Octavia Boulevard (Paperback)

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This affectionate memoir is part sociology and part "Alice in Wonderland". For Ms. Daley, the rabbit hole was in Vermont, where she raised her family, and Wonderland was San Francisco, where she taught college-level journalism. This is a memorable journey for all who embark upon it. — Alden Graves

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Yvonne Daleys Octavia Boulevard, for my money, ranks right up there with Angelas Ashes and Eat, Pray, Love. From Chinatown to Haight-Ashbury, Daley brings San Francisco to life in literature as no one has since the Beat Poets. Best of all is the marvelous apartment house on Octavia Boulevard, the microcosm and small village where Daley lived for several years with a host of unforgettable characters, all of whom poured out their stories to this splendid writer. --Howard Frank Mosher, author of Disappearances, Walking to Gatlinburg & North Country

Yvonne Daley is the only writer in America who could have drawn such an illuminating portrait of San Francisco in the Awful Age of Bush. She is the sharpeyed and patient listener whos caught the soul of this remarkable city and its most resilient citizens. What Daley tracks in these pages is how and why America began dreaming of Obama long before it knew who he was. Octavia Boulevard may break your heart, but it also offers some street-smart hope. --David Huddle, The Story of a Million Years, La Tour Dreams of the Wolf Girl, Tenorman, Glory Days

Octavia Boulevard is a microcosm of San Francisco, San Francisco a paradigm of cities. Octavia Boulevard offers a reader experience of the plenitude and disorder that is humanity s creation (ex nihilo, in its own image) of the urban planet with its joyous and disturbing interpenetration of pains and pleasures trying to fill the endlessly unfulfillable gut of human hungers. --Tom Smith, Spending the Light, Jacks Beans: A Five-Year Diary, A Very Good Boy

Product Details
ISBN: 9780615439334
Publisher: Shires Press
Publication Date: January 27th, 2011
Pages: 330