What are the best San Francisco setting books?

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    #1The Joy Luck Club

    The Joy Luck Club
    The Joy Luck Club is a best-selling novel by Amy Tan that tells the story of a group of four Chinese women who meet together for mahjong and companionship. Later, their daughters continue the tradition.

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    Christopher Riley
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Four separate women who are from China find there way to San Francisco. They share no relation but they are all mothers looking to find there children that were born in the US. They want to share there history with them let them know where they came from, there family history; roots. This is not a book with a major plot but with huge character development. Must read!"
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    #2Frog Music

    Frog Music

    Frog Music is a historical mystery fiction novel written by Emma Donoghue. It is first published in  2014 by Little, Brown and Company. 


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    #3Cool Gray City of Love

    Cool Gray City of Love

    Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco is a non-fiction historical book written by Garry Kamiya. It was first published in 2013 by Bloomsbury USA. 


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    Harold Carroll
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I'm always on the lookout for books that take place in my hometown of San Francisco and recently I came across "Cool Gray City of Love" by Gary Kamiya. This book is an absolute love letter to those who love San Francisco and you'll most definitely find something to enjoy here even if you're not as strongly nostalgic like me. The book provides information on essentially 49 different "angles" of San Francisco and these aspects are well chosen and thoroughly researched. There is something for everyone here and you'll definitely not regret your purchase here."
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    #4The Confessions of Max Tivoli

    The Confessions of Max Tivoli

    The Confessions of Max Tivoli is a historical fantasy fiction novel written by Andrew Sean Geer. This magical realism book is first published in 2004. 


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    Thomas Gordon
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "very interesting book with a good plot. I wanted to keep reading it and did not want to put it down. When I did , it made me want to come back and read more to see what happens at the end. Add this one to your reading list. "
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    #5China Blues

    China Blues

    Chinatown, San Francisco during the Prohibition. As the young legend of blues, Louis Armstrong blows his horn in the Blue Canary, Elisabeth Stafford plunges into an affair with Li Kwan Won.


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    Ashley Hansen
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This novel brings the reader back to the 1920s in San Francisco. It centers on the blues scene in the middle of the prohibition. A great read for a blues fan."
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    #6Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

    Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

    Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is a novel by Robin Sloan. It tells the story of Clay Jannon, who started working at Mr. Penumbra's bookstore. While there, he investigated the shop's patrons and discovers a conspiracy about the book world.


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    Jack Yi
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Interesting Novel. This book is engaging. "
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    #7Freaks I've Met

    Freaks I've Met

    Freaks I've Met is a humorous American literary fiction novel written by Donald Jans. It was first published in 2015 by Sheabeau Publishing. 


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    Jordan Alvarez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I feel like this is a bad solution as the setting is Los Angeles and not San Francisco. "
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    #8The Maltese Falcon

    The Maltese Falcon

    The detective Sam Spade gets the visit of Miss Wonderly to ask him to track down her sister. But Miss Wonderley is no who she says to be, and when Miles Archer, Spade's partner, is shot on duty, finds himself hunted. 


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    Zhang Yan
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is a classic book that has withstood the test of time. I read this book when I was a teenager and still have fond memories. The characters and the hard boiled noir theme has always struck a chord with my imagination. I can highly recommend this book for mystery fans."
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    #9A Dirty Job (Grim Reaper)

    A Dirty Job (Grim Reaper)

    A Dirty Job is a novel by Christopher Moore that tells the story of Charlie Asher, who, until the death of his wife in childbirth, was living a normal life. Charlie must now juggle fatherhood and a job he never wanted—being Death.


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    Amit Tata
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "A really interesting read. Something I'd suggest if you're into things that are kind of wild and crazy, but still can be grounding and understandable. A good book for a good general audience just lookin' for some laughs and some feels."
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    #10The Girl with Ghost Eyes (Xian Li-lin)

    The Girl with Ghost Eyes (Xian Li-lin)
    The Girl with Ghost Eyes is the first book in Xian Li-lin series written by M. H. Boroson. It is a historical paranormal fantasy novel published by Talos in 2015. 

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    Patricia Silva
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The Girl with Ghost Eyes is the first book in Xian Li-lin series written by M. H. Boroson. It is a historical paranormal fantasy novel published by Talos in 2015"
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    #11Moments Captured

    Moments Captured

    Moments Captured is a historical fiction novel written by Robert J. Seidman. This historical fiction novel was published on November 8, 2012 by The Overlook Press.


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    Cynthia Howard
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "If you like your historical fiction sweeping, pick up this book and dive in. If you like muscular writing, great period detail and really hot sex, this is the novel for you. Although I'm certainly familiar with basic details about the Gilded Age and the brutal building of the cross-national railroad, this novel is just stuffed with fascinating particulars about major players and vital issues of the time. Everything from greed and graft in government and commerce to the horrible mistreatment of Chinese immigrants (of both sexes), and the casual, petty, daily persecution of women, to the great breakthroughs in both art and industry of the time. I knew little about Edward Muybridge's career and life and this book really awakened me to his contributions and his fascinating life story. Author Robert Seidman takes artistic liberties with the facts and timeline of his life, but the man did actually kill a man who was sleeping with the woman he loved. And his accomplishments were staggering and important."


Best What are the best San Francisco setting books
1The Joy Luck ClubBooks 36 Paid
2Frog MusicBooks 34 Paid
3Cool Gray City of LoveBooks 33 Paid
4The Confessions of Max TivoliBooks 30 Paid
5China BluesBooks 28 Paid
6Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour BookstoreBooks 26 Paid
7Freaks I've MetBooks 26 Paid
8The Maltese FalconBooks 21 Paid
9A Dirty Job (Grim Reaper)Books 20 Paid
10The Girl with Ghost Eyes (Xian Li-lin)Books 17 Paid

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