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The Best Books About L.A. of 2018
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If you like your hard-boiled crime novels full of similes with a side of action, look no further than Chandler. A colorful read, The Big Sleep is notable less for its corrupt Los Angeles cops and mobsters and its high-drama plot and more for Chandler's unwavering bent for likening. Amazon Goodreads. Plascencia introduces us to an El Monte at once grounded in reality and thoroughly enchanted. The novel complicates our understanding of metaphors: Merced de Papel is a woman who's made of paper , and the primary plot involves the rebellion of a gang of carnation pickers against the planet Saturn. With its multiple levels of narration, the book will remind you that the fantastic and the absurd are sometimes the strongest vehicle for truth.
If you don't know what to read, or think there is nothing left to read, then pick up this book all 3. The list includes fiction and non-fiction, arranged alphabetically by authors' last names. Mustich then adds a type of addendum, "A Miscellany of Special Lists". This book will make you want to live longer to read more. William Giraldi is a literary critic who glories in reading good books.
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Living in Los Angeles does something to you. The literature of Los Angeles paints a city that is rich but also a brutal playground, its inhabitants balancing on that tightrope of contradiction. Some are classics, others lesser known, but all have captured part of that elusive LA soul.
Make Your Own List. Interview by Eve Gerber. What inspired you to make a career out of covering your hometown? Los Angeles has always fascinated me. As far back as the Gold Rush [which began in ] people have come to Southern California to reinvent themselves. They can have all kinds of troubles back East or in the Midwest but if they could make it as far as Southern California they could become someone other than who they were before.
This book is L. A thrilling, moving, poetic, and ultimately human memoir of redemption from a young gang member growing up in East L. In fact, this was actually one of the books recommended to me by a former gang member I met in Lynwood while researching All Involved. I read it the next day. Few books are capable of illustrating the macro and micro views of a problem at the same time—the scope and the human story—but Ghettoside does both ably and in an almost bludgeoning fashion. The facts of murder disproportionately affecting young black men in America is, at times, difficult to read, but the reader is carried through by the thriller-esque, step-by-step investigation into the murder of Bryan Tennelle.