John Rollins Ridge, The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta 9780143132653
An invented biography of the legendary figure of Joaquin Murieta, infamous outlaw and avenger.
Isabel Allende, Daughter of Fortune 9780063021747
Gold Rush Era historical romance.
Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon 9780679722649
The classic hard-boiled detective novel.
Frank Norris, Vandover and the Brute 9781554812394
Gothicky naturalist novel about a young fin-de-siecle degenerate.
C. Pam Zhang, How Much of These Hills is Gold 9780525537212
Imagistic, dense, poetic story of two Chinese children navigating the gold camps.
Alia Volz, Home Baked 9780358505020
Biography/ social document about selling cannibis edibles before age of irritating, boutique dispensaries.
Peter Maravelis (ed.) San Francisco Noir 2 9781933354651
A collection of “classic” SF noir.
Beth Lisick, Edie on the Green Screen 9781733367202
Middle-aged slacker comes to terms with the death of her mother and the banality of techbro SF.
Vendela Vida, We Run the Tides 9780062936240
Haven’t read it yet but Tom Stoppard really liked it. Set in Outer Richmond.
Maxine Hong Kingston, Tripmaster Monkey 9780679727897
Kingston’s homage to one of her harshest detractors, Frank Chin, and the hippy trippy 60s in SF.