Here are some recommendations for things that might please a Daily Mirror reader. The out of print books can usually be found on Bookfinder.com.
- “Spencer Tracy: A Biography,” by Daily Mirror contributor James Curtis.
- “Hollywoodland,” by Daily Mirror contributor Mary Mallory.
- Daily Mirror contributor Eve Golden has also written several books, including “Platinum Girl: The Life and Legends of Jean Harlow” and “Vamp: The Rise and Fall of Theda Bara.”She’s writing a biography of John Gilbert.
- Marion Eisenmann, alas, does not have a book, but you may contact her directly for copies of her artwork.
- And remember, one of the best gifts, an annual subscription to the L.A. Daily Mirror, is free. The best bargain in town is a card for the Los Angeles Public Library. Also free.
- “Nuestro Pueblo,” drawings by Charles Owens with text by Joseph Seewerker. This is one of my favorite books about Los Angeles. If you haven’t seen it, you should really get a copy. Long out of print, it’s available on Bookfinder.
- “The Los Angeles Book,” by Lee Shippey and Max Yavno. Great photos of the city, accompanied by text that can be ignored. Available on Bookfinder.
- “Los Angeles: A Guide to the City and Its Environs.” The WPA guide to Los Angeles is a snapshot of the city before World War II. There are vintage copies on Bookfinder, and it’s possible to find reprints in some bookstores and on Amazon.
- “Selected Letters of Raymond Chandler,” by Frank McShane. This is great reading, like chatting with Chandler. Available on Bookfinder.
- “The Notebooks of Raymond Chandler,” by Frank McShane. A short but entertaining book that reveals the nuts and bolts of mystery writing. Available on Bookfinder.
- Anything by Remi Nadeau, starting with “Los Angeles: From Mission to Modern City” and “City Makers: Los Angeles 1868-1876.”
- Anything by W.W. Robinson except the small (and usually overpriced) pamphlets on individual cities, starting with “Ranchos Become Cities” and “Lawyers of Los Angeles.”
- “Dancing Bear: An Inside Look at California Politics,” by Gladwin Hill. One of the best books about California politics I have ever read, with great insight on Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Available on Bookfinder.
- “They Call Them Camisoles,” by Wilma Wilson. This is a harrowing book about a former actress’ time in Camarillo. The original is incredibly rare and expensive. The book has been reissued as “They Call Them Camisoles – Revisited” by Wilma Wilson and Kirsten Anderberg and is on Amazon for $25.99.
- “Headline Happy,” by Florabel Muir. Her description of the dead Bugsy Siegel is worth the price of the entire book. Available on Bookfinder.
- “The Dark Side of Fortune,” by Margaret Leslie Davis. A well-researched biography of Edward L. Doheny. Available on Bookfinder.