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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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
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
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
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.
?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
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
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.
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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