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The End of the Golden Gate: Writers on Loving and (Sometimes) Leaving San Francisco By Gary Kamiya (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Gary Kamiya (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781797210285
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Published: Chronicle Prism - May 25th, 2021

NATIONAL BESTSELLER! Capturing an ever-changing San Francisco, 25 acclaimed writers tell their stories of living in one of the most mesmerizing cities in the world.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: The inspiration for the films Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 By Philip K. Dick Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345404473
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Published: Del Rey - May 28th, 1996

A masterpiece ahead of its time, a prescient rendering of a dark future, and the inspiration for the blockbuster film Blade Runner

Golden Gates: The Housing Crisis and a Reckoning for the American Dream By Conor Dougherty Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525560234
Availability: Backordered - No Estimated Arrival Date
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

Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune By Roselle Lim Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984803252
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Published: Berkley - June 11th, 2019

Lush and visual, chock-full of delicious recipes, Roselle Lim’s magical debut novel is about food, heritage, and finding family in the most unexpected places.  

Little Brother By Cory Doctorow Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765323118
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Published: Tor Teen - April 13th, 2010

Marcus, a.k.a "w1n5t0n," is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works–and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school's intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.

The Spellman Files: Document #1 By Lisa Lutz Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416532408
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 12th, 2008

From the award-winning author of The Passenger comes the first novel in the hilarious Spellman Files mystery series featuring Isabel “Izzy” Spellman (part Nancy Drew, part Dirty Harry) and her highly functioning yet supremely dysfunctional family of private investigators.

Meet Isabel “Izzy” Spellman, private investigator.

A Dirty Job: A Novel By Christopher Moore Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060590284
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 27th, 2007

Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy with a normal life, married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normalcy. They're even about to have their first child. Yes, Charlie's doing okay—until people start dropping dead around him, and everywhere he goes a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets.

Tales of the City: A Novel By Armistead Maupin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061358302
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 29th, 2007

The first novel in the beloved Tales of the City series, Armistead Maupin’s best-selling San Francisco saga, and inspiration for the Netflix original series, Tales of the City

Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love By David Talbot Cover Image
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

San Francisco, Portrait of a City: 1940-1960 By Fred Lyon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616892661
Published: Princeton Architectural Press - September 16th, 2014

With a landmark around every corner and a picture perfect view atop every hill, San Francisco might be the world's most picturesque city. And yet, the Golden City is so much more than postcard vistas. It's a town alive with history, culture, and a palpable sense of grandeur best captured by a man known as San Francisco's Brassai.

The Joy Luck Club: A Novel By Amy Tan Cover Image
By Amy Tan
ISBN: 9780143038092
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Published: Penguin Books - September 21st, 2006

The Joy Luck Club is one of my favorite books. From the moment I first started reading it, I knew it was going to be incredible. For me, it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime reading experiences that you cherish forever. It inspired me as a writer and still remains hugely inspirational.” —Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians

The Japanese Lover: A Novel By Isabel Allende Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501116995
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Published: Atria Books - July 5th, 2016

From New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende, “a magical and sweeping” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) love story and multigenerational epic that stretches from San Francisco in the present-day to Poland and the United States during World War II.

In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her

The Maltese Falcon By Dashiell Hammett Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679722649
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - July 17th, 1989

From "a master of the detective novel [and] one hell of a writer" (The Boston Globe) comes a coolly glittering gem of detective fiction that has haunted three generations of readers.

Wild Geese Sorrow By Jeffrey Thomas Leong Cover Image
ISBN: 9781944593063
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(Due to distributor limitations, sales of this book are final - it cannot be returned to us.)
Published: Calypso Editions - March 18th, 2021

Wild Geese Sorrow renders full the story of Chinese immigrants detained at the Angel Island Immigration Station between 1910-1940.

A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 By Simon Winchester Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060572006
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 10th, 2006

The international bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa vividly brings to life the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion.

Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague By David K. Randall Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393358155
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 7th, 2020

“A mash-up of Erik Larson and Richard Preston.” —Tina Jordan, New York Times Book Review podcast

Down by the Bay: San Francisco's History between the Tides By Matthew Booker Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780520355569
Published: University of California Press - June 9th, 2020

San Francisco Bay is the largest and most productive estuary on the Pacific Coast of North America. It is also home to the oldest and densest urban settlements in the American West. Focusing on human inhabitation of the Bay since Ohlone times, Down by the Bay reveals the ongoing role of nature in shaping that history.

Daughter of Fortune: A Novel By Isabel Allende Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063021747
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Published: HarperVia - June 30th, 2020

“Allende has created a masterpiece of historical fiction that is passionate, adventurous, and brilliantly insightful. . . . suspenseful and surprising.”—Denver Post

The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area By Malcolm Margolin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780930588014
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Published: Heyday Books - April 1st, 1997

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 salmon and steelhead trout.

We Are the Land: A History of Native California By Damon B. Akins, William J. Bauer, Jr. Cover Image
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.