Book: Santa Monica


As addictively suspenseful as it is sharply observed, hilarious, and compassionate, Santa Monica is the rare novel that captures readers with propulsive storytelling alongside emotional urgency, irresistible characters, ambitious themes, ...

  • Author : Cassidy Lucas
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release : 06 October 2020
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 13 : 9780063018457

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A debut novel in the vein of Liane Moriarty and Tom Perrotta, about dark secrets brought to life after the mysterious death of a handsome and charismatic trainer to the elite women in Santa Monica. On the western edge of Los Angeles is the gorgeous beachside city of Santa Monica, where the sun-kissed, wealthy residents seem to inhabit real-life California dreams. When movie-star-handsome heartthrob fitness coach Zack Doheny, is found dead on the floor of his gym, the tragedy shocks the elite community, especially those who’d spent many hours each week exercising with the charismatic trainer. As the narrative flashes back to the months leading up to Zack’s death, it quickly becomes clear that things in this coastal paradise are not as glittering as they seem. Lettie – Zack’s secret half-sister and an undocumented housekeeper for the toned, entitled women of Santa Monica – holds her brother responsible for a horrific family accident, and desperately needs his money to prevent her deportation. Regina, type-A exercise addict and entrepreneur, will do anything to get out of debt and to claim Zack for herself. And Mel – a New York City transplant who finds herself forty pounds heavier and far more cynical than the lithe women of Santa Monica – discovers an electric attraction to Zack that threatens to disrupt his bond with Regina and upend Mel’s own marriage. As these residents of Santa Monica begin to crack under the stress of their secrets, one question hangs above it all: what really happened to Zack Doheny? As addictively suspenseful as it is sharply observed, hilarious, and compassionate, Santa Monica is the rare novel that captures readers with propulsive storytelling alongside emotional urgency, irresistible characters, ambitious themes, and a vivid sense of place.

Book: Santa Monica


As these residents of Santa Monica begin to crack under the stress of their secrets, one question hangs above it all: what really happened to Zack Doheny?"--Publisher's description.

  • Author : Cassidy Lucas
  • Publisher : Harper Perennial
  • Release : 06 October 2020
  • Category: Uncategorized
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 13 : 0063018446

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Santa Monica Book Summary :

A debut novel in the vein of Liane Moriarty and Tom Perrotta, about dark secrets brought to life after the mysterious death of a handsome and charismatic trainer to the elite women in Santa Monica. On the western edge of Los Angeles is the gorgeous beachside city of Santa Monica, where the sun-kissed, wealthy residents seem to inhabit real-life California dreams. When movie-star-handsome heartthrob fitness coach Zack Doheny, is found dead on the floor of his gym, the tragedy shocks the elite community, especially those who'd spent many hours each week exercising with the charismatic trainer. As the narrative flashes back to the months leading up to Zack's death, it quickly becomes clear that things in this coastal paradise are not as glittering as they seem. Lettie - Zack's secret half-sister and an undocumented housekeeper for the toned, entitled women of Santa Monica - holds her brother responsible for a horrific family accident, and desperately needs his money to prevent her deportation. Regina, type-A exercise addict and entrepreneur, will do anything to get out of debt and to claim Zack for herself. And Mel - a New York City transplant who finds herself forty pounds heavier and far more cynical than the lithe women of Santa Monica - discovers an electric attraction to Zack that threatens to disrupt his bond with Regina and upend Mel's own marriage. As these residents of Santa Monica begin to crack under the stress of their secrets, one question hangs above it all: what really happened to Zack Doheny? As addictively suspenseful as it is sharply observed, hilarious, and compassionate, Santa Monica is the rare novel that captures readers with propulsive storytelling alongside emotional urgency, irresistible characters, ambitious themes, and a vivid sense of place.

Book: Santa Monica Canyon


Praise for the Novels of Gregory Hinton Cathedral City "A splashy first novel . solid entertainment."-Kirkus Reviews "This wonderful book is as honest as it is heart-wrenching.

  • Author : Gregory Hinton
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 01 February 2007
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 212
  • ISBN 13 : 0595419321

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Santa Monica Canyon Book Summary :

The first day of summer foretells new beginnings for John Moore, a renowned, yet emotionally stalled artist, when he notices Mark Ormond, a guarded young poet, on Southern California's Will Rogers State Beach. After John cajoles him, Mark agrees to sit for a portrait he intends to present as an anniversary gift to his long-time lover, Edward Bloom. A famous actor away shooting a film, Edward's relationship with Mark is strained, but Mark hopes to force the issue with the painting. Over the course of the summer in Santa Monica Canyon, a deep friendship develops between Mark and John, challenged by the surprise revelation that they share an unhappy history. As events unfold, both men come to insights and resolutions about life, the value they place on their work in the arts, and lastly, their desire to reconnect and commit to life and to love. "Praise for the Novels of Gregory Hinton Cathedral City" "A splashy first novel . solid entertainment."-"Kirkus Reviews" "This wonderful book is as honest as it is heart-wrenching. The intertwining lives of these diverse and unforgettable characters remind us not of the ways we live apart, but the ways we live together."-Greg Sarris, author of "Grand Avenue" and "Watermelon Nights" "Hinton has an interesting sense of how people of different races, classes, ages, and ethnicities all mix in a diverse little desert town . Flashes of insight . sharp dialogue . nice descriptive touches."-"The Washington Post Book World" "Poignant and evocative."-"Booklist" "Desperate Hearts" "Hinton's enthusiasm and compassion for his characters comes through in every scene."-"Publisher's Weekly" "A great summertime read."-"Booklist" "The Way Things Ought to Be" "A sexy, '70s coming-of-age story."-"The Advocate" "Hinton's sweet, unaffected tone should appeal to many; indeed, at its best it recalls Tom Spanbauer's "In the City of Shy Hunters" and even the inquiry and innocence of "Huck Finn."-Booklist" The first day of summer foretells new beginnings

Book: Santa Monica Pier


"The Santa Monica Pier has summoned the imagination of the world for a century.

  • Author : James Harris
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 01 January 2009
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 127
  • ISBN 13 : 1883318823

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Santa Monica Pier Book Summary :

"The Santa Monica Pier has summoned the imagination of the world for a century. Vintage images, colorful artwork, fascinating history and treasured lore invites anyone who has ever enjoyed the Pier to walk through time on it, live its culture, struggle through its lean years, fight for its very survival and see it become a National Historic Landmark"--Provided by publisher.

Book: Santa Monica in Vintage Postcards


. . " In over 200 vintage postcards, here is Santa Monica in all its coastal splendor, including views of the bathing beaches, the Roosevelt Highway, and private citizens' beautiful Chinese Gardens.

  • Author : Marlin L. Heckman
  • Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
  • Release : 09 May 2021
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 13 : 0738520551

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Santa Monica in Vintage Postcards Book Summary :

Santa Monica was founded in 1875 and by 1887, the area was caught up in the real estate frenzy of the time with advertisements suggesting that it had "one of the grandest panoramic views the human eye has ever rested on . . . " In over 200 vintage postcards, here is Santa Monica in all its coastal splendor, including views of the bathing beaches, the Roosevelt Highway, and private citizens' beautiful Chinese Gardens.

Book: Saving Ruby King


An unforgettable debut novel, Saving Ruby King is a powerful testament that history doesn’t determine the present and the bonds of friendship can forever shape the future.

  • Author : Catherine Adel West
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Release : 16 June 2020
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 13 : 9781488057250

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Family. Faith. Secrets. Everything in this world comes full circle. When Ruby King’s mother is found murdered in their home in Chicago’s South Side, the police dismiss it as another act of violence in a black neighborhood. But for Ruby, it’s a devastating loss that leaves her on her own with her violent father. While she receives many condolences, her best friend, Layla, is the only one who understands how this puts Ruby in jeopardy. Their closeness is tested when Layla’s father, the pastor of their church, demands that Layla stay away. But what is the price for turning a blind eye? In a relentless quest to save Ruby, Layla uncovers the murky loyalties and dangerous secrets that have bound their families together for generations. Only by facing this legacy of trauma head-on will Ruby be able to break free. An unforgettable debut novel, Saving Ruby King is a powerful testament that history doesn’t determine the present and the bonds of friendship can forever shape the future.

Book: HiStory of Santa Monica


Whether it is a young couple looking to buy their first home or a man returning to his hometown for a funeral or a baptism, readers will find the everyday rituals in these stories identifiable in many ways.

  • Author : Michael Atwood
  • Publisher : CreateSpace
  • Release : 27 December 2014
  • Category: Uncategorized
  • Pages : 158
  • ISBN 13 : 1505550041

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HiStory of Santa Monica Book Summary :

The collection is thematically linked by both the characters-who are struggling to realize their Hollywood dreams and the setting-Santa Monica, California. A seemingly peaceful seaside city, Santa Monica is also a purgatory where the characters must face failure and loss-as well as their demons and ghosts. Family and ritual are consistent motifs throughout the collection, as are the themes of escape, addiction, redemption, reparation, religion, and death. Whether it is a young couple looking to buy their first home or a man returning to his hometown for a funeral or a baptism, readers will find the everyday rituals in these stories identifiable in many ways.

Book: Real Happy Family


When full-time Hollywood party girl Lorelei auditions for television's hottest reality show, she finds her life self-destructing after her drug-addled mother wages a racially-slanted war against the stunning, young, African-American woman ...

  • Author : Caeli Wolfson Widger
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release : 09 May 2021
  • Category: FICTION
  • Pages : 361
  • ISBN 13 : 9780544263611

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When full-time Hollywood party girl Lorelei auditions for television's hottest reality show, she finds her life self-destructing after her drug-addled mother wages a racially-slanted war against the stunning, young, African-American woman who won the role. 10,000 first printing.

Book: The Ones We Choose


With grace and humor, Julie Clark shows that while the science is fascinating, solving these intimate mysteries of who we are and where we come from unleashes emotions more complex than the strands of DNA that shape us.

  • Author : Julie Clark
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 08 May 2018
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 13 : 9781501184482

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Lisa Genova meets 23andMe in this exploration of the genetic and emotional ties that bind, as debut author Julie Clark delivers a compelling read about a young boy desperate to find his place in this world, a mother coming to terms with her own past, and the healing power of forgiveness. The powerful forces of science and family collide when geneticist Paige Robson finds her world in upheaval: Her eight-year-old son Miles is struggling to fit in at his new school and begins asking questions about his biological father that Paige can’t answer—until fate thrusts the anonymous donor she used into their lives. Paige’s carefully constructed life begins to unravel as the truth of Miles’s paternity threatens to destroy everything she has grown to cherish. As Paige slowly opens herself up—by befriending an eccentric mother, confronting her own deeply buried vulnerabilities, and trying to make sense of her absent father’s unexpected return—she realizes breakthroughs aren’t only for the lab. But when tragedy strikes, Paige must face the consequences of sharing a secret only she knows. With grace and humor, Julie Clark shows that while the science is fascinating, solving these intimate mysteries of who we are and where we come from unleashes emotions more complex than the strands of DNA that shape us.

Book: Off the Beaten Page


Blending literature and travel, this book offers a look at 15 U.S. destinations featured in the works of famous writers.

  • Author : Terri Peterson Smith
  • Publisher : Chicago Review Press
  • Release : 01 May 2013
  • Category: Cooking
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 13 : 9781613744291

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Blending literature and travel, this book offers a look at 15 U.S. destinations featured in the works of famous writers. Designed as a guide to help avid bibliophiles experience, in person, the places they've only read about, award-winning journalist Terri Peterson Smith takes readers on lively tours that include a Mark Twain inspired steamboat cruise on the Mississippi, a "Devil in the White City" view of Chicago in the Gilded Age, a voyage through the footsteps of the immigrants and iconoclasts of San Francisco, and a look at low country Charleston's rich literary tradition. With advice on planning stress-free group travel and lit trip tips for novices, this resource also features "beyond the book" experiences, such as Broadway shows, Segway tours, and kayaking, making it a one-of-a-kind reference for anyone who wants to extend the experience of a great read.

Book: Dirty Water


Dirty Water is the riveting story of how Howard Bennett, a Los Angeles schoolteacher with a gift for outrageous rhetoric, fought pollution in Santa Monica Bay--and won.

  • Author : Bill Sharpsteen
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release : 05 January 2010
  • Category: Nature
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 13 : 9780520944756

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Dirty Water is the riveting story of how Howard Bennett, a Los Angeles schoolteacher with a gift for outrageous rhetoric, fought pollution in Santa Monica Bay--and won. The story begins in 1985, when many scientists considered the bay to be one of the most polluted bodies of water in the world. The insecticide DDT covered portions of the sea floor. Los Angeles discharged partially treated sewage into its waters. Lifeguards came down with mysterious illnesses. And Howard Bennett happily swam in it every morning. By accident, Bennett learned that Los Angeles had applied for a waiver from the Clean Water Act to continue discharging sewage into the bay. Incensed that he had been swimming in dirty water, Bennett organized oddball coalition to orchestrate stunts such as wrapping brown ribbon around LA's city hall and issuing Dirty Toilet Awards to chastise the city's administration. This is the fast-paced story of how this unusual cast of characters created an environmental movement in Los Angeles that continues to this day with the nationally recognized Heal the Bay. Character-driven, compelling, and uplifting, Dirty Water tells how even the most polluted water can be cleaned up-by ordinary people.