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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide

Virtually everyone who writes about Raymond Chandler cites this book by Philip Durham, but very few people seem to have read it. Writing in 1963, four years after Chandler’s death, Durham produced a biography of Chandler as a writer rather … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide

Note: This is an encore post from 2014. “The Los Angeles Book,” with text by Lee Shippey and photos by Max Yavno is one of my favorite books on Los Angeles – but only for Yavno’s photographs. The text is … Continue reading

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L.A. Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide

  Mary Mallory’s posts are one of the L.A. Daily Mirror’s most popular features, so we are happy to recommend two books: “Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays,” written with Karie Bible, and “Hollywood at Play,” written with Donovan Brandt and Stephen … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide

Note: This is a repost from 2013. Whenever I’m asked about my favorite books on Los Angeles, my first recommendation is “Nuestro Pueblo,” a selection of features by Times artist Charles Owens and writer Joseph Seewerker that appeared in The … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Holiday Gift Guide

Note: This is a repost from 2013. Whenever I’m asked about my favorite books on Los Angeles, my first recommendation is “Nuestro Pueblo,” a selection of features by Times artist Charles Owens and writer Joseph Seewerker that appeared in The … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

Yes, “Hellzapoppin’ ” is actually out on DVD. It’s available from Amazon UK for £7.99 (about $12.50). But there’s a catch: It’s a Region-2 DVD. I’m told by someone who bought a copy that it’s a sharp print and will … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

If you are running a bit late in your holiday shopping, you might consider an advance order of “Dead to Me,” a YA (young adult) novel to be issued by Disney-Hyperion in March. “Dead to Me” is by Mary McCoy, … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

This Norden bomb sight has been listed on EBay with bids starting at $1.950. As with anything on EBay, an item and vendor should be evaluated thoroughly before submitting a bid.

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

So far, most of the retro gift suggestions have been books. But what if your significant other isn’t much of a reader? Well, then, how about this 1964 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible owned by Charles Bronson? It’s listed at $34,500 … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

Note: This is a repost from 2013. Today’s holiday gift suggestion is the latest biography from Eve Golden, “John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars.” The Daily Mirror likes to support its local independent bookstore whenever possible. But … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

“Angel’s Flight” by Leo Politi. Another of my favorite books about Los Angeles is Leo Politi’s “Bunker Hill Los Angeles: Reminiscences of Bygone Days,” published in 1964. Copies are listed on Bookfinder for as little as $20. This painting shows … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

“The Los Angeles Book,” with text by Lee Shippey and photos by Max Yavno is one of my favorite books on Los Angeles – but only for Yavno’s photographs. The text is forgettable and, in fact, Yavno said he paid … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

In February, I ran a series of posts by James Curtis about producer David Lewis. This isn’t a new book but I found it remarkably insightful. “The Creative Producer” can be found via Bookfinder.com, with copies starting as low as … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

Note: This is a repost from 2013. Whenever I’m asked about my favorite books on Los Angeles, my first recommendation is “Nuestro Pueblo,” a selection of features by Times artist Charles Owens and writer Joseph Seewerker that appeared in The … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

Several people have suggested that “Never Built Los Angeles,” which has yet to be added to the Daily Mirror library, would be an excellent holiday gift. The book by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin with a forward by Thom Mayne … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

Today’s holiday gift suggestion is the latest biography from Eve Golden, “John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars.” The Daily Mirror likes to support its local independent bookstore whenever possible. But if you’re not close to a good … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

Whenever I’m asked about my favorite books on Los Angeles, my first recommendation is “Nuestro Pueblo,” a selection of features by Times artist Charles Owens and writer Joseph Seewerker that appeared in The Times. I went through all of them … Continue reading

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