Sutro's Glass palace is one of those special books - one you want to keep on hand because not only is it a part of you and your history, it's a beauti...moreSutro's Glass palace is one of those special books - one you want to keep on hand because not only is it a part of you and your history, it's a beautiful, well-written book. I knew Sutro's Baths. I learned to ice skate there & spent time wandering the galleries and immersing myself in the museum artifacts the the mechanical wonders in the Musee Mecanique. As someone familiar with this history, I'm impressed by John Martini's in-depth research, his concise, clean writing, the crisp images, the fantastic drawings and the great layout - in color. I'm reading it again for the second time & marvel at Adolph Sutro's implementation of his dream. John brought Sutro's back to life. This book is the undisputed authority on the Sutro Baths and deserves to be on the shelves of anyone who calls themselves a San Franciscan or who recalls those glory days.(less)
MOMMY'S LITTLE GIRL reads like a novel built on excellent organization & story development. Unfortunately, it is not fiction. The victim & pro...moreMOMMY'S LITTLE GIRL reads like a novel built on excellent organization & story development. Unfortunately, it is not fiction. The victim & protagonist, Caylee Anthony was a real child and Casey Anthony, the antagonist you love to hate was her mother. Diane Fanning exhibited an uncanny ability to make the reader feel he/she experienced the unfolding of this story. It's amazing how we can relate to these characters, good & bad. Certainly it's not over yet but time and the courts will write the final chapter.
The research and organization that went into MOMMY'S LITTLE GIRL shows a mastery of the craft as does the ability to create a sense of the flow of this story that unfolded in starts, jerks, detours and stops. It would have been easy to just lay out the facts & say, "Here it is!" but in fact, that is left for the reader. Even the well-written afterword leaves room for the reader to draw conclusions.
I strongly recommend this book for anyone trying to delve into the details of this or any true crime case. It's definitely a step above.(less)
Since I wrote this book, I'm biased. However, I'd suggest it's a must read for any San Franciscan or amusement park aficionado. Per my publisher . . ....moreSince I wrote this book, I'm biased. However, I'd suggest it's a must read for any San Franciscan or amusement park aficionado. Per my publisher . . .
The first definitive photographic record of one of America’s best loved amusement parks. Illustrated with 250 rare photographs (including many never-before-seen photos from the collections of Playland luminaries Arthur Looff, John Friedle and George Whitney), the book documents Playland’s history from its earliest construction though its heyday in the 1920s–1940s. A richly illustrated time-machine fun ride through Playland’s glory days.
It will release on November 5, 2010 at the Playland Not-at-the-Beach museum in El Cerrito, CA and will be available throught California and online via Amazon.com. Please support your independent bookseller when you can.(less)
Most of the difficulties in finding pre-1906 San Francisco genealogical research are conveniently laid on the great earthquake and fire. Any informati...moreMost of the difficulties in finding pre-1906 San Francisco genealogical research are conveniently laid on the great earthquake and fire. Any information prior to that event seems blocked by burned municipal records, lost vital records and relocated cemeteries. Raking the Ashes - Genealogical Strategies for Pre-1906 San Francisco Research presents the truth regarding what remains and offers workaround strategies for what's missing. It puts all the strategies for researching San Francisco genealogy concisely in one easy to follow reference.
I've read this book twice--once last April when I was graciously allowed to read a draft and now reading the final product. Raking the Ashes is the ultimate resource for pre-1906 San Francisco genealogical research. It's also a great guide for post quake research. It defines the types of files and records that can be found, how to use them and what can be expected from them. The clear illustrations offer the opportunity to see what the records look like with tips on how to use them.
Racking the Ashes is comprised of three parts - (1) what did and did not survive with possible substitutions, (2) additional resources and (3) Research Techniques, Tips and Cautions. The book is well written, very readable and logically organized.
It's been nearly two decades since I began my San Francisco genealogical research, looking for information on my ancestors who arrived in San Francisco in the mid 1850s, the 1870s and the late 1890s. This book offers new avenues of research and expectations of new breakthroughs. Raking the Ashes knocks down the brick walls that plague researchers with San Francisco roots. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn more of their San Francisco family or those with an interest in good genealogical research strategies. Raking the Ashes belongs on every genealogist's desk. (less)
If you love San Francisco and its neighborhoods, Gables and Fables is an outstanding entry to the list of fine books documenting Pacific Heights. This...moreIf you love San Francisco and its neighborhoods, Gables and Fables is an outstanding entry to the list of fine books documenting Pacific Heights. This book offers a compilation of articles written with a light, engaging style reminiscent of your favorite tour guide. Pick it up, read a few vignettes and set it down satisfied by an insiders' tour of some of the neighborhood's fascinating homes. Anne and Arthur Bloomfield captured the essence of San Francisco and its unique flavor that includes the stories and secrets behind the doors.
The accompanying illustrations by Kit Haskell offer superb views of each subject. Sketched with care and an eye for architectural detail and flair, the artist captures the essence of the homes, buildings and architectural gems. An Illustration precedes every structure described by the authors, highlighting the topic and bringing it to life.
Each section includes a hand-drawn map. Put on your own home tour for visiting friends and show off your knowledge of the city. This book ranks high on my list of must haves for San Francisco aficionados.(less)
Reading this book was like pulling a well-loved but worn teddy out of the chest. I recalled hiking the city's hills, creeks and dunes in the fifties,...moreReading this book was like pulling a well-loved but worn teddy out of the chest. I recalled hiking the city's hills, creeks and dunes in the fifties, flying kites up on Bernal Heights and sliding down Twin Peaks on cardboard. ...and thought about what's been lost. If that was the sum, it would be an interesting read.
Gaar and Miller took it beyond a catalog of losses to present successes and achievable steps for preservation and restoration. The city has taken a beating, being filled, leveled, dredged, paved and infested with non-native species--thanks to our own manifest destiny. San Francisco: A Natural History makes a strong case for embracing what was ours while sharing our city's natural landscape, past and present, in word and image.(less)
I grew up in the Mission and thoroughly enjoyed seeing photos from the home of my youth. It made me want to run down for a Whizburger & strawberry...moreI grew up in the Mission and thoroughly enjoyed seeing photos from the home of my youth. It made me want to run down for a Whizburger & strawberry shake. ... and Nickel Pool - Lord that water was COLD! The photo of La Palma Market on 24th reminded me that my mother used to send me there to buy hand-made corn tortillas; so good. The Miracle Mile - I haven't heard Mission Street called that in ages. The memories come flooding back. Ms. Hooper did an outstanding job portraying the heart & soul of the neighborhood.
This pictorial treasure belongs on the shelf of every person who loves San Francisco.(less)
Historic San Francisco is written in a light, entertaining style that makes history enjoyable. Richards hits a wide range to topics that relate back t...moreHistoric San Francisco is written in a light, entertaining style that makes history enjoyable. Richards hits a wide range to topics that relate back to San Francisco as it is today, offering an opportunity for readers to create their own tour and see the locations being discussed. The book is not intended to be comprehensive but rather, covers what I see as some of the best facets of the city. Accurate and well illustrated, Historic San Francisco ranks among the best of the large number of books I own on San Francisco's history. It's a must-buy for San Franciscophiles.(less)
I wrote it so obviously, I would give it a good review. Let me just say that I wrote about what I loved about San Francisco - and what I didn't. I hop...moreI wrote it so obviously, I would give it a good review. Let me just say that I wrote about what I loved about San Francisco - and what I didn't. I hope you enjoy.(less)