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San Francisco Stories: Great Writers on the City Paperback – 31 May 1990

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  • Paperback: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 01 edition (31 May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877016690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877016694
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,090,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Miller has edited a number of intriguing anthologies for Chronicle Books, including Lust and White Rabbit. He runs Big Fish Books, a packaging company in San Francisco.

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By G. Ormrod VINE VOICE on 25 April 2006
Format: Paperback
Fact and fiction from more than 30 excerts from books and articles spanning around 150 years of San Francisco history, this book shows people's affection for this colourful city.

There's writings covering everything from LSD acid-parties to how AIDS was handled when it emerged to writer's attitudes to the place.

Lovingly presented with some beautiful photos, this book captures the spirit of the place as well as that of the past.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A collection that hits more often than it misses. 23 May 2000
By Mike Windsor - Published on
Format: Paperback
This collection contains around twenty-five stories, a few poems, and numerous photos dealing with San Francisco from around 1860 to 1990. The authors include Tom Wolf, Amy Tan, Jack Kerouac, Randy Shilts, Jack London, and Mark Twain. Some of the stories are travel narratives, but most are in the form of personal essay. None of the stories are obviously fiction, although I suspect that literary license was freely taken by some. No single topic or time period is given inordinate attention, and the stories provide vivid accounts of life in Chinatown, hippies, fortune seekers in the 1870s, and modern politics. The longest entry is Frances Fitzgerald's recounting of the outbreak of the AIDS virus, and the medical and political reactions in the Castro. The story is captivating. As with any collection, there are entries that did not impress me, but might be enjoyed by someone else.
I bought this book on a short vacation to San Francisco. I knew little about the city, and my reason for going was a low air fare. After reading these diverse stories (not all of which are flattering to the city), I feel like I know much more about the city and people than if I had read a travel guide, a straight history, or a fictional acount. Editor John Miller has done a great job picking and arranging the stories. I am so impressed with this collection that I am getting other books in this series (New Orleans, Alaska, Chicago), even though I have no special interest in any of the places.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book to clutch when you visit San Francisco 23 Oct. 2003
By Stephen Evans - Published on
Format: Paperback
It's a very good collection of writings about San Francisco - not necessarily always great literature - though there is some very good writing indeed. Some of the pieces are "just" very good journalism - topical, inciteful, well-written. So if you want to learn more about the atmosphere and the arguments in the Castro when AIDS emerged or discover more about San Francisco's very own brand of narcissism, this is the book. It's a very good read.
4.0 out of 5 stars some great writing 6 April 2014
By RobbyJ - Published on
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A collection of well written stories, worth every penny.The flavor of the Bay Area. Kudo to the edotors and staff.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stories about a great city. 10 Jun. 2014
By James Lynch - Published on
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I grew up in San Francisco and miss it more every year. This book takes me back. I recommend it.
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