Secret San Jose: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure



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Title: Secret San Jose: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure
Author: Cassie Kifer
Size: 6 x 9
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781681062853
Price: $22.50

Which scientific landmark moonlights as a mausoleum? Where can you find sacred street food? When was there nearly a Civil War battle in San Jose? What civil rights icon got started in San Jose? What’s the real story behind Sarah Winchester’s mysterious house? Find the answers to these and other questions you didn’t know you had.

From player pianos to disappearing lakes, from ghost towns to buried limbs, this unconventional guidebook will take you through bizarre and fascinating stories that define San Jose’s history and shaped this one-of-a-kind city.

Whether you are a life-long San Jose resident, a new transplant, or a first-time visitor, local writer Cassie Kifer will introduce you to quirky and beautiful places and share stories about the city that never get told. Part tour and part scavenger hunt, this guide will take you to some of the weirdest and most wonderful places in Northern California’s biggest and most misunderstood city.


Let’s see what you decided to pack your San Jose-themed care package with.

Where can you discover an unexplained Medieval fortification, towering South Pacific totem poles, quirky final resting places, an orchard featuring rare fruit and Sarah Winchester's other house?

How well do you know the Bay Area? A new book takes readers on scavenger hunts to find special spots scattered across the South Bay. Author Cassie Kifer joines KRON 4 Anchor Stephanie Lin to share more.

San Jose Scavenger, a new guidebook by Cassie Kifer, has been released by Reedy Press. The book is laid out like a treasure hunt, inviting readers to explore “the South Bay’s hidden gems.” Readers can follow a bevy of clues leading

San Jose Scavenger, a new travel guide by Cassie Kifer is out at Reedy Press. Laid out like a treasure hunt, the book invites readers to explore “the hidden treasures of the South Bay.” Readers can follow a series of clues

Cassie Kifer fell in love with travel after she worked at a youth hostel in Los Angeles. She’s become an avid traveler and relentless foodie who loves sharing her passion. From writing two books about San Jose to her blog

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It didn't stop there. As soon as Lehnart found out Sourdough was included in Cassie Kifer's book, Secret San Jose: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, the two had a meeting of the minds and set up a

If, like many of us, you've exhausted the sites close to home during more than a year of pandemic restrictions, your family may be itching to to discover something new. Luckily, there are lots of fun places to explore outdoors

With Halloween just around the corner, local author Cassie Kifer has written a book on the lesser-known aspects of San Jose.

With winter and the pandemic both in full swing, we’re hunkering down at home and waiting it all out. We may not be able to go to the office or visit with friends, but we’re thankful there are plenty of

The Preservation Action Council of San Jose’s holiday boutique is taking place Nov. 20 and 21, with ornaments, gifts and local history mementos on sale. And Cassie Kifer, author of the new book Secret San Jose, will be on hand

Cassie Kifer's new book Secret San Jose explores what she calls Northern California’s most misunderstood city.

Additional information

Weight 0.8 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 × 8.5 in


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