Category: Pop Culture


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

Rock She Wrote

Plexus Publishing (UK) | April 16, 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

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 | April 16, 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


November 1, 2013 | 240 pages
An alluring glimpse into magnificent Cornell-like boxes created by some of the world's leading architects and designers  More Info

Unpacking My Library

Yale University Press | November 29, 2011 | 208 pages
As words and stories are increasingly disseminated through digital means, the significance of the book as object—whether pristine collectible or battered relic—is growing as well. Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books spotlights the personal libraries of thirteen favorite novelists who... More Info

China's Vanishing Worlds

August 1, 2013 | 304 pages
Just a few kilometers from the glittering skylines of Shanghai and Beijing, we encounter a vast countryside, an often forgotten and seemingly limitless landscape stretching far beyond the outskirts of the cities. Following traces of old trade routes, once-flourishing marketplaces, abandoned country... More Info

Various Small Books

MIT Press (MA) | December 1, 2012 | 287 pages
In the 1960s and 1970s, the artist Ed Ruscha created a series of smallphoto-conceptual artist's books, among them Twentysix Gas Stations, Various Small Fires,Every Building on the Sunset Strip, Thirtyfour Parking Lots, Real Estate Opportunities,and A Few Palm Trees. Featuring mundane subjects... More Info

Small Wonder

Harper Perennial | April 15, 2003 | 288 pages
Twenty-two optimistic essays cover such topics as nature, family, literature, and the joys of everyday life while examining the challenges of war, poverty, and violence.  More Info

Holidays on Ice

Back Bay Books | October 20, 2010 | 176 pages
David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story.  More Info

Legends, Icons and Rebels

Tundra Books | October 8, 2013 | 128 pages
Part memoir, part tribute, and all great storytelling ...andandandandandMusic industry veterans Robbie Robertson, Jim Guerinot, Jared Levine, and Sebastian Robertson invite young readers to share with them in celebrating twenty-seven musical legends. Short profiles chronicle personal stories and... More Info

Wallace and Gromit

Haynes Publications | October 3, 2013 | 232 pages
Now you can see all Wallace & Gromit's cracking contraptions in one book! Featuring everything from the Techno Trousers to the Mind Manipulation-O-Matic, this new paperback edition combines all the content of two previous hardbacks – fabulous cutaway drawings by Graham Bleathman as well as... More Info

Snapshot Photography

MIT Press (MA) | September 27, 2013 | 264 pages
Snapshots capture everyday occasions. Taken by amateur photographers with simplepoint-and-shoot cameras, snapshots often commemorate something that is private and personal; yetthey also reflect widely held cultural conventions. The poses may be formulaic, but a photograph ofloved ones can evoke a... More Info

Book of Lies

Red Wheel Weiser | April 16, 2014 | 353 pages
Presents a collection of essays on magic and the occult, covering such topics as spellcasting, how to become a practicing magician, wicca and modern paganism, and the works of H.P. Lovecraft.  More Info

Why Steve Was Late

Atlantic Books | January 1, 2014 | 112 pages
A lifesaving collection of hilarious—and sometimes even plausible—excuses for being late, handily dreamed up and illustrated by someone else Ever been late? Steve has, 101 times this year alone—but he always has a good excuse! Here they are for you to enjoy, and maybe even borrow. Try, "I was... More Info

The Moaning of Life

September 26, 2013 |
'I've been on the planet for forty years now and I'm still none the wiser as to what it's all about really. I've never worried about life's big questions. People at my age sit about pondering "why are we here?" The only time I ever asked myself that is when Suzanne booked us a surprise holiday to... More Info

Dead Interviews

November 1, 2013 | 208 pages
Some of the greatest living writers in the world interview some of the greatest dead ones  More Info

See a Little Light

October 8, 2013 | 420 pages
Bob Mould stormed into America's punk rock scene in 1979, when clubs across the country were filling with kids dressed in black leather and torn denim, packing in to see bands like the Ramones, Black Flag, and the Dead Kennedys. Hardcore punk was a riot of jackhammer rhythms, blistering tempos, and... More Info

A People's Art History of the United States

New Press | November 5, 2013 | 400 pages
"Most people outside of the art world view art as something that is foreign to their experiences and everyday lives. A People's Art History of the United States places art history squarely in the rough-and-tumble of politics, social struggles, and the fight for justice from the colonial era through... More Info

The Replacements

Voyageur Press | November 15, 2013 | 160 pages
This illustrated look at the Replacements, whom many consider the greatest band of the 1980s, features rare candid and off-stage photos taken across the U.S. from 1979 to 1991.  More Info

Hyperbole and a Half

Touchstone Books | October 29, 2013 | 288 pages
Named one of the Funniest Sites on the Web by PC World and winner of the 2011 Bloggies Awards for Most Humorous Weblog and Best Writing, the creator of the immensely popular “Hyperbole and a Half” blog presents an illustrated collection of her hilarious stories with fifty percent new content.  More Info

Earth from Space

ABRAMS | November 1, 2013 | 256 pages
From space, Earth is a magnificent sight, splashed with vivid colors, patterns, textures, and abstract forms. Views from above can also provide telling information about the health of our planet. To help us understand the more than 150 breathtaking satellite photographs in Earth from Space, Yann... More Info

Rock and Roll Stories

ABRAMS | November 5, 2013 | 400 pages
The story of rock lives in Lynn Goldsmith’s photographs. After coming of age in the Midwest in the tumultuous 1960s, she crashed the music scene in New York and emerged as one of its leading image-makers. She chronicled Bruce Springsteen’s passage to glory, the Rolling Stones’ legendary... More Info

I Am Pusheen the Cat

Touchstone Books | October 29, 2013 | 176 pages
This collection of oh-so-cute kitty comics—an online cult phenomenon, now for the first time in an adorable gift book—Pusheen combines the online reach of The Oatmeal’s How to Tell if Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You with the super-sweet appeal of Hello Kitty. With more than 2 million page... More Info

Best Food Writing 2013

Da Capo Lifelong | October 29, 2013 | 400 pages
The fourteenth annual edition of this classic food writing anthology—the book that will “delight anyone who enjoys the pleasures of a good read and a good meal” ( Library Journal, starred review)—with more than 100,000 copies sold of the previous editions.  More Info

Johnny Cash

Little Brown | November 5, 2013 | 608 pages
People don't just listen to Johnny Cash, they believe in him. His influence spans genres and his fanbase spans generations. He is regarded as one of the most important country musicians of all time, but is also a seminal influence in rock, leaving his mark on the work of artists like Bob Dylan, The... More Info

Much Loved

Abrams Image | October 1, 2013 | 128 pages
Award-winning photographer Mark Nixon has created a trove of quirky and nostalgic portraits of teddy bears and other stuffed animals that have been lovingly abused after years of play. MuchLoved collects 60 of these images along with their accompanying background tales. An exhibit in the... More Info

Beatles at the BBC

Collins Design | November 5, 2013 | 336 pages
The year 2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the release of The Beatles' first album, Please, Please Me. To celebrate this event with material that has never been in print or has not repeatedly resurfaced is a challenge. But a great deal of both--namely, never-before-seen BBC transcripts and... More Info

Doctor Who: The Vault

Harper Design | October 29, 2013 | 320 pages
Named in Guinness World Records as the longest running science fiction TV series in the world, the BBC-produced television program, Doctor Who, will celebrate its fiftieth year in 2013. Since its conception in 1963, the show has become a major part of British pop culture and has continued to garner... More Info

The Wooden Stars

October 15, 2013 | 104 pages
The fourth book in Invisible Publishing's Bibliophonic Series charts the path of seminal Canadian band, the Wooden Stars. The Juno award-winning, Wooden Stars are synonymous with the sound of mid-nineties indie rock. One of Canada's greatest bands, the members helped build a scene, and would go on... More Info

What's So Funny?

Howard Books | October 29, 2013 | 288 pages
Six-time Emmy award-winning funny man Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In the annals of TV history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts, tickled as... More Info

Beatles Vs. Stones

Simon and Schuster | October 29, 2013 | 320 pages
Getting to the truth behind the ultimate rock and roll debate, this fascinating foray into a generation dragged into an ideological battle between Flower Power and New Left militance reveals how the Beatles-Stones rivalry was created by music managers intent on engineering a moneymaking empire.  More Info

Beatles Solo

Race Point Publishing | October 1, 2013 | 384 pages
The Beatles as solo artists have collectively released over 900 songs since 1968. This beautifully illustrated four-book set examines their individual triumphs and tragedies in a post-Beatles world.  More Info

Soul Train

Harper Design | October 22, 2013 | 288 pages
An illustrated, vibrant book commemorating the legacy of America’s longest running syndicated television program, Soul Train: Peace, Love, and Soul includes a wealth of historical photography and celebrity commentary that will give fans an in-depth look at the cultural phenomenon that launched... More Info

Nick Drake

Reaktion Books | September 1, 2013 | 224 pages
Since his death in 1974 at the age of twenty-six, singer-songwriter Nick Drake has gained a huge international audience and come to be thought of as the epitome of English romanticism. But while his small body of work has evoked poetic comparisons with Blake and Keats, closer inspection of Drake's... More Info

Fame: Katy Perry

Bluewater Productions | April 15, 2013 | 40 pages
One of the most popular singers of the decade. Katy Perry is the focus of this biography graphic novel. See her rise to fame that will empower girls of all ages. She has been featured on the hit fox show "GLEE" to winning the Grammy Award.  More Info

The (True!) History of Art

Selfmadehero | September 12, 2013 | 48 pages
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Boardwalk Empire and Philosophy

September 10, 2013 | 288 pages
From Machiavellian city officials to big time mobsters (such as Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano, and Al Capone) to corrupt beat cops to overzealous G-men to suffragettes to abolitionists to innocent citizens caught in the crossfire, Boardwalk Empire is replete with philosophically compelling... More Info

Cat vs Human: Another Dose of Catnip

Andrews McMeel Publishing | October 15, 2013 | 176 pages
This second collection of Cat vs Human cartoons makes witty observations about the friendship between humans and felines. The book is based on the popular blog and includes more than twenty new comics that appear only in this collection. Cat owners are familiar with those little... More Info

How Music Works

McSweeneys Books | September 10, 2013 | 352 pages
How Music Works is David Byrne's buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. Drawing on his work over the years with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and myriad collaborators?along with journeys to Wagnerian opera houses, African villages, and anywhere music exists?Byrne shows... More Info