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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (March 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452113890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452113890
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If Studs Terkel came back in the next life with a paintbrush instead of a microphone, Meanwhile in San Francisco is the book he might have done. Wendy MacNaughton has captured the beating heart of San Francisco in her off-beat, beautiful, and original drawings of the working life of the town. Funny, poignant, nutty, and wise." -Davia Nelson, NPR's Kitchen Sisters

"Every once in a while, there comes a beautiful work of art that gives rightful tribute to the place we call home. Meanwhile can be the perfect introductory course for people who are new to (or visiting) San Francisco; but it also serves as the perfect love letter to San Francisco and acts as a reminder for all of us who live here to truly embrace, appreciate, and stare longingly at our home in the hopes to witness its true beauty." -SF Weekly

"You don't have to live in the Bay Area to appreciate these beautiful sketches of daily life in the city. In addition to her portraits of the locals, MacNaughton playfully illustrates the insides of a burrito and an adorable assortment of dogs." -Pop Candy

"Meanwhile, in San Francisco: The City in its Own Words is like having an insider guide you around San Francisco. Wendy MacNaughton spent months getting to know neighborhoods in San Francisco, and the book tells the story of neighborhoods in the city from the people who know it best." -Design*Sponge

"Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City In Its Own Words, is an insightful, illustrated compendium of contemporary city life." - Alissa Walker, Gizmodo.com

"Like a modern-day Margaret Mead armed with ink and watercolor, not a critic or commentator but an observer and amplifier of voice, MacNaughton plunges into the living fabric of the city with equal parts curiosity and compassion, gentleness and generosity, wit and wisdom, and emerges with a dimensional portrait painted with honesty, humor, and humility." -Brain Pickings

"If you love San Francisco, you'll love this book." -The Bold Italic

"If Studs Terkel, the great oral historian, had taken up drawing, his work might have looked something like what Wendy MacNaughton has created in her irresistibly bighearted new book, Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in Its Own Words. Like Terkel, MacNaughton gives voice to ordinary people from all walks of life, dignifying them in the process. Her pleasing, unfussy ink-and-watercolor portraits of San Franciscans - 'illustrated documentaries,' as she calls them - capture library patrons, farmers' market vendors, Giants fans, Mission hipsters and old friends hanging out in Chinatown. " - San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Wendy MacNaughton is a New York Times best-selling illustrator and graphic journalist based in San Francisco. Her previous books include Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation and GPS Technology and The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming A Wine Expert. Her clients include the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and PRINT magazine. She is a contributor to Pop-Up Magazine and a collaborator at Brain Pickings. She lives in San Francisco, California.

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It's such a beautiful tribute to a beautiful and complicated place.
Laurel Braitman
Having been to San Francisco may times, this is a great as well as accurate snapshot of the life in the city!
Andrew L. Yee Jr.
Plus, this book comes from an SF publisher - all the more reason to support my local book store.
Jenny Pocket

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dmitry A. Samarov on April 12, 2014
Format: Paperback
Wendy MacNaughton shows us her city in pictures and words. It's better than any tour book by many a mile.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Mooallem on April 7, 2014
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A witty, gorgeous, big-hearted look at the daily life and idiosyncrasies of a city. Not just for San Franciscans. I couldn't love this book more. You will love it, too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. on April 5, 2014
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Fun coffee table book with great artwork. I love the cover/poster and will definitely be framing it and hanging it up with my collection of SF art.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Boris' Kindle on March 30, 2014
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This set of illustrations is truly one of the best ways to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon and teleport yourself to San Francisco!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allen Crenshaw on April 24, 2014
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If you're interested in truly seeing and enjoying San Francisco, Wendy's well conceived, illustrated and written tour guide is perfect. It's fun and informative. What more could a traveler/reader/resident want from a guide to one of the world's most iconic cities.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pjw on April 22, 2014
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Wendy MacNaughton is a San Francisco treasure. This book captures her talent and wit, as well as capturing the essence of San FRancisco. Get it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hap McGill on April 22, 2014
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An overall A+ for this one. Wendy really knocked it out of the park!! Easy to read, very informative and FUN!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shorthand54 on April 18, 2014
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Delicate, thoughtful drawings engage the reader in exploring the less well known San Francisco. This is a look at
the distinctive little people who sell things, make things, hang out, and opine on their lives in this fast changing city
by the sea. Occasionally a travelogue, but mostly just meeting unique individuals where the artist finds them on the street and listening deeply. The line work is exquisite and the color luscious, especially in the close up portraits. Really stimulated my desire to go back to San Francisco and explore.
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