This week's five best book events are all about the best coast

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This week's book events are fully locavore: Lynell George's essays on the city's rich cultural tapestry; Erin Khar's memoir of teen addiction in the mid-1980s; Thomas Pynchon's Cali counterculture noir; a debut novel from Los Angeles Review of Books founder Tom Lutz; and a visit from Pod Save America to postmortem the first Super Tuesday to include California in many years.
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Essayist Lynell George will be making two appearances this weekend. First, at Pasadena's Allendale Library, she'll talk about her latest book, "After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame," a collection of her essays and photographs examining identity, social behavior and the arts. Next she'll join cultural historian and curator Josh Kun for a discussion with Michele Asselin, a photographer who just published "Clubhouse Turn: The Twilight of Hollywood Park Race Track," which captures the two weeks before the track was demolished in 2014 through photos and essays (including those by Kun and George).

2-4 p.m. Saturday. Allendale Branch Library, 1130 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena. George with Kun and Asselin: 4 p.m. Sunday. Vroman's, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena.

In recovery

On the surface, author and Ravishly columnist Erin Khar had a happy Los Angeles childhood: a loving family, popularity, horseback riding and good grades. But by age 13, she was burdened by dark feelings she didn't understand. Dabbling with her grandmother's expired Valium escalated to a heroin addiction that ravaged her for 15…
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