bookstore to remember: city lights books

city lights bookstore is on columbus ave at broadway in san francisco. it was founded in 1953 by poet lawrence ferlinghetti and peter d. martin. the rebellious and smart edge of the beatniks can still be felt in the store’s ambiance today. city lights was the united states’ first all-paperback bookstore. it has everything you…

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bookstore to remember: the booksmith

the booksmith is in san francisco’s haight-ashbury neighborhood and owned by christin evans and her husband, praveen madan. it is right across from zam zam, one of my favorite bars that i went to on my last trip there. the staff at the booksmith were very friendly and helpful. while there, i grabbed truman capote by george…

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from my bookshelf: cool gray city of love by gary kamiya

papercut gary kimya describes san francisco’s past, present, and future in vivid detail, peppered with personal anecdotes. i love the way he hones in on different particular neighborhoods and individuals which make up san francisco. it gives a tourist like me hope that someday i can learn the city better and absorb even just a…

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where i went: san francisco

required reading: cool grey city of love: 49 views of san francisco by gary kamiya  where i ate & drank: revelry bistro – an intimate and cozy french bistro. the wine and charcuterie plate was just what i needed after a long flight. blue bottle coffee shop – the cold brew was the perfect jolt i…

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from my bookshelf: i’ll be gone in the dark by michelle mcnamara

papercut michelle mcnamara was a journalist who took it upon herself to solve the (no longer) cold case of the golden state killer. the gsk raped, murdered, and traumatized victims up and down the state of california between the years of 1976-1986. mcnamara coined the term “golden state killer”, created a network of individuals who,…

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from my bookshelf: big sur by jack kerouac

papercut big sur tracks jack duluoz’s (jack kerouac in alter ego form) three treks to his friend’s cabin in bixby canyon, big sur, california. jack stays in the cabin, alone at first, to get away and unwind. initially, jack finds solace; he makes friends with the birds and feels rejuvinated by escaping normal life. however, big sur frequently…

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from my bookshelf: helter skelter by curt gentry & vincent bugliosi

papercut with the manson murders being so widely publicized for such a long period of time, there are countless sources out there with incomplete, over or under-exaggerated, or just plain wrong facts about the case(s). the lawyer in me loves that this book is told from the lens of the man who prosecuted the criminals,…

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from my bookshelf: i’m losing you by bruce wagner

papercut i’m losing you involves numerous loosely-related characters who overlap sometimes without even realizing it, living in hollywood, california. wagner’s dark sense of humor, meticulously crafted characters, and poignant messages from topics ranging from sexuality to drug abuse to AIDS, make for a truly unique story that needs to be read more than once to grasp…

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