New Arrivals · Popular Culture

June 30, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

American shame : stigma and the body politic

June 29, 2016
Bloomington [Indiana] ; Indianapolis [Indiana] : Indiana University Press, [2016]
x, 288 pages ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Introduction : American Shame and the Boundaries of Belonging / Myra Mendible -- Shame before the Law : Affects of Abortion Regulation / Karen Weingarten -- Sex, Shame, and the Single Life : Bond and the "Black Shirley Temple" / Daniel McNeil -- Neoliberal Crimmigration : The "Commonsense" Shaming of the Undocumented / Leah Perry -- The Look of Sovereignty : Style and Politics in the Young Lords / Frances Negrón-Muntaner -- Suicide as an Invocation of Shame in Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist / Renee Lee Gardner -- Fat, Shame, and the Disciplining Practices of Health Expertise / Meghan Griffin -- Citizenship at Odds : Disability, Liberalism, and the Shame of Interdependence / Noel Glover -- Shame and Shitting : Postfeminist Episodes in Contemporary Hollywood Films / Madeline Walker -- Distancing Maneuvers : Collective Shame in Iraq War Films / Mike Rancourt -- Deinstitutionalization of the Mentally Ill, Shame, and the Rise of the "Slasher" Trope in Halloween / Anthony Carlton Cooke -- Shaming and Reclaiming Women's Sexuality through Cinematic Depictions of Masturbation / Megan Tagle Adams -- Dieting for the Sake of Art : Eleanor Antin, Rachel Rosenthal, and Faith Ringgold / Emily Newman.
"Examining shame through a prism of race, sexuality, ethnicity, and gender, these provocative essays offer a broader understanding of how America's discourse of shame helps to define its people as citizens, spectators, consumers, and moral actors."--Back cover.

Hot dog taste test

June 13, 2016
Hanawalt, Lisa, author, illustrator.
Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2016.
172 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
"'Hot dog taste test' serves up [the author's] devastatingly funny comics, saliva-stimulating art, and deliciously screwball lists as she skewers the pomposities of foodie subculture"--Back cover.

But what if we're wrong? : thinking about the present as if it were the past

June 10, 2016
Klosterman, Chuck, 1972- author.
New York : Blue Rider Press, [2016]
272 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.
A brief examination as to why this book is hopeless (and a briefer examination as to why it might not be) -- A quaint and curious volume of (destined-to-be) forgotten lore -- But that's the way I like it, Baby. I don't want to live forever. -- "Merit" -- Burn thy witches -- The world that is not there -- Don't tell me what happens. I'm recording it. -- Sudden death (over time) -- The case against freedom -- But what if we're right? -- Only the penitent man shall pass.
"We live in a culture of casual certitude. This has always been the case, no matter how often that certainty has failed. Though no generation believes there's nothing left to learn, every generation unconsciously assumes that what has already been defined and accepted is (probably) pretty close to how reality will be viewed in perpetuity. And then, of course, time passes. Ideas shift. Opinions invert. What once seemed reasonable eventually becomes absurd, replaced by modern perspectives that feel even more irrefutable and secure--until, of course, they don't. "--Provided by publisher.

American rhapsody : writers, musicians, movie stars, and one great building

May 11, 2016
Pierpont, Claudia Roth.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
309 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The majority of essays were previously published in The New Yorker.
Includes index.
Introduction -- Cries and Whispers: Edith Wharton -- For Love and Money: F. Scott Fitzgerald -- Behind the Mask: Bert Williams and Stepin Fetchit -- Jazzbo: George Gershwin -- The Silver Spire: The Chrysler Building -- Tough Guy: Dashiell Hammett -- The Collector: Peggy Guggenheim -- Born For The Part: Katharine Hepburn -- The Player Kings: Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier -- Method Man: Marlon Brando -- Another Country: James Baldwin -- A Raised Voice: Nina Simone.
"Incisive biographical profiles of some of the most iconic American artists and creations of the twentieth century"--Provided by publisher.

We were feminists once : from riot grrrl to CoverGirl®, the buying and selling of a political movement

May 3, 2016
Zeisler, Andi, 1972- author.
New York : PublicAffairs, [2016]
xvi, 285 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Part One: The New Embrace -- 1 The Corridors of Empower -- 2 Heroine Addicts: Feminism and Hollywood -- 3 Do These Underpants Make Me Look Feminist? -- 4 The Golden Age of (Feminist) TV -- 5 Our Beyoncés, Ourselves: Celebrity Feminism -- Part Two: The Same Old Normal -- 6 Killer Waves -- 7 Empowering Down -- 8 The Rise of Big Woman -- 9 Creeping Beauty -- Epilogue: The End of Feel-Good Feminism -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index.
"A critical assessment of feminism today by the founding editor and creative director of Bitch magazine draws on the stories of institutions and everyday women to illuminate how feminism has been compromised by market forces, subversive politics and popular culture, sharing strategic recommendations for how to reverse marginalizing trends,"--NoveList.

The big book of American trivia

April 12, 2016
Lang, J. Stephen.
Carol Stream, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, ©2011.
x, 356 pages ; 23 cm

Barbie : the icon

March 21, 2016
Capella, Massimiliano, author.
©2015
207 pages : color illustrations ; 33 cm
"Since her first appearance on March 9, 1959 (making her a Pisces), Barbara Millicent Roberts, or Barbie, as she's most famously known, is and has been a trendsetter, global icon, and pop culture mainstay--for more than fifty years. Barbie has captured the imaginations of people across the globe, and remains the most coveted doll in history. She's is truly an icon. Barbie has broken cultural, social, and linguistic barriers, all while showcasing a fabulous fashion sense. Barbie has had close to 150 careers, represented over 40 different nationalities, and collaborated with more than 75 different fashion designers including the likes of Valentino, Versace, Dior, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Vivienne Westwood, Prada, and Givenchy. She serves as an imitable idol to many, and is in countless ways more than just a doll; she is a true inspiration to people all around the world. This definitive collection of everything Barbie is organized into five categories: Barbie is fashion; Barbie's family; Dolls of the world; Barbie's careers; and Queen, diva and Celebrity, Barbie as global icon. Barbie: The Icon celebrates the impact Barbie has had on popular and high culture for three generations in every arena from style to fashion to careers, making her the voice of the contemporary woman, an enduring image of pop culture, and in many ways, a genuine living legend. A must-have for every Barbie aficionado, here is a trip down memory lane, and encyclopedia of possibility, and a wonderful resource--it's a reference not to be missed."--Jacket.

Investigating Lois Lane : the turbulent history of the Daily Planet's ace reporter

March 4, 2016
Hanley, Tim, author.
Chicago : Chicago Review Press, [2016]
ix, 303 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
"A comprehensive history of the beloved comic book character"-- Provided by publisher.

Dining with the famous and infamous

February 18, 2016
Ross, Fiona, 1966-
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., [2016]
xi, 245 pages ; 23 cm.

Facing change : documenting America

February 18, 2016
Bendavid-Val, Leah, author.
Munich ; New York, NY : Prestel, [2015]
251 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Includes photography from Maggie Steber, Alan Chin, Andrew Lichtenstein, Donna Ferrato, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Stanley Greene, Danny Wilcox Frazier, David Burnett, Darcy Padilla, Lucian Perkins.
Published in cooperation with the Library of Congress, this collection of images by the photography collective Facing Change tells the story of today's America.

A geek in Thailand : discovering the land of golden buddhas, pad Thai and kickboxing

February 3, 2016
Houton, Jody.
Tokyo ; Rutland, Vermont : Tuttle Publishing, [2016]
159 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
A Geek in Thailand is a lighthearted look at Thailand from a young foreign visitor and resident's perspective. This alternative guide to Thailand offers a smart and concise take on Thai culture, entertainment, daily life--covering all the classics--but also revealing the path less traveled. In short articles accompanied by sidebars and numerous, colorful photographs, it paints a revealing picture of Asia's most popular travel destination. A Geek in Thailand is for the holidaymakers who visit for two weeks every year and have a desire to learn about the culture, but are struggling to know where to begin. Sections on the food, drink, social scene, music, film and everyday Thai life are sure to appeal to them. It is also for those who wish to move to Thailand on a more permanent basis as it contains helpful information regarding purchasing property, setting up a company and applying for visas and work permits. Chapters on the Thai character and cultural dos and don'ts and faux pas will allow the reader to go beyond the Thai smile. Sections on politics, history, economy and the unique relationship between the Thai Nation, Religion and Monarchy will also be of interest to those who wish to delve into a deeper understanding of Thailand.

Mickey Mouse : emblem of the American Spirit

January 14, 2016
Apgar, Garry, author.
San Francisco, CA : The Walt Disney Family Foundation Press, [2015]
336 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm

The boy who could change the world : the writings of Aaron Swartz

January 13, 2016
Swartz, Aaron, 1986-2013.
©2015
vii, 359 pages ; 21 cm
Free Culture / introduction by Benjamin Mako Hill and Seth Schoen -- Computers / introduction by David Auerbach -- Politics / introduction by David Segal -- Media / introduction by Cory Doctorow -- Books and Culture / introduction by James Grimmelmann -- Unschool / introduction by Astra Taylor -- Epilogue.
"In his too-short life, Aaron Swartz reshaped the Internet, questioned our assumptions about intellectual property, and touched all of us in ways that we may not even realize. His tragic suicide in 2013 at the age of twenty-six after being aggressively prosecuted for copyright infringement shocked the nation and the world. Here for the first time in print is revealed the quintessential Aaron Swartz: besides being a technical genius and a passionate activist, he was also an insightful, compelling, and cutting essayist. With a technical understanding of the Internet and of intellectual property law surpassing that of many seasoned professionals, he wrote thoughtfully and humorously about intellectual property, copyright, and the architecture of the Internet. He wrote as well about unexpected topics such as pop culture, politics both electoral and idealistic, dieting, and lifehacking. Including three in-depth and previously unpublished essays about education, governance, and cities,The Boy Who Could Change the World contains the life's work of one of the most original minds of our time"-- Provided by publisher.

Unabrow : misadventures of a late bloomer

December 29, 2015
LaMarche, Una.
New York, New York : Plume, 2015.
xv, 249 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Author's Note -- Unabrow -- What's Happening!!...to My Body? -- A Scar Is Born -- Death Becomes Me -- Sissy Fuss -- Late Bloomer -- Rules for Sitcom Living -- Achilles' Wheel : How I Learned to Drive -- Shopping for Godot -- Designer Impostor -- Free to Be Poo and Pee : A Guide to Public Restroom Usage for Classy Ladies -- Gullible's Travels -- Drinks on Me; No, Literally, on Me : Potential Pitfalls in the World of Potables -- Gratuitous Foodity -- Blank Canvass ; Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Talk to Strangers (for a Total of Four Hours) -- I'm Not a Girl...Not Yet a Golden Girl -- You Betta Work : What RuPaul Failed to Teach Me About Career Choices -- I Love You Just the Way You Aren't -- How to Be a Perfect Parent in Five Easy Steps, or Never -- Book Club Cheat Sheet.
"The book June Cleaver would have written if she spent more time drinking and less time vacuuming. As a girl, Una LaMarche was as smart as she was awkward. She was blessed with a precocious intellect, a love of all things pop culture, and eyebrows bushier than Frida Kahlo's. Adversity made her stronger...and funnier. In UNABROW, Una shares the cringe-inducing lessons she's learned from a life as a late bloomer, including the seven deadly sins of DIY bangs, how not to make your own jorts, and how to handle pregnancy, plucking, and the rites of passage during which your own body is your worst frenemy"-- Provided by publisher.

How many do you know?

December 21, 2015
Raterman, Bob, compiler.
[United States] : Bob Raterman, [2015]
v, 167 pages ; 22 cm
"History, literature, movies & TV, science, pop culture, sports, geography & much more"--Cover.
Test your wits answering 2,500 trivia questions!

The tattoorialist : tattoo street style

December 2, 2015
Brulez, Nicolas, author.
London : Mitchell Beazley, 2015.
247 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.

America dancing : from the cakewalk to the moonwalk

November 23, 2015
Pugh, Megan, 1982- author.
©2015
xii, 398 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The Cakewalk, America's first national dance -- Bill Robinson's dream -- Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers pick themselves up -- Agnes de Mille's square dance -- Paul Taylor's Bugle Boy -- Michael Jackson's moonwalk.

How zombies conquered popular culture : the multifarious walking dead in the 21st century

November 19, 2015
Bishop, Kyle William, 1973- author.
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2015]
x, 223 pages ; 23 cm.
Part one : Generic triad -- Part two : Beyond film -- Part three : Broader horizons.
"Zombies have become allegorical figures embodying cultural anxieties, but they also serve as models for concepts in economics, political theory, neuroscience, psychology, computer science and astronomy. This critical examination of the 21st century zombie phenomenon explores how and why the public imagination has been overrun by the undead horde"-- Provided by publisher.

St. Marks is dead : the many lives of America's hippest street

November 6, 2015
Calhoun, Ada.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2015.
xvii, 414 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
"A very eden," -- "Three blocks of unusual," 1905/1950 -- "They all ended up on that blanket on the corner," 1951/1974 -- "It was like if you turned the lights on and all the roaches ran," 1977/1991 -- "The era of fear has had a long enough reign," 1992/1999.

Annual manual : the local's guide to living in Cincinnati.

November 2, 2015
Cincinnati, Ohio : Published by CityBeat
v. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
Title from cover.
Copies in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room have original printed wrappers.

St. Francis of America : how a thirteenth-century friar became America's most popular saint

October 7, 2015
Appelbaum, Patricia Faith.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2015]
xiii, 270 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The nineteenth century : a Protestant Catholic and Catholic Protestants -- The early 1900s : everyone's saint -- Between the wars : peace, play, and protest -- Hymn, prayer, and garden -- Postwar prosperity : embrace and resistance -- The hippie saint : counterculture and ecology -- Blessing the animals -- Living voices -- Into the future -- Epilogue -- Appendix : survey : you and St. Francis.

Mystery train : images of America in rock 'n' roll music

October 6, 2015
Marcus, Greil, author.
New York : Plume, 2015.
xx, 424 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"In 1975, Greil Marcus's Mystery Train changed the way readers thought about rock 'n' roll and continues to be sought out today by music fans and anyone interested in pop culture. Looking at recordings by six key artists-Robert Johnson, Harmonica Frank, Randy Newman, the Band, Sly Stone, and Elvis Presley-Marcus offers a complex and unprecedented analysis of the relationship between rock 'n' roll and American culture. In this latest edition, Marcus provides an extensively updated and rewritten Note and Discographies section, exploring the recordings evolution and continuing impact"-- Provided by publisher.

Ribā banku ripōto.

September 15, 2015
|6880-02 [Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture Iijima] : KeepGreen, Suzuki Landscaping Ltd.
volumes : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Non-Latin script record
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room (Summer 2015) has original white printed wrappers.

Fear and clothing : unbuckling American style

September 11, 2015
Wilson, Cintra.
©2015
ix, 321 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
San Francisco / the macramé belt -- Washington DC / the beltway -- Utah, ho! / the chastity belt -- Jackson, Wyoming / the frost belt -- Miami / the sand belt -- Kansas / the gun belt -- Los Angeles / the star belt -- The 137th Kentucky derby / the bourbon belt -- The Iowa state fair / the butter belt -- The belle jar / the bible belt -- Brooklyn / the futility belt -- The underworld / the garter belt -- New York (high) New York (low) / the money belt -- Never-never land / the emperor's new belt -- Occupied territory / the bandolero.
As the former New York Times Critical Shopper, and voted one of Fashionista's 50 Most Influential People in New York Fashion, Cintra Wilson knows something about clothes. And in Fear and Clothing, she imparts her no-holds-barred, totally outrageous, astute, and hilarious wisdom to the reader. --Publisher's description.

Disney villains hairstyles & looks

September 2, 2015
Omarsdottir, Harpa, author.
[New York, New York] : EDDA USA, [2015]
96 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Maleficent -- Evil Queen -- Ursula -- Captain Hook -- Cruella de Vil -- Mother Gothel -- Madam Mim -- Lady Tremaine -- Queen of Hearts.
A step-by-step instruction book that will make it possible for you to recreate the gorgeous looks of nine of Disney's best loved... or is that hated?... villains. Among the variety of styles are options that are ideal for both straight and curly hair, as well as for a variety of hair textures. Each hairstyle is created on a real person and photographed in full color to make even the most complicated coiffure easy to achieve.

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