Category Archives: non fiction

Wild LA

I read hundreds of books every year and few have impressed as much as Wild LA. Beautifully presented, informative, friendly, interesting, and never talking down to the audience. The authors have done stellar work in all aspects of this nature … Continue reading

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Gardens of the Arts & Crafts Movement by Judith B. Tankard

With this revised edition of the original 2004 book, author Tankard adds to her knowledge base and really solidifies the usefulness of the book. What we have is a nice balance of images, history, background biographies, and presentation. I especially … Continue reading

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How to Bake by Nick Malgieri

How to Bake lives up to its name: the recipes start simple in each chapter and then you build upon techniques and skills as you progress. Everything is laid out simply and without all the superfluous graphic design that can … Continue reading

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The Castle On The Hill by Shawn Levy

The Castle on Sunset is a nicely researched biography of the Chateau Marmont – a Hollywood/Sunset landmark. Author Levy balances the factual history with the rumors, with an emphasis on the pre WW2 era. In addition to the Chateau, there … Continue reading

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Magic: The Gathering Cards: Unofficial Ultimate Collector’s Guide by Ben Bleweiss

I have played M:TG since the beginning, having been introduced to it at our Los Angeles game store (the now defunct South Coast Game Association). It’s been amazing to see the evolution of the game: sets ranging from broken (Legends) … Continue reading

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The Taco Tuesday Cookbook by Laura Fuentes

This is what you want in a cookbook: beautifully laid out, easy to follow, and a lot of interesting and honestly very healthy recipes. It’s a cookbook you won’t get bored of fast and most of the ingredients are very … Continue reading

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The World The Trains Made by James D. Dilts

I greatly enjoyed this book. It is thoroughly researched, intelligently and nicely presented, and has some very interesting things to say. It’s also one of those rare train books that isn’t all about the trains themselves. There are at least … Continue reading

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