Laguna Beach resident Skip Hellewell released his latest book, “Loving Laguna: A Local’s Guide to Laguna Beach,” July 1. Skip endeavored to compile a guide that encompasses his many discoveries about Laguna Beach, and to explain the history behind some iconic local landmarks to residents and visitors alike. Skip comments of his experience in Laguna, “We tend to know [only] fragments of our town.” His book represents an effort to build on that fragmented knowledge by dispersing information that he has collected since the 1970s, when he settled in Laguna Niguel with his wife. “[I collected] newspaper articles and kept a file, and became progressively more interested in the stories as I found them,” Skip explains. Readers can dive into Laguna’s history through reading the tome, which covers topics ranging from architecture to the myriad Hollywood stars that have walked Laguna’s streets. To help Laguna residents explore the terrain of their own backyard, Skip also has penned detailed descriptions of the best local hiking routes and scenic locations that offer ample sightseeing. (lovinglaguna.com) —J.C.