Category Archives: Books

Revisiting My Own “Wonder Years” Moment

By BOB VICKREY   There was something undeniably compelling about the television show “The Wonder Years” that ran from the late 1980s into the early ‘90s. The show was set in a middle-class neighborhood against the turbulent backdrop of the … Continue reading

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Palisadian Co-Authors ‘Redeeming Justice’, a Memoir that Explores the Criminal Justice System

By LAUREL BUSBY Special to Circling the News A false accusation of rape sent 17-year-old Jarrett Adams to prison for almost a decade. His odyssey, detailed in his new book, “Redeeming Justice,” covers his trial with an inept defense attorney, … Continue reading

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Discovering a Novel that Helped Define My Love of Books

    By BOB VICKREY Special to Circling the News   Avid readers share a major character flaw in the way we romanticize the world of books. We’re almost like evangelicals who have just discovered religion and feel compelled to … Continue reading

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Palisades Reads to Feature “The Overstory” on September 22 Via Zoom

This is the third year for Palisades Reads, a community-wide book club sponsored by the Friends of the Palisades Library that seeks to foster connections, spark conversations, but above all celebrate reading. This year’s selection, “The Overstory,” was the 2019 … Continue reading

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Book Launch Set for Ernest Marquez’s History of Rancho Boca de Santa Monica

Life-long resident Ernest Marquez, 97, will celebrate the publication of his latest book, “Rancho Boca de Santa Monica: The 1839 California Land Grant – A History,” on Saturday, September 25. A launch party will be held from 9 a.m. to … Continue reading

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Alan Eisenstock’s Playlist: It’s Forever

(Editor’s note: Palisadian Alan Eisenstock’s 19th book “Redeeming Justice” co-written with Jarrett Adams, which comes out on September 14, was named the Best Book of September by Amazon. “A consuming tale of a broken legal system, its trail of ruin … Continue reading

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Searching for the Mysterious ‘Julie B.’ in Pacific Palisades

BY BOB VICKREY Special to Circling the News The letter writer began her tribute to her favorite author with these words: “I am someone who fell in love with Pat Conroy almost 30 years ago. It started with ‘The Prince … Continue reading

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Palisadians to Discuss ‘Heroes of the Maze,’ a Diesel Bookstore Virtual Event Thursday Evening

Join Pacific Palisades residents Tessa and Chloe Smigla as they discuss “Heroes of the Maze” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, during a virtual story-time event. To register:  Click Here. The sisters are the adopted children of Palisadians Lisa … Continue reading

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Readers Want/Have the Answers on Libraries

REGARDING PUBLIC LIBRARIES: A reader reached out to the L.A. Public Libraries on March 17 and asked: “Do you know when L.A. City libraries are going to reopen? I haven’t heard any communication on this. Seems like everything else has … Continue reading

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Many City Libraries Will Open May 3, But Not the Palisades Branch Library. Here’s Why.

BY BILL BRUNS Special to CTN The L.A. Times reported Monday that “the Los Angeles Public Library is expected to reopen May 3 with limited service at 38 locations,” thanks to a lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.” Unfortunately, the Pacific Palisades … Continue reading

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