List of 34 Books Based in San Francisco

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Looking for stories that take place in a particular location? This list of relevant examples is here to help. In this collection, you'll find a variety of books based in San Francisco.
Interested in learning more about San Francisco? The books below are great but some were published a while ago. Some other resources to learn about San Francisco include the Crowdsourced Explorer and Wikipedia.

Title Author Publishing Year Genre
1st to Die James Patterson 2001 Mystery, Crime novel, Crime Fiction
A Certain Justice John Lescroart 1995 Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Legal Story
A Dirty Job Christopher Moore 2006 Novel, Humour, Mystery, Comedy, Fantasy comedy, Adventure fiction, Absurdist fiction, Urban fantasy
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers 2000 Memoir, Biography, Hysterical realism
China Dolls Lisa See 2014 Novel, Historical Fiction
Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco Gary Kamiya 2013 Guidebook, Travel literature
Edwin of the Iron Shoes Marcia Muller 1977 Mystery, Fiction
Every Man a Menace Patrick Hoffman 2016 Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father Alysia Abbott 2013 Autobiography, Biography
Fine Things Danielle Steel 1987 Romance, Fiction, Contemporary, Adult Fiction, Novels
Hollywood Heroine Sarah Kuhn 2016 Novel, Science Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Urban fantasy, Fantasy comedy, Paranormal Fantasy
House of Sand and Fog Andre Dubus III 1999 Novel, Domestic Fiction
Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas Rebecca Solnit 2010 Map, Atlas, Travel literature
McTeague Frank Norris 1899 Novel, Psychological Fiction
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore Robin Sloan 2012 Novel, Fantasy Fiction, Adventure fiction, Suspense
My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward Mark Lukach 2017 Biography, Autobiography
Season of the Witch David Talbot 2012 History
Sourdough Robin Sloan 2017 Domestic Fiction
Tales of the City Armistead Maupin 1978 Fiction, LGBT
The Basic Eight Daniel Handler 1998 Fiction, Humour, Satire, Dark comedy
The Confessions of Max Tivoli Andrew Sean Greer 2003 Fantasy Fiction, Psychological Fiction
The Dain Curse Dashiell Hammett 1928 Novel, Crime novel, Mystery, Crime Fiction
The Girl with Ghost Eyes M.H. Boroson 2015 Fantasy Fiction, Horror fiction, Urban fantasy, Historical fantasy, Paranormal fiction, Paranormal Fantasy
The Golden Gate Vikram Seth 1986 Novel, Fiction
The Immigrants Howard Fast 1977 Historical Fiction, historical novel, Domestic Fiction
The Japanese Lover Isabel Allende 2015 Novel, Romance novel, Historical Fiction
The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan 1989 Novel, Domestic Fiction
The Language of Flowers Vanessa Diffenbaugh 2011 Novel, Fiction, Romance novel
The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett 1929 Detective novel, Mystery, Hardboiled, Crime Fiction
The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk Randy Shilts 1982 Biography
The Night Listener Armistead Maupin 2000 Novel, Gay Fiction, Domestic Fiction
Trout Fishing in America Richard Brautigan 1967 Novel, Fiction, Novella, Prose poetry
Valencia Michelle Tea 2000 Novel, Fiction, Lesbian literature, Romance novel, Bildungsroman, Contemporary romance
We Never Asked for Wings Vanessa Diffenbaugh 2015 Domestic Fiction

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