Category: Pop culture

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 | August 22, 2019 | 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

All the Songs

Black Dog & Leventhal Pub | October 22, 2013 | 704 pages
Every album and every song ever released by the Beatles—from "Please Please Me" (U.S. 1963) to "The Long and Winding Road" (U.S. 1970)—is dissected, discussed, and analyzed by two music historians in this lively and fully illustrated work. All the Songs delves deep into the history and origins... 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

Uncommon Goods

Intellect (UK) | January 15, 2013 | 136 pages
Since Marcel Duchamp created his “readymades” a century ago—most famously christening a urinal as a fountain—the practice of incorporating commodity objects into art has become ever more pervasive. Uncommon Goods traces one particularly important aspect in that progression: the shift in... More Info

The Wes Anderson Collection

ABRAMS | October 1, 2013 | 336 pages
Wes Anderson is one of the most influential voices from the past two decades of American cinema. A true auteur, Anderson is known for the visual artistry, inimitable tone, and idiosyncratic characterizations that make each of his films—Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life... More Info

Dogs with Old Man Faces: Portraits of Crotchety Canines

Running Press | October 1, 2013 | 144 pages
There's just something easy to love about those dogs with old man faces, with mugs weathered by experience and wisdom.  More Info

Fifty Type Faces That Changed The World

Conran | September 3, 2013 | 112 pages
See the 50 most influential fonts not just on the page of the book, but in use on cellphone screens, billboard posters, perfume packaging, aircraft hulls, buildings and more. This witty, engaging insight into the meanings of type ranges from classical Rome to the digital future, via pivotal moments... More Info

Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants

Andrews McMeel Publishing | October 1, 2013 | 168 pages
Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants is the second variety comic collection and fourth book from the comedic mastermind behind, Matthew Inman. Classics from the website, including “Dear Sriracha Rooster Sauce,” “What It Means When You Say Literally,” and “What We Should... More Info

Pink Floyd

Race Point Pub | October 2, 2013 | 240 pages
With a music career spanning nearly half a century, Pink Floyd is one of the most successful rock bands in history. With more than 250 million album sales to their credit, the band remains hugely popular worldwide. Both Rolling Stone and VHIhave named Floyd one of “The 100 Greatest Artists of All... More Info

The Best American Infographics 2013

October 8, 2013 | 160 pages
The newest volume—fresh and visually arresting—in the acclaimed Best American series, showcasing the finest examples of data visualization from the past year  More Info

Lost at Sea

Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks) | October 1, 2013 | 448 pages
"New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Psychopath Test" Jon Ronson writes about the dark, uncanny sides of humanity with clarity and humor. "Lost at Sea"--now with new material--reveals how deep our collective craziness lies, even in the most mundane circumstances. Ronson investigates the... More Info

Star Trek Topps

Abrams ComicArts | September 1, 2013 | 216 pages
Ever since Star Trek first aired on television in 1966, the series has had a strong influence on pop culture. In 1976, due to the show's rising popularity in syndication, Topps released a series of collectible trading cards featuring full-color images from the classic television series created by... More Info

Diary of Edward the Hamster 1990-1990

Blue Rider Press | September 26, 2013 | 96 pages
"An illustrated book about the life of Edward the Hamster"--  More Info

Unlikely Loves

Workman Publishing Company | October 8, 2013 | 208 pages
Unlikely Friendships is the phenomenal New York Times bestseller that's spent 44 weeks on the list and has 615,000 copies in print. It's struck a chord with media, from CBS This Morning to USA Today, and Temple Grandin has praised it as “amazing. It shows the power of friendship.” Now its... More Info

Just Kids

Ecco | November 2, 2010 | 320 pages
It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation. Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style... More Info

Big Appetites

September 10, 2013 | 256 pages
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Libraries and the Reading Public in Twentieth-century America

University of Wisconsin Press | July 22, 2013 | 256 pages
For well over one hundred years, libraries open to the public have played a crucial part in fostering in Americans the skills and habits of reading and writing, by routinely providing access to standard forms of print: informational genres such as newspapers, pamphlets, textbooks, and other... More Info

Straight from the Fridge Dad

No Exit Press | May 1, 2013 | 192 pages
A new, pocket-sized version of the richly illustrated edition—just the thing for all hipsters, B-girls, weedheads, moochers, shroud-tailors, bandrats, top studs, gassers, snowbirds, trigger-men, grifters, and long gone daddies Much of the slang popularly associated with the hippie generation of... More Info

Fan Phenomena: Twin Peaks

Intellect Books | June 28, 2013 | 164 pages
David Lynch and Mark Frost’s television series Twin Peaks debuted in April 1990 and by June of 1991 had been cancelled. Yet the impact of this surreal, unsettling show—ostensibly about the search for homecoming queen Laura Palmer’s killer—is far larger than its short run might indicate. A... More Info

Fan Phenomena: Star Trek

Intellect Books | July 1, 2013 | 132 pages
From a decidedly inauspicious start as a low-rated television series in the 1960s that was cancelled after three seasons, Star Trek has grown to a multi-billion dollar industry of spin-off series, feature films, and merchandise. Fueling the ever-expanding franchise are some of the most rabid and... More Info

Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Intellect Books | July 1, 2013 | 164 pages
Few could have predicted the enduring affection inspired by Joss Whedon's television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With its origins in a script Whedon wrote for a 1992 feature film of the same name, the series far outpaced its source material, gathering a devoted audience that remains loyal to... More Info

In Love With Art

Coach House | September 10, 2013 | 120 pages
"Jeet Heer more thoroughly and widely understands comics history and the perplexing binomial life of the cartoonist better than anyone who's not one. As well-versed in literature as he is in comics, he always gets at the peculiar, poetical texture of his subject not only by what he writes, but how... More Info

Pearl Jam Twenty

Simon & Schuster | September 10, 2013 | 384 pages
With a new foreword by Pearl Jam’s longtime friend and fan Cameron Crowe, this New York Times bestselling book is an intimate and lavishly illustrated portrait of one of the world’s most influential and successful bands. In 1991, Pearl Jam’s debut album, Ten, catapulted the little-known... More Info

Metal on Ice

Dundurn PressLtd | July 9, 2013 | 224 pages
Canada has produced many successful proponents of the genre known as heavy metal, which grew out of the hard rock of the 1970s, exploded commercially in the 1980s, and then petered out in the 1990s as grunge took over, only to rise to prominence once again in the new millennium. The road to... More Info