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The San Fernando Valley: America’s Suburb, researched and written by Kevin Roderick, was first published in 2001. A revised edition arrived in bookstores in 2003.

America’s Suburb is stocked at many bookstores. It is also available directly from the publisher, Angel City Press.

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Reader Reviews

Can a book of social history be a page-turner? In the case of The San Fernando Valley, yes it can. If you live anywhere near LA, or are planning to move there, and have the least interest in social history, this book is a must. – Alan Indiana

Praise for America’s Suburb

Raves From State Librarian Kevin Starr

Dr. Kevin Starr, the honored historian and emeritus California State Librarian, lauded The San Fernando Valley: America’s Suburb during a guest lecture on Valley history at California State University, Northridge. Waving a copy from the podium, he called it “Just a superb book…this is history the way I like it.”

In his address to faculty, students and local history aficionados, Dr. Starr said the narrative of events and trends told in the book reflects the fascinating story of California’s development. He complimented author Kevin Roderick for deftly linking the contemporary San Fernando Valley to past events that helped shape the present.

Dr. Starr spoke at CSUN to commemorate San Fernando Valley History Day and to mark the unveiling—by the university’s Oviatt Library—of a new digital archive of Valley historical photos and documents. Dr. Starr called the online archive a valuable addition to the body of historic material available on the Valley. The author joined Dr. Starr in congratulating the university on the accomplishment.

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