Well, this is a charmer, in the style of Maira Kalman. Author Wendy MacNaughton explores the everyday world of San Francisco, documenting what she finds at the library, on the street, riding the MUNI, and visiting City Hall, among other places. The accompanying drawings are whimsical and full of personality. But what's really fun about it is the down-to-earth approach MacNaughton takes. She's not looking for tourist attractions, or tourists, or upper crust. She's just looking at who's out there on a regular day, whether it's homeless people at the library or dog walkers or the farmers market.
There are things that are universal:
I was just talking with some people the other day about how, when I go out and walk the dog, I know all the names of the neighborhood dogs, but hardly any of their owners' names. So it's never Mr. and Mrs. Smith's house, it's Fido's house.
Also fun: The dust jacket unfolds to reveal a map.
A lovely, relaxing, charming read.