Book Clubs

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2018-04-2812-40-28D4S_8129Books can connect us with history in new and exciting ways. Each fiction and non-fiction book club series focuses on a subject that relates to the history of the Los Angeles region between 1830 and 1930. Museum staff will occasionally share items from the museum's collection that pertain to the subject of a book.

We ask that participants read the assigned book in time for each meeting.


Non-Fiction Book Club

Varied Views of Los Angeles, 1850-1930

Friday, October 5
Friday, November 2
Friday, December 7

October 5: Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California by Frances Dinkelspiel

November 2: Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles and the Remaking of Its Mexican Past by William Deverell

December 7: The King and Queen of Malibu: The True Story of the Battle for Paradise by David K. Randall



Fiction Book Club

WWI in Different Mediums

Wednesday, October 17
Wednesday, November 14
Wednesday, December 19

• 7 to 9 p.m.
• Free; space is limited and advance registration is recommended. Click HERE to reserve your spot.

October 17: Journey's End by R.C. Sherriff

November 14: Goddamn this War! by Jacques Tardi and Jean-Pierre Verney

December 19: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remareque



 Past Book Club Themes


Fiction, Summer 2018: A Fantastical Look at California 


Non-Fiction, Summer 2018: California's Nineteenth-Century Economy: The Big Picture