- Tapa dura: 400 páginas
- Editor: Bloomsbury USA (6 de agosto de 2013)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1608199606
- ISBN-13: 978-1608199600
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº298.466 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco (Inglés) Tapa dura – 6 ago 2013
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These 49 vignettes are written in a confessional first-person tone that invokes a conversation between two old friends: Kamiya and the city he has called home for over 40 years.impressive is the author's uncanny grasp of the bay's natural history and the way that the landscape continues to shape the lives of current San Franciscans. In the end, Kamiya has written a fitting ode to an exceptional city. (Publishers Weekly)
How do I love thee? In Cool Gray City of Love Gary Kamiya crushes on San Francisco in 49 different ways - from its landscapes and architecture to a fabled past encompassing the Gold Rush, Beats and hippies, the AIDS crisis, and dot.com mania. Now that's love and devotion. (Vanity Fair)
Newcomers to San Francisco fall in love with the city every day, but no one can appreciate it quite like a longtime resident. Kamiya proves an ardent, expert guide to his hometown's history, neighborhoods and landmarks...Cool Gray City of Love will open your eyes anew. (San Jose Mercury News)
Gary Kamiya does his fellow San Franciscans a favor by charmingly and thoughtfully laying out why this particular swath of 49 square miles inspires such fervor...Cool Gray City of Love wants to capture what it means to be blissed out by San Francisco, and does a solid job of that. But it's really about something bigger. It's about having something in your life - no matter where you live- that makes you glad you're alive. (Oscar Villalon on The California Report)
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Cool, Gray City of Love brings together an exuberant combination of personal insight, deeply researched history, in-depth reporting, and lyrical prose to create an unparalleled portrait of San Francisco. Each of its 49 chapters explores a specific site or intersection in the city, from the mighty Golden Gate Bridge to the raunchy Tenderloin to the soaring sea cliffs at Land's End.
This unique approach captures the exhilarating experience of walking through San Francisco's sublime terrain, while at the same time tying that experience to a history as rollicking and unpredictable as the city herself. From her absurd beginnings as the most distant and moth-eaten outpost of the world's most extensive empire, to her instantaneous fame during the Gold Rush, from her apocalyptic destruction by earthquake and fire to her perennial embrace of rebels, dreamers, hedonists and misfits of all stripes, the City by the Bay has always followed a trajectory as wildly independent as the untrammeled natural forces that created her.
This ambitious, eclectic, and beautifully written book draws on everything from on-the-ground reporting to obscure academic papers to the author's 40-year life in San Francisco to create a rich and insightful portrait of a magical corner of the world. Complete with hand-drawn maps ofthe 49locations, this handsome package will sit comfortably on the short shelf of enduring books about places, alongside E. B. White's Here is New York, Jose Saramago's Journey to Portugal, or Alfred Kazin's A Walker in the City.Ver Descripción del producto
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Gary Kamiya's new book is, without a doubt, the best writing about San Francisco I've read since the passing of Herb Caen. The book is a rambling walking tour, a history lesson, a geological exploration. More than anything else, it's a love letter. Or, more accurately, it's 49 love letters, because Kamiya has structured the book as 49 vignettes, each about a particular spot in the City. He takes us from the place where Europeans first camped in 1776 (Mountain Lake, in today's Richmond District) to a small patch of grass on Telegraph Hill where you can still sit today, watching ships sail through the Gate as one could during the gold rush of 1849. With meticulously-researched history and an easy story-telling style, Kamiya writes of how an Englishman named William Richardson jumped off a ship in 1822, befriended the Spanish comandante at the Presidio and fell in love with his 19-year-old daughter as they danced around the campfire that night. Richardson and Maria Antonia Martinez got married, built the first home in Yerba Buena Cove, and raised three kids as a town grew around them. Kamiya writes "It cannot be a coincidence that one of the world's great cosmopolitan party towns was founded by a runaway who had just met a mixed-race hottie at an all-nighter".
If you love San Francisco as much as I do, with its twisted history and crooked streets, you will love this beautifully-written book. Highly recommended.
One other important thing, I can honestly say this book was the first I have read on a tablet where the experience was better than on paper. I found myself constantly toggling between my reader app and google maps. With google maps I could actually teleport myself to the very spot where each of the 49 essays is embarked. Wow! How technology dazzles.
Gary Kamiya obviously loves this city as much as I do, perhaps more (I have a hard time admitting that). Writing this book must have been a labor of love. The research, the interviews, the fact that he actually visited and spent quality time at each of the places he writes about is impressive. Just reading the Select Bibliography is mind blowing. What’s important, however, is that Mr. Kamiya has taken that knowledge and his experiences and woven amazing little stories that make this book informative, interesting and entertaining. And, it is very well written.