Taylor Swift Is Life: A Superfan’s Guide to All Things We Love About Taylor Swift

Epic Ink: Quarto. (Modern Icons). Jul. 2024. 160p. ISBN 9780760390122. $19.99. BIOG
Perricone (Barack Obama: His Legacy of Hope & Change) kicks off Epic Ink’s “Modern Icons” series (Harry Styles and Beyoncé titles by her will follow in October) with this superfan guide to the prolific and protean Taylor Swift. Festooned with stylish and whimsical illustrations from Argentinian artist Adrian Valencia, this book recounts Swift’s career highlights and seemingly endless record-breaking achievements in three major sections. Part one traces the singer’s humble origins and path from country to pop diva. The second section chronologically delineates each album with track lists, sales figures, awards, creative direction, sources of inspiration, and stories behind her most personal songs. The last section is a compendium of Swiftiana: her propensity for scattering clues throughout her canon of 200+ songs, advice, and Swiftie terminology. Stories about ex-boyfriends—including Harry Styles, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer, Taylor Lautner, Joe Jonas, and current flame Travis Kelce—are woven throughout.
VERDICT This title helps readers understand how Swift became a global phenomenon with an influential power that transcends music and pop culture. For both neophyte and advanced Swifties.
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