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Los Angeles

3.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  120 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
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
Jan 14, 2013 Ben B rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 13, 2008 Alena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 14, 2010 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 26, 2016 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are many reviewers here who seem to have been mislead by this book; it is published by National Geographic and has been mistaken by some to be a travel guide to Los Angeles, to be taken literally. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is written by A.M. Homes, a writer best known for her fiction containng razor-sharp observations of modern American Life and its' ironies. Homes explains in the intro. that to her, LA is the most quintessentially American of cities, and as a writer of ...more
Edward S. Portman
Jan 12, 2016 Edward S. Portman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Avrebbe potuto essere un libro interessante, dove l’unione della scrittura di A. M. Homes si sarebbe unita alla struttura atipica, per le città americane, di Los Angeles. Una specie di guida turistica nella quale ci sarebbe stato posto non solo per le attrazioni più in vista, quella mainstream, ma anche per tutti quei particolari che magari solo un occhio attento come quello dell’autrice di La fine di Alice e Jack avrebbe potuto saper cogliere. Se vogliamo essere buoni possiamo dire che l’operaz ...more
Simay Yildiz
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
Aug 25, 2007 sydney rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 07, 2016 Megan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I can't stand this book/writer. Very entitled/complaining about having to fly, complaining about how if a hotel isn't perfect she won't stay. Couldn't hold my attention even on a crowded boring bus ride. Life's too short to finish books that aren't good.
Apr 10, 2016 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was fine, but pretty slim.
Diego Barahona
Jun 21, 2015 Diego Barahona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Diego by: Roberto Santander
smartass girl met phony people
Dec 28, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 23, 2013 Lisa Wakefield rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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.
Jun 20, 2011 Christina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sociology
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.
Jun 16, 2016 Rich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Homes is one of my favorite writers and her non-fiction account of Los Angeles was excellent.
Jan 15, 2009 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, travel
Entertaining description of the city of L.A. for anybody who likes traveling books.
Mar 02, 2013 Suzanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l-a, essays
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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