Books

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When America First Saw Itself in Color

A new book looks back at the Detroit Publishing Company's stunning Photochrom postcards. 

An Illustrated History of All the Ways Urban Environments Can Control Us

War of Streets and Houses explores how a city can simultaneously foster and crush social change.

Chronicle Books

Perfect Timing: A New Illustrated Guide to the Real San Francisco

Wendy MacNaughton cuts through the noise with Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in its Own Words.

Courtesy of Doug Most

The Fascinating History of New York and Boston's Race to Build a Subway

Doug Most's new book, The Race Underground, tracks the rivalry that emerged with the tracks.

Bob Gore

If a 6-Year-Old Can Help His City, Why Can't You?

An early candidate for the feel-good urban story of the year.

Berks ARL

Very Adorable Pictures of Kids Reading to Homeless Cats

Your heart will melt.

Reuters

The Decline of the American Book Lover

And why the downturn might be over.

Fira/Smart City Expo

The Rise and Fall and Eventual Rise Again of the 'Smart City'

A conversation with Smart Cities author Anthony Townsend.

Wikimedia Commons

The Cleveland Public Library Found a Lost First Edition Copy of 'A Christmas Carol'

It's one of only 6,000 copies printed.

Panoramic Group Photos: The Selfies of the Early 20th Century

How the introduction of new technology led the entire country to take basically the same photograph.

Shotwell Paper Mill

The Fatigues Off Her Back

A beautiful new book about women in the military is printed on paper made from their uniforms.

St.Martin's Press

A Bucket List for the Entire World

Artist Candy Chang posted blackboards for people to write out what they want to do "before they die." The project became an international hit.

Shutterstock

This Interactive Map Highlights San Francisco's Literary Landmarks

A clickable collection of booksellers, book locales, and Bay Area authors.

Shutterstock

Book Lovers Will Adore These Neat New Maps

Two ways to chart the connection between reading and place.

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Nerdy Infographic of the Day: Which Cities Are Most Popular With the Literati?

See how world cities stack up to each other -- in terms of the amount of books written about them.

The Best (and First?) Sci-Fi Novel Ever Set in a Wastewater Treatment Plant

An "ancient evil" has awoken in the Bay Area and is making life hell for sewage workers, according to a new novel by a real-life sewage professional.

H. Reid

The Secret Life of American Trains

Some Vernacular Railroad Photographs features over 200 shots of railways and trains, unearthed by the book's authors.

Chat Travieso

The Tiny, Tri-Lingual Library Hidden on New York's Lower East Side

A bite-sized bookshelf greets readers in English, Spanish and Chinese.

Rex Sorgatz/Wikipedia

Ridiculous Record of the Day: Seattle's 2,131-Book Domino Rally

Anything to get the kids in the library, right?