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San Francisco: The Unknown City Paperback – October 1, 2005
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Associated Press (Associated Press)
Arsenal Pulp's Unknown City books take you to places where Fodor's editors dare not go. With its offbeat, often scandalous history, San Francisco seems a prime candidate for the series. San Francisco: The Unknown City doesn't disappoint. Insiders Helene Goupil and Josh Krist escort readers on tours of the city's hidden nooks and dark crannies. Gangland massacres, multilevel sex clubs, even active opium dens and (blush) private karaoke rooms! Along the way, the good-natured coauthors offer tips on secret dining pleasures and bargain shopping secrets.
Editors, Barnes & Noble (Barnes & Noble)
One guidebook is never enough for a single trip. Frommer's is great for pre-departure planning. Some swear by Lonely Planet or Let's Go to help them find accommodation as they travel. But LP's forte is nuts-and-bolts information, not embellishment, so it makes pretty dry beach reading. Vancouver's own Arsenal Pulp Press fills this void with its Unknown City series. The books don't advise on where to stay, how to get around, or list the top sightseeing spots. Rather, they act like a friend who lives in the city you're visiting. They tell you the really juicy stuff.
The Georgia Straight (Carolyn Ali Georgia Straight)
The Unknown City series of alternative guides provides a fine focus on San Francisco, the hotbed of alternative culture in the 1960s, and identifies neighbourhoods and places which reflect the city's hidden history and cultures. From the gay mecca Castro Street to offbeat museums, the scene of a duel camping in the city, unique studios and performing arts venues, and more, it's fairly certain much of the attractions listed in San Francisco: The Unknown City won't be listed in your standard travel guide.
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Instead of the typical guidebook that only recommends seeing obvious sights such as the golden gate bridge, coit tower and pier 39, The Unknown City highlights museums, bookstores, restaurants, and other attractions of the city by the bay that may not be as well known as they should be. The Uknown City makes for great reading,and lots of interesting factoids about the city are dispersed throughout. As a SF resident, I am constantly learning new and interesting facts about my city as a result of this book. I have recommended this to friends and family as a required book to purchase before their visit to SF, and all of them have later thanked me for it. If you are planning on visiting San Francisco or if you've been a resident for years and wish to learn more about SF from a different perspective, then this book is for you!
I also was fortunate enough to meet the authors Josh and Helene when they introduced themselves after seeing me walk into a store carrying my copy of this book. They are passionate about wanting both visitors and residents to enjoy the many fun and interesting things about SF - and about making it as easy as possible for you to find those things. Even if you don't have my good luck of getting to chat with two SF experts, this book still contains everything you need for a great visit to the city.
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I've lived here for eight years and still found out a lot of new things.Published 16 days ago by Al Luongo
The authors' sense of humor shows on every page making this great guide to San Francisco read like a novel.Published on August 9, 2013 by William krist