Category: Pop Culture


I Only Read It for the Cartoons

New Harvest | August 1, 2014 | 256 pages
At last—a spotlight on the flesh-and-blood cartoonists whose sensibilities have helped define The New Yorker.  More Info

The Simpsons Family History

Harry N Abrams Incorporated | September 1, 2014 | 304 pages
In honor of the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons comes a history of the famous cartoon family, which unravels 25 years of Simpsons facts and fun from the TV show and presents them in a never-before-seen chronological format, accompanied by 400 full-color illustrations. 300,000 first printing.  More Info

All My Friends Are Dead

Chronicle Books | June 30, 2010 | 96 pages
If you're a dinosaur, all of your friends are dead. If you're a pirate, all of your friends have scurvy. If you're a tree, all of your friends are end tables. Each page of this laugh-out-loud illustrated humor book showcases the downside of being everything from a clown to a cassette tape to a... More Info

Gimme Indie Rock

Voyageur Press | September 15, 2014 | 400 pages
The ultimate guide to one of the most revered periods and movements in American rock history. The 1980s are one of the most ridiculed and parodied epochs in popular musicâ??what with all the skinny lapels, synthesizers, spandex, and Aqua Net. However, music fans in the know recognize that beneath... More Info


Simon & Schuster | September 13, 2005 | 320 pages
"I'd come from a long ways off and had started a long ways down. But now destiny was about to manifest itself. I felt like it was looking right at me and nobody else." So writes Bob Dylan in Chronicles: Volume One, his remarkable book exploring critical junctures in his life and career. Through... More Info

Charley Harper's a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Pomegranate | May 1, 2014 | 28 pages
Never before published, A Partridge in a Pear Tree wasn't intended as a commercial venture. Artist Charley Harper--perhaps with his wife, Edie, also an artist--created the fun little book for his family. A playful riff on the traditional Yuletide carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas," Partridge is... More Info

It's the Great Pumpkin

Dey Street Books | September 16, 2014 | 160 pages
The Great Pumpkin is coming! Join, Linus, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Sally, and Snoopy for their Halloween night, when the Peanuts gang puts on their costumes to trick-or-treat while Linus waits dutifully in his pumpkin patch for the arrival of the Great Pumpkin. Nearly five decades after It's the Great... More Info

Live From New York

Little, Brown | September 9, 2014 | 800 pages
Just in time for the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, a rollickingly updated edition of LIVE FROM NEW YORK with nearly 100 new pages covering the past decade. When first published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, LIVE FROM NEW YORK was immediately proclaimed the... More Info

So We Read On

Little, Brown | September 9, 2014 | 352 pages
The "Fresh Air" book critic investigates the enduring power of The Great Gatsby -- "The Great American Novel we all think we've read, but really haven't." Conceived nearly a century ago by a man who died believing himself a failure, it's now a revered classic and a rite of passage in the reading... More Info

Savage Messiah

Verso Books | October 1, 2011 | 448 pages
Professor:  Prof. David Jackson
Course Codes:  CMN 2180A
Semester:  Fall-2014
The acclaimed art fanzine's psychogeographic drifts through a ruined city.  More Info

Yeah Yeah Yeah

September 23, 2014 | 776 pages
For fifty years, pop music was created and consumed like this: you heard a record on the radio, or read about it in a music paper; you bought it on Saturday; you lent it to, or taped it for, a friend; and they reciprocated with another record. It was a secret network.  More Info

Jurassic Park and Philosophy

July 15, 2014 | 288 pages
Twenty-one philosophers investigate the implications of the Jurassic Park franchise for our lives, our values, and our future. Human beings live and thrive by modifying nature, but when do the risks of changing nature outweigh the likely benefits? If it’s true that “Life will find a way,”... More Info

Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Notebooks

Harper Design | July 15, 2014 | 192 pages
In a scene at the beginning of the First Doctor adventure "The Chase" (1965) The Doctor and his companions watch Shakespeare in conversation with Elizabeth 1. In the classic adventure "City of Death" (1979), the Fourth Doctor claims to have helped Shakespeare write Hamlet. What is truly astounding... More Info

Timeless Adventures

Oldcastle Books Ltd | October 2, 2009 | 160 pages
This critical history of Doctor Who covers the series' entire 45 years, from the creation of the show to its triumph as Britain's top TV drama.  More Info

Fan Phenomena: Sherlock Holmes

Intellect Ltd | May 16, 2014 | 164 pages
Few could have predicted the enduring fascination with the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes. The new title in the series, Fan Phenomena: Sherlock Holmes, offers a variety of different approaches to understanding the deep cultural legacy of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories from the... More Info

It's a Punderful Life

Dog & Bone | February 1, 2014 | 64 pages
Puns often mistakenly get a bad rep, but if they're good enough for Oscar Wilde and Shakespeare (who's work featrued over 3000 puns), it's good enough for us. Hot off the back of her incrdibly popular Monday Punday online series, Gemma Correll has surveyed her army of punning fans to create this... More Info

Reading Celebrity Gossip Magazines

Polity | June 23, 2014 | 200 pages
Americans are obsessed with celebrities. Our fascination with fame intensified throughout the 20th century, but the rise of the weekly gossip magazine early in the 21st century confirmed the domination of our popular culture by celebrity-mania. After a decade of diets and dates, breakups and baby... More Info

Rock Breaks Scissors

Little Brown & Company | June 3, 2014 | 320 pages
A practical guide to outguessing everything from multiple-choice tests to the office football pool to the stock market. People are predictable even when they try not to be. William Poundstone demonstrates how to turn this fact to personal advantage in scores of everyday situations, from playing the... More Info

The Gibson Les Paul

Voyageur Press (MN) | June 15, 2014 | 224 pages
This massive illustrated history of the Les Paul guitar examines its prehistory and origins as well as its evolution in the 60-plus years since its 1952 introduction.  More Info

The Essential Ellen Willis

April 15, 2014 | 536 pages
Out of the Vinyl Deeps, published in 2011, introduced a new generation to the incisive, witty, and merciless voice of Ellen Willis through her pioneering rock music criticism. In the years that followed, Willis's daring insights went beyond popular music, taking on such issues as pornography,... More Info

Everybody Dies

Harper Design | May 27, 2014 | 48 pages
A children's book for grown-ups, Everybody Dies is a parody in the vein of the classic Japanese children's book Everyone Poops that addresses the issue of mortality; the result is a work that straddles the line between flat-out morbid and darkly humorous from YouTube personality, Ken Tanaka.... More Info

The Art of Neil Gaiman

Harper Design | May 20, 2014 | 320 pages
With unprecedented access to Neil Gaiman's personal archives, the author gives an insider's glimpse into the artistic inspirations and musings of one of the world's most visionary writers. 50,000 first printing.  More Info

1,000 Feelings for Which There Are No Names

Penguin Group USA | April 29, 2014 | 256 pages
A charming, thought-provoking, hand-lettered book for fans of The Book of Awesome and Wreck This Journal They amaze us and hurt us, bring us to tears and make us laugh, delight us and keep us up at night: feelings that we know only too well, but which have eluded the English lexicon for so long. In... More Info

Clarks in Jamaica

October 1, 2012 | 208 pages
Through current and historic photographs, exclusive interviews and previously unseen archive material, this book looks at how Clarks, the footwear made by a Quaker firm in the small English village of Street, came to be the 'baddest' shoes in Jamaica.  More Info


Dokument Press | November 1, 2013 | 176 pages
Future/Memory is a book about the exhibition with the same name, organized in Dresden, Germany at HELLERAU - European Center for the Arts Dresden, during the summer of 2013. Future/Memory shows the nature of the work of artists like Boogie, Martha Cooper, Cody Hudson and Horfe - artists that all... More Info

Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon

March 4, 2014 | 316 pages
Laurel Canyon in the '60s and early '70s was a magical place where musicians gathered to create much of the soundtrack to those times. The Doors, the Beach Boys, Frank Zappa, James Taylor, Carole King, Joni Mitchell and more lived and jammed together here. But the scene had a dark side. Many didn't... More Info

Ryan Gosling Paper Doll

September 27, 2013 | 20 pages
A unique activity book devoted to the very hot movie star, Ryan Gosling. Includes two cut-out paper doll figures, many outfits, film reviews and Ryan's dog George. The Best Dress-Up Fun You'll Have with a Pair of Scissors!  More Info

Text and Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll

Bloomsbury USA Academic | May 22, 2014 | 544 pages
Texts and Drugs and Rock'n'Roll considers the myriad ways in which two different artistic worlds found common ground in the final third of the 20th century. The rock musicians who came to the fore at the heart of the 1960s and a radical community of writers who had originally made their mark in the... More Info

Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville

Bloomsbury USA Academic | May 22, 2014 | 160 pages
A passionate re-assessment of one of the most original, groundbreaking, and controversial albums of the 1990s.  More Info

The Dylanologists

May 13, 2014 | 256 pages
Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist David Kinney enters into the world of obsessive Bob Dylan followers (aka the “Dylanologists”) to deliver an immersive work on the artist’s singular impact on American culture. Bob Dylan was the most influential songwriter of his time. Half a century later,... More Info

Gods of the Hammer

Coach House | February 11, 2014 | 140 pages
The definitive look at one of the seventies' foremost punk bands: how they almost (but not quite) found fame.  More Info

A Game of Thrones

Random House LLC | September 23, 2014 | 240 pages
Depicts the events that take place in Westeros as a number of different families fight to rule the kingdom in a graphic novel adaptation of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels.  More Info

A Game of Thrones

Random House LLC | September 23, 2014 | 240 pages
The kingdom of the royal Stark family faces its ultimate challenge in the onset of a generation-long winter, the poisonous plots of the rival Lannisters, the emergence of the Neverborn demons and the arrival of barbarian hordes. 75,000 first printing.  More Info

Fan Phenomena: The Big Lebowski

Intellect Books | March 1, 2014 | 164 pages
?Look, let me explain something to you. I'm not Mr. Lebowski. You're Mr. Lebowski. I'm the Dude” Fan Phenomena: The Big Lebowski takes a close look at the films phenomenal impact over the past century, and looks at the reasons behind the creation of Dudeism, with the ?Church of the Latter-Day... More Info

If You're Reading This, There's Still Time

Cameron & Company | April 15, 2014 | 224 pages
Morley is a Los Angeles-based street artist that specializes in bold, typographic posters which he wheat pastes within the urban landscape. Blending humor, hope and his unique perspective on life, Morley’s aim is to act as a friendly voice amongst the cacophony of billboarded messages and... More Info


Doubleday | September 23, 2014 | 368 pages
Drawing from popular books, movies, comic strips and an abundance of management literature and business history, this surprising "secret history" shows how the white-collar world came to be, from the mid-19th century to today, and reveals what it might become. 50,000 first printing.  More Info

Rock She Wrote

Plexus Publishing (UK) | September 23, 1995 | 496 pages
A unique, ground-breaking collection of women writing about rock, pop, and rap, Rock She Wrote features the freshest female names in music, from writers to critics to musicians themselves.From London to Los Angeles, from the pages of New Musical Express to Rolling Stone, women have been writing... More Info

The Portlandia Activity Book

McSweeneys Books | February 27, 2014 | 144 pages
This is The Portlandia Activity Book—a compendium of guaranteed enrichment for the Pacific Northwestern part of your psyche. Like a cool high school that prefers a sweat lodge to the traditional classroom, this book will expand your mind through participation, dehydrate you to a state of... More Info

Confidence, Or the Appearance of Confidence

McSweeneys Books | March 4, 2014 | 524 pages
The first collection of interviews from a decade of the Believer magazine's popular Music Issue.Believer Books collects 35 interviews with some of today's most influential musicians and includes such conversational treasures as Björk on e.e. cummings, Lucinda Williams on writing about sex, Trey... More Info

World Film Locations: Toronto

By Tom Ue
Intellect L & D E F A E | March 1, 2014 | 128 pages
World Film Locations: Toronto explores and reveals the relationship between the city and cinema using a predominately visual approach. The juxtaposition of the images used in combination with insightful essays help to demonstrate the central role that the city has played in a number of films, and... More Info


Grove Press | March 11, 2014 | 800 pages
The author of The Miracle Detective traces the story of Michael Jackson's life from his famous childhood through his final four years, drawing on interviews with his friends, enemies and other associates to include coverage of his international travels, business acumen and parenting approaches.... More Info

The Bike Deconstructed

March 4, 2014 | 192 pages
A metal frame, two wheels, pedals, a seat, and handlebars—on first glance, bicycles look pretty straightforward. And yet, even today's most stripped-down bicycles can feature as many as two hundred parts, each with a critical role to play. The unbelievably efficient way they work together is what... More Info

If I Were a Book

Chronicle Books Llc | March 25, 2014 | 64 pages
This sweet celebration of the magic and wonder of books will delight readers of all ages through André Letria's whimsical illustrations of a book as a kite, a tent, a ship, and more are paired with José Jorge Letria's thoughtful musings on the joys of reading. In the hands of this internationally... More Info

Hello, New York

Chronicle Books Llc | March 18, 2014 | 144 pages
Anyone who hearts New York will love this illustrated homage to the city. Artist, author, and New Yorker Julia Rothman brings humor and tenderness to an eclectic assortment of historical tidbits (how the New York Public Library lion sculptures got their names), idiosyncratic places to visit (where... More Info

The Hippest Trip in America

William Morrow | March 25, 2014 | 256 pages
An acclaimed author and filmmaker offers an authoritative history of the groundbreaking syndicated television show that has become an icon of American pop culture.  More Info

Žižek's Jokes

MIT Press | February 21, 2014 | 168 pages
Žižek as comedian: jokes in the service of philosophy.  More Info

Are You My Boyfriend?

Simon and Schuster | February 4, 2014 | 64 pages
A contemporary parody of P. D. Eastman's classic Are You My Mother? depicts a happily-ever-after-seeking heroine who encounters a poker-faced "tough guy," an ascot-wearing "wealthy cad," an "average dude" who has eyes for her friend and an attractive married gay couple.  More Info

The Book of Odds

William Morrow Paperbacks | January 7, 2014 | 256 pages
From the popular Book of Odds website, this stylish and accessible reference book offers a fascinating peek at the probabilities that govern every aspect of human life Did you know that your odds of dying from drowning are higher than the odds of meeting your mate on a blind date? That the odds a... More Info

Ham: Slices of a Life

Gallery Books | January 14, 2014 | 304 pages
For fans of David Sedaris and Chelsea Handler, these stories and essays about friendship, celebrity, growing up and getting sober will have you laughing and crying in equal measure. With a wry style that evokes comparisons to Carrie Fisher, David Rakoff, and Steve Martin, Sam Harris proves that he... More Info

Street Fighting Years

Verso | September 23, 2014 | 403 pages
In this new edition of his memoirs, Tariq Ali revisits his formative years as a young radical. It is a story that takes us from Paris and Prague to Hanoi and Bolivia, encountering along the way Malcolm X, Bertrand Russell, Marlon Brando, Henry Kissinger, and Mick Jagger. Ali captures the mood and... More Info