Monday, September 24, 2012

Spencer's Book Review

Spencer and a couple of books he likes to read while we're at work.
 
Looking for a nice book full of interesting information, and with pictures that you can peruse for relaxation?  As an avid relaxer, there are some books that I'm pretty sure Spencer has been enjoying during breaks from squirrel watching (they've been very active lately).  So, I thought I'd tell you a little bit about his current favorites.

The first book is "Southern California Story: Seeking the Better Life in Sierra Madre," written by historian Michele Zack, and published by the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society, not long after the city's 100th anniversary.  (The link leads to an order form from the Historical Preservation Society.)  Locally, it's also available at Lizzie's Trail Inn, Sierra Fitness, Savor the Flavor, Sierra Madre Public Library, Vromans (Hastings Ranch & Pasadena), Mary’s Market and Arnold’s Hardware.  Lots of interesting stuff to learn about!

The other book is called "Southern California in the 50's: Sun, Fun and Fantasy," by Charles Phoenix.  If you don't know about him, and you enjoy Mid-Century Modern or Googie-Style, or even if you just grew up in the 50's, 60's, or 70's, he's well worth checking out.  His website bills him as "Showman, Author, Humorist, Ambassador of Americana."  He is all of these things and more, and his shows are Not To Be Missed events.  Charles' slideshows are culled from thousands of "other people's vacation slides" that he first began picking up in thrift stores several years ago, and are fun, funny, and even educational.  Another cool thing is that his shows are often in interesting locations that are sometimes, in themselves, an event.  We've been to see him at Descanso Gardens, the Palm Springs Art Museum, and the REDCAT at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. 

And by "we" I of course mean just the people in our family.  Spencer has no interest whatsoever in leaving the house.  There are coyotes, veteranians and other nefarious creatures out there, just dying to get their hands/paws on an adorable orange cat.  Or so he tells me.

Happy Reading!








14 comments:

  1. What a sweetie! And very learned too :). Lots of great reading suggestions, Adele, to accompany your charming photograph of a very 'cool' kitty cat.

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    1. Oh, we do love him so, LOL. :) Hope you get a chance to take a look at one or both of the books!

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  2. I like local history, too, and have a couple of Michele's books (but not this one--yet). I don't have any of Mr. Phoenix's works but I will act on Spencer's recommendation.

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    1. Which of her books do you have? This is the only one I've looked at, so far. Do check out Mr. Phoenix. He's funny and kitschy, and full of info. Spencer has never yet steered me wrong!

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  3. I have the Altadena book, and one other I don't recall offhand, seems one was earlier than the other... (Many of my books are in garage storage at the moment, unfortunately.)

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    1. Interesting - I'll have to take a look at her others. I know what you mean about storage. Many of mine are in storage, and I often wonder if certain books are there, or if I've given them away. Can't wait to go through them again some day soon.

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  4. I had to swing back to read Spencer's book recommendations - cuz I'm a sucker for big orange cats. Who am I kidding? I'm a sucker for all cats (and dogs).

    I haven't read any of Michele Zack's books yet but just checking her website I realized I frequently pass her walking one of the pitties in my neighborhood. I had no idea!

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    1. Well, if you like big orange cats, he qualifies! I chose him from the Humane Society website, and was so surprised when I saw him in person. He's a gian! :)

      No kidding - you are neighbors with a celebrity!

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  5. Yeah, she's your neighbor, as is Michelle Huneven, one of our area's premiere novelists.
    http://www.michellehuneven.com/
    Superb writer.

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    1. OOOOHHHH!!!! I'm going to check her out. I love author's that are local. Have you read "Hush Money" by Chuck Greaves?

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    2. Yes, he used to be (is?) a lawyer at Hahn & Hahn, and the book is mostly all based in the Pasadena area. It was a fun read.

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