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10 books about Los Angeles
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Wild LA: Explore the Amazing Nature in and Around Los Angeles by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Category: State & Local
This book was published 2 years ago by Timber Press and takes approximately 9.6 hours to read.
Los Angeles may have a reputation as a concrete jungle, but in reality, it’s incredibly biodiverse, teeming with an amazing array of animals and plants. You just need to know where to find them. Wild LA—from the experts at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County—is the guidebook you’ve been waiting for. Equal parts natural history book, field guide, and trip planner, Wild LA has something for everyone. You’ll learn about the factors shaping LA nature—including flood, fire, and climate change—and find profiles of over one hundred local species, from sea turtles to rare plants to Hollywood's famous mountain lion, P-22. Also included are day trips that detail which natural wonders you can experience on hiking trails, in public parks, and in your own backyard.
Los Angeles. Portrait of a City (multilingual Edition) (English, German and French Edition) by Kevin Starr
This book was published 12 years ago by TASCHEN America Llc and takes approximately 19.1 hours to read.
From the first-known photograph taken in Los Angeles to its most recent sprawling vistas, this photographic tribute to the City of Angels explores the cultural, political, industrial, and sociological history via the work of myriad photographers.
111 Places in Los Angeles That You Must Not Miss Updated and Revised (111 Places in .... That You Must Not Miss) by Laurel Moglen
Category: Tourist Destinations & Museums
This book was published 3 years ago by Emons Publishers and takes approximately 8.0 hours to read.
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Los Angeles (Photography) by Serge Ramelli
Category: Equipment, Techniques & Reference
This book was published 3 years ago by teNeues and takes approximately 5.9 hours to read.
A tribute to the city of Los Angeles from YellowKorner photographer, Serge Ramelli More than 80 vibrant and varied photographs capture the many facets of the California mega-city A photo tutorial sensation, Ramelli has more than 300,000 YouTube subscribers
Los Angeles Then and Now® by Rosemary Lord
This book was published 3 years ago by Pavilion and takes approximately 4.8 hours to read.
In 1769, Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola dedicated the new town: Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles - Our Lady the Queen of the Angels. Since then the city has been a colorful melting pot of cultures. Wagon trains brought pioneers in the mid-nineteenth century, some with the lure of California gold and others to farm in the mild climate they found in territory newly acquired from Mexico. Using archive photos paired with their modern equivalent, Los Angeles Then and Now charts the development of the city from the days of orange groves and melon patches and isolated Spanish mission buildings, to the staggering metropolis it is today. With a background in the movie business, Rosemary Lord interlaces the arrival of the movie business and the growth of the city she has lived in for twenty-five years. Sites include: Old Plaza Church, Olvera Street, Chinatown, Union Station, Los Angeles Theatre, Mayan Theatre, Angel’s Flight, Los Angeles Public Library, Biltmore Hotel, Ambassador Hotel, Bullocks Wilshire, Brown Derby Restaurant, Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory, Sunset and Vine, Egyptian Theatre, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Roosevelt Hotel, Schwab’s Pharmacy, Beverly Hills Hotel, Witch’s House, Thelma Todd’s Café, Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier.
L.A.'s Legendary Restaurants: Celebrating the Famous Places Where Hollywood Ate, Drank, and Played by George Geary
This book was published 5 years ago by Santa Monica Press and takes approximately 9.1 hours to read.
L.A.'s Legendary Restaurants is an illustrated history of dozens of landmark eateries from throughout the City of Angels. From such classics as Musso & Frank and The Brown Derby in the 1920s to the see-and-be-seen crowds at Chasen's, Romanoffs, and Ciro's in the mid-20th century to the dawn of California cuisine at Ma Maison and Spago Sunset in the 1970s and '80s,L.A.'s Legendary Restaurants celebrates the famous locations where Hollywood ate, drank, and played. Author George Geary leads you into the glamorous restaurants inhabited by the stars through a lively narrative filled with colorful anecdotes and illustrated with vintage photographs, historic menus, and timeless ephemera. Over 100 iconic recipes for entrees, appetizers, desserts, and drinks are included. ButL.A.'s Legendary Restaurants contains much more than the fancy, high-priced restaurants favored by the Hollywood cognoscenti. The glamour of the golden age of drive-ins, drugstores, nightclubs, and hotels are also honored. What book on L.A. restaurants would be complete without tales of ice cream sundaes at C.C. Brown's, cafeteria-style meals at Clifton's, or a mai tai at Don the Beachcomber? Most of the locations inL.A.'s Legendary Restaurants no longer exist, but thanks to George Geary, the memories are still with us.
Lost Los Angeles by Dennis Evanosky
This book was published 7 years ago by Pavilion and takes approximately 4.8 hours to read.
Los Angeles is less than 150 years old yet in that short time a great deal has been built and torn down. And while most cities suffer the loss of classic old cinemas, Victorian hotels and grand railroad stations, Los Angeles has lost those and much more. It has seen the passing of major industries, film companies, film lots, hills, airfields, piers and a speedway. In Los Angeles, citrus groves have come and gone, oil derricks have sprung up in their place and been replaced by housing tracts. The movie industry moved in from New York and Chicago, expanded, contracted and then sold off their lots. National radio stations chose the area around Sunset & Vine to build grand art deco studios which were soon vacated. Abbot Kinney’s vision of a Venetian suburb was largely filled in after the banks eroded. There is an extraordinary variety of losses from this unique city: the Ambassador Hotel, Barker Brothers, Beverly Hills Speedway, Chaplin Airfield, the community in Chavez Ravine, The City of Los Angeles train, Church of the Open Door, Fort Moore Hill, the MGM backlots, La Grande Station, Pan Pacific Stadium, Casa Don Vincente Lugo, County Records Building, the Egyptian marquee, Helms and Van de Kamp bakeries, Wrigley Field, Sears, Jayne Mansfield’s Pink Palace, the Temple Block and the Zanja Madre.
Los Angeles Stories (City Lights Noir) by Ry Cooder
Category: Urban Life
This book was published 10 years ago by City Lights Publishers and takes approximately 7.7 hours to read.
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The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont by Shawn Levy
Category: Actors & Entertainers
This book was published last year by Anchor and takes approximately 13.3 hours to read.
Since 1929, Hollywood's brightest stars have flocked to the Chateau Marmont as if it were a second home. An apartment building-turned-hotel, the Chateau has been the backdrop for generations of gossip and folklore: where director Nicholas Ray slept with his sixteen-year-old Rebel Without a Cause star Natalie Wood; Jim Morrison swung from the balconies; John Belushi suffered a fatal overdose; and Lindsay Lohan got the boot after racking up nearly $50,000 in charges in less than two months. But despite its mythic reputation, much of what has happened inside the Chateau's walls has eluded the public eye--until now. With wit and insight, Shawn Levy recounts the wild revelries and scandalous liaisons, the creative breakthroughs and marital breakdowns, the births and deaths to which the hotel has been a party. Vivid, salacious, and richly informed, The Castle on Sunset is a glittering tribute to Hollywood as seen from inside the walls of its most hallowed hotel.
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