Category: Pop culture


Harper Design | April 17, 2012 | 176 pages
Meet Mamika: the world’s coolest and most daring nonagenarian! To raise his ninety-three-year-old grandmother’s spirits, photographer Sacha Goldberger engaged her as his creative collaborator, model, and muse. Countless costumes, geriatric gaffes, unbelievable stunts, and hilarious photo shoots... More Info

The Conquest of Cool

University of Chicago Press | December 1, 1998 | 322 pages
While the youth counterculture remains the most evocative and best-remembered symbol of the cultural ferment of the 1960s, the revolution that shook American business during those boom years has gone largely unremarked. In this fascinating and revealing study, Thomas Frank shows how the youthful... More Info

The Great Movies III

University Of Chicago Press | September 1, 2011 | 440 pages
Roger Ebert has been writing film reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times for over four decades now and his biweekly essays on great movies have been appearing there since 1996. As Ebert noted in the introduction to the first collection of those pieces, “They are not the greatest films of all time,... More Info

You'll Know When You Get There

University of Chicago Press | August 15, 2012 | 272 pages
As the 1960s ended, Herbie Hancock embarked on a grand creative experiment. Having just been dismissed from the celebrated Miles Davis Quintet, he set out on the road, playing with his first touring group as a leader until he eventually formed what would become a revolutionary band. Taking the... More Info

The Cruel Radiance

May 1, 2012 | 344 pages
In The Cruel Radiance, Susie Linfield challenges the idea that photographs of political violence exploit their subjects and pander to the voyeuristic tendencies of their viewers. Instead she argues passionately that looking at such images—and learning to see the people in them—is an ethically... More Info

Patti Smith

Yale Univ Pr | October 31, 2011 | 96 pages
"Each photograph is like a diary entry of my life." —Patti Smith  More Info

The Anthology of Rap

Yale Univ Pr | September 13, 2011 | 928 pages
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Bob Dylan

May 24, 2011 | 192 pages
Offers a historical look at the life and career of Bob Dylan from four perspectives: his relationship to blackness, the influence of his singing style, his image on film, and his songwriting.  More Info

Film and Genocide

University of Wisconsin Pres | January 4, 2012 | 288 pages
Film and Genocide brings together scholars of film and of genocide to discuss film representations, both fictional and documentary, of the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, and genocides in Chile, Australia, Rwanda, and the United States. Since 1955, when Alain Resnais created his experimental... More Info


Reagan Arthur / Back Bay Books | January 3, 2012 | 304 pages
Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen... More Info

The Onion Presents A Book of Jean's Own!

St. Martin's Griffin | October 12, 2010 | 272 pages
The author and eponymous columnist behind "The Onion's" column, "A Room of Jean's Own," shines front and center in a book of her very own, featuring all-original, never-before-published material.  More Info

My Heart Is an Idiot

Farrar, Straus and Giroux | September 4, 2012 | 320 pages
Davy Rothbart is looking for love in all the wrong places. Constantly. He falls helplessly in love with pretty much every girl he meets—and rarely is the feeling reciprocated. Time after time, he hops in a car and tears across half of America with his heart on his sleeve. He’s continually... More Info

My Ideal Bookshelf

Little, Brown | November 13, 2012 | 240 pages
The books that we choose to keep --let alone read-- can say a lot about who we are and how we see ourselves. In MY IDEAL BOOKSHELF, dozens of leading cultural figures share the books that matter to them most; books that define their dreams and ambitions and in many cases helped them find their way... More Info

The Fan Who Knew Too Much

Alfred a Knopf Incorporated | June 19, 2012 | 368 pages
An exploration of American culture by the Grammy Award-winning gospel producer and author of The Gospel Sound celebrates the contributions of iconic contributors, tracing subjects ranging from the birth of the soap opera and the obsessiveness of modern fandom to the outing of gay church members and... More Info

The John Lennon Letters

Little, Brown | October 9, 2012 | 400 pages
A lifetime of letters, collected for the first time, from the legendary musician and songwriter. John Lennon was one of the greatest songwriters the world has ever known, creator of "Help!", "Come Together", "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Imagine", and dozens more.... More Info

The Onion Book of Known Knowledge

Little, Brown | October 23, 2012 | 256 pages
Are you a witless cretin with no reason to live? Would you like to know more about every piece of knowledge ever? Do you have cash? Then congratulations, because just in time for the death of the print industry as we know it comes the final book ever published, and the only one you will ever need:... More Info

Glittering Images

Random House Digital, Inc. | October 16, 2012 | 202 pages
The author of Sexual Personae presents a chronological tour of major themes in Western art as reflected by more than two dozen seminal images that use such mediums as paint, sculpture, architecture, performance art and digital art, from an Egyptian tomb and Titian's "Venus With a Mirror" to Jackson... More Info

The Southern Journey of Alan Lomax

W. W. Norton | December 10, 2012 | 136 pages
A new look at the legendary folklorist and his work. More than fifty years ago, on a trip dubbed “the Southern Journey,” Alan Lomax visited Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Tennessee, uncovering the little-known southern backcountry and blues music that we now consider... More Info

Clearly, I Didn't Think This Through

Berkley Trade | November 6, 2012 | 304 pages
An uproarious debut memoir by the blogger for Shmnitten Kitten describes the challenges she encountered while trying to achieve a responsible and satisfying adulthood, a process that made her consider if she was capable of or even interested in conventional maturity. Original. 30,000 first... More Info

Waging Heavy Peace

September 25, 2012 | 502 pages
The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee presents the story of his career against a backdrop of 40 years of history, discussing such topics as his collaborations with famous fellow artists, his creative process and his activist work with Farm Aid and The Bridge School. (This book was... More Info

Tattoos -- Philosophy for Everyone

Wiley-Blackwell | May 1, 2012 | 224 pages
Body art or eyesore, tattoos provide fertile ground for philosophical discussion Whether seen as a celebration of individuality or as a conversation piece, tattoos raise intriguing philosophical questions, from aesthetics to feminism, from semiotics to the philosophy of the person. The abundance of... More Info

I Want My MTV

Plume | September 25, 2012 | 542 pages
Presents the first decade of the MTV network, developing from a radical programming concept to a defining network for a generation and a force in the worlds of music, television, sports, fashion, and politics.  More Info

Green Lantern and Philosophy

Wiley | May 10, 2011 | 304 pages
The first look at the philosophy behind the Green Lantern comics?timed for the release of the Green Lantern movie in June 2011 The most recent Green Lantern series?the Blackest Night?propelled GL to be the top-selling comic series for more than a year, the latest twist in seven decades of Green... More Info

Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide 2013

Plume | August 29, 2012 | 1640 pages
Features more than 16,000 movie reviews--including more than 300 new entries since the 2012 edition--newly updated indexes of leading performers and directors and much more. Original.  More Info

The New New Rules

Plume Books | May 1, 2012 | 368 pages
From best-selling author and host of HBO's Real Time a book of political riffs serves up a savagely funny set of rules for preserving sanity in an insane world. Reprint.  More Info

The Filmmaker's Handbook

Plume | November 27, 2012 | 832 pages
Updated to incorporate the latest advances in digital formats, a popular go-to reference for video and film production by two award-winning filmmakers outlines best techniques for a range of genres, provides instructions for working with HD and digital video format and covers the latest nonlinear... More Info

America Again

Grand Central Publishing | October 2, 2012 | 240 pages
Book store nation, in the history of mankind there has never been a greater country than America. You could say we're the #1 nation at being the best at greatness. But as perfect as America is in every single way, America is broken! And we can't exchange it because we're 236 years past the 30-day... More Info

Let It Bleed

Springboard Press | November 2, 2009 | 256 pages
A fan's treasury of photographs and behind-the-scenes stories from the Rolling Stone's infamous 1969 Let It Bleed tour draws on the photographer's insider perspectives and is complemented by descriptions of the band's interactions with other period icons, from Abbie Hoffman to Little Richard.  More Info

In My View

September 30, 2012 | 208 pages
More than 75 top artists write about the artists who most influenced or inspired their own work, in an evocative collection that includes Thomas Demand's thoughts on Paolo Uccello, Miroslaw Balka's reflections on Michelangelo and Vik Muniz's tribute to Peter Paul Rubens.  More Info

The Best American Sports Writing 2012

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | October 2, 2012 | 361 pages
The editors of Charles Barkley's books I May Be Wrong but I Doubt It brings together the year's finest writing in sports, in all its drama, humanity and excitement. Original. 30,000 first printing.  More Info


Viking Canada | September 18, 2012 | 304 pages
No summary available.


Simon & Schuster | November 13, 2012 | 176 pages
This rollicking follow-up to Carrie Fisher’s' New York Times bestselling memoir and Tony Award- and Emmy Award-nominated, one-woman Broadway show Wishful Drinking is packed with madcap memories from her star-studded life: her friendships with Michael Jackson and her once-upon-a-very-brief-time... More Info


Frances Lincoln Limited | September 18, 2012 | 128 pages
Collects forty step-by-step projects for reusing fabric and buttons to create such items as a stuffed frog, baby booties, a beach bag, and a button necklace.  More Info

Mort Drucker

Running PressBook Pub | October 23, 2012 | 272 pages
Selected by the artist himself, this collection highlights the best work of the award-winning caricaturist who spent 55 years drawing satirical cartoons and parodies of TV shows and movies for MAD magazine. 15,000 first printing.  More Info

Feminist Ryan Gosling

Running PressBook Pub | August 14, 2012 | 125 pages
Based on the blog of the same name, a humorous book pairs 120 steamy, full-color photos of Ryan Gosling with favorite feminist theories.  More Info

Dancers Among Us

Workman Publishing | October 30, 2012 | 240 pages
The mystery of the body in motion. The surprise of seeing what seems impossible. And the pure, joyful optimism of it all. Dancers Among Us presents one thrilling photograph after another of dancers leaping, spinning, lifting, kicking—but in the midst of daily life: on the beach, at a construction... More Info

Star Wars Origami

Workman Publishing | August 7, 2012 | 259 pages
Includes 72 sheets of specially designed Star Wars origami paper.  More Info

Why Love Hurts

Polity | June 26, 2012 | 300 pages
This book argues that the modern romantic experience and the selection of a partner is shaped by a fundamental transformation in the ecology and architecture of romantic choice.  More Info

The Lego Book

DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) | August 20, 2012 | 255 pages
A visual chronicle of key moments in LEGO® history includes coverage of spotlight developments, main toy systems, the LEGOLAND theme parks and LEGO's diversification into the visual arts, in an updated edition that includes instruction panels for creating models from bricks.  More Info


Workman Pub Co | May 12, 2010 | 13 pages
Presents eleven scenes and quotations from the six Star Wars motion pictures. Striped acetate overlays on board pages give illustrations the illusion of movement.  More Info

I'm Your Man

Random House Digital, Inc. | October 23, 2012 | 576 pages
The definitive biography of one of the most emigmatic, beloved, and celebrated artists of our time. Leonard Cohen's extensive and successful recent worldwide tour has demonstrated that his popularity across generations and borders has never been greater. Cohen's life is one of singular mystique.... More Info

The Last Holiday

Canongate U.S. | January 10, 2012 | 384 pages
A personal account by the late rap artist and poet best known for such iconic singles as "Home Is Where the Hatred Is" and "B Movie" traces the story of his life, career and history-making 1981 tour at the side of Stevie Wonder to raise support for the establishment of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  More Info

The Breakup 2.0

March 1, 2012 | 214 pages
A few generations ago, college students showed their romantic commitments by exchanging special objects: rings, pins, varsity letter jackets. Pins and rings were handy, telling everyone in local communities that you were spoken for, and when you broke...  More Info

Counter culture

Ilr Pr | August 1, 2009 | 142 pages
A must-have for anyone who loves diners and coffee shops. Taylor travels more than 26,000 miles throughout the United States collecting stories of lifer waitresses. Their compelling stories are complemented by Taylor's striking color photographs of them at work.  More Info

Jeopardy! and Philosophy

Open Court Publishing | November 6, 2012 | 288 pages
Since its debut in 1964, Jeopardy! has been one of America's favorite and longest-running daytime quiz shows. It turns the question-answer format of traditional quiz shows on its head and requires contestants to pose correct questions to answers in selected categories. While mining information and... More Info

Breaking Bad and Philosophy

Open Court Publishing | July 10, 2012 | 242 pages
The hit television drama Breaking Bad is discussed by professional thinkers who compare the major themes of the show with philosophical concepts and answer questions about injustice, retaliation and the potential of everyone to become a ruthless criminal. Original.  More Info

Rush and Philosophy

Open Court Pub Co | May 10, 2011 | 288 pages
The progressive/hard rock band Rush has never been as popular as it is now. A documentary film about the band, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, which was released in the summer of 2010 has been universally well received. They had a cameo in the movie I Love You Man. Their seven-part song “2112”... More Info

Bike Snob

Chronicle Books | May 5, 2010 | 222 pages
Cycling is exploding in a good way. Urbanites everywhere, from ironic hipsters to earth-conscious commuters, are taking to the bike like aquatic mammals to water. BikeSnobNYC cycling's most prolific, well-known, hilarious, and anonymous blogger brings a fresh and humorous perspective to the most... More Info


April 1, 2012 | 176 pages
Raised in Queens, New York, Johnny Ramone founded one of the most influential rock bands of all time, but he never strayed from his blue-collar roots and attitude. He was truly imbued with the angry-young-man spirit that would characterize his persona both on and off stage. Through it all, Johnny... More Info

Out of the Vinyl Deeps

University of Minnesota Press | May 1, 2011 | 272 pages
Rediscover the astute and passionate music writings of the pioneering rock critic for the New Yorker.  More Info