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Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in its Own Words Paperback – March 18, 2014
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"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
"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
"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
"If you love San Francisco, you'll love this book." -The Bold Italic
"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
"Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City In Its Own Words, is an insightful, illustrated compendium of contemporary city life." - Alissa Walker, Gizmodo.com
"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
"We've been enamored of artist-graphic journalist Wendy MacNaughton's breezy-yet-hyper-perceptive sketches, humanizing portraits, and urban tableaus for years now, but it was with this year's Meanwhile In San Francisco that the SF resident became something like our illustrator laureate. The book, the result of McNaughton's lunchtime strolls with her notebook in hand, captures the city through its characters, from bus drivers to Mission hipsters to the folks who pass their days at the public library." - San Francisco Bay Guardian
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|Length: 1:51 Mins|
The book is about A5 in size, slightly smaller. There are 176 pages. See that city view on the cover? The cover is can actually be folded out into a city view poster with additional pointers.
Collected within book are images of the city captured in a series of snapshot style sketches. You'll see sketches of people on the streets going about their daily chores, scenes from SF Public Library, SF Civic Centre Farmers' Market, Chinatown, the dogs and dog walkers, a burrito, bisons, signs and other aspects of the city.
I like the sketches done in casual ink and watercolour style. The people sketches are nice.
The sketches are accompanied by short observations of the people, some quotes, and what she sees.
The book description says MacNaughton spent months getting to know the people, but I don't get that impression from the book. It feels like people there don't like to talk much. They smile for their sketches though. A bus passenger remarked that his kids don't take the bus. Why? The Farmers' Market help the homeless. Where are the stories of the homeless? What do the members like about Dolphin Club? I was expecting more to read as I felt the book was lacking in depth.
I'm saying all that because I do like the art, but it's a wasted opportunity because the book could have been so much better with more detailed stories.
(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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.
Also, I bought the Kindle version of the book. I'd recommend the printed version instead as the drawings don't render well on a Kindle. Hard to read the captions.
MEANWHILE manages to have broad appeal while being really singular, really specific in its voice and take. And you don't have to be a San Franciscan to love it. It's about people, it's about the life spooling out all around us. A wonderful reminder that there are great, fascinating stories around every corner, wherever you are.
author of Sand Dollar and Pieces of Eight ~ tales of old Key West
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's wonderful. To hold a beautiful summary of San Francisco's humanity in your hands, the messiness and magic of life contained within its pages, is delightful. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome book, got it as a gift for my friend, who enjoys urban sketching.Published 23 days ago by Alisa Vysochina
Outstanding, love her work. After I finish with it pass it on to a friend. 5 StarsPublished 1 month ago by Maurice Grimes
Great fun book about a great fun city. I grew up in San Francisco and although the scene has changed the vibe remains. Loved the book.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Clever, smart, but not as original or as daring as I'd hoped. Wonderful drawings, though.Published 3 months ago by Edward M. Hack
Fun book on SF. I bought it for the illustrations and so was not disappointed -- I gave it four stars because I found some of the images monotonous and would have rather she did... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cat Smiles
A Great example of what has become known as "Urban Sketching". San Francisco is the perfect subject material for this genre of sketching.Published 3 months ago by David Malmberg
This was a really fun book - would make nice gift to someone who loves SF.Published 6 months ago by Francesca
Wendy gives her perspective as she moves through the city and records the moment. I really enjoyed all of the illustration and frank commentary.Published 7 months ago by Sandra L. Aumiller