Contemporary Culture

Poder de mujer: Descubre quién eres para crear el éxito a tu medida

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 ¿Qué es el éxito para ti? ¡Descúbrelo! 

generation s.l.u.t.: A Brutal Feel-up Session with Today's Sex-Crazed Adolescent Populace

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"Good work, you morbid little bastard."

Hunter S. Thompson, author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

slingshot to the juggernaut: Total Resistance to Death Machine Means Complete Love of Truth

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An inspiring ride into the 9/11 cover-up and the revolutionary possibilities it inadvertently created.  

Hot sauce nation: America's Burning Obsession

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 "As wonderful a condimental accompaniment to American cuisine as hot sauce itself."

Tom Acitelli, author of The Audacity of Hops 

no hope: Why I Left the GOP (and You Should Too)

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For disaffected conservatives and moderates, as well as liberals who are fed up with the political party system 

Everything I Ever Needed to Know About ___* I Learned from Monty Python

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“The authors clearly know their Python, and they also know how much the Pythons themselves knew about virtually everything, up to and including the Spanish Inquisition.” 

The New York Times 


Contemporary Culture

the ultimate evil: an investigation of america's most dangerous santanic cult

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"Terry's book offers answers where there had been none before." 

Newsday 

twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, & Film

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"With his characteristic ingenuity, razor-sharp cultural insights, and cunning humor, Spitz chronicles the history of the ever-growing aesthetic called Twee."

Publishers Weekly

bound to last: 30 writers on their most cherished book

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"A work that will be cherished by those who enjoy not only the words of writers, but also the books from which they come."

Courtney Webb, New York Journal of Books

dumbocracy: Adventures with the Loony Left, the Rabid Right, & Other American Idiots

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"If you can read the entire book and not enjoy it, then there's a good chance you take yourself too seriously."
Christian Lander, author of Stuff White People Like

the black panther: intercommunal news service 1967-1980

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This book contains pages from the Black Panther Party’s official newspaper, featuring essays by Hilliard, Elaine Brown, Dr. Stan Oden, Craig Laurence Rice, Kumasi, and Joshua Bloom. 

head cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath

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"The strange effects of neurological damage will draw fans of Oliver Sacks, but Mason's poignant and caring accounts of his clients' lives are sure to touch the hearts of a wide range of readers.”
Publishers Weekly 


Contemporary Culture

cringe: Teenage Diaries, Journals, Notes, Letters, Poems, & Abandoned Rock Operas

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Cringe offers a voyeuristic glimpse at the roller coaster of youth in all of its navel-gazing, soul-searching, social-skewering glory. 

the village voice film guide: 50 Years of Movies from Classics to Cult Hits

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“For half a century, the Village Voice has set the gold standard for serious film coverage… this [is a] valuable, illuminating collection.”
Booklist 

denison, iowa: Searching for the Soul of America Through the Secrets of a Midwest Town

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"A work of prophetic journalism—Sherwood Anderson channeling Garcia Marquez in Jack London's voice... What emerges is a moving, cautionary tale for American times to come."
John Phillip Santos, author of Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation 

the other hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry

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"Titillating, funny, appalling... The book dishes dirt and zeitgeist in roughly equal portions, with hilarious and devastating observations.”
Village Voice 

the joys of smoking cigarettes

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 This one-of-a-kind treasure trove of memories, meditations, fascinating facts, and tantalizing trivia will only enhance the unparalleled pleasure of lighting up! 

from sun tzu to xbox: War and Video Games

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"These pages are shot through with original and important ideas, each of which could easily be spun off in to whole dissertations. You must read this book.”

Christian Parenti, author of The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq 


Contemporary Culture

porn and pong: How Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider, & Other Sexy Games Changed Our Culture

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  "Damon Brown tells the tale of the marriage of pop culture, video games, and porn with a geek's glee and a historian's attention to detail." 

Audacia Ray, author of Naked on the Internet 

poems for new orleans

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"No poet today writes history better than Ed Sanders... the bard of our continent gives us the truth with these poems and songs."
Joanne Kyger, author of About Now: Collected Poems 

david lynch: the man from another place

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“A very well written ‘cinema-therapy’ session... [Lynch's] movies, obsessions, studio hassles, and personal life are all revealed in a smart, readable analysis by author Dennis Lim, who makes for the perfect film shrink.” 

John Waters, director of Pink Flamingos

Private: Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks, & the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History

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“Manning’s ordinary existence becomes extraordinary through the fine writing of Nicks. The conversations between Manning, her confidants, and others are expertly woven together in a way that propels this story along like a thrilling, suspense-filled novel.” 

Randy L. Schmidt, author of Little Girl Blue

jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue

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"A sustained, headlong, late-night crystalline rant/sermon/declaration that never lets up, never plays safe, and, when you're finished, finally lets you breathe. Goddammit. Now I have to go buy this dude's Bowie book." 

Patton Oswalt, actor in The King of Queens 

Wes Craven: The Man and his Nightmares

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"This book is surprising in the amount of detail it manages to cram into 262 pages."

Scott A. Johnson, Dread Central


Contemporary Culture

cat power: a good woman

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"An impressive balance of journalistic objectivity and sympathetic tribute."

Kirkus Reviews

nobody likes you: inside the turbulent life, times, & music of green day

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"Like a good punk rock song, [Nobody Likes You] is a great, somewhat brief length and yet completely in-depth and brings some new details to life. Like a good Green Day song, it's also easily digestible and accessible, but an enjoyable experience all the same."

Brian Schultz, Punk News

billy joel: The Life & Times of an Angry Young Man

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"Surprisingly intimate."

Publishers Weekly

dr. dre: the biography

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"Dr. Dre: The Biography stands as a momentous document for one of the great careers in the Hip Hop spectrum."

All Hip 

carnegie hill: a novel

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"Wit and high hilarity propel us through the pages of this tale of irrepressible lovers who are never on secure ground for long. But there's wisdom at the heart of this wonderfully buoyant novel."
Kathleen Hill, author of She Read to Us in the Late Afternoons

the organ broker: a novel

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“Exciting and thought-provoking—the perfect package.”  

Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series


Contemporary Culture

sunday's on the phone to monday: a novel

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"A lyrical, and lyric-filled, portrait of a family in love and sorrow. This whimsical, bittersweet debut novel recalls the work of filmmaker Wes Anderson... there is something iridescent about this novel."

Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 

becoming marta: a novel

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 "Chilling prose... Canales has written a remarkable novel." 

Irish Times 

castle of water: a novel

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 "A unique, inventive exploration of love, loss, and survival." 

Kristin Hannah, author of The Nightingale 

in the season of blood and gold: short stories

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"With ferocious economy and a great big heart, Taylor Brown writes one of the best debuts I've ever picked up... This work demands your attention." 

Charles Dodd White, author of A Shelter of Others

the wedding gift: a novel

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 “A spine-electrifying supernatural tale where a huge Southern States mansion contains one of the most terrifying, violent and indeed psychopathic ghosts to haunt any town.”
Tim Roux, author of Missio

manga art for intermediates: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Your Own Manga Drawings

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"A solid selection for those who have mastered [drawing] the basics and are ready to move on to character work." 

 School Library Journal  


Contemporary Culture

theodore gray's completely mad science experiments you can do at home but probably shouldn't

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"What a magnificent book. It's gorgeous, playful, and draws you in. Every single photo shows not only a deep love of science in the abstract, but also a tinkerer's love of the STUFF of science."

Adam Savage, star of Mythbusters

manga art for beginners: How to Create Your Own Manga Drawings

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"If you’ve been trying to draw [characters], but still feel as though your drawings don’t look very manga-ish, this is a great book, with lots of good hints and idea templates with which to practice... very useful!" 

 Frederik L. Schodt,  author of Manga! Manga! 

make toons that sell (Without Selling Out)

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"Bill Plympton is the great asterisk of animation. You can't draw a feature film by yourself... except Bill Plympton. You can't market and distribute an animated feature film by yourself... except Bill Plympton. I don't know how he does it!"

Tom Sito, animator and historian

the art of cars

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 The Art of Cars is as colorful as its memorable story and characters, making this book—the only movie tie-in for adults—a spirited ride down the road of a masterful animated feature film. 

weirdo deluxe: The Wild World of Pop Surrealism & Lowbrow Art

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"If you’re left a little cold by the Thomas Kinkade cottages and celebrity glossies that are passing for decent figurative art these days, dive into this garden of earthly delights. You won’t be disappointed."

Matt Konrad, fiction editor of Ruminator

ultimate robot

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Ultimate Robot is both a visual feast of the robot in pop culture and a reference guide for collectors of toy, kit, and warrior robot memorabilia.


Contemporary Culture

independently animated: the life and art of the king of indie animation

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" This volume is long past due. Few artists have had the impact on animation which Plympton can claim."

Richard O'Connor, The Comic Journal

through the wire: Lyrics and Illuminations

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 "Aesthetically, the book is not far from the mind-warped visuals that Mr. West so often gives us, like his recent publicly released video short with director Spike Jonze... this will once again be a Kanye West collectors item." 

SlamXHype 

wish you were here: an essential guide to your favorite music scenes

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“This book was really fun to read and I actually learned a lot. Wait a minute... Does giving a quote for this book mean people will know that I didn’t actually already know this stuff? Lame.” 

Hayley Williams, lead vocalist of Paramore 

the magic of alan wakeling: The Works of a Master Magician

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 Fully illustrated, beautifully and clearly described, this book is a treasure for any aspiring magician 

everybody hurts: an essential guide to emo culture

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"With casual prose and unflagging energy, the authors look at a laundry list of emo affairs."

Publishers Weekly

after a while you just get used to it: A Tale of Family Clutter

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“Despite a life as hectic as a hurricane, and at times as foreboding as a Florida swamp, [this book] is a hilarious, insightful reminder of what the best memoirs can offer, imposing a sense of order and much-needed catharsis on the chaos of life.”
Josh Hanagarne, author of The World’s Strongest Librarian 


Contemporary Culture

i'm the man: the story of that guy from anthrax

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“Like any good rock bio, I'm the Man abounds with tales of debauchery… [but it's also] an inspiring tale of perseverance in the face of endless lineup and label changes, rehearsal room fires, and a fickle music industry.” 

Revolver

ministry: the lost gospels according to al jourgensen

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 “A tale of outlandish debauchery and mayhem… Like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas crossed with The Dirt, it's both insanely compelling and compellingly insane.”

Texas Monthly

let's ride: sonny barger's guide to motorcycling

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 “Provides a solid, practical foundation for anyone. But it also has bits of advice that could aid the seasoned rider as well. It’s written in easy-to-understand prose, with Barger’s wit woven in.”
Motorcycle USA  

Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!: My Adventures in The Alice Cooper Group

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“Dennis tells the story from the inside out with wit and wisdom and adds brilliantly to the Alice Cooper Group mythos. There may be many versions of this story, but Dennis' is one of the most colorful, insightful and entertaining!” 

Bob Ezrin, record producer 

no end in sight: my life as a blind iditarod racer

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"Rachael Scdoris is not one to walk away from a challenge. She's already an accomplished musher, but it is her character and perseverance which are most exceptional." 

The Frontiersman 

Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music

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 "A disturbing, fact-filled portrait of American musical life that is both humorous and human." 

Composer William Bolcom, 1988 Pulitzer Prize for music 


Contemporary Culture

Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal

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 “Two devil horns up!” 

USA Today

Rock and Roll Cage Match: Music's Greatest Rivalries, Decided

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"Through thoughtful execution of a risky premise, Cage Match offers semi-definitive answers for rock-geek know-it-alls, while igniting as many arguments as it settles."

Charles A. Hohman, PopMat

Body Piercing Saved My Life: Inside the Phenomenon of Christian Rock

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"Humorous without being acerbic, focused without being self-absorbed, this is an engaging read for believers, non-believers, and agnostics alike."  

Under the Radar 

dirty little secrets of the record business: why so much music you hear sucks

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 "Engaging and enlightening... a solid primer to today’s Byzantine music industry."  

Billboard 

the pocket dj

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New York magazine has called author Sarah Lewitinn (alias Ultragrrrl) one of the most "influential people in music."

Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and Emo

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"Greenwald is thorough and observant, his brilliant articulation allowing him to put such a world into words. He is funny, and I laughed because he understands."

Rachell Li, Teen Ink magazine


Contemporary Culture

Pocket Karaoke

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 With more than two thousand songs handpicked and organized by music industry insider Sarah Lewitinn (a.k.a. Ultragrrrl), Pocket Karaoke is the definitive, portable guide to making your next karaoke performance unforgettable.

Everyone Leads: How to Revitalize the Catholic Church

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"Lowney has applied his extensive business background and made an important contribution to the ongoing discussions about the future of the Catholic church... Anyone looking for practical approaches to resolving the church’s ills would do well to begin with this book."

 Charles Zech, Center for Church Management and Business Ethics 

Freedom: Credos from the Road

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"The iconoclastic author of the memoir Hell's Angels and the novel Dead in 5 Heartbeats now offers a useful guide to maintaining personal freedoms and self-respect on streets mean and otherwise."

Publishers Weekly

Heroic Living: Discover Your Purpose and Change the World

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“This work is a welcomed contribution for anyone longing for a more authentic and purposeful life.” 

 Steve G. W. Moore, Executive Director of M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust 

In the Name of the Father: Family, Football, and the Manning Dynasty

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"Complete in its research and content, engaging in its writing and informative for readers, this book is one that is recommended for all football fans, whether or not they are fans of any of the Mannings or their teams."

Lance Smith, The Guy Who Reviews Sports Books


Contemporary Culture

Dropping the Gloves: Inside the Fiercely Combative World of Professional Hockey

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"Dropping the Gloves is very much like sitting down with Melrose and listening to him tell stories. Aside from a bit of editorial cleanup, I would guess that the book is close to a literal transcription of Melrose relating the highlights and major turning points throughout his hockey life."

Rebecca Dobrinski, The Hockey Writers

The Barefoot Running Book Deluxe: The Art and Science of Barefoot and Minimalist Shoe Running

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 “An invaluable guide by one of the experts in the field of barefoot and minimalist shoe running.” 

 Dr. Joseph Froncioni, orthopedic consultant 

The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team

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"It's hard to match the thoroughness of the account presented by Mr. Patoski.... The Dallas Cowboys adroitly traces the ascendancy of the team while shedding light on its unique position today as an athletic, commercial and cultural powerhouse." The Wall Street Journal 

Top of the Order: 25 Writers Pick Their Favorite Baseball Player of All Time

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“Baseball fans build their own personal relationship with the game and its players, and these relationships are portrayed exceptionally well in Top of the Order…Manning has brought together a stellar group of writers, journalists, musicians, and entertainers, and each shares a story of a ballplayer who has touched their life.” 

Largehearted Boy

TRAIL RUNNING AND ULTRAMARATHONS: Expert Advice, and Some Humor

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 Robilliard teaches trail-running newbies and experienced marathoners essential survival skills and tips for running long distances: how to run in snow, ice, and mud; how to cross large streams of water; what to do when you have to go number 2 on mile 30 of a 50-mile run.