• Fred Patten Reviews Eternity Street: Violence and Justice in Frontier Los Angeles Author:  John Mack Faragher Publisher:  W. W. Norton & Company ISBN-10:  0-3930-5136-6 ISBN-13:  978-0-3930-5136-0 I am a lifelong resident of Los Angeles.  There is very little published about the history of this city; nothing to match the few 1850s issues of the Los Angeles Star that […] Fred Patten No responses February 28, 2016
  • The Adventures of Buck O’Rue and His Hoss, Reddish The Adventures of Buck O’Rue and His Hoss, Reddish Authors: Dick Huemer and Paul Murry Publisher: Classic Comics Press ISBN-10: 0-9850-4991-X ISBN-13: 978-0-9850-4991-1 A confession: I requested a review copy of this book to solve a sixty-year-old minor mystery for me. When I was a child and a teenager in the late 1940s & ‘50s, […] Fred Patten No responses October 6, 2012
  • Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A.   Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Author: Luis J. Rodriguez Publisher: Open Road Pub Date: June 12, 2012 ISBN:  9781453259085 I grew up in Los Angeles with one foot firmly planted in the quiet neighborhood in Los Feliz where my grandparents lived and the other, itching to run, in a poor […] Gina Ruiz No responses June 16, 2012
  • The Barbarian Nurseries The Barbarian Nurseries Author:  Héctor Tobar Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 27, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 0374108994 ISBN-13: 978-0374108991 THE BARBARIAN NURSERIES is an amazingly intricate and highly readable story of class differences told in the story of an affluent family and their Mexican maid Araceli.  The Torres-Thomas family don’t understand their surly maid, […] Gina Ruiz No responses June 11, 2012
  • April is National Poetry Month – Places to Go and Celebrate in Los Angeles Since 1996, the Academy of American Poets has spearheaded the initiative National Poetry Month to increase appreciation and awareness of poetry as an art form. Here is a sampling of places in the Los Angeles area offering events during April related to poetry: APRIL 1 Local poets from the Los Angeles area will read from  […] ShMuir One response March 29, 2012
  • The Cypress Park Crusader Meet Art Meza, who works at the circulation desk at Cypress Park Library in the heavily Latino community in Northeast Los Angeles, not far from Dodger Stadium.  Cypress Park is surrounded by hills on one side and railroad tracks on the other.  It’s a working class neighborhood, mostly Hispanic and boasts a strong community.  Census […] Gina Ruiz No responses March 5, 2012