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About the Author

Leah Garchik was a San Francisco Chronicle writer for more than 20 years. She lives in SanFrancisco.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (June 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811853462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811853460
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.5 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have never owned a car with push button windows. I knit, using yarn I buy at garage sales. My ideal of an ideal vacation is to go to Paris or to sit around the house in my bathrobe playing the piano. I grew up in Brooklyn before that became cool, and I have worked at the San Francisco Chronicle for 35 years. They have so far not given me a gold watch.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By H.M. Gladney on May 3, 2000
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My wife and I have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years, and prefer San Francisco over every other American city that we know--and we've visited most of the big ones. Naturally that means that we take many out-of-state visitors for a day in the city, and have a mental list of the things they might enjoy seeing and doing. Many of our frequent targets is represented in San Francisco : The City's Sights and Secrets, so that we're using the book with prospective visitors to plan their day in the city. The pictures are vibrant with accurate captions, and brief but excellent accompanying text.
We've also started to use this book as a token of appreciation for our hosts when we travel. When they thank us for it, it is usually with enough enthusiasm that we know they are pleased to have it.
The reader should be aware that this is not a complete guide book. It deals only with the sights and sounds of the city--not with the practical details such as accomodation, travel connections, restaurants, city and area maps, ... But then, you can get those from AAA publications or similar sources. We see this book as simply for communicating to others why we are so keen on San Francisco, and to help them plan their own visits.
It may interest the reader that we are endorsing this short review with a new order for a dozen copies!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Nygren on May 31, 2008
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I'm planning a trip to San Francisco. Beyond a travel guide, the photos inspire me and let me know what not to miss, in a visual way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JennGV on March 29, 2009
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Fantastic pictures, high quality, great for a new visitor of the city to get a flavor of San Francisco.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Guillaume A. on January 12, 2014
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I'm French, and have lived in San Francisco for the past 3 years now. I bought this book as a gift to my French grand parents (who don't speak English) so they could see pictures of the city where I live.

It's good, but not great. It has quite a bit of text and not as many pictures as you would expect from a coffee table book like that. There are a few pictures of each major part of the city (downtown, china town, golden gate, haight, mission, etc.) and a lot of text (which my grandparents can't read, so in my case not a selling point). The pictures are OK - a few of them seem to have been color-balanced by an amateur though.

So all in all, an OK book - but I was expecting way more pictures, and of better quality. For the record, I still haven't found a great photo book of SF to gift to my non-English speaking family - if any one has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
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What more do you want?
It's San Francisco. There are pictures. I have 20 books with pictures of San Francisco.
That's why I keep buying them. I love great pictures of San Francisco.
Maybe if I stopped buying the books, I could move there some day!

Kind of kidding around, but not really: But it, go there. Live there. Visit.
BE at the most wonderful city on the planet.
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By Bob Sans on November 6, 2013
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There are some great photos in a well arranged book that is most reasonably priced. We use this book as a "memento" for our friends who have visited (or want to visit) San Francisco and they all think it is fantastic.
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By LuROY on April 5, 2013
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GREAT SERVICE!!! The package was very protected and arrived so quick! And the price was very low for the quality!
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