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Cue the Sun!: The Invention of Reality TV

A detailed, engaging focus, interpretation, and historical commentary on the evolution and reception of reality shows. A must-read for social scientists and reality TV aficionados.
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Too Much Too Young, the 2 Tone Records Story: Rude Boys, Racism, and the Soundtrack of a Generation

Rachel’s writing and research of 2 Tone Records will draw readers, but the book is lengthy.

The 12-Hour Film Expert: Everything You Need To Know About Movies

This gateway book will deepen readers’ appreciation of milestone movies. A variety of readers, not just film fans, will want to peruse this engaging title.
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Moving Pictures: A History of American Animation from Gertie to Pixar and Beyond

Primarily for cinema buffs but interesting enough for general appeal. Larsen is immensely knowledgeable about the history of animation, and he writes lively prose.
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Through a Noir Lens: Adapting Film Noir Visual Style

A must for devoted movie lovers but an enjoyable reward for general film buffs as well.
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The Crow: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Classic Film, Revised and Updated

A complete, highly detailed guide to a cult classic and a critical analytical look at film safety practices.

Farewell Yellow Brick Road: Memories of My Life on Tour

A must-have for fans and a fitting tribute to an amazing artist.
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Infinite Dreams: The Life of Alan Vega

This biography’s candid photos and collections of images present an intimate glimpse into Vega’s life, work, and influence as an artist and performer.

Prairie Man: My Little House Life & Beyond

Butler adeptly chronicles his trajectory into television, film, and Broadway and as a producer, and he’s candid about his personal and career achievements and missteps. He is as charming a writer as an actor. Fans will enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at his life and career.
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Desolation: A Heavy Metal Memoir

A highly readable and often touching memoir about Lamb of God’s guitarist and lyricist.
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Bruce Willis: Celebrating the Cinematic Legacy of an Unbreakable Hollywood Icon

Willis’s fans will appreciate the book’s detailed filmography, but they won’t find personal anecdotes here.
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Hip-Hop Is History

Well-positioned to detail the genre’s evolution, this book offers hip-hop fans an engaging journey through its history, with much of its focus on the first 30 years.

That Voice: In Search of Ann Drummond-Grant, the Singer Who Shaped My Life

This witty, resonant, beautifully written book will appeal to many, especially readers with musical or artistic aspirations, grappling with understanding who they are and what they are meant to do professionally.
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Lucas: His Hollywood Legacy

Best suited for George Lucas’s biggest fans.
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Affective Memories: How Chance and the Theatre Saved My Life

Luckinbill fills his autobiography with many intriguing stories about life in the theater and film industries.
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Unshot Columbo: Cracking the Cases That Never Got Filmed

A treat for Columbo fans, this well-written, well-researched book will also appeal to lovers of murder mystery short stories.
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Semiotics for Screenwriters: Break Down Your Favorite Movies Then Write Your Own

A great addition to course materials for screenwriting classes and for academic libraries. Approaching storytelling from a theory-heavy perspective like this makes this work unique among screenwriting how-to books.
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The Last Decade of Cinema: 25 Films from the Nineties

Gen Xers and movie fans of all generations will enjoy this passionate and amiable appreciation of films of the 1990s.
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Rolling: Blackness and Mediated Comedy

An enlightening collection of essays that will appeal to readers interested in the history of Black comedy.
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Mae West and Her Adonises

A thorough collection of Mae West–related press materials, photographs, advertisements, and more on a rarely documented part of her career. Will likely appeal to West devotees and researchers.

Alfred Hitchcock, All the Films: The Story Behind Every Movie, Episode, and Short

Readers interested in Hitchcock’s work instead of his personal life will find this an essential volume. It’s a wonderful treat for all fans of Hitchcock and filmmaking.
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What a Fool Believes: A Memoir

An engaging story that readers of music bios will enjoy. McDonald’s musical journey as a backing singer, a side musician, and a front man is fascinating because it is different from that of many other pop/rock stars.
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I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: (But I’m Going To Anyway)

Energetic and revealing, this title will surely please Devantez’s listeners and fans. Aficionados of tragicomic, gossip-tinged memoirs will like it too.

Rebel Girl: My Life as a Feminist Punk

A vivid, funny, and powerful memoir that will appeal to rock lovers and music historians.
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The World Is Yours: The Story of Scarface

Fans of the film and moviemaking students will discover a new appreciation for the process of bringing Scarface to life (and death).
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Peerless: Rouben Mamoulian, Hollywood, and Broadway

Fans of well-told film biographies will relish the film synopses, newspaper critics’ contemporary observations, and the striking photographs.

Joyful Recollections of Trauma

Scheer’s memoir addresses somber truths of adolescence and abuse while never losing a sense of hope and humor along the way. Recommend this beautiful book to fans of Sam Neill, Casey Wilson, and Samantha Irby.

I Can’t Remember If I Cried: Rock Widows on Life, Love and Legacy

A wide range of readers and book clubs will appreciate this moving, healing, and absorbing memoir/music history.

Traveling: On the Path of Joni Mitchell

Experiencing this book is more akin to wandering down a scenic path than traveling a timeline of someone’s life, and there is no other musician better suited for this style of biography than the ever-changing Mitchell. Powers’s highly anticipated title lives up to the hype and is sure to be on many lists of the best books of the year.
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Hollywood Sex Comedies, 1953–1964: A Critical Analysis of 25 Films

Classic-movie fans will find this an entertaining overview of the genre and probably some of their favorite films. Some may even add one or several new titles to their to-watch list.
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The World Got Away: A Memoir

A detailed account of Rouse’s work that’s also part memoir. The latter is presented nonchronologically, which may be too difficult for some readers to easily follow.

The Jazzmen: How Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie Transformed America

A refreshing and attentive suite of composite portraits for jazz fans and readers interested in the intersection of art, culture, and politics in the 20th-century United States.
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Bits and Pieces: My Mother, My Brother, and Me

Told mostly in chronological order, this breezy and moving memoir portrays a close-knit family that includes a daughter who is also a celebrity. A fine addition to biography collections.
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Dirty Real: Exile on Hollywood and Vine with the Gin Mill Cowboys

A challenging meditation on nonconformity in mid-20th-century cinema that includes a filmography list influenced by Italian and French New Wave cinema. Cultural critics might enjoy this book more than general readers.
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A Sense of Shifting: Queer Artists Reshaping Dance

This book about innovative creators who bring their true selves to their art form and contribute to its evolution will appeal to dance audiences, professionals, and students. An excellent choice for libraries looking to add to their dance collections.
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Seeing Through: A Chronicle of Sex, Drugs, and Opera

A unique and detailed self-portrait that will prompt readers to seek recordings of Gordon’s innovative works. The discography and lists of compositions and publications are thorough and helpful.

With Love, Mommie Dearest: The Making of an Unintentional Camp Classic

Moving, definitive, and entertaining. This title about both the Mommie Dearest book and film might surprise even the most diligent movie-trivia lovers and will also captivate readers who don’t normally gravitate toward nonfiction.
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On Bette Midler: An Opinionated Guide

A fascinating and personal portrait of a singular performer. Winkler succeeds at capturing Midler’s distinctive and memorable personality, which is somehow equal parts bawdy showgirl and sensitive chanteuse.

On Elizabeth Taylor: An Opinionated Guide

An entertaining, informative read that comprehensively examines the work of one of the most memorable film stars who had undeniable talent and appeal.
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Home and Alone

Stern’s life, from a dyslexic child to a successful movie actor, is fascinating. Mixing behind-the-scenes insights from iconic movies with witty accounts of interactions with Hollywood A-listers creates a top-notch celebrity memoir.
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Down with the System: A Memoir (of Sorts)

Fans of the latter-era metal scene will gain a lot from this music memoir. It’s also ideal for readers involved in political and social activism.
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Music Titans: 250 Greatest Recording Artists of the Past 100 Years

This hefty book picks the best 250 musical artists from the past 100 years, but not everyone is going to agree with the selections.
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You Never Know: A Memoir

The lack of juicy personal information may disappoint celebrity gossip mavens, but Selleck’s earnestness and self-deprecating folksy style will satisfy celebrity watchers, especially Magnum, P.I. and Blue Bloods fans.
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Rock Music, Authority and Western Culture, 1964–1980

Music historians will find much to like in this fantastic resource, but the perspective is more singular than balanced.

Vinyl Record Collecting for Dummies

The highly knowledgeable Thompson delivers an accessible, straightforward, and comprehensive guide to the increasingly popular hobby of record collecting. Good for general readers and vinyl collectors.
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Joan Crawford in Film Noir: The Actress as Auteur

This focused study will interest readers looking for a deep dive into this specific era of Crawford’s career or surveys of the ways classic Hollywood films mingling noir and melodrama depicted women.
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All You Need Is Love: An Oral History of the Beatles

Recommended for Beatles fan and for readers who want more insight into why the group broke up.
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A Good Bad Boy: Luke Perry and How a Generation Grew Up

A satisfying portrait of Luke Perry that’s presented as a hybrid narrative.
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American Diva: Extraordinary, Unruly, Fabulous

A poetic and inspiring treatment of the diva. Best paired with a discography and a playlist of music by the profiled divas.

The Fixer: Moguls, Mobsters, Movie Stars, and Marilyn

A fast-paced, fascinating tell-all that’s a previously untold account of the seamy side of Hollywood, politics, and mob activity.
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Under a Rock: A Memoir

Written in an off-the-cuff style, this memoir offers a descriptive, highly impressionistic account of the author’s role in Blondie and his life in New York City. Will engage general readers.

Desperately Seeking Something: A Memoir About Movies, Mothers, and Material Girls

A quick and easy read about the life and career of a trailblazing filmmaker. Will appeal to many audiences, including those unfamiliar with Seidelman’s career. Fans of Jay and Mark Duplass’s Like Brothers, Tim Murphy’s Christodora, or Alice Bag’s Violence Girl will especially enjoy.
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Thriving on a Riff: Jazz and the Spiritual Life

For spiritually inclined jazz aficionados.

Shake It Up, Baby!: The Rise of Beatlemania and the Mayhem of 1963

An absolute must-read for music and Beatles fans.
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Leonard Cohen: The Man Who Saw the Angels Fall

This big biography of Cohen will appeal to a wide variety of readers, especially the philosophically minded.
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On Rhetoric and Black Music

Best for scholars focused on the link between Black music and rhetoric.
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The Bastard Instrument: A Cultural History of the Electric Bass

An edifying and valuable survey of the electric bass, an often overlooked mainstay of modern music.

Miss May Does Not Exist: The Life and Work of Elaine May, Hollywood’s Hidden Genius

The writing in this book is whip-smart and funny. It produces a fully realized portrait of a mysterious film genius.
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The Friday Afternoon Club: A Family Memoir

Raw and painful to read at times but compelling in its honesty, this memoir about the Dunnes will appeal to movie and true-crime fans.
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Let Me Take You Down: “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever.”

A distinctive academic perspective on two classic Beatles tunes.
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My Mama, Cass: A Memoir

A unique perspective from the daughter of a rock star. General audiences will get a fresh glimpse into the manipulative music business, which demanded ceaseless hard work, personal sacrifices, and a determined focus on glittery celebrity.
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My Black Country: A Journey Through Country Music’s Black Past, Present, and Future

Randall’s knowledge and respect for the performers and musicians who came before her permeates this lyrical memoir/music history hybrid. Country music fans will relish reading it.
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Jelly Roll Blues: Censored Songs and Hidden Histories

An insightful explication of how some blues songs were hidden and censored, with a revelatory oral history.

Hollywood Pride: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Representation and Perseverance in Film

Beautifully illustrated and engaging, this supremely well-written book will appeal to cinephiles and serve as a valuable, essential, and much-consulted resource.
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James Bond and the Sixties Spy Craze

Detailed, informative, and lots of fun. Film, television, and pop culture collections at all levels will want this.
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Tupac Shakur: The Authorized Biography

A captivating portrait of a rap icon who inspired artists and activists alike.
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Bride of Frankenstein: The Definitive History of the Horror Classic

Entertaining and well-researched. Best for general readers.
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Marlon Brando: Hollywood Rebel

An entertaining and enlightening study of Brando’s impressive influence.
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Music and Mind: Harnessing the Arts for Health and Wellness

For music lovers and readers who want better health and well-being.
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The Time of My Life: Dirty Dancing

Film studies and Dirty Dancing fans will find this monograph useful.
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The Mae West Films

Budding film historians or devotees of classic cinema will appreciate this niche title about Mae West.
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Hollywood Fashion: 100 Years of Hollywood Icons

A fresh and appealing addition for film displays. It’s a foundational and fun overview for readers interested in learning more about classic and contemporary Hollywood fashion.

The Upcycled Self: A Memoir on the Art of Becoming Who We Are

A portrait of an artist’s evolution that should resonate with hip-hop lovers and Roots fans alike. It’s short and will leave listeners wanting more.
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If You Would Have Told Me: A Memoir

Stamos shares the shiny and not-so-shiny memories of his past, reflecting on the importance of experiencing the good times and the bad. An excellent choice for those who enjoy memoirs and pop culture or are avid John Stamos fans.
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Everywhere an Oink Oink: An Embittered, Dyspeptic, and Accurate Report of Forty Years in Hollywood

Recommended for fans of supercilious arts and entertainment autobiographies. Perhaps more palatable in print, as readers can absorb the information at their own pace; the audio format is an optional purchase for most libraries.

Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones

Part memoir, part fashion manifesto, part archive, this engaging audio bursts with humor, confidence, and candor. The production deserves all the rhinestone stars it will earn.
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Exodus: The Shanghai Jews

A short but compelling docudrama that breathes life into the accounts of a too-little-discussed population of Holocaust survivors in Shanghai. Share with educators and general audiobook listeners seeking accounts of Jewish refugees or World War II history.
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World Within a Song: Music That Changed My Life and Life That Changed My Music

Tweedy’s charisma shines throughout this outstanding blend of memoir, music appreciation, and all-around joy. The journey through Tweedy’s musical history will have listeners hitting pause to check out the many songs he references.

Great Falls, MT: Fast Times, Post-Punk Weirdos, and a Tale of Coming Home Again

Part memoir, part performance, part comedy riff, this vibrant audiobook is not to be missed.

The Woman in Me

Though Spears’s words are affecting on their own, narrator Williams’s gentle Southern drawl and slight vocal fry make this gripping memoir an unputdownable must-listen.
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Making It So: A Memoir

Recommended for fans of Carrie Fisher’s memoirs or Dave Grohl’s The Storyteller.
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Surely You Can’t Be Serious: The True Story of ‘Airplane!’

This audiobook about the creation of an iconic film lands successfully. Recommended.
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Daughter of the Dragon: Anna May Wong’s Rendezvous with American History

Cinema and history buffs alike will enjoy this engaging tale of a Chinese American cultural icon.

Historical Dictionary of Choral Music

A remarkable resource that will please both musical professionals and amateurs, along with teachers and their students, and conductors and singers.

The Other Fab Four: The Remarkable True Story of the Liverbirds, Britain’s First Female Rock Band

A fascinating and tender look at the Liverbirds and their extraordinary lives.
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A Light in the Darkness: The Music and Life of Joaquín Rodrigo

This exhaustive, annotated treatment about Rodrigo’s work is best for musicologists, although cultural historians will find it helpful.

Terrence Malick and the Examined Life

An exceptional and intriguing look at the career of Terrence Malick, an American filmmaking marvel.
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The Tony Awards: A Celebration of Excellence in Theatre

A breezy, charming, heartwarming work for fans of Broadway and its stars. It shows love for theater craft and Broadway’s powerful sense of community while also recognizing that roads to success are often long and bumpy.
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Funny Boy: The Richard Hunt Biography

Exemplary research, culled from a plenitude of interviews with Hunt’s family, friends, and coworkers, reveals a talented artist with tireless energy, enthusiasm, wit, and personality.
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Playing the Percentages: How Film Distribution Made the Hollywood Studio System

A contribution to the lesser-known field of media distribution, this joins Joel Frykholm’s George Kleine and America Cinema and Michael Quinn’s dissertation “Early Feature Distribution,” which Long praises. Economic historians and attorneys interested in contracts and court rulings might be the most natural audience for this dissertation-styled book.

Shakespeare: The Man Who Pays the Rent

A compendium of great wit and wisdom with universal appeal. Both Shakespeare fans and novices, especially students who might find his language difficult to understand, will be delighted.

The House of Hidden Meanings: A Memoir

A probing, emotionally raw memoir that’s an introspective examination of RuPaul’s family and the issues he confronted before embracing self-love.

Not Your China Doll: The Wild and Shimmering Life of Anna May Wong

A thoroughly researched and superbly written study of a remarkable woman. An important addition to film history and cultural studies collections.
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Dancing on the Edge: A Journey of Living, Loving, and Tumbling Through Hollywood

With his role in the Twin Peaks reboot and his numerous dance numbers finding new life online, Tamblyn, his engaging memoir, and his stories will be of high interest.
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The Animated Universal Classic Monsters

A highly specialized book that may have a narrow audience. Hahn’s hilarious writing style, however, makes this one of the more amusing film reference works available.
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Me and Mr. Jones: My Life with David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars

There’s little new here about Bowie, but this is an appealing look into a legendary era of rock. For Bowie fans and completist collections.

From the Moment They Met It Was Murder: ‘Double Indemnity’ and the Rise of Film Noir

Film lovers will eat up this book about Double Indemnity’s true-crime origins.

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Candida Royalle and the Sexual Revolution: A History from Below

For readers interested in works about feminism and sex in the late 20th century or in biographies of historically overlooked women.
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Jean Peters: Hollywood’s Mystery Girl

The author clearly did an incredible amount of research, but much of Peters’s personal life remains a mystery.
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Vampires in Silent Cinema

Though written for academic audiences, this title is engaging. Movie buffs will appreciate the extra effort Rhodes makes to resurrect films lost to time.
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