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Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins

Author(s): Jess Walter

Location(s): Italy, Los Angeles, United Kingdom

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1960s and 2000s

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The story begins on the Italian coast in 1962. A young innkeeper watches in disbelief as a beautiful American girl gets out of a boat and climbs towards his hotel. She turns out to be an actress, on the...

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Bright Shiny Morning

Bright Shiny Morning

Author(s): James Frey

Location(s): Los Angeles

Genre(s): Crime, Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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Welcome to LA. City of contradictions. It is home to movie stars and down-and-outs. Palm-lined beaches and gridlock. Shopping sprees and gun sprees. Bright Shiny Morning takes a wild ride through the ultimate metropolis, where glittering excess rubs shoulders...

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Dear Daughter

Dear Daughter

Author(s): Elizabeth Little

Location(s): Los Angeles

Genre(s): Crime

Era(s): 21st Century

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‘As soon as they processed my release Noah and I hit the ground running. A change of clothes. A wig. An inconspicuous sedan. We doubled back once, twice, then drove south when we were really headed east. In San...

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Drive

Drive

Author(s): James Sallis

Location(s): Arizona, Los Angeles

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): Modern

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Set mostly in Arizona and L.A., Drive is about a man who does stunt driving for movies by day and drives for criminals at night. Sallis combines murder, treachery and payback in a sinister plot with resonances of 1940s...

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Foreign Bodies

Foreign Bodies

Author(s): Cynthia Ozick

Location(s): Los Angeles, New York City (NYC), Paris

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1950s

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The book is set among Jewish-Americans in the early 1950’s, the McCarthy years of loyalty oaths. Bea Nightingale,in her 50s is divorced in NYC where she teaches English and has put her life on hold since her divorce. She...

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Harbor Nocturne

Harbor Nocturne

Author(s): Joseph Wambaugh

Location(s): Los Angeles

Genre(s): Crime

Era(s): Modern

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Set in San Pedro, a southern district of Los Angeles and one of the world’s busiest ports. Dinko Babich and Medina, a young Mexican dancer, from a local topless bar start building up a relationship, a life together fraught...

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I Heart Hollywood

I Heart Hollywood

Author(s): Lindsey Kelk

Location(s): Los Angeles

Genre(s): Romance

Era(s): Modern

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Celebs, sunshine and beautiful boys…enough to lead a girl astray? Angela Clark can’t believe her luck… she’s an English girl living in New York with a dream job at hip magazine The Look and a sexy boyfriend. Her latest...

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Jerusalem Ablaze: Stories of Love and Other Obsessions

Jerusalem Ablaze: Stories of Love and Other Obsessions

Author(s): Orlando Ortega-Medina

Location(s): Israel, Los Angeles, Quebec, Tokyo

Genre(s): Short Stories

Era(s): Contemporary

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In Jerusalem’s Old City a young priest and a dominatrix converse in the dying light; on Oregon’s windswept coast a fragile woman discovers a body washed up on the beach after a storm; and in Postwar Japan a young...

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Liberty Silk

Liberty Silk

Author(s): Kate Beaufoy

Location(s): Los Angeles, Paris

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1919, 1945, 1965

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One beautiful dress is the key to three brave women’s destinies… France 1919: Jessie is celebrating the last heady days of her honeymoon. But when her husband suddenly disappears she finds herself bereft. Until a chance encounter thrusts her...

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The Confession

The Confession

Author(s): Jessie Burton

Location(s): Hampstead, Los Angeles, Mexico, New York City (NYC)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1980s / 2000s

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One winter’s afternoon on Hampstead Heath in 1980, Elise Morceau meets Constance Holden and quickly falls under her spell. Connie is bold and alluring, a successful writer whose novel is being turned into a major Hollywood film. Elise follows...

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