Los Angeles Stories

Los Angeles Stories

A Los Angeles Times's and Southern California Indie Bookseller Association's Bestseller!

Los Angeles Stories is a collection of loosely linked tales that evoke a bygone era in one of America's most iconic cities. In post-World War II Los Angeles, as power was concentrating and fortunes were being made, a do-it-yourself culture of cool cats, outsiders and oddballs populated the old downtown neighborhoods of Bunker Hill and Chavez Ravine. Ordinary working folks rubbed elbows with petty criminals, grifters and all sorts of women at foggy end-of-the-line outposts in Venice Beach and Santa Monica.

Rich with the essence and character of the times, suffused with patois of the city's underclass, these are stories about the common people of Los Angeles, "a sunny place for shady people," and the strange things that happen to them. Musicians, gun shop owners, streetwalkers, tailors, door-to-door salesmen, drifters, housewives, dentists and pornographers, new arrivals and hard-bitten denizens all intersect in cleverly plotted stories that center around some kind of shadowy activity. This quirky love letter to a lost way of life will appeal to fans of hard-boiled fiction and anyone interested in the city itself.

Title Los Angeles Stories
Author Ry Cooder
Collection City Lights Noir
Publisher City Lights Publishers
Title First Published 01 October 2011
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 224 p.
ISBN-10 0872865193
ISBN-13 9780872865198
Publication Date 01 October 2011
Main content page count 224
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $15.95

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