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Los Angeles

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The surreal City of Angels is a unique amalgam of past and present, tradition and revolution, dreamscape and reality. Whether in history books or on the silver screen, the Los Angeles landscape has long served as an ever-shifting backdrop against which countless American anxieties and aspirations play out. New York-based novelist and short-story writer A. M. Homes distills...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published June 15th 2011 by National Geographic (first published 2002)
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Ben B
I wanted to like this book, because Homes is a pretty solid writer, but there's just no getting around the fact that the book as written has almost nothing to do with Los Angeles. The first chapter is all about the author's fear of flying. Um, okay. Then she flies to LA, checks into the Chateau Marmont, and basically never leaves. How original. Instead of bothering to get off her butt and explore the sprawling metropolis that is LA, she interviews staff at the Chateau Marmont and makes a bunch o...more
having grown up in la. i found the book full of cliches and inconsistencies. often the author celebrates her never spending much time in los angeles, aside from her youth, and then she causally mentions how everyone seems to know who she is as she hangs out at the chateau marmont. filled with interviews, presumably to fill the pages, the book does not offer any new or original insights positive or otherwise about the city. the book was commissioned by the national geographic society, and so perh...more
i usually adore a.m. homes writing--one of my favorite books is "this book will save your life" which is a quintessential LA story. so i was looking forward to getting into this book of essays on LA. unfortunately i was a bit bored with this collection. of all the interesting things there are to write about LA she went with the earthquakes, the geriatrics, and the most famous briss guy? the last couple could have actually been really interesting, but i couldn't get thru the old people essay at a...more
In case you missed me mentioning this before, here it is again: I am in love with A.M. Homes. Lost Angeles: People, Places and the Castle on the Hill had been sitting on my shelf for quite a while, and I threw it in my backpack while going off to visit my parents in November. I had to hit the road early so I wouldn’t hit the insane city traffic, then my flight was delayed, and before I knew it, I’d finished reading it. This was also mostly due to my curiosity in why Homes was interested in LA of...more
Erica Chambers
I enjoy AM Homes and I enjoy reading about Los Angeles - so this should have been the best book that I have ever read.

This wasn't the best book that I have ever read... I haven't read much of AM Homes' journalism - so maybe the high maintenance character that she portrays herself to be in this book is appealing to her more regular readers.... her fear of flying - a whole chapter on that before she arrives in Los Angeles....her dislike of her rental car... her dislike of her hotel room... her dis...more
This book proved that I really love A.M. Homes. It's a Los Angeles travel guide (sort of). I have no intention of visiting Los Angeles. In fact, I think I probably hate Los Angeles, even though I've never been there. But I enjoyed this book.

Homes turned this travel book into an entertaining narrative mostly about the Chateau Marmont hotel, which becomes the most important character in the book in some ways. I'd go so far as to say that this book is a love letter to the hotel. She also talks to l...more
This book wasn't really about Los Angeles, comprehensively at least. But I enjoyed the stories presented, the slices of life. Since I know about LA firsthand, it didn't leave me feeling hungry for more. So while this isn't a book for people who are trying to really understand LA, it's still an entertaining read, well-written and engaging.
Lisa Wakefield
You won't learn much about Los Angeles from A.M. Homes; this is more of a sketch of the feeling of the city; impressions, and random musings & odd interviews. What you will discover is the elegant charm and mystique of the fabled Chateau Marmont, along with affectionate tales told by the famous and not-so-famous.
This is a books about an east coast intellectual experiencing small pieces of what she thinks LA has to offer. The majority of the book was a personal account of her experiences at the Hotel Marmont. I enjoyed this quick read because it provided me with some history of an intellectual LA mecca (the hotel).
Carlo Andrea
Veramente deludente: speravo si raccontassero storie di L.A. invece alla fine un libro ego-riferito che non mi ha detto veramente nulla.
Entertaining description of the city of L.A. for anybody who likes traveling books.
This was just not very good: half quite predictable (to me) and half just very dull.
Full of memories.
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A.M. Homes (first name Amy) is the author of the novels, This Book Will Save Your Life, Music For Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the short-story collections, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects, the travel memoir, Los Angeles: People, Places and The Castle on the Hill, and the artist's book Appendix A: An Elaboration on the Novel the End of A...more
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