Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018

Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018

A rich mosaic of diary entries and letters from Marilyn Monroe, Cesar Chavez, Susan Sontag, Albert Einstein, and many more, this is the story of Los Angeles as told by locals, transplants, and some just passing through. The City of Angels has played a distinct role in the hearts, minds, and imaginations of millions of people, who see it as the ultimate symbol of the America A rich mosaic of diary entries and letters from Marilyn Monroe, Cesar Chavez, Susan Sontag, Albert Einstein, and many...

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Title:Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018
Author:David Kipen
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0812993985
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:576 pages pages

Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018 Reviews

  • Ryan Luetzen
    Dec 09, 2018
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  • Nancy
    Aug 04, 2018
    I loved the idea of this book more than the execution. As a relatively new resident of California I was eager to immerse myself in the past as well as the present. This book does that--but only to a degree. The short entries are easy to read, but also easy to put down because I didn...
  • Sherwood Smith
    Nov 14, 2018
    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...
  • Laurie
    Nov 20, 2018
    This book has an unusual layout: there is an entry for every day of the year, but the *year* the entry is from varies from 1542 through 2018. The entries are chosen from letters and diaries. Each one is a statement about life in Los Angeles at the time. Some are from Catholic brethren ...
  • Tessy Consentino
    Dec 27, 2018
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  • Terri
    Dec 26, 2018
    Dear Los Angeles is a unique look at the city throughout its existence, from the days before California became a state to present day. Each letter and journal entry belonging to a person who has a unique point of view of their daily lives in the City of Angels. This book was a bit ...
  • Kim
    Nov 28, 2018
    This collection contains a list of short letters written as homage to the City of Angels, Los Angeles. Published in calendar format, each day has several letters. The letters range from the early settlement in the 1860s through to the 2018 Trump marches. The authors are prominent perso...
  • Melise
    Aug 23, 2018
    I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did. I am a native Angeleno, and I studied Los Angeles history for my master's degree, so I was already fairly familiar with many of the situations that were referenced in these diary entries and letters. And I really enjoyed read...
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    Jan 17, 2019
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    Dec 20, 2018
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  • Suzette
    Oct 17, 2018
    ?People in LA are deathly afraid of gluten. I swear to god, you could rob a liquor store in this city with a bagel.? RYAN REYNOLDS That is just one of the many diary posts that are in this book. Some are poignant, many are funny and some are just provide great information for th...
  • Adam
    Jan 11, 2019
    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...
  • Beth Cato
    Nov 01, 2018
    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...
  • Cozy Cat Reviews
    Jan 09, 2019
    This is the "Definitive" book about the real Los Angeles and its history. I loved the format the author choose . This book is a collection of letters, thoughts and words from diaries on Los Angeles from 1542 through 2018. This is a lovely collection that is quite varied in content wi...
  • Bonnye Reed
    Aug 07, 2018
    GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing. Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern Cal...
  • Susan
    Jan 26, 2019
    In this book, the reader will find excerpts of diaries, journals, and letters. Also there are a few tweets, blogs, and speech excerpts included. Most of the people lived in Los Angeles and some excerpts are from visitors there. The time period covers about 500 years from mission towns ...
  • Trick Wiley
    Sep 30, 2018
    Read some but lost interest I guess because just not interested in California so can't really review this book of their writing.. ...
  • Diana Garcia
    Jan 09, 2019
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  • Scott S.
    Jan 08, 2019
    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...
  • Heidrun
    Dec 29, 2018
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  • Boz
    Jul 29, 2018
    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...
  • Henry Louis
    Jan 19, 2019
    This book clearly needs to go on a diet, but there were enough gems hidden in its 500+ page girth that I felt it was worth something between 3 and 4 stars. Pretty much everything from before the rise of Hollywood provided an interesting perspective on the city to this confirmed east...
  • Lynette Gile
    Jan 18, 2019
    I fully enjoyed every page of Dear Los Angeles. I live in the Los Angeles area and was born in Los Angeles, and I was fascinated with the different letters from the 1500?s through 2017. How the times have changed. Yes, Los Angeles is a crowded, auto-loving town but some of the writer...
  • Jon Higgins
    Jan 19, 2019
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  • Rose
    Sep 01, 2018
    I enjoyed this collection of letters and other things written about the city of Los Angeles. While, I can't say I loved it, I did enjoy it. I would recommend it to those interested in history and the city of Los Angeles in particular. I would like to thank Netgalley and the publish...
  • Natalie
    Jul 26, 2018
    DEAR LOS ANGELES is a collection of ephemera about the history of, and life, in LA. The author chose to place all these glimpses into LA history with no particular order. I cannot understand the logic of the presentation. It is neither by author or date, rather disconnected fragments. ...
  • Mage's Almanac
    Sep 15, 2018
    I could read a whole series of books like this one. The editor has drawn together diary entries spanning centuries, taking us through Spanish settlements and the rise of Hollywood. We see the city grow dense and fill with smog, and we see the positive Californian outlook of LA's dreame...
  • Literary Soirée
    Aug 03, 2018
    I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L. A. native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries ...
  • Ernesto
    Dec 06, 2018
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  • Andrea Hernandez
    Dec 06, 2018
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