San Francisco Guide by Stephanie Gold is one of the most comprehensive looks at the Bay City on the market today. A great resource for visitors, it's also thorough enough for any local who wants to hunt down the inside scoop. Clearly, Gold has a handle on her town, and readers will appreciate her breezy, conversational style. Though the guide doesn't include photographs, reams of well-organized information more than make up for it. You won't find thumbnail descriptions of neighborhoods or hotels in this book--each entry receives nearly half a page of coverage. And the sections themselves are more than thorough: the "Where to Eat" chapter, for instance, is an astonishing 161 pages. Even San Francisco natives are bound to discover a few new dining choices here (the pages on good eats near movie theaters are a nice touch). Readers interested in nocturnal activities will certainly applaud the space dedicated to nightlife and entertainment--why do most guidebooks shortchange this important category? The best Irish pubs, karaoke bars, and gay clubs are all covered. You'll also find detailed sections on sightseeing, cultural offerings, shopping, and day trips. And as if that weren't enough, the "Practical Information" chapter is packed with everything from garages to 24-hour pharmacies.
Stephanie gives an overview of the book:
Essayist, journalist and book author Stephanie Gold began writing in 1994. In that year, after 10 years of teaching composition and literature in the public schools of San Francisco, Stephanie traded in the blackboard for the keyboard and accepted a contract from Open Road...