Books set in your city
So I just finished The Long Good-Bye, by Raymond Chandler, which I loved for its priceless assessments: "She opened her mouth like a fire-bucket and laughed. That terminated my interest in her. I couldn't hear the laugh but the hole in her face when she unzippered her teeth was all I needed." And also because it helped me go a little easier on LA. Whenever I don't feel like I'm understanding or appreciating someone or thing in my life, it always helps to take a step back and re-enter through the eyes of someone else or some other era. Disagreeing with a friend? Access his baby photos if you can. Down on yourself? Revisit some essay you wrote when you were 7.