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Ten Great Books I Read in 2016

In Books read, LA owns me on January 8, 2016 at 7:37 pm

Some of these are brand new, some I just discovered, and two are re-reads.  You’ll see a lot of California (I confess, I’m a fan) and a couple by friends (my friends write great books.)  In no order…

Wolf in White Van – John Darnielle

Silver Screen Fiend: Learning about Life from an Addiction to Film – Patton Oswalt

Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream – H.W. Brands

Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley – Peter Guralnick

Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life and Lost – Paul Hendrickson

Water to Angels:  William Mullholland, This Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles – Les Standiford

In The Garden of Beasts:  Love, Terror and an American Family in Berlin – Erik Larson

Perfidia – James Ellroy  (not great, but it’s Ellroy, so what you gonna do?)

The re-reads are

Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West – Cormac McCarthy

Mildred Pierce – James M. Cain