Suggested Reading List
Author: John McPhee
Description: Another fine book on geology and natural history from John McPhee, this time in the company of Eldridge Moores, on travels throughout California.
Building the Getty
Author: Richard Meier
Description: An account of the construction of the Getty Center, written by it's architect.
Cadillac Desert, The American West and Its Disappearing Water
Author: Marc Reisner
Description: 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.
California the Beautiful
Author: Galen Rowell (Photographer)
Description: 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.
California, A History
Author: Kevin Starr
Description: A lively short history in the excellent Modern Library Chronicles series, written by a renowned historian.
City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s
Author: Otto Friedrich
Description: An engaging social history of Hollywood during the decline of the studio system.
Fodor's Los Angeles
Author: Maria Burwell (Editor)
Description: A practical guide in the popular series, saturated with valuable information on accommodation, shopping, sights, and dining.
Fodor's Los Angeles' 25 Best
Description: 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.
Helter Skelter, The True Story of the Manson Murders
Author: Vincent Bugliosi
Description: his classic of the true crime genre by the lead prosecutor remains the definitive account.
Author: James Ellroy
Description: James Ellroy's modern noir thriller, a densely plotted yarn in the style of Raymond Chandler. Made into a critically acclaimed film.
Los Angeles City Center Map
Author: Berndtson & Berndtson
Description: A map of the center of L.A.
Los Angeles Map
Author: Rand McNally Maps
Description: A map of Los Angeles and vicinity at a scale of 1:285,000.
The Big Sleep
Author: Raymond Chandler
Description: The classic crime novel from the master of the genre. Here is a journey into the dark underworld of 1930's Los Angeles.
The Golden West, Hollywood Stories
Author: Daniel Fuchs
Description: 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.
The Love of the Last Tycoon
Author: Matthew J. Bruccoli, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Description: 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.
The Story of Hollywood, An Illustrated History
Author: Gregory Paul Williams
Description: 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.
Wallpaper City Guide Los Angeles
Author: Wallpaper Magazine (Editor)
Description: A stylish, thin (it fits in your back pocket) city guide compiled by the design magazine Wallpaper's local reporters. Well-organized, with chapter tabs, many photographs and of-the-moment recommendations.
William Mulholland and the Rise of Los Angeles
Author: Catherine Mulholland
Description: 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.