Art Peterson has translated his lifelong love affair with his favorite city into a sparkling, well-researched guide exploring San Francisco's quirks, landmarks and eccentricities.
Why Is That Bridge Orange? ($19.95) links everyday sights that are the fabric of the city with answers to nagging questions that tantalize the curious. Why is Lombard Street crooked? How does a cable car work? Why are there windmills at Ocean Beach? In 240 pages, 86 of these conundrums are resolved, supported by dozens of contemporary and historical photos. It all adds up to a crash course in urban discovery.
Art Peterson, a lifelong Bay Area resident, taught in the San Francisco public schools for 30 years, 15 of these as a teacher of writing at Lowell High School. Until recently, he was employed as Senior Editor at the University of California-affiliated National Writing Project, the nation’s prime organization devoted to the teaching of writing in the schools.
He is the author of several books, including the best-selling humor book Teachers: A Survival Guide for the Grownup in the Classroom, and the teaching classic, The Writer’s Workout Book: 113 Stretches Toward Better Prose.