Synopses & Reviews
San Francisco is spoken of in the same breath as Paris, Venice, and Rome, and has earned the slogan "Americas Favorite City" for its openness, dramatic beauty, cultural amenities, the diversity of its neighborhoods and population, and its iconsthe Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, cable cars, Fishermans Wharf, and fog. It sits on the tip of a peninsula on the edge of a continent in one of the worlds most seismically active areasno wonder there has always been a "sitting on the edge" mentality here. The city appeared instantlyjust add gold and stir!when that precious ore was discovered in the nearby hills in 1848. It was a boomtown that lasted, and all of that rich history is captured in Travelers Tales San Francisco along with clear portraits of todays city. In these true stories you will explore the North Beach of the Beat era and beyond with Herbert Gold, discover true romance on a cable car with Michele Anna Jordan, uncover the real Mission district with John Krich, marvel at the citys wild light with Andrei Codrescu, gumshoe through Sam Spades San Francisco with Don Freeman, and learn what it means to be a "quintessential San Franciscan" with the late Herb Caen.
From the Pacific surf to Nob Hill to Chinatown, the legendary City by the Bay comes to life in this diverse collection of essays celebrating America's favorite playground. Praise the Lord at Glide Memorial Church, skate through the wonders of Golden Gate Park, discover culinary delights in the Mission, and relive the days of the gold rush.