By Michael Shapiro

In a feeling of position, journalist/travel author Michael Shapiro is going on a pilgrimage to go to the world's nice shuttle writers on their domestic turf to get their perspectives on their careers, the writer's craft, and most significantly, why they selected to reside the place they do and what that position ability to them. The publication chronicles a tender writer’s conversations along with his heroes, writers he's learn for years who encouraged him either to pack his luggage to trip and to select up a pen and write. Michael skillfully coaxes a collective portrait via his interviews, permitting the authors to talk in detail in regards to the writer's lifestyles, and the way position affects their paintings and perceptions.

In every one bankruptcy Michael units the scene via describing the writer's atmosphere, putting the reader squarely within the locale, no matter if or not it's Simon Winchester's Massachusetts, Redmond O'Hanlon's London, or Frances Mayes's Tuscany. He then shall we the author discuss lifestyles and the area, and during quiet probing attracts out interesting statement from those awesome humans. For Michael it’s a dream come real, to fulfill his mentors; for readers, it's a fascinating window onto the dual landscapes of significant go back and forth writers and the realm during which they dwell.

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42 I N T R O D U C I N G S A N F R A N C I S C O Gay San Francisco: A History The history of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in San Francisco is in some ways the story of the gay movement itself. The city has been a mecca for gay people for much of its existence, and social and political gains made here have had reverberations across the globe. The community is now more diverse than ever, spread out across the entire city, not just the Castro (see p136), and you can hold hands with your same-sex partner anywhere from the Financial District to Pacific Heights.

2 on the Richter scale 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2015 2020 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2015 2020 2008 The Contemporary 1994 Presidio Army Base turned over to the National Park Service Jewish Museum, designed by Daniel Libeskind, opens 2006 San Francisco congresswoman Nancy Pelosi is the first woman to become elected speaker of the United States House of Representatives 1989 Major earthquake hits San Francisco during World Series baseball game between Bay Area rivals: freeways collapse, killing dozens 1999 After 15 years as the speaker of the California Assembly, Democrat Willie Brown is sworn in as San Francisco’s first black mayor I N T R O D U C I N G S A N F R A N C I S C O 35 SAN FRANCISCO AT A GLANCE M ore than 200 places of interest The following 12 pages are a timeare described in the Area saving guide to the best San Francisco by Area section of this book.

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