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- DescriptionFrom one of our most astute contemporary writers, Amy Wilentz, comes an irreverent, inventive portrait of the state of California and its unlikely goverr, Arld Schwarzenegger. The prize-winning author, a lifelong easterner and an outsider in the West, takes the reader on a picturesque journey from exclusive Hollywood soirees to a fantasy city in the Mojave desert, from the La Brea Tar Pits to celebrity-besotted Sacramento, from the tents of Skid Row to surf-drunk Malibu, from a swbird retreat near Mexico to the hippie preserve of tide-beaten Big Sur, along the way offering up sharp observations on politics, fund-raising, the water supply, the Beach Boys, earthquake preparedness, home ecomics, catastrophism, movie-star politicians, political movie stars, Charlie Manson, and location scouts who want to rent your house in order to make television commercials for bathroom wall cleansers or Swedish banks. Wilentz moved to Los Angeles from a Manhattan wounded by September 11, only to discover a paradise marred by fire, flood, and mudslides. In what seemed like a joke to her, a Democratic goverr nicknamed Gumby was about to be ousted by an Austrian muscleman in a bizarre election promoted by a millionaire whose business was car alarms. Intrigued, she set out to find the essence of the quirky, trailblazing state. During her travels, she spots celebrities but can't quite place them, drops in on famous salons with habitues like Warren Beatty and Arianna Huffington, and visits the neglected office of one very special 9,000-year-old woman. Plunging into the traffic of California, Wilentz odles out meaning in some of the least likely of places; she sees the political in the personal and the personal in the political. By w an expert on tremors real and imagined, she offers readers on both coasts insights into where California stands today, and America as well.
- Author BiographyAmy Wilentz is the author of The Rainy Season, Martyrs' Crossing, and I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen. She has won the Whiting Writers Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Non-Fiction Award, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Award. She writes for The New Yorker and The Nation and teaches in the Literary Journalism program at UC Irvine.
- Author(s)Amy Wilentz
- PublisherSimon & Schuster
- Date of Publication01/08/2007
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- First Published2007
- Out-of-print date28/10/2015
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight382 g
- Width155 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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