English: Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles as seen from Los Angeles City Hall. Photographed and uploaded by user:Geographer Category:Images of Los Angeles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The city of Los Angeles was founded on this day in 1781. What is now a huge metropolis started out as a little village. If you’ve ever been to Olvera Street or Union Station, you were near El Pueblo Historical Monument, which is the oldest part of the city. The original name of that little village was El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula (The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the Little Portion). It’s no wonder we shorten it to L.A. now!
Celebrate L.A.’s birthday with some books about the “City of Angels”:
Tattoos on the heart : the power of boundless compassion by Greg Boyle (277.94 Boy) — Gregory Boyle shares parables he has collected during his twenty years as a pastor working in a violent Los Angeles neighborhood, demonstrating the impact of boundless, restorative love and compassion.
Absolutely maybe by Lisa Yee (FIC Yee) — When living with her mother, an alcoholic ex-beauty queen, becomes unbearable, almost seventeen-year-old Maybelline “Maybe” Chestnut runs away to California, where she finds work on a taco truck and tries to track down her birth father.
Sharp teeth by Toby Barlow (FIC Barlow) — Anthony, a kindhearted dogcatcher in Los Angeles, finds himself caught between his heart and his job when he falls in love with a female werewolf who has abandoned a pack of lycanthropes intent on dominating the city.
The waters and the wild by Francesca Lia Block (FIC Block) — Thirteen-year-old Bee realizes that she is a fairy who has been switched at birth with another girl who now wants her life back.
Life sucks by Jessica Abel (GN FIC Abel) — Teen vampire Dave Miller, facing the prospect of eternity stocking shelves at an all-night, vampire-owned convenience store in Los Angeles, becomes involved with Rosa, a mortal with a fascination for the dark side, only to find himself in competition for her attentions with a psychotic surfer-vamp.
Almost home by Jessica Blank (FIC Blank) — Follows a group of teenagers living on the streets of Los Angeles as they deal with the hardships of being homeless. There’s Eeyore, just twelve years old when she runs away from her privileged home, harboring a secret she’s too ashamed to tell anyone. Rusty winds up alone and broke when his older boyfriend ditches him in Hollywood. Quid has gone through too many foster homes to count. There’s Scabius, a rough, delusional punk from Utah. And Critter, a heroin dealer with movie-star looks. Laura, smart and restless, has run to L.A. looking for something bigger than the tiny town she comes from. And then there’s Tracy, the charismatic, damaged thread that ties them all together.
Beige by Cecil Castellucci (FIC Castellucci) — Katy, a quiet French Canadian teenager, reluctantly leaves Montréal to spend time with her estranged father, an aging Los Angeles punk rock legend.
Honey blonde chica by Michele Serros (FIC Serros) — Evie Gomez finds herself caught between two very different friends when Dee Dee returns to town after living a few years in Mexico City.
Life as a poser by Beth Killian (FIC Killian) — After being caught in a school scandal, Eva Cordes graduates early and moves to L.A. to live with her aunt, a top talent agent for teens, but Eva soon finds herself involved in even more scandals and learns that she cannot run for her problems.
Always running : la vida loca : gang days in L.A. by Luis J. Rodriguez (921 Rodriguez) — The author’s account of his coming of age is vivid, raw, fierce, and fearless.
Ball don’t lie by Matt de la Pena (FIC Pena) — Seventeen-year-old Sticky lives to play basketball at school and at Lincoln Rec Center in Los Angeles and is headed for the pros, but he is unaware of the many dangers–including his own past–that threaten his dream.
The Black Dahlia files : the mob, the mogul, and the murder that transfixed Los Angeles by Donald H. Wolfe (364.152 Wol) — Reveals new evidence in the 1946 murder case of wannabee actress Elizabeth Short, whose brutal murder was never solved, despite the efforts of hundreds of police officers and homicide investigators and the arrest of numerous suspects.
One of those hideous books where the mother dies by Sonya Sones (FIC Sones) — Fifteen-year-old Ruby Milliken leaves her best friend, her boyfriend, her aunt, and her mother’s grave in Boston and reluctantly flies to Los Angeles to live with her father, a famous movie star who divorced her mother before Ruby was born.
And still we rise : the trials and triumphs of twelve gifted inner-city high school students by Miles Corwin (371.95 Cor) — Presents the 1996-97 school year of twelve South-Central Los Angeles high school students who qualified for an elite gifted program because of their exceptional IQs, and how they persevered despite challenges from the physical landscape, their home life, and school administrations.
True notebooks by Mark Salzman (808.042 Sal) — Mark Salzman chronicles his first years teaching at Central Juvenile Hall, a lockup for Los Angeles’s most violent teenage offenders, discussing what his students taught him about life.