Category: Pop culture

Pedal Zombies

Microcosm Publishing | September 15, 2015 | 160 pages
The zombie apocalypse will be pedal-powered! In the not-so-distant future, when gasoline is no longer available, humans turn to two-wheeled vehicles to transport goods, seek glory, and defend their remaining communities. In another version of the future, those with the zombie virus are able to... More Info


September 15, 2015 | 192 pages
Underground is all about the history and future of DIY punk touring in the USA. Daniel Makagon explores the culture of DIY spaces like house shows and community-based music spaces, their impact on underground communities and economies, and why these networks matter. He shows that no matter who you... More Info

Yes, My Accent Is Real

Atria Books | September 15, 2015 | 256 pages
In the spirit of Mindy Kaling’s bestseller Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a collection of humorous, autobiographical essays from Kunal Nayyar, best known as Raj on CBS’s #1 hit comedy The Big Bang Theory. Of all the charming misfits on television, there’s no doubt Raj from The Big Bang... More Info

That Lonely Section of Hell

October 13, 2015 | 320 pages
From her first assignment in 1998 to explore an increase in the number of missing women to the harrowing 2002 interrogation of convicted serial killer Robert Pickton, Lori Shenher tells a story of massive police failure--failure of the police to use the information about Pickton available to them,... More Info

They Drew as They Pleased

Chronicle Books | September 8, 2015 | 208 pages
As the Walt Disney Studio entered its first decade and embarked on some of the most ambitious animated films of the time, Disney hired a group of "concept artists" whose sole mission was to explore ideas and inspire their fellow animators. They Drew as They Pleased showcases four of these early... More Info

Investigating Sherlock

September 1, 2015 | 240 pages
An essential companion to the hit BBC show He’s been depicted as a serious thinker, a master of deduction, a hopeless addict, a bare-knuckle fighter. His companion is a bumbler, a sympathetic equal, someone helpless in the face of his friend’s social inadequacies. Sherlock Holmes and John... More Info


August 15, 2015 | 592 pages
Giller Prize winner Austin Clarke’s memoirs provide insightful cultural observations by one of today’s most influential black writers.  More Info

Thug Notes

Vintage | August 18, 2015 | 304 pages
Sparky Sweets, Ph.D. and Wisecrack present Thug Notes, the outrageously funny, ultra-sharp guide to sixteen of literature's most beloved classics - including The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, Pride & Prejudice and Things Fall Apart. Having already taught millions around the world,... More Info

Have a Little Pun

Chronicle Books | August 11, 2015 | 80 pages
Artist Frida Clements playfully combines colorfully detailed flora and fauna drawings with funny hand-lettered wordplay in this collection of beautifully illustrated puns. Honey, bee yourself! Gopher it. Don't be koi. Like puns? That's coo, says the pigeon. Hate puns? Birch, please. Bringing a... More Info

Wicked and Weird

Doubleday of Canada | August 11, 2015 | 272 pages
Star CBC-radio host Rich Terfry presents the true story of his alter ego, musician Buck 65, in this rollicking and wonderfully written memoir of growing up poor, talented, baseball-obsessed, music-mad and girl-smitten on the East Coast. With wit, style and a born writer's knack for telling detail,... More Info

On Writing

Ecco | July 28, 2015 | 224 pages
Sharp and moving reflections and ruminations on the artistry and craft of writing from one of our most iconoclastic, riveting, and celebrated masters. Charles Bukowski’s stories, poems, and novels have left an enduring mark on our culture. In this collection of correspondence—letters to... More Info

Are You Really a Genius?

March 20, 2015 | 96 pages
In 1938, two authors embarked on a mission for the greater good of the country: to find more geniuses. They set about compiling fiendish brain-teasers, tortuous trick questions and complex numerical challenges and tested them thoroughly on some unsuspecting pupils.The most robust tests were... More Info

Roll Up, Roll Up

Dog & Bone | October 1, 2014 | 64 pages
Create blunts, joints, tulips, bongs and more with these 20 rolling projects. Attention all stoners, smokers, tokers and weed lovers. Bored of the same old rolls that you do again and again to smoke your weed? Feel like you are doing your cannabis a disservice by packing it up with some cheap... More Info

The Last of the Hippies

PM Press | July 1, 2015 | 128 pages
First published in 1982 as part of the Crass record album Christ: The Album, Penny Rimbaud's The Last of the Hippies is a fiery anarchist polemic centered on the story of his friend, Phil Russell aka Wally Hope, who was murdered by the State while incarcerated in a mental institution. Wally Hope... More Info

I Must Say

Harper Paperbacks | July 21, 2015 | 336 pages
The Emmy Award and Tony Award-winning actor and comic shares stories from his life that recount his early years with Saturday Night Live, the development of his numerous characters, his family life and his celebrity friendships. 150,000 first printing.  More Info

You Should Be Dancing

E C W Press | August 1, 2015 | 272 pages
With worldwide sales of over 220 million records, the Bee Gees are the sixth bestselling music artists in history. Dennis Bryon's story of how he became the Bee Gees' drummer during their peak period offers many never-before-told tales about such infectious hits as Stayin' Alive, How Deep Is Your... More Info

Dylan Goes Electric!

Dey Street Books | July 14, 2015 | 368 pages
On the evening of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at the Newport Folk Festival backed by an electric band and roared into a blistering version of "Maggie's Farm," followed by his new rock single, "Like a Rolling Stone." The audience of committed folk purists and political activists who had... More Info

Modern Romance

Penguin Press | June 16, 2015 | 288 pages
A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s most popular and sharpest comedic voices At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all... More Info

The Coloring Book

Grand Central Publishing | June 9, 2015 | 240 pages
From former SNL "Weekend Update" host and legendary stand-up Colin Quinn comes a controversial and laugh-out-loud investigation into cultural and ethnic stereotypes. Colin Quinn has noticed a trend during his decades on the road-that Americans' increasing political correctness and sensitivity have... More Info

The Funny, Horrible and (Possibly) True Stories of #Setlife

April 16, 2015 | 102 pages
Sexual harassment, stealing, divas, models, directors, reputations being destroyed, laughter, tears. It's just another day of #setlife. After years of working on fashion sets Christopher Massardo has some stories. That and he has made some friends with some equally compelling tales. Massardo shares... More Info

Judge This

Simon & Schuster/ TED | June 2, 2015 | 144 pages
A fun, playful look at the importance of first impressions—in design and in life—from acclaimed book designer Chip Kidd. First impressions are everything. They dictate whether something stands out, how we engage with it, whether we buy it, and how we feel. In Judge This, renowned designer Chip... More Info

Penguins With People Problems

Perigee | June 2, 2015 | 112 pages
Stress-eating after a breakup? Frustrated by the cost of a good cocktail? Stymied by the weirdness of abstract art? These penguins share your pain. The "random penguins" are a lineup of quirky, lovable weirdos with minds of their own. They understand the agony of social awkwardness, the power of... More Info

Adventures in Songland

May 15, 2015 | 100 pages
With a dozen original songs percolating in his head, bestselling author Eric Siblin had two chance encounters in the same month: one with a real estate agent named Jo, a talented singer with pop star dreams; and the other with a college acquaintance named Morey, a fiery guitarist, record exec... More Info

The Dylanologists

Simon & Schuster | May 26, 2015 | 256 pages
A joyous and poignant exploration of the meaning of fandom, the healing power of art, and the importance of embracing what moves you, “The Dylanologists is juicy…artfully told…and an often moving chronicle of the ecstasies and depravities of obsession” (New York Daily News). Bob Dylan is... More Info

Where the Wild Mums are

February 19, 2015 | 32 pages
The day Mum didn't get dressed and went on strike, Dad called her 'a Wild Thing' and Mum said 'Cook your own dinner' and stomped off upstairs to have a bath . . . In this hilarious, touching homage to Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, a worn-out mum finds herself floating across time and... More Info

Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana

Chronicle Books | May 19, 2015 | 408 pages
Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana is required reading for a new generation of curious and sophisticated pot smokers. Presented in an eye-popping package and filled with hyperdetailed photography of individual buds, this essential guide to marijuana is smart, practical, and exceedingly beautiful.... More Info

Menswear Dog Presents: The New Classics

Artisan Books | April 1, 2015 | 160 pages
The husband-and-wife team behind the "Menswear Dog" blog present a quirky guide to men's seasonal style as modeled by the ever-stylish Bodhi, their Shibu Inu dog.  More Info

Cocaine Fiends and Reefer Madness

Ronin Pub | May 12, 2015 | 380 pages
From the very beginning, filmmakers have struggled to free themselves from censorship and manipulation by special-interest groups, and this struggle is clearly evident in the history of drug films. Cocaine Fiends and Reefer Madness is an exhaustive exploration of the history of the depiction of... More Info

Punk Elegies

Barnacle Book | March 17, 2015 | 328 pages
Punk Elegies arrives like a chemically unstable mixture of Richard Yates and Damon Runyon. Set along Hollywood Boulevard at the birth of punk and the death of the 1970s, the thirty-three melancholic, comic laments of Punk Elegies are a mesmerizing concoction of delusion and revelation. A cultural... More Info

My Body Is Yours

May 1, 2015 | 240 pages
An LGBT memoir by a formerly self-described "inadequate male," about the true meaning of being a man.  More Info

Anger Is an Energy

Dey Street Books | April 28, 2015 | 544 pages
From the legendary frontman of the Sex Pistols, comes the complete, unvarnished story of his life in his own words. John Lydon is an icon—one of the most recognizable and influential cultural figures of the last forty years. As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols-the... More Info

There Goes Gravity

Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks) | April 7, 2015 | 368 pages
Lisa Robinson is the only woman journalist to have broken into the rock and roll boy's club. She has interviewed everyone from John Lennon to Patti Smith, Lady Gaga to the Clash. She's discussed nail varnish with a 12 year old Michael Jackson and introduced Lou Reed to David Bowie over filet... More Info

Hurry Up and Wait

April 6, 2015 | 64 pages
Hurry Up and Wait, the second volume in a new series of collaborations between artist Maira Kalman, author Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket), and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, is a whimsical collection of images that capture people in motion or not.  More Info

So You've Been Publicly Shamed

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | March 31, 2015 | 304 pages
An internationally best-selling author explores the war on human nature and its flaws by immersing himself in the world of modern-day public shaming—meeting famous shames, shamers and bystanders who have been impacted and whose careers and lives have been ruined by one mistake. By the... More Info

Stevie Nicks

February 3, 2015 | 352 pages
A celebration of the career and achievements of the iconic rock-and-roll artist traces her Midwest childhood and explosion onto the music scene through her collaborations with Fleetwood Mac and her gold and quadruple-platinum solo albums.  More Info

Age of Earthquakes

March 3, 2015 | 128 pages
A highly provocative, mindbending, beautifully designed, and visionary look at the landscape of our rapidly evolving digital era.  More Info


University of Texas Press | January 9, 2015 | 176 pages
Winner of the 2012 Los Angeles Book Festival Photography/Art Book Award, Dan Winters’ America: Icons and Ingenuity is the first retrospective of the career of this talented artist. Winters has spent more than two decades creating memorable photographs for such publications as the New York Times... More Info

Girl in a Band

Dey Street Books | February 24, 2015 | 288 pages
Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon, and role model for a generation of women, now tells her story—a memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence, and as one of the first women of rock and roll, written with the lyricism and haunting beauty of... More Info

Cycling Stars

By Magma
Laurence King Publishing | January 20, 2015 | 34 pages
Who is the toughest rider of all time? Who is the fastest cycling sprinter the world has ever seen? Would the racers of the sixties beat the champions of today? Put these long-standing debates to bed with this collection of illustrated cards showing the top stats of the 30 brightest stars from... More Info

Great Power and Great Responsibility

Wolsak & Wynn Pub Limited | November 4, 2014 | 440 pages
Great Power and Great Responsibility is a book about what makes comics tick and about how the philosophies of the world are reflected back at us through comics. By investigating certain iconic series with academic rigor, Mann shows how much of the world is captured in the comic series, particularly... More Info

Reclaiming Canadian Bodies

Wilfrid Laurier University Press | December 31, 2014 | 281 pages
The central focus of Reclaiming Canadian Bodies is the relationship between visual media, the construction of Canadian national identity, and notions of embodiment. It asks how particular representations of bodies are constructed and performed within the context of visual and discursive mediated... More Info

Iconic Designs

Bloomsbury Publishing | November 20, 2014 | 240 pages
"By returning to the etymological roots of iconicity and showcasing objects which are distinctive, memorable, internationally recognised and the subject of significant media attention, this text addresses what we mean by 'iconic' and how that aids our understanding of design and of iconicity. 50... More Info

We Rock! (Music Lab)

December 15, 2014 | 152 pages
Finally! A hip, fun and culturally relevant series of music appreciation books, perfect for modern music-loving families who want to take advantage of this era of exploding musical access! Get a personal guided tour through an amazing historical back-catalog of music that was previously... More Info

Bare-Knuckled Lit

December 16, 2014 | 152 pages
Includes more than 30 essays by members and performers of the cutting-edge live lit movement, similar to a witty, irreverent debate club between writers, featuring work from Samantha Irby, Daniel Shapiro, Josh Zagoren, Dave Stinton and Nick Tecosky. Original.  More Info

What We See When We Read

Vintage | August 5, 2014 | 419 pages
A Knopf art director presents a fully illustrated investigation into how we visualize images while reading works of literature, sharing example fragments of artwork that provide insights into how authors imagined their characters and settings. Original. 20,000 first printing.  More Info

You Have to Fucking Eat

November 12, 2014 | 32 pages
The long-awaited sequel to the #1 "New York Times" best-selling classic "Go the F*** to Sleep."  More Info

The Pocket Beer Guide

Sterling Publishing (NY) | September 17, 2013 | 320 pages
The best beers are here, so drink up! The authors of the acclaimed World Atlas of Beer (Sterling Epicure) have collaborated with top international contributors to create the most extraordinary, comprehensive, and up-to-date guide to brews available. This team of experts provides tasting notes on an... More Info

Kurt Cobain

One Peace Books Incorporated | April 15, 2014 | 96 pages
Growing up, Kurt Cobain believed that he was an alien and that his parents weren t really his parents. He thought that his alien race would rescue him sooner or later or that he would at least meet others like him, never feeling alone again. Eventually, Kurt Cobain will meet like-minded friends and... More Info

Colour Me Good Benedict Cumberbatch

April 3, 2014 | 36 pages
The newest in I Love Mel's pop culture colouring books is Colour Me Good Benedict Cumberbatch, an unofficial colouring book featuring line drawings of the star's best known roles on film and television. Cumberbatch has taken the world by storm in roles such as Sherlock Holmes on BBC's Sherlock,... More Info

Top 40 Democracy

University of Chicago Press | October 20, 2014 | 312 pages
If you drive into any American city with the car stereo blasting, you’ll undoubtedly find radio stations representing R&B/hip-hop, country, Top 40, adult contemporary, rock, and Latin, each playing hit after hit within that musical format. American music has created an array of rival... More Info