A native of suburban Philadelphia, Laura Randall lived in Washington, D.C. and San Juan, Puerto Rico before moving to the Los Angeles area in 1999. Her byline can be found in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Sunset magazine and the Christian Science Monitor. She is the author of Day&Overnight Hikes: Palm Springs (Menasha Ridge, 2008) and Eastern Pennsylvania: An Explorer’s Guide (Countryman Press, 2008). The second edition of her book 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Los Angeles (Menasha Ridge, 2009) builds on the popularity of the book’s 2006 edition.
Peaceful Places: Los Angeles: 100+ Sites for Tranquility Across the City of Angelsby Laura Randall
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During her 1930s screenwriting days in Hollywood, wordsmith Dorothy Parker famously pegged Los Angeles as "72 suburbs in search of a city." Today even more communities radiate from the downtown core, creating a metropolitan universe of noise, speed, and congestion amid the glitter and bling. Los Angelesbased author Laura Randall knows just where to go for some urban stress relief. The second in a new guidebook series spotlighting calming sites in major U.S. cities, Peaceful Places: Los Angeles serves up a medley of soothing sanctuaries, panoramic vistas, fragrant gardens, restorative hideaways, and unexpected urban oases. Altogether, the entries present a feast for all five of the senses not to mention the sixth sense, that perception that "this place quiets my soul."
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