One of the classic attractions of a vacation at the beach is the chance to prop up an umbrella, stretch out on your beach towel, and enjoy the beach air while immersed in a great book. But what book should you read? If you're stuck on ideas, why not read something that actually takes place in Los Angeles? Look for these titles in a local bookstore or library, or download them onto your e-reader.
Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey. Read this sweeping account of contemporary LA for its originality and its controversial author. You'll also meet many unique characters you won't soon forget.
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley. This is the first in the popular Easy Rawlins mystery series. It takes you back to the African-American community in LA in the 1940s.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Heartbreaking and funny at the same time, this book tells the story of a girl who is allergic to almost everything, and the next door neighbor boy she's certain she'll fall in love with.
Golden Days by Carolyn See. If you like a heavy dose of politics in your fiction, this is the book for you. It harks back to the 70s and 80s way of life in LA.
In the Heart of the Valley of Love by Cynthia Kadohata. Take an intimate visit to LA in the future, and be concerned by the problems this author presents.
Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love. Take a close look at South Central LA gang life and one gang's fierce female leader in this debut crime thriller.
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. A New York Times bestseller, this novel tells the story of sisters who begin a new life in LA and find themselves caught in the culture of Chinatown.
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. The writing is gripping, the story is epic, and the narrator is a double agent in LA after the Vietnam War.
Their Dogs Came with Them by Helena Maria Viramontes. This gritty story takes place in East LA during the turbulent 60s. It's about a group of tough women, and it shows what happens when so many freeways are built.
White Oleander by Janet Fitch. One daughter of an imprisoned poet is forced into the LA foster-home system and learns hard lessons about life and herself.
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