I went to my first Book Signing/Book Reading this week. The author spoke about living in the Valley in the 50's and 60's (when it was a wonderful place to be). The book deals with multiple decades and the setting is a little place called Vonetes which used to be downtown. It was a soda shoppe. I was never there as a child, but most of the people in attendance last night had been there and everyone had fond memories. The book is a love story and deals with a factory explosion (true) and a restaurant gas explosion (true) and the death of a president (true). The author stated that the book was 70% true, so I actually can't wait to start reading it!
The book is called Palace of Sweets and the author is a friend named Sal Coppola. He ran out of books last night, so I have to order one on Amazon and then I will also download it to my kindle.
FYI - it would make a great Christmas present to those folks who grew up and around the area as most of the places in the book will be familiar to them!