat Most Anticipated Graphic Novel of Fall 2020

From two bestselling, prizewinning, and critically acclaimed contemporary chroniclers of San Francisco comes a rich, illustrated, idiosyncratic portrait of this great city.


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Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781620401262
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - October 14th, 2014

"A kaleidoscopic homage both personal and historical . . . Kamiya’s symphony of San Francisco is a grand pleasure." —New York Times Book Review

The bestselling love letter to one of the world's great cities, San Francisco, by a life-long Bay Area resident and co-founder of Salon.


Gold Mountain, Big City: Ken Cathcart’s 1947 Illustrated Map of San Francisco’s Chinatown Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781944903893
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Published: Cameron Books - March 24th, 2020

The unique character of San Francisco’s Chinatown is revealed in a historical map and fascinating photographs
 

This colorful and celebratory time capsule of San Francisco’s Chinatown—the largest Chinese community outside of Asia—shares the stories of the unique businesses, culture, and people encountered by map illustrator Ken Cathcart between 1939 and


San Francisco's Natural History: Sand Dunes to Streetcars Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781548688004
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - November 14th, 2017

This book traces the changes in the environment, the plants and animals starting with the Ohlone through the colonial period and in the decades since the Gold Rush. It describes what the flora and fauna were like before the presidio and mission were founded, what plants and animals disappeared and which survived.


Hidden San Francisco: A Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes and Radical Histories Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780745340944
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Published: Pluto Press - February 20th, 2020

San Francisco is an iconic and symbolic city. But only when you look beyond the picture-postcards of the Golden Gate Bridge and the quaint cable cars do you realise that the city's most interesting stories are not the Summer of Love, the Beats or even the latest gold rush in Silicon Valley.

Hidden San Francisco is a guidebook like no other.


Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781439108246
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Published: Free Press - March 5th, 2013

The critically acclaimed, San Francisco Chronicle bestseller—a gripping story of the strife and tragedy that led to San Francisco’s ultimate rebirth and triumph.

Salon founder David Talbot chronicles the cultural history of San Francisco and from the late 1960s to the early 1980s when figures such as Harvey Milk, Janis Joplin, Jim Jones, and Bill Walsh helpe


Urban Trails: San Francisco: Coastal Bluffs/ The Presidio/ Hilltop Parks & Stairways Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781680510201
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Published: Mountaineers Books - November 1st, 2016

San Francisco is home to more than 800,000 residents and hosts more than 17 million business and leisure travelers each year. But few visitors--or locals, for that matter--realize that there are more than 220 premier parks and 70 miles of hiking trails in the city itself.


111 Places in San Francisco That You Must Not Miss Updated and Revised Cover Image
$19.90
ISBN: 9783954516094
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Published: Emons Publishers - September 25th, 2018

Part of the international 111 Places/111 Shops series with over 150 titles and 1 million copies in print worldwideAppeals to both the local market (nearly 7 million call the Bay Area home) and the tourist market (over 16 million people visit San Francisco every year)Fully illustrated with 111 full-page color photographsSan Francisco: the home of hills and valleys, of dreamers and trailblazers, of