Tuesday, April 6, 2021

This book is must if you love La Mirada

The local writing team of Glen Cantrell and Ray Fernandez have come back strong from their first exploration back into local history in 'Reflections from Mc Nally's Mirror' with an even better second volume with, La Mirada: A Brief History, which just hit bookshelves last week.

The writers have smartly avoided taking a  chronological, textbook approach and instead take the reader on a mystical trip back through time to meet the founders of this community. 

The first stop is a visit 120 years ago to McNally Ranch and its acres and acres of olive groves.

Some of the builders of this place called La Mirada you will get to know are Anna J. Martin, the first City Clerk, our first postmaster Lela Criswell and Wayne Grisham a former two-term congressman and longtime city council member.

With each new introduction, it becomes quite apparent that La Mirada's past is more than just idyllic images from the past.  It's a full-fledged community moving forward with a plan created and put into motion by the very same people featured in this book.

La Mirada: A Brief History is available in paperback from Arcadia Publishing for $21.99 and can be purchased at the La Mirada Activity Center and at City Hall.

As of Sunday, the Fullerton Barnes and Noble was sold out of all its copies and the distribution had not yet caught up with the Arcadia rack of local pictorial books at the Rosecrans Av. CVS yet.

The book can be purchased online at Amazon (free one-day delivery with Prime) as well as at the Arcadia Publishing website.

Mr. Fernandez is donating 25% of his proceeds from the book to the LMHS Football program.

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