Reviews and Blog Posts: San Francisco

All the birds in the sky

by Charlie Anders

Reviewer Rating:

Not just for fans of genre fiction, this mash up of science and magic will appeal to anyone who likes a well told story about choices and the fate of the world. Patricia and Laurence meet in middle school--both awkward in their own ways, Patricia connects with nature on a...

Les Blank : always for pleasure

This Criterion Collection of the films of Les Blank is a gem! I enjoyed discovering each one, having no idea independent films were being made like this in the 1960s and 1980s. Each short film is saturated with American culture rarely caught on camera. Even rarer is Les Blank’s hands-off...

Delia's shadow

by Jaime Lee Moyer

Delia Martin has always seen ghosts. She tried to run from her cursed gift after the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 killed both her parents and new ghosts swelled her city's streets, but a very persistent ghost has started to follow her everywhere, including her dreams, and Delia needs to...

Lost cat : a true story of love, desperation, and GPS technology

by Caroline Paul

Reviewer Rating:

This is an amusing illustrated story for any cat/pet lover. Many of us wonder what are pets are doing when we're not around. Author Caroline Paul and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton took this idea and ran with it after their cat Tibia disappeared for five weeks, then returned home. Where had...

Me, Frida : Frida Kahlo in San Francisco

by Amy Novesky

Reviewer Rating:

Many of the books on Frida Kahlo may be too grown up for children, but this book is a great book to explore Frida's art and life.  Especially when researching Latin American Artist.  The book shows how Frida became an artist, but also how her husband and the things around...


by Mira Grant

In a kickoff to a new series, Grant (author of the Newsflesh trilogy, which I loved) introduces us to a near future world where health care as we know it has been fundamentally changed by a company called Symbogen. They developed a genetically modified tapeworm (really) that folks take in...

Fairyland : a memoir of my father

by Alysia Abbott

Reviewer Rating:

Steve Abbott was a leading figure in the 1980s poetry scene, creating publications and organizing a community of poets including my personal favorites Judy Grahn and Robert Gluck. His passion for writing, building a community, and search for love meant he was not always present for his daughter. Part love...

The wild parrots of Telegraph Hill

Reviewer Rating:

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is an ode to passion and eccentricity. The film follows formerly homeless musician Mark Bittner and chronicles how his life changed once he became the informal ward of a flock of wild parrots. Bittner's devotion to the animals and his intimate knowledge of their...

Dante's Inferno

by 1265-1321 Dante Alighieri

Reviewer Rating:

In Sandow Birk’s Dante’s Inferno, Birk’s starkly beautiful  drawings show a street kid Dante carrying his skateboard through hell, following after a Virgil who often looks like a street bum in his robes. Together they negotiate a Los Angeles-like hell of tattered alleyways, ATMs, long unending strip mall streets, palm...

The wild parrots of Telegraph Hill : a love story-- with wings

by Mark Bittner

Reviewer Rating:

A flower child, seeking enlightenment, discovers a flock of wild parrots on San Francisco's Telegraph Hill.

Syndicate content