Hometown Santa Monica

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Written by locals for locals, this is the book Santa Monica and her neighbors depend upon. Its 256 color-charged pages celebrate the savvy, the friendly, the smart, the fashionable, the beachy, the fun and the historic in Santa Monica, Venice, the Palisades, the Marina, Malibu, Topanga and Brentwood.
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Trade Paperback New A Smart, Witty Insider's Guide to Santa Monica &Environs PEOPLE: In these pages you'll discover the characters, visionaries, artists, entrepreneurs and ... geniuses who helped Santa Monica grow? ? ? and those who make it vibrant today. PLACES: The architecture, hotels, campuses, museums, shops, movie locations, neighborhood walks and mountain hikes, from Brentwood to Malibu, Pacific Palisades to Venice. FOOD: The food and drink of your dreams: fish tacos to truffle risotto, ocean-view martinis to pub-pulled brews, farmer's market produce to beachfront burgers. FUN: Theaters, kids' activities, bars, galleries, bookstores, parks, boat rides, festivals, concerts, golf courses...oh, and we know this beach...Edited by Colleen Dunn Bates Written by Jenn Garbee, Nancy Gottesman, Tippy Helper &Margery L. Schwartz Foreword by April Smith Front cover painting by Ethel Fisher Designed by James Barkley Written by locals for locals, with a foreword by acclaimed crime novelist April Smith, author of N Read more Show Less

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Written by locals for locals, this is the book Santa Monica and her neighbors depend upon. Its 256 color-charged pages celebrate the savvy, the friendly, the smart, the fashionable, the beachy, the fun and the historic in Santa Monica, Venice, the Palisades, the Marina, Malibu, Topanga and Brentwood.
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Most of the 90,000 residents of Santa Monica, California, believe that they live in one of the best places on earth, so it only seems logical that hometown pride would eventually manifest itself in a book. Four local writers contributed to this uncommonly informative celebration of the city and its environs. In addition to Santa Monica, this profusely illustrated book covers Venice, the Palisades, the Marina, and Malibu. Hometown Santa Monica contains fascinating information about restaurants, art, architecture, culture, nature, and leisure activities.
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Rag on all you want about Los Angeles, but on a clear weekend day there's no better place to be than the seaside city of Santa Monica. No wonder this lovely, funky, quirky place is a top tourist destination for out-of-towners. Following a foreword by crime novelist April Smith, Californian authors Garbee, Nancy Gottesman, Tippy Helper, and Margery L. Schwartz capture the charm of Santa Monica and its six smaller sister cities: Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Topanga, Malibu, Venice, and Marina del Rey. With humor and a wee bit of tongue in cheek (one section is called "Ain't Life a Beach?"), they describe the factors that make up these Bay cities. For each entry they give a wealth of information: hours of operation, admission fees, web sites, addresses, and phone numbers. Their witty and informative reviews of everything from fancy restaurants to rustic rambles cover the many special things to see. Certainly, this is an essential acquisition for L.A.-area libraries, but considering the high volume of tourists wandering through Venice's chaotic streets, hobnobbing with celebrities in Malibu, or taking a ride on Santa Monica's famous carousel, it will be valuable in any library. Highly recommended.
—Joseph L. Carlson

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780975393925
  • Publisher: Prospect Park Books
  • Publication date: 11/15/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 6.18 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


A People's Town     3
About Hometown Santa Monica     6
7 Towns in One     7
Historic     17
Beachy     37
Architectural     57
Smart     73
Famous     85
Artistic     93
Literary     109
Reaching Out     119
Hungry & Thirsty     127
Entertaining     167
Outdoorsy     177
Athletic     195
Materialistic     205
Childlike     223
Home Away from Home     237
Index     249
Photo Credits, Acknowledgements & Further Reading     256
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