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Popular Culture May 2014
"...and you can bet your last money, it's all gonna be a stone gas, honey! I'm Don Cornelius, and as always in parting, we wish you love, peace, and SOUL!"
~ Don Cornelius (1936-2012), creator of Soul Train
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Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War - by Mark Harris
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/27/2014
Share Five Came Back%3a A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War ISBN-13: 9781594204302
ISBN-10: 1594204306
In his previous book, Pictures at a Revolution, author Mark Harris wrote about the 1967 nominees for Best Picture and how they reflected a changing culture. Here, he explores the stories of five big-name directors who joined the war effort in the 1940s; one documented the flights of the Memphis Belle, while another captured the liberations of Paris and Dachau. In discussing how their work in the armed services affected them personally and professionally, Harris also addresses the division in Hollywood between those who supported the U.S. joining the war and those who didn't. As "riveting and revealing as a film by an Oscar winner" (Kirkus Reviews), this highly praised work shines a light on a politically charged time in entertainment.
Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life in the Minor Leagues of Baseball - by John Feinstein
Publisher: Random House
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/25/2014
Share Where Nobody Knows Your Name%3a Life in the Minor Leagues of Baseball ISBN-13: 9780385535939
ISBN-10: 0385535937
During the 2012 season, sportswriter John Feinstein dug into minor league baseball, spending his time with players, managers, and other members of the Triple-A International League. It's a very different world than the majors, which becomes clear as Feinstein focuses on eight men in particular, among a larger cast. Some of them have worked in the majors while others haven't -- but they all want to get there for good. From the Durham Bulls to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, Where Nobody Knows Your Name offers a colorfully broad view of life in the minor leagues; to follow one team (Iowa's Clinton LumberKings), try Lucas Mann's Class A.
The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style - by Nelson George
Publisher: HarperCollins
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/25/2014
Share The Hippest Trip in America%3a Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style ISBN-13: 9780062221032
ISBN-10: 0062221035
Mixing oral history with a well-researched narrative, author Nelson George has created a rich, delightful history of a cultural touchstone: the iconic television show Soul Train. It began with Chicago reporter Don Cornelius, who came up with the idea for a television show for "black dance by black dancers produced by a black producer." Soul Train was soon a national phenomenon, with appearances from up-and-coming and famous R&B musicians and dancers who would be discovered there. On the air for more than 35 years, Soul Train was a Saturday TV destination for many; fans won't want to miss this "kaleidoscopic trip" (Booklist).
You Must Remember This: Life and Style in Hollywood's Golden Age - by Robert Wagner with Scott Eyman
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/11/2014
Share You Must Remember This%3a Life and Style in Hollywood ISBN-13: 9780670026098
ISBN-10: 0670026093
In You Must Remember This, legendary actor Robert Wagner offers a nostalgic look at Hollywood's golden age. Though he starts with Liza Minnelli's 2002 wedding to David Gest, that's just a jumping off point to recall better days, back when movie stars were fashionable trendsetters, before the paparazzi were everywhere. Having been in the business for decades, Wagner mixes Hollywood's social history with choice recollections of his own (want to know what aftershave Sinatra wore? Wagner shares that and plenty of other tidbits). The restaurants, hotels, and architecture of Hollywood circa the 1940s and '50s come alive in this charming tribute to days gone by.
Based on Blogs
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things that Happened - by Allie Brosh
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/29/2013
Share Hyperbole and a Half%3a Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things that Happened ISBN-13: 9781476764597
ISBN-10: 147676459X
The blog Hyperbole and a Half has an enthusiastic fan base that can't get enough of creator Allie Brosh's autobiographical, boldly illustrated essays and cartoons that expose both her flaws and her capacity for laughing at herself. Her first book collects both expanded blog posts and new material that continues to humorously and candidly deal with her many idiosyncrasies, her dogs, and her battles with depression. Witty and inquisitive, this book landed on several "best of" lists for 2013; it should appeal to fans of self-deprecating, confessional humor that displays more than a touch of vulnerability on the author's part.
The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels -- a Love Story - by Ree Drummond
Publisher: William Morrow
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/01/2011
Share The Pioneer Woman%3a Black Heels to Tractor Wheels -- a Love Story ISBN-13: 9780061997167
ISBN-10: 0061997161
This isn't popular food and photography blogger Ree Drummond's first book (that would be a cookbook). But it is an important story -- that of her love affair with her husband, a rancher she refers to as her very own Marlboro Man. When she met him, she may have been a self-confessed giddy, suburban 20-something, but when all's said and done she's a ranch wife and mother. Sharing the good and the bad in a conversational, just-chatting-with-friends manner, Ree offers a love story grounded in real life. Die-hard fans of her blog will be familiar with most of the content, though it's supplemented with stories from their honeymoon and the first year of their marriage.
How to Tell if Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You - by Matthew Inman
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/09/2012
Share How to Tell if Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You ISBN-13: 9781449410247
ISBN-10: 1449410243
If you spend much time at all on the Internet, you'll likely have seen at least one of The Oatmeal's infographics, illustrated essays, or cartoons. In this book, creator Matthew Inman has collected his best cat comics, facts, and instructional guides. Or perhaps we should say "facts" -- Inman assures you that the cat that's kneading your stomach isn't being affectionate...rather, it's checking your internal organs for weakness. Cat lovers with a sense of humor should also check out Francesco Marciuliano's I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats.
Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) - by Jenny Lawson
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/17/2012
Share Let ISBN-13: 9780399159015
ISBN-10: 0399159010
With a sense of humor that ranges from irreverent to sarcastic to downright weird, this illustrated memoir isn't for everyone -- a sense of the ridiculous and an acceptance of bodily fluids making appearances at inappropriate times are a must for maximum enjoyment. Those who can accept and appreciate an exaggerated storytelling style and the occasional taxidermied animal will relish blogger Jenny Lawson's recollections of her childhood, her marriage, and her escapades dealing with anxiety disorders and her job in HR. Fans of Chelsea Handler's essays may very well enjoy this (mostly true) memoir.
Humans of New York - by Brandon Stanton
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/15/2013
Share Humans of New York ISBN-13: 9781250038821
ISBN-10: 1250038820
This photographic census of New York City, inspired by and based on the blog of the same name, contains 400 color photos of, well, the humans of New York. It pairs portraits of children, commuters, ballet students, couples, hipsters, injured cyclists, and many other types of New Yorkers with quotes ("I got car doored"), captions, mini-essays, or snippets of conversation. While most are full-body photos, others provide close-ups of faces -- or feet! -- and colorfully capture the many possibilities that a stroll through New York offers. An immediate bestseller, Humans of New York will appeal to readers who enjoy the stories that photos -- or their captions -- can convey.
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