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Los Angeles: A Pictorial Celebration, by Jon and Nancy Wilkman, Elan Penn (Photographer)

L.A.'s landmarks: the La Brea Tar Pits, Santa Catarina Island, Griffith Park, Hollywood sign, Beverly Hills Hotel, Rose Bowl, and more, by award-winning photographer Elan Penn and award winning television producers Nancy and Jon Wilkman.

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Picturing Los Angeles, by Jon and Nancy Wilkman

. . . the creation, evolution, and ever-changing face of Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles A - Z: An Encyclopedia of the City and County, by Leonard and Dale Pitt.

People complain that Los Angeles is chaos, a massive tangle of freeways and boulevards, gangs, and movie stars. Leonard and Dale Pitt bring organization to the confusion with an encyclopedia covering the people, places, events, and icons that make up the city and county of Los Angeles.

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book Angels Flight by Michael Connelly

Booklist Review -- In his compelling Harry Bosch novels, Connelly typically puts the onetime Vietnam tunnel rat turned LAPD detective into one tight spot after another. Here Harry is assigned to investigate a murder that threatens to set the city ablaze. African American attorney Howard Elias, who has become rich and famous suing LAPD for brutality, is murdered on the eve of his biggest case. Thousands of cops are likely suspects, and with the memory of the Rodney King incident fresh, police brass are looking for any kind of spin control they can find.

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book The Los Angeles River: Its Life, Death, and Possible Rebirth (Creating the North American Landscape) by Blake Gumprecht

In the artificial landscape that is contemporary Los Angeles, Gumprecht observes, perhaps nothing symbolizes the role of human beings in changing the face of the earth more than the exploitation and transformation of the Los Angeles River. Modified beyond recognition, its flow tapped before it even reached the surface, the river was used, abused, and forgotten. In recent years, however, there has been a growing interest in revitalizing its course - part of an expanding worldwide movement to revive urban rivers. The new attention that is being paid to the river highlights the need for a more complete telling of its history. The Los Angeles River offers the first comprehensive account of a river that helped give birth to one of the world's great cities, significantly shaped its development, and promises to play a key role in its future.

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book Inner City Blues: A Charlotte Justice Novel by Paula L. Woods

Amazon Reader Comments -- Want to see another side of the LAPD-read Inner City Blues As a general rule, I don't normally buy into the hype about a " new exciting author" with a different view of my hometown of Los Angeles; invariably they disappoint me because the author does not understand the currents & nuances of the City. However after reading this novel I believe that Ms. Woods has captured the city & its cops as well as its citzens brillantly- I look forward to the return of Det. Charlotte Justice.

A reader from California , January 28, 1999 My vote goes to Woods It seems there are a rash of books out right now that revisit L.A.'s recent, volatile racial history. After reading Kellerman and Connelly and now Paula Woods' INNER CITY BLUES, my vote goes to Woods for the most realistic portrayal of the racial nuances of L.A. and the secrets that threaten to destroy the city. And besides the thrills and suspense, this book is sexy, funny, and gave me as a reader a great taste of black life in LA I never knew existed. And I want the recipe for that Electric Lemonade the heroine, LAPD homicide detective Charlotte Justice, drinks--it sounds heavenly!

INNER CITY BLUES is a tremendous police procedural that stars a refreshing new character. The story line is loaded with action and insight as the days following the LA riots of 1992 are explored from the unique perspective of a Black female cop. Paula L. Woods clearly does justice to the sub-genre with an excellent tale.

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book Details of Frank Lloyd Wright: The California Work, 1909-1974 by Judith Dunham, Scot Zimmerman (Photographer), Eric Lloyd Wright (Introduction)

Renowned for the innovatively styled facades of the buildings he designed, Frank Lloyd Wright was also famous for creating many of their interior details. This elegant photographic survey offers a comprehensive look at each of the 24 California homes and public buildings designed by Wright over a 60-year period. 175 color photos.

Amazon Reader Comments - Wright's genius in all its amazing detail. As a builder, I'm in awe at what this man did with materials. Why are we not all living in houses that inspire like these do? Have we forgotten that life lived fully is about beauty and adventure? Wright didn't. This is an exceptional book.

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book Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House by Donald Hoffmann, David Hoffman

Booknews Review - Hoffman draws on primary documents and his own direct observation to recreate the turbulent history behind the house (located in Hollywood, Calif.) and to invite appreciation of its myriad aesthetic and architectural satisfactions. Includes abundant b&w photos and plan sketches.

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book Access Los Angeles (13th Ed.) by Richard Saul Wurman

Book Description The 40 detailed neighborhood maps in this guide will help you immediately locate the hotels, restaurants, shops, and sights of Los Angeles.

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book Los Angeles: An Architectural Guide by David Gebhard, Robert Winter

Booknews Review: A touring guide to the architecture of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County, using freeways to separate regions and emphasizing buildings that can be seen from the street. Lots of maps and photographs.

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book Los Angeles: A Certain Style by John Vaughan (Photographer), Pilar Viladas (Contributor), George Christy

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book California Cottages: Interior Design, Architecture & Style by Diane Dorrans Saeks, Alan Weintraub (Photographer)

California Cottages reveals the finest cottages created by some of the most talented designers and architects, from the civilized seclusion of a home nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains to a Bolinas cottage overlooking the Pacific Ocean to a refined weekend home in Sonoma. 225+ full-color photos.

Customer Comments A reader from New York, New York , February 25, 1999 A BOOK TO LOOK AT OVER AND OVER AGAIN! I bought this book on a whim about two years ago and thought it would be like most of the decorating books I own. I would skim through it, read it, then put it away to take up space on my bookshelf. Not so! The book sits on my coffee table in my small, adorable NYC apartment, which I rented after being inspired by the homes in this book. I have read every word in this book at least three times and feel like I know the owners of each of the homes pictured. My favorites surprisingly change from time to time as I spot things I never noticed before. I recommend this book for anyone to whom his home is his cottage. It's wonderful.

A reader , November 17, 1996 A beautiful book. What a beauty. If you have any interest in cottages or small houses, whether they are in California or not, you should take a look at this book. The photography of both the interiors and exteriors (mostly the gardens) are spectacular and the accompaning text has stories about the owners and what has been done to the cottages to make them more livable. Great browsing book.

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book California Living Rooms by Diane Dorrans Saeks

Living Rooms shows how to make the comfortable elegance of West Coast style a reality in any home, offering tips from professional decorators on everything from selecting a great sofa to choosing the best carpet or area rugs. Includes resource guide to design centers and retail stores. 90 color photos.

Saeks, a San Francisco city editor for Metropolitan Home, never interviews one expert when two will do. Quizzing five designers on the shapely and versatile ottoman, she determines the best size (20 to 30 inches wide) and explores the range of prices ($50 for a down-at-the-the-heels, flea-market specimen to $5,000 n the top showrooms). Then she adds nine guidelines for upholstering, trimming, embellishing, or slipcovering to make one's ottoman ever more glamorous.

The rooms in the pictures are classic, but also highly imaginative. These are, after all, designers homes, and they know the secrets of fabulous style. As John Dickinson explains it, 'Style is not what you do, but rather how you do it.' This is one of the rare design books that gives the instructions away."

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More Books About L.A.

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City of Angles: A Driveby Portrait of L.A., by Al Martinez, Los Angeles Times columnist.

A Collection of Al Martinez columns, "Ashes in the Rain"

America on Film: Hollywood and American History, by Kenneth M. Cameron

Bogart: A Life in Hollywood, by Jeffrey Meyers

52 Adventures in and Around Los Angeles Lynn Gordon / Paperback / Published 1996

Above Los Angeles Robert W. Cameron / Hardcover / Published 1990

Afoot and Afield in Los Angeles County Jerry Schad / Paperback / Published 1991

Always Running: LA Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Luis J. Rodriguez / Paperback / Published 1994

American Art: A Catalogue of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art - Ilene Susan Fort, Michael Quick / Hardcover / Published 1991

Angel Wings: A Love Story Nicole Conn / Hardcover / Published 1997

Anything but Mexican: Chicanos in Contemporary Los Angeles (Haymarket Series) Rodolfo Acuna / Paperback / Published 1996

Anything but Mexican: Chicanos in Contemporary Los Angeles (Haymarket Series) Rodolfo Acuna / Hardcover / Published 1997

The Applause: Performing Arts Guide to Los Angeles & Southern California: Including San Diego, Orange County, Santa Barbara & Palm Springs (Applaus) - Carey Simon / Paperback / Published 1994

The Ayn Rand Column: Written for the Los Angeles Times Ayn Rand, Peter Schwartz (Editor) / Paperback / Published 1998

Backstory 3: Interviews With Screenwriters of the 1960s Patrick McGilligan(Editor), Pat McGilligan / Hardcover / Published 1997

Backstory 3: Interviews With Screenwriters of the 1960s (Backstory Series) Pat McGilligan, Patrick McGilligan (Editor) / Paperback / Published 1997

Backstory: Interviews With Screenwriters of Hollywoods Golden Age - Pat McGilligan (Editor), Patrick McGilligan (Editor) / Paperback / Published 1989

Barnsdall Park: A New Master Plan for Frank Lloyd Wright's California Romanza Melanie Louise Simo, Melaine Simo / Paperback / Published 1996

Barrio Gangs: Street Life and Identity in Southern California - James Diego Vigil / Paperback / Published 1988

Barrio Rhythm: Mexican American Music in Los Angeles (Music in American Life) Steven Loza / Paperback / Published 1993

Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945 George J. Sanchez, et al / Paperback / Published 1995

Becoming Mexican American; Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945 George J. Sanchez / Hardcover / Published 1993

The Best of Los Angeles & Southern California (6th Edition) Alain Gayot / Paperback / Published 1998

The Best of Only in L.A.: A Chronicle of the Amazing, Amusing and Absurd - Steve Harvey / Paperback / Published 1996

Birds of Los Angeles: Including Santa Barbara, Ventura and Orange Counties Chris C. Fisher, et al / Paperback / Published 1997

Blue Dreams: Korean Americans and the Los Angeles Riots Nancy Abelmann, John Lie (Contributor) / Hardcover / Published 1995

Blue Dreams: Korean Americans and the Los Angeles Riots Nancy Abelmann, et al / Paperback / Published 1997

Building the Getty Richard Meier / Hardcover / Published 1997

Buzzwords: L.A. Fresh Speak Anna Scotti, et al / Paperback / Published 1997

California Beach Houses: Style, Interiors, and Architecture Pilar Viladas, Mark Darley (Photographer) / Hardcover / Published 1996

California Landscapes: Los Angeles, Big Sur, San Francisco, Yosemite, and Death Valley (Touring North America) Martin S. Kenzer, et al / Paperback / Published 1992

California Sights and Scenes of Los Angeles (California Sights and Scenes of Series.) Chuck Place / Hardcover / Published 1997