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Hollywood souvenir shop postcards of Southern California, Mid-20th century: beach-movie dreamgirls, endless orange groves, extinct amusement parks, and those amazing freeways flowing out from L.A. like glorious rushing rivers—or sinister, smoggy tentacles, depending on your point of view. Each bulbous car on the interchange is a droplet in the multi-generational flood of dreamers, go-getters, black sheep, and miscellaneous drifters who poured into Southern California after World War II, just in time for the big bang of West Coast Culture.
This book explores the Southland of the author’s first twelve years when his post-greatest-generation parents drifted and finagled their way in and out of prosperity. From the civil rights movement to the surf craze, from trading stamps and the tract home explosion to Disneyland, nuclear preparedness and the stirrings of the Youth movement, this book takes the All From Somewhere Else freeway to everything Southern California.
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RIck Hill, a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, has published poems, storis, novel excerpts, essays, articles, and reviews. Books include Poison Oak and Last One to Kansas City is a Hippie (novels), Mark Twain Among the Scholars, and Teaching C.S. Lewis (collected essays). His work has been anthologized in various collections; prizes and distinctions include a San Diego Book Award and a Pushcart nomination.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1490387803