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  Dodgerland:
Decadent Los Angeles and the 1977–78 Dodgers


Author   Michael Fallon
Publisher   University of Nebraska Press, 2016
Pages   496
ISBN-10
0803249403
ISBN-13   978-0-8032-4940-0


The 1977-78 Los Angeles Dodgers came close. Their tough lineup of young and ambitious players squared off with the New York Yankees in consecutive World Series. Dodgerland is the story of those memorable teams as Chavez Ravine began to change, baseball was about to enter a new era, and American culture experienced a shift to the "me" era. Part journalism, part social history, and part straight sportswriting, Dodgerland is told through the lives of four men, each representing different aspects of this L.A. story. Tom Lasorda, the vocal manager of the Dodgers, gives an up-close view of the team’s struggles and triumphs; Tom Fallon, a suburban small-business owner, witnesses the Dodgers’ season and the changes to California's landscape—physical, social, political, and economic; Tom Wolfe, a chronicler of California's ever-changing culture, views the events of 1977-78 from his Manhattan writer’s loft; and Tom Bradley, Los Angeles’s mayor and the region's most dominant political figure of the time, gives a glimpse of the wider political, demographic, and economic forces that affected the state at the time.



  Creating the Future:
Art and Los Angeles in the 1970s


Author   Michael Fallon
Publisher   Counterpoint Press, 2014
Pages   400
ISBN-10
1619023431
ISBN-13   978-1619023437


Conceived as a challenge to long-standing conventional wisdom, Creating the Future is a work of social history/cultural criticism that examines the premise that the progress of art in Los Angeles ceased during the 1970s and didn’t resume until sometime around 1984. This is far from the reality of the L.A. art scene in the 1970s. The passing of the 1960s, in fact, allowed the development of a chaotic array of outlandish and independent voices, marginalized communities, and energetic, sometimes bizarre visions that thrived during the stagnant 1970s. Fallon’s narrative describes and celebrates, through twelve thematically arranged chapters, the wide range of intriguing artists and the world—not just the objects—they created.



  How to Analyze the Works
of Andy Warhol

Essential Critiques

Author   Michael Fallon
Publisher   Abdo Publishing Company, 2010
Pages   112
Reading Level   Age 14 and up
ISBN   13: 978-1616135348


Andy Warhol’s innovative style of Pop Art has intrigued viewers for decades. Consider the various ways that scholars and critics have critiqued Andy Warhol’s work, and discover an entirely fresh view of art and what it can mean. (Essential Critiques introduces young-adult readers to critical theory and its application. By discussing and analyzing art, this unique series guides students through the process of thinking critically, creating a thesis, and supporting their arguments. A brief biography of each artist pairs with summaries of his or her works, allowing readers to examine and apply New Criticism, feminist theory, reader response, and more.)



  How to Analyze the Works
of Georgia O'Keeffe

Essential Critiques

Author   Michael Fallon
Publisher   Abdo Publishing Company, 2010
Pages   112
Reading Level   Age 14 and up
ISBN   13: 978-1616135355


Georgia O’Keeffe’s beautiful paintings have enchanted viewers for decades. Consider the various ways that scholars and critics have critiqued Georgia O’Keeffe’s work, and discover an entirely fresh view of art and what it can mean. (Essential Critiques introduces young-adult readers to critical theory and its application. By discussing and analyzing art, this unique series guides students through the process of thinking critically, creating a thesis, and supporting their arguments. A brief biography of each artist pairs with summaries of his or her works, allowing readers to examine and apply New Criticism, feminist theory, reader response, and more.)



  Who Are These People?: Coping with Family Dynamics
Essential Health: A Guy's Guide

Author   Michael Fallon
Publisher   Abdo Publishing Company, 2010
Pages   112
Reading Level   Age 14 and up
ISBN   13: 978-1616135454

You love your family, but sometimes they make life hard. How do you deal with your family’s problems, especially since, no matter what happens, they’re always your family? (A Guy’s Guide covers issues that preteen and teen boys deal with every day. Sometimes, everyone needs an assist. True-to-life stories and problems are paired with real advice in this series designed to provide the answers you need to take action.)