Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘Helen of Pasadena’


Elizabeth the First Wife

Elizabeth the First Wife
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Another laugh-out-loud romp through Pasadena by Lian Dolan (author of Vroman’s all-time best seller Helen of Pasadena) that oh-so-gently sends up institutions beloved (and sometimes berated) by us all, while keeping the plot moving and the characters familiar, believable, and relatable. Elizabeth Lancaster is a divorced professor of Shakespeare at PCC. She lives in a vintage […]

Helen of Pasadena Comes to Altadena

Lian Dolan is a cool lady. She wrote a book, Helen of Pasadena, that is very funny and has sold really well. So well, in fact, that one might even call it a bestseller. Lian has made many appearances in support of Helen throughout Pasadena. Now it’s Altadena’s turn: the Friends of the Altadena Library have […]

10 Reasons to Love the 2012 Showcase House

10 Reasons to Love the 2012 Showcase House

It’s Showcase time again here in Pasadena! Yes, the time of year when the natives get out their flat-soled shoes and put away their real estate envy for a few hours to wander through an uber-decorated dream house, all for a good cause. This year’s makeover is a 1927 Spanish Revival in La Cañada, complete […]

Actualizing Your Dream at ltdLIVE

Actualizing Your Dream at ltdLIVE

In the 1970’s, women burned bras, marched, and raised their voices, pushing their agenda for equality, led by the likes of Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan and Bella Abzug. Economic and social constraints slowly and eventually loosened, and women (who, let’s be real, have always had to forge their own way) said, watch out world, here we […]

Lian’s Guide to the 2012 Rose Parade

Lian’s Guide to the 2012 Rose Parade

Grab a cup of cocoa, light the fire and settle in for some great TV viewing as the 123rd annual Rose Parade rumbles through the streets of Pasadena. As a proud resident of the City of Roses and a 20-year veteran of parade-going, I envy those of you who get to skip the early wake-up […]

Lian’s Guide to the Rose Season

Lian’s Guide to the Rose Season

Here Come the Ducks! Here Come the Badgers! Here Come the Bandies! It’s that time of year again in Pasadena: Rose Bowl time. New Year’s weekend is right around the corner, and my in-box has been filled with a unusually high number of requests for advice, information and parking requests. Yes to advice and information; no […]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 10/31/11

Vroman’s Bestsellers 10/31/11

Hardcover Fiction 1Q84, Haruki Murakami The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes The Cat’s Table, Michael Ondaatje The Litigators, John Grisham The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides Triangles, Ellen Hopkins The Barbarian Nurseries, Héctor Tobar The Best of Me, Nicholas Sparks The Affair, Lee Child Damned, Chuck Palahniuk Hardcover Non-Fiction Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson All Wound Up, Stephanie Pearl McPhee News For All The People, […]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 10/10/11

Vroman’s Bestsellers 10/10/11

Hardcover Fiction Die Once Live Twice, Lawrence Door Shock Wave, John Sandford The Barbarian Nurseries, Hector Tobar The Cats Table, Michael Ondaatje The Affair, Lee Child The Paris Wife, Paula Mclain It’s Classified, Nicolle Wallace Reamde, Neal Stephenson A Dance with Dragons, George R R Martin Feast Day of Fools, James Burke Hardcover Non-Fiction Boomerang, […]

Dolan Sisters Rock the Ice House

Dolan Sisters Rock the Ice House

We were so sorry to have to miss a big night out with a charity close to our hearts: the Cancer Support Community‘s Ladies’ Night Out fundraiser at the Ice House last weekend. (College parents’ weekend took priority.) Our favorite hometown author Lian Dolan (Helen of Pasadena) and sister Sheila Dolan (surely the funniest 3rd […]

My Dream Come True: Rose Queen for a Day

My Dream Come True: Rose Queen for a Day

Last Sunday, I was invited into a very elite sorority. Millions have aspired to join. Thousands have tried out. Only 93 have actually been selected for such special honor. But for one shining moment Sunday, I was named an Honorary Rose Queen. It was a dream come true. I was an invited guest at a […]

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