Folks, there are (of course) many of you who are not native Americans and perhaps do not see things as we see them, if we see them at all, which is often debatable.
Be that as it may.
I have recently uncovered a peach of a book that is guaranteed to open your eyes about what this place is really like through the eyes of a local gal who's a cut above, being a UC Berkeley grad.
It is titled "We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order To Live", collected nonfiction by...of course!
Joan Didion, who is to American letters what Big Mama Thornton was to the blues.
Amazon has a deal on it, about $20, and because it's over a thousand pages the count is good. It'll keep you busy for a while, and you can even read a good piece about the aerospace industry in Long Beach, particularly my beloved Douglas of blessed memorywhich for an a.netter is alone worth the price of admission.
It also was printed in Germany and a very nice job of the bookbinder's and printer's art it is.
A tip of the hat to GGP Media GmbH in beautiful downtown Possneck for a great job, keep up the good work guys and gals!