California, A History
A lively short history in the excellent Modern Library Chronicles series, written by a renowned historian.
Los Angeles City Center Map
A map of the center of L.A.
The Gardener's Garden
With over 1,200 photographs of historical, contemporary, private and public gardens around the world, this gorgeous compendium is an inspiration to both garden designers and afficionados. Full-color photos tell each garden's luscious story while summary texts provide the design and planting features.
As I See It: The Autobiography of J. Paul Getty
The famous L.A. tycoon recounts his life in his own words in this timely autobiography: it was published right before his death in 1976.
James Ellroy's modern noir thriller, a densely plotted yarn in the style of Raymond Chandler. Made into a critically acclaimed film.
111 Places in Los Angeles That You Must Not Miss
This "111 Places" guide to Los Angeles profiles so many strange and original places that it will surprise even loyal residents. Each hidden gem reveals the history and unique flavor of the Californian mecca.
The Getty Center: Richard Meier & Partners
A photographic tour of the Getty Center.
Fodor's Los Angeles
A practical guide in the popular series, saturated with valuable information on accommodation, shopping, sights, and dining.
The Golden Shore, California's Love Affair With the Sea
In this eminently readable and well-researched tribute, Helvarg, an environmental journalist and filmmaker, considers the crosscurrents of culture, history, economy and myth that come together on the state’s golden shores.
Ask the Dust
Fante's oft-forgotten classic novel of Arturo Bandini, a confused young man trying to make it as a writer in L.A.
Where I Was From
Supreme essayist Didion's personal history of California spanning the 18th to 21st centuries. More than a family chronicle, it's also a provocative cultural critique that attacks the myth of the Sunshine State.
Building the Getty
An account of the construction of the Getty Center, written by its architect.
California the Beautiful
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.
An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles
A newly revised edition of the classic architectural guide, with new photographs and sites including Frank Gehry's Disney Philharmonic Hall and Griffith Park.
Another fine book on geology and natural history from John McPhee, this time in the company of scientist Eldridge Moores, on travels throughout California.
Sidewalking, Coming to Terms With Los Angeles
Growing out of a series of strolls, this smart, deeply affectionate portrait peels back the many layers of L.A., revealing a great city that's much more interesting than its sunny beaches, gridlock and movie stars.
Water to the Angels, William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles
In this powerful, beautifully-told biography, Standiford narrates William Mulholland’s drive to bring water from the Sierra Nevadas to Los Angeles, one of the greatest civil engineering feats in history.
Lessons from the Great Gardeners
This collection profiles 40 men and women and their enduring contributions to gardening, from Andre le Notre, who brought topiary to Versailles, to High Line designer Piet Oudolf. Includes illustrations from the Royal Horticultural Society alongside photos of a dozen of the world’s most beautiful gardens.
The Great Gardeners
This accessible tribute reveals the gardeners (aristocrats and amateurs alike) who have had a lasting impact on the ideas, aesthetics and science of gardening. Includes plenty of color photographs.