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Long Beach


Long Beach, California is a city located in Southern Los Angeles County, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) South of downtown Los Angeles. As of 2005, the city's population was estimated as 496,584.

Long Beach, California

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  • Long Beach's nicknames include "Iowa By the Sea" and "The International City".

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Early Long Beach (Images of America)

By Gerrie Schipske

Arcdia Publishing
Released: 2011-10-31
Paperback (128 pages)

Early Long Beach (Images of America)
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Few other cities can boast of the natural assets, the people, and the events that shaped the first 50 years of their history, as can the city of Long Beach, California. First inhabited by the Tongva people, the land was taken away by the Spanish, then granted to “friends of the King,” who in turn sold parcels to real estate speculators working with the railroads. It was called many names before Belle Lowe suggested in 1884 that the townsite be known for its eight miles of long beaches. Its oceanfront provided a resort area, a landing strip for early aviators, a fishing industry, a port for shipbuilding and trade, and a location for the US Navy to anchor its “battle fleet” in 1919. However, discovery of oil in 1921 transformed the city, bringing incredible wealth and an explosive growth in population. By 1938, the city’s population was 200,000 and would be a major factor in the Southern California war effort.

Growing Up in Long Beach: Boomer Memories from Autoettes to Los Altos Drive-In

By Tim Grobaty

The History Press
Released: 2013-11-19
Paperback (144 pages)

Growing Up in Long Beach: Boomer Memories from Autoettes to Los Altos Drive-In
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How quickly the memories fade of local and favorite hangouts that once helped define Long Beach. In this collection, Tim Grobaty remembers growing up in the fast-growing new neighborhoods of East Long Beach, the beloved places downtown that were part of the city's mid-twentieth-century fabric and a few obscure spots in the margins. Long Beach's memory lane includes the dearly departed restaurants the Golden Lantern in Los Altos and Rusty's in the Wrigley District, the Circle and Los Altos Drive-Ins, great concerts of the 1970s in the arena and auditorium and the shoppers' paradises of Uncle Al's Toy Korral in the Plaza and Buffum's downtown. Join "Press-Telegram" columnist Tim Grobaty as he records Long Beach residents' recollections and taps his own boomer-years memories.

The Thomas Guide Streets of Long Beach/ Carson/ Torrance California

By Rand McNally Corp.

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enCYCLEpedia Southern California – The Best Easy Scenic Bike Rides 2nd Edition

By Richard Fox

Four Colour Print Group
Released: 2017-10-25
Perfect Paperback (396 pages)

enCYCLEpedia Southern California – The Best Easy Scenic Bike Rides 2nd Edition
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Announcing the new updated 2nd Edition of "enCYCLEpedia Southern California - The Best Easy Scenic Bike Rides."  See the 1st Edition's Amazon page to "Look Inside" and get a general idea of the layout and contents.  enCYCLEpedia presents over 200 scenic ride options that take you to Southern California's storied beaches, starkly beautiful deserts, pine-covered mountains, bucolic wine country, fabulous cityscapes and bustling harbors, historic city centers and to everywhere in between, from San Diego to Cambria to Palm Springs. 
New for 2018:  Take-along maps are being developed (for book owners only) that can be printed or viewed on your phone, available from password-protected pages on the enCYCLEpedia.net companion site.  Also available are bonus articles, expanded description of several of the rides (most notably the North San Diego Coastal Tour), news, and ride updates. The site also contains a link to purchase signed/dedicated copies from the author.

Anyone comfortable riding a bike can handle these easy rides that keep you entertained, exhilarated, and mostly on both paved and dirt trails away from vehicle traffic. The bike rides are perfect for the casual cyclist, social groups, most families, and more serious cyclists for a change of pace. Options tailor the length of the rides to the cyclist's ability, from beginner to the more seasoned. Most base rides are between 5 and 20 miles long plus options to combine or extend rides, and about 75 percent are on pavement. Mountain bike trails are for novices, with options suggested for more advanced riders. 
If you want to just enjoy yourself on a beautiful ride with few if any hills, away from busy roadways, in a relatively safe area, and perhaps stop for brunch along the way, then these bike rides are for you. The comprehensive volume mentions restaurants, bike rentals and recommended RV and tent campgrounds along the routes as well as the best bird and whale watching spots, beaches, historic sites and popular attractions.  The book showcases the region's extensive rail system that enables many of the rides to be accessed and combined without a car. 

enCYCLEpedia is not only densely packed with detailed, carefully researched information including a comprehensive table of contents and index, it also sparkles with creativity with its colorful scaled maps, color photos, plus song and food pairings that accompany each ride. It is the perfect book for both So Cal residents and for those touring the region, and the attractive volume makes a great gift for the cyclists on your list.

The regions covered, with cities and major parks and features include: San Luis Obispo County (Cambria, Morro Bay, Montana de Oro, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Carrizo Plain); Kern County (Bakersfield and the Kern River); Santa Barbara County (Solvang, Los Olivos and wine country, Lompoc, Santa Barbara, UCSB, and vicinity);Ventura County (Ventura and Ojai); Los Angeles County (Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, the San Gabriel River, San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, Claremont. Note: The Santa Clarita area is described but not mapped or featured; see book website for link to city's bike trail map); Orange County (Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Irvine, Fullerton, Saddleback Valley; and Costa Mesa, Anaheim, Yorba Linda and the Santa Ana River); San Diego County (Oceanside, San Marcos, Lake Hodges, San Diego, Mission Bay, La Jolla, Coronado, Laguna Mountains, Anza-Borrego State Park, Borrego Springs); San Bernardino County (Big Bear Lake, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, JoshuaTree National Park); and Riverside County (Riverside and the Santa Ana River, Temecula and wine country, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, La Quinta).

Weird California: You Travel Guide to California's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

By Greg Bishop & Mike Marinacci

Brand: Sterling
Paperback (304 pages)

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Praise for Weird California:

 

“This book is filled with surprises…even if you never leave your house, this book is a trip.”  

Sacramento News and Review

 

“It’s a handsome thing: nearly 300 colorful pages…”   —San Francisco Bay Guardian

Jerusalem: A Cookbook

By Yotam Ottolenghi

Random House
Released: 2012-10-16
Hardcover (320 pages)

Jerusalem: A Cookbook
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A collection of 120 recipes exploring the flavors of Jerusalem from the New York Times bestselling author of Plenty, one of the most lauded cookbooks of 2011.

In Jerusalem, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi explore  the vibrant cuisine of their home city—with its diverse Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities. Both men were born in Jerusalem in the same year—Tamimi on the Arab east side and Ottolenghi in the Jewish west. This stunning cookbook offers 120 recipes from their unique cross-cultural perspective, from inventive vegetable dishes to sweet, rich desserts. With five bustling restaurants in London and two stellar cookbooks, Ottolenghi is one of the most respected chefs in the world; in Jerusalem, he and Tamimi have collaborated to produce their most personal cookbook yet.

Long Beach in Vintage Postcards (CA) (Postcard History Series)

By Marlin Heckman

Brand: Arcadia Publishing
Released: 2000-11-14
Paperback (128 pages)

Long Beach in Vintage Postcards (CA) (Postcard History Series)
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Long Beach successfully incorporated as a city in 1888, and would eventually become California's fifth largest city. Author Marlin Heckman has compiled over 200 vintage postcards to chronicle the history of the "Queen of Beaches." Competition between the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific Railroads brought great numbers of visitors to Southern California at the turn of the century. Resort hotels, apartments, pavilions, and band shells quickly dotted the landscape to accommodate the massive influx of tourists. Seen here are the more famous Long Beach attractions, including Rainbow Pier, the Sun Pavilion, the Hotel del Mar, and the great "Walk of a Thousand Lights," or the Pike, as it was better known.

Where's Waldo Now?

By Martin Handford

Candlewick Press
Released: 2007-04-10
Paperback (32 pages)

Where s Waldo Now?
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Find Waldo and his friends in scenes throughout history.

The elusive little guy you loved as a kid has ventured into an affordable new format, ready to boggle a new generationl. Now he's easier to carry around — but just as hard as ever to find!

Good Night California

By Adam Gamble

Our World Of Books
Released: 2008-03-01
Board book (26 pages)

Good Night California
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Good Night California features redwood trees, the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Big Sur, Mount Whitney, vineyards, farms, sea lions, whales, beaches, surfing, Death Valley, Yosemite, Hollywood, zoos, Lake Tahoe, and much more. It's time to hang 10, little surfer dudes. Grab your surfboard and see what the great state of California has to offer.

This book is part of the bestselling Good Night Our World series, which includes hundreds of titles exploring iconic locations and exciting, child-friendly themes.

Many of North America’s most beloved regions are artfully celebrated in these board books designed to soothe children before bedtime while instilling an early appreciation for North America's natural and cultural wonders. Each book stars a multicultural group of people visiting the featured area’s attractions as rhythmic language guides children through the passage of both a single day and the four seasons while saluting the iconic aspects of each place.

Long Beach State:: A Brief History

By Barbara Kingsley-Wilson

The History Press
Released: 2015-08-24
Paperback (160 pages)

Long Beach State:: A Brief History
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Long Beach State grew up right along with the sprawling Southern California suburbs. Born in 1949, it swelled to accommodate the post-world war enthusiasm for education and land. The rapid expansion brought its share of growing pains. Students took classes in a cramped converted apartment with no books and playing ring-around-the-rosie for physical education. Money was scarce, and faculty at times feuded with the administration. But the new college's "let's put on a show" spirit produced a scrappiness that endures today. Read about the personalities that grew the college from Fred Bixby's bean fields into one of the largest universities in California.


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