New Arrivals · Popular Culture

July 10, 2018
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Dead girls : essays on surviving an American obesession

July 9, 2018
Bolin, Alice, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
276 pages ; 21 cm
Part 1: The dead girl show -- Toward a theory of a dead girl show -- Black hole -- The husband did it -- The daughter as detective -- Part 2: Lost in Los Angeles -- There there -- Los Angeles diary -- Lonely heart -- This place makes everyone a gambler -- The dream -- Part 3: Weird sisters -- A teen witch's guide to staying alive -- And so it is -- My hypochondria -- Just us girls -- Part 4: A sentimental education -- Accomplices.
"A collection of sharp, poignant essays that expertly blends the personal and political in an exploration of American culture through the lens of our obsession with dead women"-- Provided by publisher.

Don't make me pull over! : an informal history of the family road trip

July 3, 2018
Ratay, Richard, author.
xii, 272 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Swerving through the seventies : a family boldly leaves its driveway -- Pioneers of the pavement : the long road to the interstates -- Hey, where's everybody going? : Americans set off to discover America -- Packed in like sardines : join us, won't you? -- Smokeys in the bush : dodging cops (and stops) on the interstates -- Time to pass : diversions, directions and discoveries -- Eating up the miles : dining while driving -- Inn and out : motels, hotels and invaders from space -- Heavy metal highways : land yachts, station wagons and "the Thing" -- Through the windshield together : a crash course in seatbelts and safety -- Up, up and away : all roads lead to the airport -- Leaving it all behind : the end of the road for road trips?

American Mom : a celebration of motherhood in pop culture

April 11, 2018
Hale, Meredith, author.
xi, 164 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
The Angel in the House : Nineteenth Century -- The Art of Motherhood: Pre-war Years -- The Greatest Mother in the World: World War I -- Betty dons her apron: Roaring Twenties -- Lean times: The Great Depression -- We can do it! : World War II -- The Good Housewife: 1950s -- Winds of Change: 1960s -- Taking care of Business: 1970s -- Rise of the Supermom: 1980s -- Mommy Tracked: 1990s -- Moms in Cyberspace: The New Millennium.

A Geek in Korea : discovering Asia's new kingdom of cool

April 5, 2018
Tudor, Daniel, 1982- author.
159 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Korean identity -- Traditional Korea -- Modern Korea -- Korea's internet mania -- Society and daily life -- Koreans at work -- Koreans at play -- Korea's music scene -- Movies and television -- Visiting Korea.
"A Geek in Korea reinvents the culture guide for the Internet age. Packed with articles and photographs, it covers all the touchstones of Korean culture--from Buddhism and Confucianism to chapters on the traditional arts and disciplines like Taekwondo. There are chapters on cultural code words and norms; personal relationships; business and technology; and symbols and practices that are peculiarly Korean. A number of chapters are devoted to Korean pop culture, with attention to the stars, idols, and urban subcultures associated with them. For visitors to Korea, the author includes a mini-guide to his favorite neighborhoods in Seoul and other places of outstanding interest."--Publisher description.

Life in the fabulous 50's.

March 28, 2018
Greendale, WI : Reminisce, ©2009.
208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Real-life stories told by the people who lived them, favorite family and historic photos, vintage ads, newspaper and magazine clippings, and icons of pop culture.

Life in the fantastic '40s : a decade of strength, progress and triumph

March 28, 2018
Greendale, WI : Reiman Media Group, [2013]
208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
1940-1949: a retrospective -- As you were -- On the home front -- Hello Hollywood -- Kiddin' around -- Popular pastimes -- Around town -- Keeping house -- Unforgettable fashions -- Life together -- On the road -- My own memories journal.
More than 450 personal stories and photos from the United States in the 1940s, plus inspiring quotes and vintage ads.

Life in America : celebrating the spirit of our country.

March 28, 2018
Greendale, WI : Reminisce Books, ©2012.
208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm.
The stories and photos in this book were shared by Reminisce readers and capture the best of the past with plenty of heartwarming moments, humor and patriotic spirit.

That's entertainment : reliving the magic of iconic movies, television, radio and more

March 28, 2018
Greendale, WI : Reiman Media Group, [2013]
207 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Crooners & chart-toppers -- Ridin' the radio waves -- The silver screen -- Same time, same channel -- Great performances -- Hot off the press -- Out & about -- Havin' a ball -- Child's play.

Family road trips : getting there was half the fun!

March 28, 2018
Greendale, WI : RDA Enthusiast Brands, LLC, [2014]
208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Presented by the editors of the Reader's Digest Association and Reminisce magazine.

American heroes

March 28, 2018
208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
"Honoring those who set an example for us all" -- cover.
Pulled from the archives of Reminisce Magazine, American Heroes celebrates the everyday heroes among us from every walk of life; policemen, movie stars, sporting greats, and of course wartime heroes.

Videocracy : how YouTube is changing the world... with double rainbows, singing foxes, and other trends we can't stop watching

February 1, 2018
Allocca, Kevin, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2018.
xv, 335 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
At the zoo -- Creating entertainment in the Auto-Tune era -- The language of remixing and the pure joy of a cat flying through space -- Some music that I used to know -- The ad your ad could smell like -- The world is watching -- I learned it on YouTube -- Niche : the new mainstream -- Scratching the itch -- Going viral -- What videos do for us -- The new talent.
"From YouTube's Head of Culture and Trends, a rousing and illuminating behind-the-scenes exploration of internet video's massive impact on our world. Whether your favorite YouTube video is a cat on a Roomba, "Gangnam Style," the "Bed Intruder Song," an AsapSCIENCE explainer, Rebecca Black's "Friday," or the "Evolution of Dance," Kevin Allocca's Videocracy reveals how these beloved videos and famous trends--among many others--came to be and why they mean more than you might think. YouTube is the biggest pool of cultural data since the beginning of recorded communication, with four hundred hours of video uploaded every minute. (It would take you more than sixty-five years just to watch the vlogs, music videos, tutorials, and other content posted in a single day!) This activity reflects who we are, in all our glory and ignominy. As Allocca says, if aliens wanted to understand our planet, he'd give them Google. If they wanted to understand us, he'd give them YouTube. In Videocracy, Allocca lays bare what YouTube videos say about our society and how our actions online--watching, sharing, commenting on, and remixing the people and clips that captivate us--are changing the face of entertainment, advertising, politics, and more. Via YouTube, we are fueling social movements, enforcing human rights, and redefining art--a lot more than you'd expect from a bunch of viral clips."--Dust jacket.

Hitler's monsters : a supernatural history of the Third Reich

January 24, 2018
Kurlander, Eric, 1973- author.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2017]
xxii, 422 pages, 12 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The Supernatural Roots of Nazism : Ario-Germanic Religion, Border Science, and the Austro-German Occult Revival, 1889-1914 -- From the Thule Society to the NSDAP : Fashioning the Nazi Supernatural Imaginary, 1912-24 -- Exploiting Hitler's Magic : From Weimar's Horrors to Visions of the Third Reich -- The Third Reich's War on the Occult : Anti-Occultism, Hitler's Magicians' Controversy, and the Hess Action -- The Stars Come Down to Frozen Earth : Border Science in the Third Reich -- Lucifer's Court : Ario-Germanic Paganism, Indo-Aryan Spirituality, and the Nazi Search for Alternative Religions -- The Supernatural and the Second World War : Folklore and Border Science in Foreign Policy, Propaganda, and Military Operations -- Monstrous Science : Racial Resettlement, Human Experiments, and the Holocaust -- Nazi Twilight : Miracle Weapons, Supernatural Partisans, and the Collapse of the Third Reich.
"The definitive history of the supernatural in Nazi Germany, exploring the occult ideas, esoteric sciences, and pagan religions touted by the Third Reich in the service of power. The Nazi fascination with the occult is legendary, yet today it is often dismissed as Himmler's personal obsession or wildly overstated for its novelty. Preposterous though it was, however, supernatural thinking was inextricable from the Nazi project. The regime enlisted astrology and the paranormal, paganism, Indo-Aryan mythology, witchcraft, miracle weapons, and the lost kingdom of Atlantis in reimagining German politics and society and recasting German science and religion. In this eye-opening history, Eric Kurlander reveals how the Third Reich's relationship to the supernatural was far from straightforward. Even as popular occultism and superstition were intermittently rooted out, suppressed, and outlawed, the Nazis drew upon a wide variety of occult practices and esoteric sciences to gain power, shape propaganda and policy, and pursue their dreams of racial utopia and empire"-- Provided by publisher.

Frankenstein : how a monster became an icon, the science and enduring allure of Mary Shelley's creation

January 16, 2018
xvi, 239 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The tale of a tormented creature created in a laboratory began in 1816 in the imagination of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Since its publication in 1818 "Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus" has spread around the globe through every possible medium and variation.. Yet in it's long history, Frankenstein's central premise - that science, not magic or God, can create a living being, and thus these creators must answer for their actions - is most relevant today as scientists approach creating synthetic life. In its popular and cultural wieght and its expression of the ethical issues raised by the advance of science, physicist Sidney Perkowitz and film expert Eddy Von Mueller have brought together scholars and scientists, artists and directors to celebrate and examine Mary Shelley's creation and its legacy as the monster moves into his next century.

Addicted to Americana : celebrating classic & kitschy American life & style

December 19, 2017
Phoenix, Charles, 1962- author.
Altadena, CA : Prospect Park Books, [2017]
174 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Addicted to Americana -- Theme parkland -- Let's eat! -- 5-4-3-2-1 blast-off!
"Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix launches us into the stratosphere of space-age style, amazing attractions, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, and futuristic transportation via his road-trip discoveries and found vintage Kodachrome slides. Sit back and enjoy the fabulous flight as he guides us through his action-packed, fun-filled, wondrous world of midcentury marvels. Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar!"--back cover.

Blood lad

December 1, 2017
Kodama, Yuuki.
New York : Yen Press, 2012-2017.
9 volumes : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm.
Printed in right to left Japanese format.
First published in Japan in 2010 by Kadokawa Corporation, Tokyo.

Christmas : a biography

November 16, 2017
Flanders, Judith, author.
vii, 245 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
January -- Feast of the circumcision or Holy Name of Jesus -- Twelfth Night -- Epiphany -- February -- Candlemas -- March -- Lady day -- June -- Midsummer -- September -- Michaelmas -- November -- All Saints' Day -- All Souls' Day -- St Martin -- December -- St. Nicholas -- St Lucy of Syracuse -- St Thomas the Apostle -- Christmas day -- St Stephen -- St John the Evangelist -- Feast of the Holy Innocents -- Sylvester
Presents a tour of Christmas holiday traditions from the original festival through today, touching on subjects ranging from gift wrap and the holiday parade to the first gag holiday gift book and the first official appearance of Santa Claus.

Why we don't suck : and how all of us need to stop being such partisan little bitches

November 16, 2017
Leary, Denis, author.
New York : Crown Archetype, [2017]
x, 304 pages : color maps ; 22 cm
The actor, writer, and comedian confronts liberals and conservatives alike with satirical looks at such topics as the millennial generation, freedom, social media, and cable news networks.

From Latin America to Hollywood : Latino film culture in Los Angeles, 1967-2017

November 15, 2017
Mexico City, Mexico : Offset Santiago
151 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 x 28 cm
"This publication is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California." --End sheet verso.
Foreword / by Sandra Cisneros -- Introduction -- Las historias que contaron : oral histories from 50 years of Latin American filmmaking / by Lourdes Portillo -- In the beginning : from Latin America to Hollywood / by Cari Beauchamp -- The new Latin American cinema movement : influences received, shared, and given / by José Sánchez-H. -- Latino filmmakers as multicultural educators / by Carlos E. Cortés -- A cinema of her own / by Rosa-Linda Fregoso -- Reverse angle/contracampo : Latin American filmmakers envision Hollywood / by Catherine L. Benamou -- Film festivals : puntos de encuentro/points of encounter / by Laura Isabel Serna -- How Latin America became an overlooked epicenter of international cinema / by Carlos A. Gutiérrez.

The Walking Dead : the official cookbook and survival guide

October 26, 2017
Wilson, Lauren, author.
San Rafael, California : Insight Editions, [2017]
143 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Food survival basics -- Fueling up for survival -- Dig in! Meals for hungry survivors -- Sweet treats to die for -- End of the world beverages and libations -- Putting up: food preservation for end times.
The official cookbook offers recipes for food inspired by the show, including such dishes as chicken ©Ł la Lucille, Carl's biscuits, Carol's beet and acorn cookies, and Hershel's healing elderberry tea, along with tips on food survival.

The phoenix years : art, resistance and the making of modern China

October 4, 2017
O'Dea, Madeleine, author.
New York : Pegasus Books 2017.
ix, 349 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Beijing 1986 -- I do not believe! -- The stars -- Very heaven -- A terrible beauty -- Nothing to my name -- Whose utopia? -- Beijing welcomes you! -- Isn't something missing? -- Amnesia and memory -- The people and the republic.
"The riveting story of China's rise from economic ruin to global giant in the past four decades is illuminated by another, equally fascinating, narrative beneath its surface—the story of the country's emerging artistic avant-garde and the Chinese people's ongoing struggle for freedom of expression. By following the stories of nine contemporary Chinese artists, The Phoenix Years shows how China's rise unleashed creativity, thwarted hopes, and sparked tensions between the individual and the state that continue to this day. It relates the heady years of hope and creativity in the 1980s, which ended in the disaster of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Following that tragedy comes China's meteoric economic rise, and the opportunities that emerged alongside the difficult compromises artists and others have to make to be citizens in modern China. Foreign correspondent Madeleine O'Dea has been an eyewitness for over thirty years to the rise of China, the explosion of its contemporary art and cultural scene, and the long, ongoing struggle for free expression. The stories of these artists and their art mirror the history of their country. The Phoenix Years is vital reading for anyone interested in China today."--Publisher website.

Tales from the embassy : communiqués from the Guild of Transcultural Studies, 1976-1991

October 3, 2017
Tomlin, Dave, author.
London : Strange Attractor Press, 2017.
xiii, 496 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"This edition edited by Paul Sieveking"--Title page verso.
"Originally published in three volumes by Iconoclast Press
"One night in 1976, a group of squatters entered the Cambodian Embassy in London, an opulent building that had remained empty for two years following the bloody revolution of the Khmer Rouge. For the next fifteen years, this peculiar residence would play host to the Guild of Transcultural Studies, an open platform for creative monomaniacs, radical metaphysicians, poets, prophets, and exiles. Dave Tomlin, founder of the Guild, member of the experimental music ensemble Third Ear Band, and contributor to the legendary underground newspaper International times, traces a playful, semi-fictionalized, and highly readable path through this long occupation, illustrating the unfettered nature of its many occupants while providing a vivid portrayal of a more leisured age in which eccentricity could flourish more readily"--Front cover flap.

North Korea's hidden revolution : how the information underground is transforming a closed society

October 3, 2017
Baek, Jieun, author.
xxvi, 282 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Immortal gods : why North Korea is such a durable regime -- Cracks in the system : an information revolution -- "Old school" media : from trader gossip to freedom balloons -- The digital underground -- A new generation rising -- Implications, predictions, and a call to action -- Appendix. How remittances are sent to North Korea.
"One of the least understood countries in the world, North Korea has long been known for its repressive regime. Yet it is far from being an impenetrable black box. Media flows covertly into the country, and fault lines are appearing in the government's sealed informational borders. Drawing on deeply personal interviews with North Korean defectors from all walks of life, ranging from propaganda artists to diplomats, Jieun Baek tells the story of North Korea's information underground--the network of citizens who take extraordinary risks by circulating illicit content such as foreign films, television shows, soap operas, books, and encyclopedias. By fostering an awareness of life outside North Korea and enhancing cultural knowledge, the materials these citizens disseminate are affecting the social and political consciousness of a people, as well as their everyday lives"--Front jacket flap.

Encyclopedia of black comics

October 2, 2017
Howard, Sheena C., author.
xviii, 261 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
"The Encyclopedia of Black Comics focuses on people of African descent who have published significant works in the United States or have worked across various aspects of the comics industry. The book focuses on creators in the field of comics: inkers, illustrators, artists, writers, editors, Black comic historians, Black comic convention creators, website creators, archivists and academics--as well as individuals who may not fit into any category but have made notable achievements within and/or across Black comic culture"-- Provided by publisher.

The naughty nineties : the triumph of the American libido

September 15, 2017
Friend, David, 1955- author.
631 pages ; 24 cm
A Wednesday in November -- Down the rabbit hole -- The night we met the Clintons -- The Bubba boomer -- On the third wave -- Empowerment icons -- The crying game -- A vagina travelogue -- The glory of O -- Culture warriors, man your battle stations -- Wanderlust -- The wild blue web -- Don't ask, don't tell -- The age of the long lie -- The oversexed, underexamined, media-soaked yadda yadda of everyday life -- Botox, booties, and bods -- the bust boom -- Celebrity sin -- Four moments that changed the narrative -- The Boomsie twins -- Objects in mirror are tinier than they appear -- Shadows on the wall of the man cave -- Dudes and subdudes -- Porn goes pop -- Chez Fleiss -- Hard currency -- The lowest-hanging fruit -- Culture wars, part II -- The hardener's tale -- Homo erectus -- The internet and the intern -- Afterword: The Trumpen Show.
Discusses how the rise of the Internet, reality television, and tabloid culture transformed the boundaries of sexuality in the 1990s, providing first-hand accounts by such individuals as Monica Lewinsky, Joan Rivers, and Jesse Jackson.

Fantasyland : how America went haywire : a 500-year history

September 7, 2017
Andersen, Kurt, 1954- author.
xiii, 462 pages ; 25 cm
Now entering Fantasyland -- Part I: The conjuring of America: 1517-1789. I believe, therefore I am right : the Protestants ; All that glitters : the gold-seekers ; Building our own private heaven on Earth : the Puritans ; The God-given freedom to believe in God ; Imaginary friends and enemies : the early satanic panics ; The first me century : religion gets American ; Meanwhile, in the eighteenth-century reality-based community -- Part II: United States of amazing: the 1800s. The first great delirium ; The all-American fan fiction of Joseph Smith, prophet ; Quack nation : magical but modern ; Fantastic business : the gold rush inflection point ; In search of monsters to destroy : the conspiracy theory habit ; The war between states of mind ; Ten million little houses on the prairie ; Fantasy industrialized -- Part III: A long arc bending toward reason: 1900-1960. Progress and backlash ; The biggest backlash : brand-new old-time religion ; The business of America is show business ; Big rock candy mountains : utopia in the suburbs and the sun ; The 1950s seemed so normal -- Part IV: Big bang : the 1960s and '70s. Big bang : the hippies ; Big bang : the intellectuals ; Big bang : the Christians ; Big bang : politics and government and conspiracies ; Big bang : living in a land of entertainment -- Part V: Fantasyland scales : from the 1980s through the turn of the century. Making make-believe more realistic and real life more make-believe ; Forever young : kids "r" us syndrome ; The Reagan era and the start of the digital age ; American religion from the turn of the millennium ; Our wilder Christianities : belief and practice ; America versus the godless civilized world : why are we so exceptional? ; Magical but not necessarily Christian, spiritual but not religious ; Blue-chip witch doctors : the re-enchantment of medicine ; How the mainstream enabled fantasyland : squishies, cynics, and believers ; Anything goes--unless it picks my pocket or breaks my leg -- Part VI: The problem with fantasyland : from the 1980s to the present and beyond. The inmates running the asylum decide monsters are everywhere ; Reality is a conspiracy : the x-filing of America ; Mad as hell, the new voice of the people ; When the GOP went off the rails ; Liberals denying science ; Gun crazy ; Final fantasy-industrial complex ; Our inner children? They're going to Disney World! ; The economic dreamtime ; As fantasyland goes, so goes the nation.
"In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, one of our sharpest observers, Kurt Andersen, demonstrates that what's happening in our country today--this strange, post-truth, 'fake news' moment we're all living through--is not something entirely new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character and path. America was founded by wishful dreamers, magical thinkers, and true believers, by impresarios and their audiences, by hucksters and their suckers. Believe-whatever-you-want fantasy is deeply embedded in our DNA. Over the course of five centuries--from the Salem witch trials to Scientology to the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, from P.T. Barnum to Hollywood and the anything-goes, wild-and-crazy sixties, from conspiracy theories to our fetish for guns and obsession with extraterrestrials--our peculiar love of the fantastic has made America exceptional in a way that we've never fully acknowledged. With the gleeful erudition and tell-it-like-it-is ferocity of a Christopher Hitchens, Andersen explores whether the great American experiment in liberty has gone off the rails. From the start, our ultra-individualism was attached to epic dreams and epic fantasies--every citizen free to believe absolutely anything, or to pretend to be absolutely anybody. Little by little, and then more quickly in the last several decades, the American invent-your-own-reality legacy of the Enlightenment superseded its more sober, rational, and empirical parts. We gave ourselves over to all manner of crackpot ideas and make-believe lifestyles designed to console or thrill or terrify us. In Fantasyland, Andersen brilliantly connects the dots that define this condition, portrays its scale and scope, and offers a fresh, bracing explanation of how our American journey has deposited us here. Fantasyland could not appear at a more perfect moment. If you want to understand the politics and culture of twenty-first-century America, if you want to know how the lines between reality and illusion have become dangerously blurred, you must read this book."--Jacket.

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