I don’t read nearly as many books as I used to. I chalk that up to parenthood, laziness (
Google Reader Feedly is just so easy to browse through), and an Instapaper account overflowing with longreads.
Still, I try, and I was truly impressed with one book: Gary Kamiya’s Cool Gray City of Love , an idiosyncratic history of San Francisco.
The author has done his research, and this could have been presented as a straightforward telling of facts and stories. Instead, he always finds a personal connection which provides a distinct lens through which to understand the city. Gary clearly loves San Francisco, warts and all, and his passion for the city is infectious.
As an easily distracted internet-addicted type, I also appreciate the book’s 49 chapters (either for the ’49ers’, or the 49 square miles of our 7×7 grid), some of which are as short as a couple pages, which allows for easy dipping into.
I don’t buy many books (I prefer the library), but this is one I gladly own.