A runaway San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, Cool Gray City of Love is a one-of-a-kind book for a one-of-a-kind city. It's a love song in 49 chapters to an extraordinary place, taking 49 different sites around the city as points of entry and inspiration-from a seedy intersection in the Tenderloin to the soaring sea cliffs at Lands End. Encompassing the city's Spanish missionary past, a gold rush, a couple of earthquakes, the Beats, the hippies, and the dot-com boom, this book is at once a rambling walking tour, a natural and human history, and a celebration of place itself-a guide to loving any place more faithfully and fully.
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About the Author
Gary Kamiya was born in Oakland in 1953, grew up in Berkeley, and has lived in San Francisco since 1971. He cofounded Salon.com, where he was executive editor for twelve years and then a columnist. His first book, Shadow Knights: The Secret War Against Hitler, was a critically-acclaimed history of Britain's top secret Special Operations Executive. Kamiya is currently executive editor of San Francisco Magazine.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
wonderful book about the City everyone loves- San Francisco. This is no ordinary travel book. It is a literary tour de force with an in depth exploration of both familiar and obscure places by a long time resident who cares deeply about his entire City.
If you enjoy San Francisco and enjoy history you will enjoy this book. It talks about some of the parts of San Francisco you know and some you might not. I like the respect shown to first people living in San Francisco for years before it was "found". It strips back the pavement in some sections and takes you back to the streams that used to run thought the "city" and who where and why people lived in different locations. The sections are short and makes it a nice easy read for the end of a busy day.