Play It as It Lays Fun Activities

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Los Angeles Map

Much of the novel focuses on Maria's driving the freeways of Los Angeles. Find a freeway map from 1970 and compare it with a current map of Los Angeles. How has the city evolved? How have the cities grown with the population?

Social Justice

At the time of the novel's publication, there was little effective, humane treatment of developmentally challenged people. Create a special needs awareness site dedicated to Maria and Carter's daughter Kate.

Hollywood History

As an actress married to a director, Maria's lives the quintessential Hollywood life. As her star rises and falls, so to does her spirit and sense of identity. Research the rich, provocative, and fascinating place of Hollywood.

Mental Health Awareness

Several of the characters in "Play It as It Lays" suffer from some form of mental illness. Research how the history of the treatment of mental illness in this country...

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