Westside Stories Too: Further Reflections on Life in West Los Angeles Beyond the 1960s
by Michael Harris
The Americas Group


"Los Angeles has a reputation for being fresh and new, constantly reinventing itself as different trends and styles arise to dominate the landscape."

This second offering of the author's reflections on what is considered West Los Angeles includes not only a nostalgic nod to institutions long gone but also a look at important architectural and cultural offerings in and around the area. Harris defines West Los Angeles as "bordered by Mulholland Drive on the ridgeline of the Santa Monica Mountains and the City of Malibu to the north, La Brea Avenue to the east, Los Angeles International Airport on the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west." He also includes a section entitled "Notorious Westside Crimes," which includes such names as Sal Mineo, Bugsy Siegel, O.J. Simpson, and Charles Manson. The book discusses several sites which are worthwhile to explore when in and around Los Angeles and includes many photos within each section.

As a longtime resident of Los Angeles' westside, the author offers valuable insights into the establishments of the past as well as those that remain. His love and knowledge of the town are apparent in this second book which expands upon his previous work, Westside Stories. Readers will find many intriguing references to institutions created around the entertainment industry. Because the author includes such venues as The Japanese Garden, Griffith Observatory, and the San Fernando Mission, as well as plenty of wonderful and still existent eateries, the book serves as a useful guide for anyone who wishes to visit Los Angeles. The numerous photos included in the book enhance the reader's appreciation of each section. The book is an intriguing look at the history of the west side of Los Angeles and its surrounding areas for residents, history buffs, and visitors.

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