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A Murder in Hollywood: The Untold Story of Tinseltown’s Most Shocking Crime

A well-researched and new take on one of Hollywood’s most notorious mysteries. True-crime fans and celebrity mavens will enjoy.

Mummy Movies: A Comprehensive Guide

A well-researched work with many entries that feature production stills and promotional artwork. There are plenty of treasures here for mummy enthusiasts.

Confessions of a Rock ’n’ Roll Name Dropper

Fans of the Beatles and 1970s rock will appreciate this insider perspective of Lennon’s final day and the music business.

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’: Behind the Scenes of the Worldwide Musical Phenomenon

Musical theater enthusiasts and Superstar devotees will appreciate this candid perspective, the interviews with the show’s legends, and the stunning collection of photos.

There She Goes Again: Gender, Power, and Knowledge in Contemporary Film and Television Franchises

A thoughtful, scholarly investigation into the complexities of how powerful women are conceptualized and presented in the current media landscape. Eminently suitable for libraries with feminist and women-in-media collections. Likely to be of particular use to those seeking analyses of postfeminist media centered on women protagonists.

Becoming Ella Fitzgerald: The Jazz Singer Who Transformed American Song

Best for jazz scholars or readers who are superfans of Fitzgerald.

John Ford: Revised 2nd Ed.

An excellent early work on a legendary filmmaker. The update gives a more complete portrait of Ford and his films.

Goodbye Russia: Rachmaninoff in Exile

Music specialists and casual readers will find this an absorbing account of Rachmaninoff’s years in exile.

Profane Angel: The Life and Career of Carole Lombard

Great for collections that don’t have any books on Carole Lombard.

Charlie Chaplin and the Nazis: The Long German Campaign Against the Artist

An incredibly detailed and successful book about Charlie Chaplin that does not lose film fans. More general readers can skip over much of the thorough analysis but still benefit from the book.

Black TV: Five Decades of Groundbreaking Television from ‘Soul Train’ to ‘Black-ish’ and Beyond

Readers who fondly remember watching programs such as In Living Color and Everybody Hates Chris will especially enjoy this. Same goes for TV enthusiasts looking for something to rewatch.

On Locations: Lessons Learned from My Life on Set with ‘The Sopranos’ and in the Film Industry

This tale will grab readers from the first to the last page. It’s an interesting take on what went into making The Sopranos, the Rolls Royce of cable TV.

Kubrick: An Odyssey

An admiring look at a fascinating figure. Likely to be the definitive word on Kubrick for years to come.

50 Oscar Nights: Iconic Stars & Filmmakers on Their Career-Defining Wins

In only four pages of text for each award winner, the book captures the strong feelings of camaraderie among the tight-knit film community, the tension-filled waiting period, the elation of victory, and the after-party giddiness or loneliness that the interviewees experienced. Highly recommended.

I Sing To Use the Waiting: A Collection of Essays About the Women Singers Who’ve Made Me Who I Am

Readers who enjoyed Jessica Hopper’s The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic and Hanif Abdurraqib’s They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us are the perfect audience for this book.

She’s a Badass: Women in Rock Shaping Feminism

This book’s fierce attitude and biographies that pitch towards the positive will have plenty of appeal for readers seeking some inspiration from women who’ve carved out a place in rock music.

Fingers Crossed: How Music Saved Me from Success

A must-read rock memoir in a genre where too few women’s voices are heard.

Dracula: A Full Cast Audio Drama

This dramatized adaptation of Stoker’s classic tale is a perfect spooky listen for those seeking a new experience of the original novel. Recommended for any audio classics or horror collection.

Behind the Screens: Illustrated Floor Plans and Scenes from the Best TV Shows of All Time

Delightfully offbeat views of Stars Hollow (The Gilmore Girls), Central Perk (Friends), and the Pie Hole (Pushing Daisies). Consider ordering a couple of copies, as this will likely stay in circulation.

What Really Happens in Vegas: True Stories of the People Who Make Vegas, Vegas

The combined popularity of the authors and topic should find an eager audiences.

Kick Out the Jams: Jibes, Barbs, Tributes, and Rallying Cries from 35 Years of Music Writing

For listeners interested in reexamining musical gatekeeping, Marsh’s writing and Boutsikaris’s delivery provide a portrait of the music industry that goes well beyond the usual fare.

Abbey Road: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Famous Recording Studio

Music lovers will be enthralled by this rewarding look at the history of recording at Abbey Road, arguably the most famous studio of them all.

Sure, I’ll Join Your Cult: A Memoir of Mental Illness and the Quest To Belong Anywhere

Not only a must for Bamford enthusiasts but an inspired pick for mental-health memoir fans.

Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers

For musical theater enthusiasts, historians, and those interested in the Rodgers family legacy. Share, too, with fans of Baranski’s work.

The Confession of Henry Jekyll, M.D.

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a classic creepy tale with a contemporary spin, presented as an intense and engaging dramatic production. Recommended for fans of horror both old and new, from Stevenson to Stephen King.

The Last Action Heroes: The Triumphs, Flops, and Feuds of Hollywood’s Kings of Carnage

Film buffs will greatly enjoy this deft production of a tome that takes an irreverent but thorough look at a pivotal movie genre.

The Woman in Me

Silenced for years, Spears uses this memoir to tell the world the truth about her life and to celebrate her newfound freedom. It is a must-purchase for all collections.

Live Dead: The Grateful Dead, Live Recordings, and the Ideology of Liveness

An accessible and convincing deep dive into live Dead and the ways in which their music continues to resonate in many nonmusical ways.

The Epic Saga Behind ‘Frankenstein: The True Story’

A hefty treat for film buffs, horror enthusiasts, and fans of hidden gay Hollywood history.

Movies That Made Me Gay

Immensely readable and entertaining, this is a treat for movie lovers. It will hopefully also bring some forgotten films to light.

Outrageous: A History of Showbiz and the Culture Wars

A comprehensive, meticulously researched, generally left-of-center work about how industries intended to entertain were and remain cultural battlefields.

Scratchin’ and Survivin’: Hustle Economics and the Black Sitcoms of Tandem Productions

An excellent resource for media or African American studies scholars who want to delve deeper into how these landmark sitcoms broke barriers for other Black artists.

Blackbird: How Black Musicians Sang the Beatles into Being—and Sang Back to Them Ever After

An academic analysis of the Beatles as products and producers of music performed by Black musicians. This deep dive into music will entertain and influence listeners.

The Path to Paradise: A Francis Ford Coppola Story

This demanding book might appeal more to screenwriters and producers than to serendipitous consumers of film culture.

Deep Inside the Blues: Photographs and Interviews

A magnificent oral history of the healing power of blues music.

Loaded: The Life (and Afterlife) of the Velvet Underground

An informed narrative interspersed with quotes, this book paints a page-turning picture of the legendary Velvet Underground. Will appeal to general readers and rock aficionados.

What a Difference a Day Makes: Women Who Conquered 1950s Music

Balancing the biographical and the historical, this informative and stylishly written work illuminates the lives and contributions of these gifted performers. For popular-music lovers.

All I Want Is Loving You: Popular Female Singers of the 1950s

Enjoyable and educational. Will appeal to a wide range of popular-musical enthusiasts, including those who remember the era well and those eager to learn more about it.

Steven Spielberg, All the Films: The Story Behind Every Movie, Episode, and Short

Despite some repetitiveness, this well-illustrated book is certain to appeal to admirers of Spielberg’s oeuvre.

Pandora’s Box: How Guts, Guile, and Greed Upended TV

A fascinating topic that the author handles well. The depiction of cable executives is blistering.

Roots Punk: A Visual and Oral History

A compelling examination of punk rock and the history of modern music.

The Fatal Alliance: A Century of War on Film

This stellar book is about how filmmakers simplify the bloody business of war and why audiences buy into it. Readers who enjoy vigorous arguments and good writing will love this book.

Beyond Ridiculous: Making Gay Theatre with Charles Busch in 1980s New York

Might be perfect to assign to a class of theater students. The lengthy appendix and niche subject matter may weaken its appeal for general collections.

The Doors Unhinged: Jim Morrison’s Legacy Goes on Trial

Music-fan readers are given a true warts-and-all look inside a legendary band and their shortcomings.

Apocalypse Television: How ‘The Day After’ Helped End the Cold War

This study for both general and academic readers makes the case for the cultural influence of television in altering attitudes toward war, albeit at a fortunate time in history before the dispersive effects of cable television.

I See Dead People: The Making of ‘The Sixth Sense’

Primarily for die-hard fans of the film and Shyamalan.

The Cinema of Powell and Pressburger

A vivid tribute and companion to the films of Powell and Pressburger for fans of cinema and creativity alike. More than a summation of their work, this book is a showcase of the creative process.

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

A welcome addition to memoir collections. The book is at its best when Trotter talks about his family and his love of art.

The Films of Bruce Willis

A helpful, insightful, and critical overview of Bruce Willis’s films.

Elvis Remembered: Intimate Interviews from the Elvis International Archives, with the People Who Knew Him Best

In an oversized volume lavishly illustrated with dozens of photos, Powers successfully portrays Presley as a down-to-earth, generous, caring, and eventually lonely and drug-addicted icon and never bows to the usual sensationalism of most Presley accounts; general readers will find it refreshing, entertaining, and interesting.

Lamestains: Grunge, Sub Pop and the Music of the Loser

A solid analysis, but it omits grunge’s impact and some of its icons.

The Life and Times of Betty Boop: The 100-Year History of an Animated Icon

The author more than makes the case that Betty Boop maintains long-lasting appeal and popularity, thanks to her indelible charm and independence. A fascinating read that explores every facet of the animated icon.

She May Be Lying Down But She May Be Very Happy: A Micro-Memoir

A short but emotional read. Great for memoir fans and patrons who don’t typically gravitate toward nonfiction.

Living the Beatles Legend: The Untold Story of Mal Evans

A commendable tribute and welcome companion to the promised upcoming volume, the second in a two-book project that draws deeply from the Evans family archives.

Everywhere an Oink Oink: An Embittered, Dyspeptic, and Accurate Report of Forty Years in Hollywood

Mamet’s staccato, derisive, episodic, raw-language writing will enchant fans.

Dancing in My Dreams: A Spiritual Biography of Tina Turner

With Turner’s recent death, this tome is a thoughtful tribute. Its scholarly approach may appeal more to students of religion and pop culture than the average Turner fan.

Magic Time: The Films and Scripts of Billy Wilder

A must for serious film enthusiasts—well-researched, organized, and presented

60 Songs That Explain the ’90s

A fun diversion for music fans that feels like a conversation one would love to have with a friend on a late-night car ride.

Christmas in the Movies (Revised & Expanded Edition): 35 Classics To Celebrate the Season

A holiday treat about Christmas films that will make the perfect reading gift year-round.

A Disturbance in the Force: How and Why the Star Wars Holiday Special Happened

Kozak presents a riveting look at an oft-maligned piece of Star Wars history, showing that some of it is just misunderstood.

Doctor Who Psychology: Times Change, Second Ed

Will appeal to both Doctor Who fans and to readers who like to turn their TV time into thoughtful entertainment.

“What Do You Mean, Murder?”: Clue and the Making of a Cult Classic

Fans of the film Clue will enjoy the behind-the-scenes minutiae.

World Within a Song: Music That Changed My Life and Life That Changed My Music

Another excellent work from an American treasure. Tweedy’s enthusiasm and exuberance does for readers what the best songs do for listeners: inspire, delight, connect, linger, and drive people back for more.

Elmer Bernstein, Film Composer: An Authorized Biography

Anyone who enjoys music, movies, or music in the movies will find much to sing about in this thoughtful and well-written biography.

Dancing on Eggshells

Whaite’s honest account of his successes and toils will interest fans.

All You Need To Know About the Music Business: 11th Ed

If there’s a recording artist’s bible to the music business, this is it. For anyone trying to carve out a living in this challenging industry.

Connery, Sean Connery

A fresh perspective on Bond and Connery that fans will enjoy.

Get Shown the Light: Improvisation and Transcendence in the Music of the Grateful Dead

For Grateful Dead scholars only.

All the Years Combine: The Grateful Dead in Fifty Shows

This summary of Grateful Dead shows doesn’t offer much new material for fans. Readers looking for something more comprehensive may want to start with David Browne’s So Many Roads.

Fashion Killa: How Hip-Hop Revolutionized High Fashion

This deep-dive into the relationship between hip-hop and fashion is recommended for libraries with serious devotees or researchers.

Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin): A Memoir

Stone’s memoir will certainly appeal to curious readers and fans of this icon of rock and soul music.

Charlie Chaplin vs. America: When Art, Sex, and Politics Collided

Distinguished research, featuring the over 1,900-page FBI report, media accounts, and interviews with family members, coworkers, and historians, propels this excellent biography that captures Chaplin, both the person and his work.

Lena Horne: Goddess Reclaimed

An immensely enjoyable and comprehensive look at one of the most glamorous stars of her time.

Opposable Thumbs: How Siskel & Ebert Changed Movies Forever

Nostalgic for some, revelatory for others, this account demonstrates how film evaluators can influence popular culture as much as the films themselves did.

The Amplified Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana

Readers might sometimes find there’s too much arcane minutia in this retrospective edition, but Azerrad has written a poignant afterword that makes this expanded version worth the shelf space. Nirvana fans will want to read it.


LL COOL J Presents the Streets Win: 50 Years of Hip-Hop Greatness

A treat for hip-hop fans of all ages.

Comedy Book: How Comedy Conquered Culture—and the Magic That Makes It Work

Covering a variety of styles, this book’s ode to comedy will entice readers who enjoy contemplative pop-culture reads.

Cinema of the 70s: 101 Iconic Movies

Casual film fans will discover new titles, while dedicated aficionados will enjoy debating Foote’s inclusions and exclusions. An enjoyable look at a pivotal era in film history.

Night Mother: A Personal and Cultural History of ‘The Exorcist’

An incredible work of film analysis, examining cultural context and interspersing personal history, that makes a great read for movie, horror, and pop-culture fans. Highly recommended for libraries with media analysis collections. 

MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios

Marvel fans and film aficionados alike will appreciate this highly recommended, smashing insider look at one of entertainment’s greatest success stories.

David Lynch: A Retrospective

A must-have for libraries with film studies collections and academic libraries supporting programs related to cinema.

Madonna: A Rebel Life

Impressive in size and scope, the 880 pages of this tome might deter some readers. However, casual and hardcore fans of Madonna (or of pop music in general) will still benefit from making a beeline for this book. A vital pick for public libraries and institutions with collections on women artists or 20th- and 21st-century music and pop culture.

Behind the Shoulder Pads: Tales I Tell My Friends

A well-written, fun, name-dropping tell-all about the rich and famous as only a 90-year-old who has seen it all can offer.

A.K.A. Lucy: The Dynamic and Determined Life of Lucille Ball

This perfectly supplements the many books about Ball by contributing new insights with heart and humor.

Old Town Road

More than just an analysis of “Old Town Road.” This book has wide appeal for music and pop culture fans.

Normporn: Queer Viewers and the TV That Soothes Us

A complex study, in content and in presentation. Those who take the time to read in depth will be rewarded with meticulous analyses and perceptive insights that have universal relevance.

Lead Sister: The Story of Karen Carpenter

This may well become the definitive biography of Carpenter and an excellent companion to Randy L. Schmidt’s Little Girl Blue. Pop music fans will appreciate this strong biography.

The Many Hundreds of the Scent: Poems

McCrae’s innovative stylistics and associative leaps take some getting used to, but his poetry echoes his hope that “what once seemed strange to you/ Becomes your heart.”

On Record, Vol. 4, 1981: Images, Interviews & Insights from the Year in Music

Only for scholars of popular music or the time period.

Burn It Down: Power, Complicity, and a Call for Change in Hollywood

Highly recommended for listeners interested in social justice and entertainment equity. Offer to those who have devoured Kantor and Twohey’s She Said or Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill.

Mabel Normand: The Life and Career of a Hollywood Madcap, 2nd Ed

Enlightening reading for silent-film aficionados and social-history scholars.

Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield

Every Flying V, Explorer, and Les Paul in Hetfield’s collection is a messenger of metal and tells the beguiling stories behind the riffage too.

Head over Heels: Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman; A Love Affair in Words and Pictures

A heartfelt and charming photobook from a daughter who obviously loves her parents.

The History of Sketch Comedy: A Journey Through the Art and Craft of Humor

A great addition to popular reading collections. Recommended for sketch comedy and improv enthusiasts and fans of Key & Peele skits.

Marr’s Guitars

An intriguing assemblage of iconic guitars that reflect one of rock music’s most influential innovators.

Public/Private: My Life with Joe Papp at the Public Theater

A terrific twofer that’s both a fascinating history and an affecting personal memoir. Will likely appeal to theater fans everywhere.

Hollywood and the Movies of the Fifties: The Collapse of the Studio System, the Thrill of Cinerama, and the Invasion of the Ultimate Body Snatcher—Television

A remarkable analysis. Recommended for knowledgeable film lovers and for those seeking suggestions of mid-century film titles.

The Boy from Kyiv: Alexei Ratmansky’s Life in Ballet

The descriptions of Ratmansky’s style and working process are accessible to readers who have no extensive technical ballet vocabulary, but the book is still detailed enough to satisfy serious researchers. This thorough account of Ratmansky’s career is best suited for libraries that support in-depth dance scholarship.

Sonic Life

Moore’s compelling (if lengthy) memoir covers an era in rock music that is just beginning to get its due.

Hitchcock’s Blondes: The Unforgettable Women Behind the Legendary Director’s Dark Obsession

A well-written book, but some readers may find the premise a little too narrow.

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