A few weeks ago, I was wandering around Franklin Village used book club Counterpoint and stumbled upon a stack of serial novels and vintage romances. They ranged from mid-century love affairs to seventies sci-fi pseudo-epics and had some of the craziest, catchy names. I literally scanned through them all, in case a rogue title provided itself to make for a great gift or funny coffee table item. Believing there wouldn’t be anything fruitful, I neared the end and found one faded orange spined tale: A Cow Is Too Much Trouble In Los Angeles. Yes, A Cow Is Too Much Trouble In Los Angeles is a book I found and I had to buy it.
A steal at five dollars, the book depicts the life and times of the Rodriguez family and the family’s daughters, whose “dreams come true in ways they hadn’t planned.” The Signet Book nearly disintegrated in my hands and, truthfully, I dare not read it as to ruin the spell of this early Los Angeles story of cows and coitus, a love affair that seems both absurd and luxurious. Cows? Being too much trouble? If that isn’t a statement of a lifestyle, I don’t know what is.
As Reading California Fiction discovered, the book actually shows Los Angeles as a dark, difficult town. They also describe the family’s encounter with the city as strangely familiar and very funny: “They find the [Los Angeles] crowded, dirty, noisy, and filled with soulless gringos.” Hmm…feels like they may have had a similar rent situation back then. Nevertheless, the book is a funny little item that feels like the perfect dinner party fodder for conversation, something that locals will undoubtedly thumb through in delighted disbelief. If you want in on it, we got you covered to: some copies are on Amazon.