Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Review of the Day: Peaceful Places Los Angeles


In Peaceful Places, Los Angeles, Laura Randall explores “110 Tranquil Sites in the City of Angles and Neighboring Communities,” providing descriptions, photos, and useful information for those seeking serene respite in a megalopolis known for glitz and traffic.

The sites are organized alphabetically, from Amir’s Garden in Griffith Park (Hollywood) to the Zona Rosa Caffe (Pasadena), and ranked with three stars (“heavenly anytime”), two stars (“almost always sublime”), or one star (peacefulness limited to certain designated times). Randall also offers two alternate “paths” for finding the sites – by category and by geographic area (sort of like a Zagat guide to tranquility).

The sites fall into several categories: enchanting walks, historic sites, museums and galleries, parks and gardens, quiet tables, reading rooms, spiritual enclaves and others. Randall’ s descriptions are detailed and evocative. She has a breezy style that is like getting information from a well-informed friend.

This book is a treasure for Los Angeles residents looking to explore the quieter corners of their city. It is also a must-read guide for visitors who want a break from the hectic bustle of the typical trip to southern California.

This is one of the books I got from the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program. I am not quite caught up on my Early Reviewer list, but I am working on it.

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  1. Ha, you both listed places that I thought of! Okay, I can go back to forgetting that I know Southern CA now. There are some beautiful places, but there are just way to many people there.

  2. I have never been to California, except at a stop over for an hour at the LAX, many moons ago. But it looked like a beautiful city from the sky.

  3. Gwen -- How funny that you know both of those places! I try to avoid SoCal, but have to go for work every now and again. I'm bringing this book with me next time!

    Ann -- You are right! The city lights are beautiful. It's the sprawl that gets to me. And the traffic.


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