Synopses & Reviews
An innovative landmark a quarter century in the making, the new eastern span of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge represents the latest spectacular chapter in the history of this storied structure. The new bridge's architect, Donald MacDonald, teams up with author Ira Nadel to create this illuminating book. With friendly text and charming illustrations, Bay Bridge reveals the design decisions that have shaped the evolution of the bridge over the last century—from the history of the original bridge, through the planning of the new span, to the construction of its signature 525-foot-high white tower. In the same elegant package as Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, this volume makes a lovely souvenir for San Francisco devotees, architecture buffs, and tourists.
"A must-have for any design, architecture, or Bay Area enthusiast.... MacDonald's reproductions of area maps, Ohlone Indian reed huts, the San Francisco ferry terminal, beloved architectural details of local buildings, comparisons of different bridge styles, and so on are worthy of hours of artist/geeky contemplation.... A great addition to a gift basket for out-of-town guests, it's a gorgeous celebration from the mind of the visionary who guided his plan from fantasy to reality." - Front Door / HGTV.com
"Author and illustrator Donald MacDonald evokes all the mythic splendor and danger of the "Titan of Bridges" in his book, Bay Bridge: History and Design of a New Icon. As the architect of the new eastern span of the bridge, MacDonald brings intimate knowledge of the technical, political, and geological hurdles involved in its construction." - ForeWord Reviews
With its kid-perfect humor and dynamic illustrations, Book 1 of the hilarious Templeton Twins series left young readers clamoring for more. This time, Abigail and John Templeton find themselves at TAPAS (the Thespian Academy of the Performing Arts and Sciences) where their father, the illustrious Professor Templeton, has been hired to invent a groundbreaking theatrical device. Once again, there is drama (of course!), silliness, and suspense, as the twins (and their ridiculous dog) must thwart the dastardly Dean brothers in order to save the invention as well as their father (and the dog). Oh yes, there is sure to be another recipe. This time for guacamole. Or is it coleslaw?
About the Author
Donald MacDonald, award-winning architect, lives in San Francisco.
Ira Nadel is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and lives in Vancouver, B.C.