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The Golden West, Hollywood Stories

The Golden West, Hollywood Stories

by Daniel Fuchs

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This marvelous collection of stories and essays from Sunny California, many originally appearing in The New Yorker and Commentary, capture the spirit (and personalities) of Hollywood in the heyday of the studio era. (CAL188, $16.95)

California, A History

California, A History

by Kevin Starr

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A lively short history in the excellent Modern Library Chronicles series, written by a renowned historian. (CAL204, $14.95)

Fodor's Los Angeles

Fodor's Los Angeles

by Maria Burwell

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A practical guide in the popular series, saturated with valuable information on accommodation, shopping, sights, and dining. (CAL225, $19.99)

Los Angeles City Center Map

Los Angeles City Center Map

by Borch Maps

  • MAP

A map of the center of L.A. (CAL37, $9.95)

 

Los Angeles Map


by Rand McNally Maps

  • MAP

A map of Los Angeles and vicinity at a scale of 1:285,000. (CAL36, $5.99)

Eyewitness Top Ten Los Angeles

Eyewitness Top Ten Los Angeles


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

A shirt-pocket guide to Los Angeles, this slim book includes an excellent map of the center of the city and essential information on its highlights. (USW186, $14.00)

California the Beautiful

California the Beautiful


by Galen Rowell

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 159 PAGES

Rowell's exquisite photographs are accompanied by excerpts from Joan Didion, M.F.K. Fisher, Jack London, William Saroyan and many other luminaries in this celebration of the nature and spirit of California. (CAL277, $19.95)

City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s

City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s


by Otto Friedrich

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

An engaging social history of Hollywood during the decline of the studio system. (CAL29, $34.95)

Helter Skelter, The True Story of the Manson Murders

Helter Skelter, The True Story of the Manson Murders


by Vincent Bugliosi

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 687 PAGES

his classic of the true crime genre by the lead prosecutor remains the definitive account. (USW704, $16.95)

The Rose Bowl


by Michelle L. Turner

  • SPORT
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 127 PAGES

A tribute to the Rose Bowl stadium, with photos, many from the archives of the Pasadena Museum of History, that highlight memorable sports moments as well as the stadium's role in Pasadena's cultural life. (CAL324, $21.99)

The Story of Hollywood, An Illustrated History

The Story of Hollywood, An Illustrated History


by Gregory Paul Williams

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 416 PAGES

Lavishly illustrated with over 800 vintage images, this book reveals Hollywood as both the playground of stars and the boulevard of broken dreams, a place that transformed American society through motion pictures. (CAL272, $49.95)

Where I Was From

Where I Was From


by Joan Didion

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Supreme essayist Didion's personal history of California spanning the 18th to 21st centuries. More than a family chronicle, it's also a provocative cultural critique that attacks the myth of the Sunshine State. (CAL153, $15.00)

Building the Getty

Building the Getty


by Richard Meier

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 204 PAGES

An account of the construction of the Getty Center, written by it's architect. (CAL21, $36.95)

William Mulholland and the Rise of Los Angeles

William Mulholland and the Rise of Los Angeles


by Catherine Mulholland

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A biography of William Mulholland, the man who led the project of bringing water to Los Angeles. Written by his granddaughter, who seeks to dispel what she believes are common misconceptions about him. (CAL31, $31.95)

Ask the Dust

Ask the Dust


by John Fante | Charles Bukowski

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 165 PAGES

Fante's oft-forgotten classic novel of Arturo Bandini, a confused young man trying to make it as a writer in L.A. (CAL14, $14.99)

L.A. Confidential

L.A. Confidential


by James Ellroy

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

James Ellroy's modern noir thriller, a densely plotted yarn in the style of Raymond Chandler. Made into a critically acclaimed film. (CAL35, $16.00)

Miss Lonelyhearts & the Day of the Locust

Miss Lonelyhearts & the Day of the Locust


by Nathanael West

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 191 PAGES

West's two classic short novels, one set in New York and the other in Hollywood, dramatically depict the destructive forces of modern American life. (CAL259, $14.95)

The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep


by Raymond Chandler

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 231 PAGES

The classic crime novel from the master of the genre. Here is a journey into the dark underworld of 1930's Los Angeles. (CAL17, $15.00)

The Love of the Last Tycoon

The Love of the Last Tycoon


by Matthew J. Bruccoli | F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 169 PAGES

Fitzgerald's unfinished novel about a young movie producer trying to make his name in Hollywood's great studio system. Edited and newly restored from original notes and drafts by Matthew J. Bruccoli, one of the top scholars of the author's works. (CAL16, $14.00)

Assembling California

Assembling California


by John McPhee

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Another fine book on geology and natural history from John McPhee, this time in the company of scientist Eldridge Moores, on travels throughout California. (USW187, $17.00)

Cadillac Desert, The American West and Its Disappearing Water

Cadillac Desert, The American West and Its Disappearing Water


by Marc Reisner

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 582 PAGES

A definitive history of water development in the American desert -- and a now-classic chronicle of wrong-headed policies and misadventures controlling the great rivers of the West. (USW246, $19.00)

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