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Olivia Allen-Price Bay Curious

Exploring the Hidden True Stories of the San Francisco Bay Area

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Curious about the San Francisco Bay Area? With explorations into unique local legends, interesting landmarks, and uncovered histories, Bay Curious is a fun, quirky guide to the secret stories of the Bay Area for visitors, newcomers, and California natives alike.Who was Americas first and only Emperor? Why are there ships buried under the streets of San Francisco? Was the word hella really created in the East Bay? Bay Curious brings you the answers to these questions and much more through fun and fascinating illustrated deep-dives into hidden gems of Bay Area trivia, history, and culture.Based on the award-winning KQED podcast of the same name, Bay Curious brings a fresh eye to some of its most popular pieces and expands to cover stories unique to this book. With subjects ranging from Marins redwood forests to the Winchester Mystery House, from the Black Panther Partys school program to the invention of the Mai Tai, Bay Curious gives you the entertaining and informative, weird and wonderful true stories of the San Francisco Bay Area.NOT YOUR AVERAGE GUIDEBOOK: Bay Curious takes a unique approach to exploring the Bay Area through its lesser known but just as fascinating stories, taking readers on a reportorial rather than literal tour.BEYOND THE PODCAST: With 49 entriesinspired by the famous 49-Mile DriveBay Curious includes a combination of updated popular episodes from the podcast and brand-new, never-before-heard stories researched for the book, plus fun illustrations and irresistible trivia sidebars.GIFT OR SELF-PURCHASE FOR SF ENTHUSIASTS: For anyone living in San Francisco or visiting with a goal of getting beyond the beaten tourist path, this volume holds a treasure trove of inspiration for an armchair adventure or self-guided tour.Perfect for:Bay Area locals and new arrivalsA fun and unique San Francisco reference book for tourists and visitorsFans of the KQED podcastHistory buffsAnyone who enjoys unexpected, quirky true stories

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