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Best Books About Los Angeles

Recommendations from 11 articles, Adam Sessler, Mark Harris, Andy Greenwald and 4 others.
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City of Quartz
Excavating the Future in Los Angeles
Mike Davis - 2018-07-17 (first published in 1990)
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The hidden story of L.A. Mike Davis shows us where the city's money comes from and who controls it while also exposing the brutal ongoing struggle between L.A.'s haves and have-nots....
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Mark Harris
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Southern California
An Island on the Land
Carey McWilliams - 2009-10-26 (first published in 1970)
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Packed With Magnificent Material On Southern California's Galaxy of Person Alities, This Book Provides Insights Into Subjects Ranging From The Origins Hollywood To The Flowering of International-Style Architecture. and It Does That By Looking At Personalities As Diverse As Helen Hunt Jackson To Aimee Semple McPherson, Huntington The Finan- Cier To ...
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The Big Sleep
Raymond Chandler - 1988-07-12 (first published in 1939)
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"Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid....He is the hero; he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. This is the Code of the Private Eye as defined by Raymond Chandler in his 1944 essay 'The Simple Act of Murder.' Such a man was Philip Marlowe, pr...
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Adam Sessler
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L.A. Noir
The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City
John Buntin - 2009-08-25
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Other cities have histories. Los Angeles has legends. Midcentury Los Angeles. A city sold to the world as "the white spot of America," a land of sunshine and orange groves, wholesome Midwestern values and Hollywood stars, protected by the world’s most famous police force, the Dragnet-era LAPD. Behind this public image lies a hidden world of "pleasu...
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Ask the Dust
John Fante - 2006-02-07 (first published in 1939)
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Ask the Dust is the story of Arturo Bandini, a young Italian-American writer in 1930s Los Angeles who falls hard for the elusive, mocking, unstable Camilla Lopez, a Mexican waitress. Struggling to survive, he perseveres until, at last, his first novel is published. But the bright light of success is extinguished when Camilla has a nervous breakdown...
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Neil Strauss
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Farewell, My Lovely
Raymond Chandler - 1992-08-01 (first published in 1940)
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Marlowe's about to give up on a completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time to get caught up in a murder that leads to a ring of jewel thieves, another murder, a fortune-teller, a couple more murders, and more corruption than your average graveyard....
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Counter Intelligence
Where to Eat in the Real Los Angeles
Jonathan Gold - 2000-12-01
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Jonathan Gold has eaten it all. Counter Intelligence collects over 200 of Gold's best restaurant discoveries--from inexpensive lunch counters you won't find on your own to the perfect undiscovered dish at a beaten-path establishment. He reveals the hidden kitchens where Los Angeles' ethnic communities feed their own, including the best of cuisine f...
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Los Angeles
The Architecture of Four Ecologies
Reyner Banham - 2009-03-05 (first published in 1971)
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Reyner Banham examined the built environment of Los Angeles in a way no architectural historian before him had done, looking with fresh eyes at its manifestations of popular taste and industrial ingenuity, as well as its more traditional modes of residential and commercial building. His construct of "four ecologies" examined the ways Angelenos rela...
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The Price Of Experience
Power, Money, Image And Murder In Los Angeles
Randall Sullivan - 1997-03-07 (first published in 1996)
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When it first came to the public's attention in the fall of 1986, the story of the Billionaire Boys Club and its leader, Joe Hunt, a young man labeled by his prosecutor a "yuppie Charles Manson," was splashed across headlines and TV screens throughout the nation. The story's surface of rich kids, flagrant excess, and multiple murders fascinated the...
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Helter Skelter
The True Story of the Manson Murders
Vincent Bugliosi - 2001-12-17 (first published in 1974)
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Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial, Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the twentieth century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his ...
The History of Forgetting by Norman M. Klein
The Long Good-Bye by Raymond Chandler
L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy
The Run of His Life by Jeffrey Toobin
The Simple Art of Murder by Raymond Chandler
The Brotherhood of the Grape by John Fante
Raymond Chandler Speaking by Raymond Chandler
A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
Fante by Dan Fante
Wait Until Spring, Bandini by John Fante
John Fante & H.L. Mencken by Michael Moreau
The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler
Dreams from Bunker Hill by John Fante
Trouble Is My Business by Raymond Chandler
Always Running by Luis J. Rodriguez
The High Window by Raymond Chandler
The White Boy Shuffle by Paul Beatty
The People of Paper by Salvador Plascencia
1933 Was A Bad Year by John Fante
Full of Life by John Fante
The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler
If He Hollers Let Him Go by Chester Himes
Raymond Chandler by Tom Hiney
The Kid Stays in the Picture by Robert Evans
The Hollywood Economist 2.0 by Edward Jay Epstein
Becoming Mexican American by George J. Sanchez
The Road to Los Angeles by John Fante
Hit and Run by Nancy Griffin
Holy Land by D. J. Waldie
Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles by Alain Silver