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LAistory: A Few Good Reads

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There are plenty of ways you can reach out and connect with Los Angeles' vast and fascinating history beyond the confines of our weekly LAistory column. Whether it be through joining a preservation group, taking a walking tour, visiting a museum or historic site, or opening up the pages of a book, LA's stories are often within our grasp. For LAistory, while we like to do the writing and photo-taking (or finding) ourselves, we, too, draw inspiration from our interaction with the city's resources, which is why LAistory is taking a brief pause today to give a shout out to a couple of publications that give us--and can give you, too--a better understanding of where we are and where we came from.

The first is a new release from the wonderful folks at Angel City Press. James Harris' Santa Monica Pier: A Century of the Last Great Pleasure Pier is a colorful exploration of one of the county's most recognizable recreation destinations. Starting back in the days when Santa Monica had high hopes of becoming the sole and most significant port to serve the booming and blossoming nearby city of Los Angeles, Harris takes the reader through one hundred and more years of the Pier's life in an engaging and revealing manner; to read through the glossy pages is as comfortable and delightful as the way in which the bright blue Pacific laps at Santa Monica's sandy shores on a mellow summer afternoon.