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The Great Pretenders

The Great Pretenders

Author(s): Laura Kalpakian

Location(s): Hollywood

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Mid 20th Century

Outraged by her grandfather’s illicit affair with Empire Pictures’ latest femme fatale, Roxanne Granville forsakes her position as Hollywood royalty and rejects the man who raised her, determined to strike out on her own in McCarthy-era California. Backed by...

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THE HOUSE OF BRADBURY

THE HOUSE OF BRADBURY

Author(s): Nicole Meier

Location(s): Los Angeles

Genre(s): Fiction, Humour, Mystery

Era(s): Contemporary

Named a “Best Book of 2016” by Refinery29 and a “Spring & Summer Book Pick” by * Redbook Magazine * Refinery29 * Coastal Living * Brit + Co * SheKnows * The Reading Room * FabFitFun * YourTango *...

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The Magician’s Assistant

The Magician’s Assistant

Author(s): Ann Patchett

Location(s): Los Angeles, Nebraska

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

Sabine—twenty years a magician’s assistant to her handsome, charming husband—is suddenly a widow. In the wake of his death, she finds he has left a final trick; a false identity and a family allegedly lost in a tragic accident...

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The Secret Life Of Anna Blanc

The Secret Life Of Anna Blanc

Author(s): Jennifer Kincheloe

Location(s): Los Angeles

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): Early 1900s

It’s 1907 Los Angeles. Mischievous socialite Anna Blanc is the kind of young woman who devours purloined crime novels but must disguise them behind covers of more domestically-appropriate reading. She could match wits with Sherlock Holmes, but in her...

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The Sellout

The Sellout

Author(s): Paul Beatty

Location(s): California, Los Angeles

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2016 A biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game....

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The Silent Fountain

The Silent Fountain

Author(s): Victoria Fox

Location(s): Hollywood, Tuscany

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1970s and modern

Hollywood, 1975: Tragedy sends troubled film star Vivien Lockhart into the arms of Giovanni Moretti, and it seems her fortunes have finally changed. Until she meets his sister, and learns that dark shadows haunt her new husband’s past… Tuscany, Present...

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The Stylist

The Stylist

Author(s): Rosie Nixon

Location(s): Los Angeles

Genre(s): Humour, Romance

Era(s): Contemporary

Amber Green loves her job at Smith’s, the exclusive London boutique frequented by the rich, the famous and the stylish – and with stylist to the stars Mona Armstrong as a customer, there is never a dull moment. With...

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The Unfolding

The Unfolding

Author(s): Jeehan Quijano

Location(s): Los Angeles, The Philippines

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

The Unfolding traces the return from Los Angeles of Benjamin, the son of an indigent farm worker, who escaped the poverty of his hometown, San Jacinto, with the help of the seemingly benevolent Don Rafael. Drawn back to his...

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Thin Air

Thin Air

Author(s): Lisa Gray

Location(s): Los Angeles

Genre(s): Fiction, Mystery

Era(s): Contemporay

She investigates missing persons—now she is one. Private investigator Jessica Shaw is used to getting anonymous tips. But after receiving a photo of a three-year-old kidnapped from Los Angeles twenty-five years ago, Jessica is stunned to recognize the little...

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Time Shifters

Time Shifters

Author(s): Shanna Lauffey

Location(s): Los Angeles

Genre(s): Science Fiction/Future

Era(s): 20-21st century

An ancient people who can move through time or space. . . A secret that never should have been revealed. . . One day in a Los Angeles restaurant, Akalya of the Harekaiian witnesses the capture of several of...

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