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Book cover101 great hikes of the San Francisco Bay Area (2011)
Ann Marie Brown

Avid hiker and experienced travel writer Ann Marie Brown knows the best places to hike in the San Francisco Bay Area, from oceanfront and mountain trails to scenic walks through wine country. This fourth edition of Moon 101 Great Hikes of the San Francisco Bay Area includes a new hiking tips section, updated trail maps for each hike, new chapter maps with sites plotted by region, and a new resources section.

Book coverArt deco San Francisco : the architecture of Timothy Pflueger (2008)
Therese Poletti

Timothy Pfleuger designed the Castro Theatre and was one of San Francisco’s most prolific architects.  Poletti surveys Pflueger's career and work starting with his San Francisco roots and continuing with his apprenticeship with J. R. Miller through the end of his prolific career.

Book coverArtistic San Francisco (2011)
James A. Ganz

Featuring more than fifty artworks from the mid-1800s to the present, all from the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Artistic San Francisco celebrates the sites and experiences of this extraordinary city through the eyes of the artists while providing a rare opportunity to witness the city's many changes over the past century and a half.

Book coverA band of misfits : tales of the 2010 San Francisco Giants (2011)
Andrew Baggarly

Written in entertaining prose, the book is as much an enjoyable story to be reread through the years as it is a factual account of the events that brought the elusive title of World Series Champions to the Giants.

Book coverBay Area graffiti : '80s-'90s : early bombing (2011)
Sfaustina and Jocelyn Superstar

Veteran graffiti writers SFaustina and Jocelyn Superstar have collaborated on a history of the graffiti scene in the San Francisco Bay area from the early 1980s to the late 1990s. The result of their collaboration, Bay Area Graffiti: 80--90 , provides a glimpse into street art history that is seldom seen: one that is authored by a pair of writers who have 40 years of graffiti experience between them and provides an insider's view on history and relevance of graffiti.

Book coverCalifornia Academy of Sciences : architecture in harmony with nature (2008)
Susan Wels

In September of 2008 the new science museum opened its doors to a line of people over a mile long.  The building, designed by Piano Renzo includes a living roof, an indoor rainforest and every attempt to be in harmony with its surroundings.  This book is a celebration of this museum.

Book coverEarly women architects of the San Francisco Bay Area : the lives and work of fifty professionals, 1890-1951 (2010)
Inge Schaefer Horton

This book presents the lives, careers, and work of fifty largely unknown pioneers. It chronicles the triumphs and challenges these path-breaking women faced in their pursuit of entering and claiming space in the male-dominated field of architecture.

Book coverThe fabulous Sylvester : the legend, the music, the seventies in San Francisco (2005)
Joshua Gamson

A loving portrait of a flamboyant and innovative star who epitomized a magical decade.  A fun and fascinating view of a wild and liberating scene.

Book coverFacing Eden: 100 years of landscape art in the Bay AreaI (1995)
Steven A. Nash, editor

Looking back over the past one hundred years, the contributors to this in-depth survey consider the diverse range of artists who have been influenced by the region's compelling unions of water and land, peaks and valleys, and ever-changing fog and mist-filtered light.

Book coverFootsteps in the fog : Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco (2002)
Jeff Kraft and Aaron Leventhal

Narrates and documents Hitchcock's use of the San Francisco Bay Area as a film set including both movie stills and contemporary views.

Book coverIt felt like a kiss : glimpses of art in the Mission District of San Francisco (2011)
Leena Prasad

These essays by Mission District resident, Leena Prasad, allow the reader to feel the neighborhood and art as she does.

Book coverMusic and politics in San Francisco: from the 1906 quake to the Second World War (2012)
Leta E. Miller

Looks at a broad swath of our City’s musical life in the first half of the 20th century through the formation of institutions of the Symphony, Opera and Conservatory, in tandem with issues of government support, labor relations and racial discrimination.

Book coverMusic for a city, music for the world: 100 years with the San Francisco Symphony (2011)
Larry Rothe

This beautifully illustrated centennial history of the Symphony uses archives and interviews to relate the achievements of our world-class orchestra, casting them both in terms of our City’s history and amazing social and technological changes of the past century.

Book coverOutside the paint: when basketball ruled at the Chinese (2009)
Kathleen S. Yep

Uses interviews to reconstruct the history of basketball as a form of recreation and community pride in San Francisco's segregated Chinatown of the 1930s and 1940s.

Book coverPhotographing San Francisco : digital field guide (2010)

Whether you aim to capture breathtaking photos of the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, crooked Lombard Street, infamous Alcatraz, or unique Victorian homes, this portable resource goes where you go and walks you through valuable tips and techniques for taking the best shot possible.

Book coverSan Francisco Ballet at Seventy-Five (2007)

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the oldest ballet company in the U.S., this stunning visual retrospective offers a rare glimpse into the daily workings of a leading ballet company.

Book coverSan Francisco Bay Area murals : communities create their muses, 1904-1997 (1998)
Timothy W. Drescher

The expanded and revised third edition of a popular visual collection, San Francisco Bay Area Murals captures the mural movement in all its rich detail. These remarkably expressive works of street art are meticulously captured and reviewed by a longtime scholar and aficionado of murals.

Book coverSan Francisco 49ers: where have you gone? : Joe Montana, Y.A. Tittle, Steve Young, and other 49ers greats (2011)
Matt Maiocco with David Fucillo

Catches up with the post-football lives of more fifty players who wore the red and gold.

Book coverSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art: 75 years of looking forward (2009)
edited by Janet Bishop, Corey Keller, and Sarah Roberts.

This catalog accompanies the 75th anniversary exhibit at SFMOMA.  This book includes fabulous images from the over 400 artworks shown as well as essays and stories that reveal the history of the museum.

Book coverSan Francisco's Playland at the Beach : the early years  (2010)
James R. Smith

Showcases the sights, rides, and attractions of this ocean front recreation destination during the first half of the twentieth century.  There is a large collection of black and white photographs detailing the construction of the structures, citizens at play, and the behind the scenes work involved in running a major amusement center

Book coverSignature Architects of the San Francisco Bay Area (2006)
Dave Weinstein

In a new book on the "signature" styles of Bay Area architecture, author and architecture critic Dave Weinstein takes aim at some of the most important yet lesser-known Bay Area architects.  Names include Ernest Coxhead, Leola Hall, and Warren Callister.

Book coverStreet art San Francisco: Mission muralismo (2009)
edited by Annice Jacoby for Precita Eyes Muralists

A gorgeously illustrated collection of essays documenting more than forty years of graffiti art and murals in the Mission District.

Book coverThe year of the San Francisco Giants : celebrating the 2 World Series champions. (2012)

The 2012 WORLD SERIES will be captured in stunning detail in the Official MLB WORLD SERIES Championship Recap Book.