This book seriously changed my life. I've been a vegetarian for 4 years, but you can drink coke and eat chips and still call yourself that. I've been...moreThis book seriously changed my life. I've been a vegetarian for 4 years, but you can drink coke and eat chips and still call yourself that. I've been shopping at farmer's markets since I used to tag along with my dad on his grocery adventures when I was a child (we had a small, Wed and Sat market, for half the year in my home town). However, even though I've been going to the local farmer's market regularly for over a year, I would still think to myself, "Well, I can get salad cheaper elsewhere..." Not anymore. This book redefined what is healthy. Lean cuisine? Not even close. I now buy almost all of my produce at the farmer's market, unless I need something mid-week, in which case I'll buy it from the local or organic section at the conventional grocery store/Trader Joe's, as a pathetic second choice. I strive to cook from scratch a lot, or at least know where my food comes from, and to pack my lunch almost everyday.(less)
Great book for those with a cursory knowledge of LA's downtown history and who are also interested in film. Finding a way to dovetail architectural an...moreGreat book for those with a cursory knowledge of LA's downtown history and who are also interested in film. Finding a way to dovetail architectural and neighborhood cultural history with film history is something I sorely wish I could do, and here Dawson gas done it. I told my husband I wish I had written this book.
As a nearly decade-long resident of the Hollywood area and a holder of an MA in history, I am very interested in the preservation of hollywood and Los Angeles's past. Unfortunately, it seems that even the cheery, well-known, quintessentially Los Angeles type of places are often torn down in the name of progress, let alone places that are working class or don't fit with the city's image, as was the case with Victorian Bunker Hill, juxtaposed with the growing, commercial downtown.
Anyone in LA who is interested in this book should seek out Richard Schave and Kim Cooper (whom I see are thanked in the acknowledgements). They, as well as Nathan Marsak (quoted in the book), give great bus-based and walking tours of LA, downtown as well as many other places, and have done marvelous research on the people and places that are both still there and long gone. They're good people. So is George Pattison, who grew up on Bunker Hill and us quoted in the book's last chapter, and will talk with you about the Salt Box and the Castle and show you interior photos. (less)
I read this book when I was 14 or 15 for the first time, and I have read it many times since. It's absolutely my favorite book. (However, nothing else...moreI read this book when I was 14 or 15 for the first time, and I have read it many times since. It's absolutely my favorite book. (However, nothing else du Maurier came close to this, sadly.) As an awkward teenage girl, I could identify in some ways with the shy, young heroine trying to find her place and live up to the oh-so-beautiful-and-perfect first wife of her older, distant, rich new husband. WEll, I take that back. I think most teenage girls can identify with the first half. I probably thought myself, "Wow, I'm already shy, awkward, and sort of plain. But I live a regular middle class life. If this girl can marry a handsome, rich, emotionally distant man twice her age and live on an English country estate, I want to do that too!" The setting is straight out of Gosford Park. The estate of Manderley becomes almost another character. Speaking of other "characters": Rebecca, Maxim's first wife, is an omnipresent force in the life of the narrator, who constantly imagines and reimagines what Rebecca did, was like, and would be doing in her place. But honestly, who wouldn't become a paranoid daydreamer in the same situation? The characterization and pacing are brilliant. The book isn't quite a romance novel. It ends up being a sort of murder mystery - but you don't know it's a murder mystery until the climax. Ultimately, it's also a book about the way we think others see us. It's tempting to dismiss this book as pure mind candy, but it's much too good for that.(less)