New Arrivals · Popular Culture

April 13, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

The angel answer book

July 31, 2015
Morgan, Robert J., author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2015]
xviii, 235 pages ; 17 cm.

The sex myth : the gap between our fantasies and reality

July 30, 2015
Hills, Rachel, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2015.
ix, 267 pages ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographic references, notes and index.
"Fifty years after the sexual revolution, we are told that we live in a time of unprecedented sexual freedom. But beneath the veneer of glossy hedonism, millennial journalist Rachel Hills argues that we are in the grip of a new brand of sexual control. Cosmopolitan meets Foucault in this full-scale investigation of the role that sex plays in today's culture. Coming of age in the early 2000s, Rachel Hills felt like a romantic and sexual misfit. Raised on a diet of women's magazines, teen soap operas, and media panics over "hooking up" and "raunch culture," she believed that everyone her age was dining at an all-you-can-eat sexual buffet. Everyone, that is, but her. When a chance encounter with a new friend challenges her preconceptions, Hills sets out to discover the truth about her generation's sexual cultures, speaking with more than 200 people to produce a landmark account of contemporary sexual life. What she finds is the sex myth--the grand significance we invest in sexuality that once meant we were dirty if we did have sex, and now means we are defective if we don't do it enough. An ambitious mix of sociology, popular culture, and powerful personal stories, The Sex Myth uncovers the invisible norms and unspoken assumptions that shape what we think about sex--and accordingly, how we feel about our own sex lives"-- Provided by publisher.

Fashion that changed the world

July 24, 2015
Croll, Jennifer, author.
©2014
192 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 25 cm
Royal fashion -- Couture -- Fashion models -- Fashion magazines -- Fashion photography -- Military fashion -- Sports and fashion -- Menswear -- Fashion subcultures -- Ready-to-wear and mass fashion -- Feminism and fashion -- Fashion and art -- Fashion and film -- Fashion and music -- Celebrity fashion -- Gay and lesbian fashion -- Fashion ethics -- Fashion capitals -- Global fashion -- Fashon and the internet.
What did Vogue's first cover look like? When did film stars become part of the fashion industry? What led to the development of ready-to-wear clothing? How did the paintings of Mondrian, Dalí and Warhol end up on the runway? These and other questions are answered in this eye-opening look at different aspects of the history of fashion--from Elizabeth I's "Mask of Youth," to Lady Gaga's "meat dress." Arranged by topic, the lavishly illustrated chapters explore themes such as war and the military; ready-to wear; fashion in film, art, and sports; celebrity; gay and lesbian fashion; globalization; and the internet. Fashion That Changed the World digs into a multitude of social, economic, and cultural factors that changed the course of fashion over the last few hundred years.

The fangirl's guide to the galaxy : a handbook for geek girls

June 3, 2015
Maggs, Sam, author.
©2015
207 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
One of us! One of us! -- It's good to be a geek -- (Fandom intensifies) : geek girls online -- Geronimo! How to survive conventions -- Aim to misbehave : geek girl feminism.
"Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more - it's never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes, including how to make nerdy friends, rock awesome cosplay, write fanfic with feels, defeat Internet trolls, and attend your first con. Plus, insightful interviews with fangirl faves, like Jane Espenson, Erin Morgenstern, Kate Beaton, Ashley Eckstein, Laura Vandervoort, Beth Revis, Kate Leth, and many others"--Adapted from distributor's description.

Is Gwyneth Paltrow wrong about everything? : how the famous sell us elixirs of health, beauty & happiness

May 19, 2015
Caulfield, Timothy A., 1963- author.
©2015
xviii, 254 pages ; 24 cm
"An exploration of the effect our celebrity-dominated culture has on our ideas of living the good life Our perceptions of beauty, health, success, and happiness are framed by a popular culture that is increasingly disconnected from reality. This isn't just a hyperbolic assertion. Research tells us that our health decisions and goals are influenced by both celebrity culture and celebrity endorsements, that our children's ambitions are now overwhelmingly governed by the fantasy of fame, and that our ideals of beauty and success are mediated through a celebrity-dominated worldview. The celebrity brand is at once the most desired state of being (modern-day royalty!) and one of the most socially problematic. Health law and policy researcher Timothy Caulfield provides a fun look into the celebrity world, including interesting facts and anecdotes, as well as a boatload of practical and evidence-based advice on everything from diet, skin care, and colon cleanses to detoxing from our celebrity ambitions. Caulfield tries out for American Idol, has a professional makeover, and endures the Gwyneth Paltrow-endorsed cleanse in this thoroughly unique, engaging, and provocative book"-- Provided by publisher.

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