New York freelance writer and journalist Jeryl Brunner recently book ended her fall 2011 release My City, My New York with a west coast-focused second tome. Among the many fun little snippets in My City, My Los Angeles are various excerpts from NYC media boldface.
The very first passage in the book comes from Nicholas Kristof, who reminisces about meeting his wife in LA back in 1986 and enjoying the benefits of being done by east-coast-deadline time. Others who shared with Brunner their favorite corners of Lalaland include Fred Armisen, Cheryl Tiegs and the bi-coastal Piers Morgan:
“My favorite place in LA is Manhattan Beach… it reminds me of a British seaside resort…”
“I like to buy some crab salad from one of the delis and an armful of newspapers, then head down right to the water’s edge… If my three teenage sons are in town, we’ll play some cricket on the flat harder sand where the water breaks, just to really confuse the locals!”
Ha ha. We wondered if Brunner was working on a third city-themed book, but a rep for the series told FishbowlNY that’s it. Both of these books are a lot of fun and ideal for atop the “loo,” as Morgan might say, or your summer gift list. Brunner was a staff writer for In Style for many years and now freelances for the likes of People and Travel + Leisure.[Jacket cover courtesy Globe Pequot Press]