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10 books about San Francisco
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Lost Department Stores of San Francisco (Landmarks) by Anne Evers Hitz
This book was published last year by The History Press and takes approximately 6.4 hours to read.
In the late nineteenth century, San Francisco's merchant princes built grand stores for a booming city, each with its own niche. For the eager clientele, a trip downtown meant dressing up--hats, gloves and stockings required--and going to Blum's for Coffee Crunch cake or Townsend's for creamed spinach. The I. Magnin empire catered to a selective upper-class clientele, while middle-class shoppers loved the Emporium department store with its Bargain Basement and Santa for the kids. Gump's defined good taste, the City of Paris satisfied desires for anything French and edgy, youth-oriented Joseph Magnin ensnared the younger shoppers with the latest trends. Join author Anne Evers Hitz as she looks back at the colorful personalities that created six major stores and defined shopping in San Francisco.
111 Places in San Francisco That You Must Not Miss Updated and Revised by Floriana Petersen
This book was published 3 years ago by Emons Publishers and takes approximately 8.0 hours to read.
San Francisco: the home of hills and valleys, of dreamers and trailblazers, of hippies and hipsters. From the gold rush to the Golden Gate, the City by the Bay has always basked in the glow of its colorful and celebrated history and world-renowned landmarks. But for those who live and love on this compact seven-mile by seven-mile metropolis, San Francisco is a treasure trove of unusual neighborhood sights and places that sparkle with the allure of hidden pleasures and local lore. Discover a stairway that transports you from the depths of the ocean to the heights of outer space; take a spin class amidst the grand elegance of a repurposed 1920s movie palace; or slide down a century-old sundial that sits at the center of what was once California's first racetrack for cars. This is the real San Francisco. Strung together, the 111 experiences gathered here tell the B-side story of the city once romantically known as the Paris of the West.
Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco by Gary Kamiya
Category: State & Local
This book was published 7 years ago by Bloomsbury USA and takes approximately 13.3 hours to read.
"A kaleidoscopic homage both personal and historical . . . Kamiya's symphony of San Francisco is a grand pleasure." --New York Times Book Review
Bullitt: The Cars and People Behind Steve McQueen by Matt Stone
Category: Performing Arts
This book was published last year by CarTech and takes approximately 6.4 hours to read.
Get the behind the scenes view of arguably the most iconic automotive movie car and scene in history. Ask any automotive enthusiast what his or her favorite chase scene to appear in a movie is, and the majority will respond with "Bullitt." It has made the top 5 in every list covering the best automotive chase scenes in history. But the appeal isn’t just about the chase scene. Shot entirely on location in picturesque San Francisco in 1968, the movie not only features the historic chase scene but also many outdoor scenes filled with cars and architecture of the period that are filmed in crisp clear color. The movie was the fifth-highest-grossing film for 1968, it was well received by critics, and the chase scene won Franks P. Keller an Oscar for editing. In Bullitt: The Cars and People Behind Steve McQueen, you will get the complete behind the scenes picture of how all the action was coordinated and filmed. Included are the ideas behind the making of the movie, an interview with Director Peter Yates, production stills, and the planning for the scene. Also covered is the cast, the building of the cars used in the film, and the how and why the stunts were choreographed and filmed. To round out the story, an examination of what happened to the cars is included as well as coverage of the multiple Bullitt Edition cars released by Ford after the film, including the latest 2019 edition. While several books have been published about Steve McQueen, the "King of Cool," never before has there been a thorough examination of this specific film and these specific cars. This edition is a welcome addition to the library of any McQueen, Mustang, or automotive film history fan.
Urban Trails: San Francisco: Coastal Bluffs/ The Presidio/ Hilltop Parks & Stairways by Alexandra Kenin
Category: State & Local
This book was published 5 years ago by Mountaineers Books and takes approximately 9.6 hours to read.
Contains 100 full-color photos and covers 50 history- and nature-filled routes: 40 in San Francisco, 6 in Marin County, and 4 south of the San Francisco border. Hikes are rated for fitness appeal to walkers, runners, and hikers, and with routes between 0.4 and 9 miles, there are options for people of all fitness levels. With this book, you will not only experience San Francisco's trails, but you'll also learn the history of the city and its famous sights. Each hike contains trailhead directions, including public transit options, information for families and dog owners, plus trail distance, high point, estimated time, amenities, and more. --Amazon.com.
My Little Golden Book About San Francisco by Toyo Tyler
Category: United States
This book was published this year by Golden Books and takes approximately 0.8 hours to read.
Explore San Francisco with a fun guidebook written specifically for the youngest tourists and residents. Get ready to explore San Francisco with Sally the Sea Lion as your guide! This Little Golden Book highlights major attractions of the City by the Bay including Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz Island, Chinatown, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Plus there are great suggestions of things to do such as look for parrots on Telegraph Hill, ride a cable car, and check out the most crooked street in the world! Perfect for families with young kids visiting San Francisco, as well as residents who wish to discover more of their hometown.
DK Eyewitness San Francisco and the Bay Area (Travel Guide) by DK Eyewitness
Category: State & Local
This book was published 2 years ago by DK Eyewitness Travel and takes approximately 9.1 hours to read.
The best places to visit in San Francisco--from the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Coit Tower, to contemporary SFMOMA and the buzzing Fisherman's Wharf--are showcased in this guide with fantastic photography, illustrations, and detailed descriptions. Reviews of shops, restaurants, and where to stay in San Francisco will help you plan your perfect trip. Escape the city to tour the Napa and Sonoma Valley wineries, go hiking in Yosemite National Park, or relax on one of Northern California's best beaches. Discover the sights of this vibrant, West Coast city and beyond with DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: San Francisco & Northern California. With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: San Francisco & Northern California truly shows you this city as no one else can.
We estimate total reading time by multiplying a book's page count by an average reading speed of 2 minutes per page. Summaries sourced from Google Books.
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