Los Angeles Without a Map

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Barbara, a Playboy bunny, is delectable. Richard loves her. He abandons his life in London, a steady girlfriend, and a job, and flies to Los Angeles in search of Barbara and the romanticized America he's seen only in the movies.

Richard obsessively pursues Barbara through a series of misadventures that take him from photography sessions in the desert to encounters with men in gorilla suits and "surf Nazis." Eventually he succeeds in wooing her, and they marry, bathed in the neon lights of Las Vegas. But their happiness unravels, and Barbara skips out. Richard determines to win her back; then he, too, takes flight, as the happy ending he had envisioned for their lives fades to black in the film capital of the world. Brilliantly candid and comedic, Richard Rayner's ironic first book is a cult favorite—later filmed starring David Tennant, Julie Delpy and Johnny Depp—and a dazzling travelogue of love, loss, and all destinations in between.

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Third-party review
This is a fantastic portrayal of the confusion that a British person might face when faced with life in LA. So much of the story is laugh out loud funny and is written in a very distinctive style ...
Third-party review
This is a memoir of an Englishman who can't drive who moves to Los Angeles. I'm an English woman who also can't drive and is going on holiday to LA soon, so I thought this book might be good ...
Third-party review
When Richard, a London writer, meets a California blonde in a bar in Crete, he deserts his job and girlfriend and hops a plane to Los Angeles. There he sinks his lust in successful pursuit of the ...

About the author

Born in England, Richard Rayner now lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the University of Southern California. His previous books include the memoir The Blue Suit, the novels The Cloud Sketcher and Murder Book, as well as the nonfiction account A Bright and Guilty Place: Murder, Corruption, and L.A.'s Scandalous Coming of Age. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and many other publications.

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