Picked this book up at Powell's recently and was surprised how good it was. Esherick's work wasn't necessarily cutting edge or super modern (a recent rip to the Bay Area confirms that's par for the region), but it is extremely thoughtful and well crafted. The book was a great read and smartly broke down the houses by archetypes rather than chronologically. Lots of good pictures and drawings, but I think the real gems are Esherick's own quotes. I wish I could have met this guy, super great one-liners! I would suggest picking this one up, its super cheap and well made, and a nice grounded place to come back for graceful inspiration.