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Claude Rains: An Invisible Man

With extensive photographs, notes, and bibliography, this is a notable and detailed tribute to an actor who deserves to be remembered.

The Columbo Companion 1968–78: Investigating Every Detail of All 45 “Classic Era” Columbo Adventures

An affectionate, critical, and immensely entertaining guide to the classic TV series.

The Choreography of Everyday Life

A thoughtful addition to a dance library collection.

The Lives of Brian: A Memoir

This will definitely be a popular book with any library’s rock fan patrons. It’s also an inspiring story for all readers.

Best Seat in the House: An Assistant Director Behind the Scenes of Feature Films

This unpretentious memoir about filmmaking will appeal to anyone in love with the big screen.

Invasion ’51: The Birth of Alien Cinema

Useful for film scholars or sociologists, yet still accessible for general sci-fi fans, Kotz’s book is a fascinating look at the debut of an extraterrestrial movie menace that’s still popular today.

Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard

An honest, at times humorous, and entertaining memoir that movie buffs, especially Harry Potter fans, will enjoy.

Dying of Politeness: A Memoir

For admirers of Davis, film, or anyone who believes women deserve an equal voice in their industry. In particular, her take on the appeal of Thelma and Louise is spot on.

Still Just a Geek: An Annotated Memoir

Wheaton’s memoir is packed with insights about celebrity culture, Hollywood, and the fight to destigmatize mental health to keep even the least Trekkie listener absorbed.


With a running time of just over an hour, this brief but captivating audio play is highly recommended. Share with listeners who appreciate YA crossover titles by authors such as Jason Reynolds, Angie Smith, and Nic Stone.

Out of the Corner: A Memoir

A good mix of honesty and humor with lots of celebrity name-dropping. Recommended for all collections.

Finding Me: A Memoir

Not to be missed, this memoir is a powerful reminder that our childhoods do not define us, that we can determine our perception and worth.

Managing Expectations: A Memoir in Essays

Will certainly meet listeners’ expectations!

Every Good Boy Does Fine: A Love Story, in Music Lessons

Listeners will fall in love with music even more or all over again.

This Woman’s Work: Essays on Music

A varied and fascinating look at a myriad of women who have experienced or influenced music in different ways told by a number of talented women authors; this excellent audio production belongs in all music collections.

Be My Baby: A Memoir

The only new information included in this revised edition is the postscript. Spector’s memoir will appeal to music aficionados, NYC historians, and true crime fans curious for a glimpse into the life of Phil Spector prior to his murder trial.

Masters of Make-Up Effects: A Century of Practical Magic

This splendid salute to a century of horror and sci-fi film makeup will be a high-demand item for film fans and budding makeup artists.

Jack in the Box; Or, How To Goddamn Direct

A delightful window into the art of directing in all its ups and downs. Recommended for anyone interested in the theater, and certainly aspiring directors.

Suzuki: The Man and His Dream To Teach the Children of the World

A Suzuki biography will surely interest music educators and historians, but Hotta’s book (which encapsulates a century of Japanese history) will also appeal to general audiences seeking a musical lens on history.

Waxing On: The Karate Kid and Me

Macchio’s book will be enjoyed thoroughly by fans of the movie and those nostalgic for the time in which it was produced.

Hollywood: The Oral History

Recommended for the large audience of popular culture enthusiasts for whom knowledge of the Hollywood past will enable them better to appreciate occurring and anticipated industry changes.

The Academy and the Award: The Coming of Age of Oscar and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

A book of wide appeal, starting but not ending with film buffs.

Godzilla: The Ultimate Illustrated Guide

Lavish with illustrations and praise, this book is geared toward fans but Skipper’s engaging writing is accessible for newcomers.

Cash on Cash: Interviews and Encounters with Johnny Cash

An intriguing and often insightful collection. For Cash aficionados, music critics, and researchers.

Dr. No: The First James Bond Film

An extensively researched and enjoyable look at a screen legend.

Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia

For all readers interested in understanding international media and film production and its role in U.S. diplomacy.

Ernest Lehman: The Sweet Smell of Success

With the marginalization of screenwriters in stories about the entertainment industry, which both Lehman and Krampner resent, this life-history fills a chasm in the literature.

A Hard Kick in the Nuts: What I’ve Learned from a Lifetime of Terrible Decisions

It’s doubtful that anyone had “Steve-O self-help book” on their pop culture bingo card. But (although he’s certainly no Brené Brown) Steve-O’s ability to be both vulnerable and funny works surprisingly well in this format.

The Come Up: An Oral History of the Rise of Hip-Hop

Recommended for music historians, hip-hop fans, and casual listeners who want to add to their playlists.

All the Women in My Brain: And Other Concerns

For fans of Glow and aspiring actors who want to know what they’re getting into.

From Saturday Night to Sunday Night: My Forty Years of Laughter, Tears, and Touchdowns in TV

An insightful look into the inner workings of television and televised sports by an absolute professional.

Miracle of The Music Man

Will appeal to anyone interested in The Music Man or the process of bringing to life a full-fledged musical entertainment in the mid-20th century United States.

Punk Paradox: A Memoir

The hard-driven Gaffin compellingly and eloquently describes the rewards and pitfalls of a career as successful musician and academic that will fascinate general readers.

Gene Tierney: Star of Hollywood’s Home Front

A well-researched book about the fashioning of a Hollywood star’s public image during World War II that should appeal to fans of Gene Tierney.

Like a Rolling Stone: A Memoir

Wenner writes engagingly and doesn’t pull his punches. It’ll be hard to keep this book on the library shelves.

Nightfly: The Life of Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen

Utilizing a wide variety of resources and some author interviews, Jones’s book is an exemplary examination of Fagen’s music and life and will appeal to Steely Dan fans.

None of This Rocks: A Memoir

Trohman’s self-deprecating humor and rambling asides sometimes take away from what is otherwise an important discussion about mental health.

Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Phillips presents an accessible analysis of a cult classic TV series that continues to spawn horror favorites.

Arrow Through the Heart: The Biography of Andy Gibb

A sad but compelling cautionary tale that fans of Andy Gibb, the Bee Gees, and classic rock will want to read.

The Music Never Stops: What Putting on 10,000 Shows Has Taught Me About Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Magic

A diversion for completist Deadheads and fans of music festivals.

Captain of Her Soul: The Life of Marion Davies

For fans of old-Hollywood lore and classic movies, especially those starring Marion Davies. With notes, bibliography, filmography, and just enough photos to send readers to the internet in search of more images of Davies and her milieu.

Some New Kind of New Kick

Reading Powers’s book is like hanging out with a cool guy with incredible stories to tell.

Martha Graham: When Dance Became Modern

A worthwhile addition to modern dance collections.

Mirror in the Sky: The Life and Music of Stevie Nicks

Nicks fans will appreciate Morrison’s care in the details of her songwriting and the song production, but the text may be a little dry and formal for readers looking to get more personal insight into Nicks, who was not interviewed for this book.


Breaks in the Air: The Birth of Rap Radio in New York City

Klaess’s book is a must-read for all those interested in tracing hip-hop’s sociopolitical/racial chord back to its airwaves origins.

A Song for Everyone: The Story of Creedence Clearwater Revival

An updated bio of one of the most successful bands of the late 1960s. CCR’s unique swamp rock vibe and the timeless compositions have assured that classic rock staple CCR will remain popular for some time to come.

Diaghilev’s Empire: How the Ballets Russes Enthralled the World

Christiansen’s accessible book is a fascinating cautionary tale for readers with an interest in ballet history and those who enjoy books about visionaries who weather great failures and great successes.

The Stone Age: Sixty Years of the Rolling Stones

Jones doesn’t paint an attractive picture of the Rolling Stones, and her book is over-hyped, but it will likely appeal to readers regardless because, let’s face it, its subjects fascinate.

A Front Row Seat: An Intimate Look at Broadway, Hollywood, and the Age of Glamour

A curiously uneven memoir, this mix of serious and trivial will appeal mostly to movie and theater buffs.

The MGM Effect: How a Hollywood Studio Changed the World

This unique blend of popular and corporate cultural history will interest a variety of readers, from business students to movie mavens.

Making a Scene

Wu’s mea culpa is a moving study in self-acceptance that will win her more fans.

How To Write a Song That Matters

In contrast to the many useful guides to song creation that focus dryly on method, Williams’s book stands apart for its shimmering, poetic language and forthright engagement of readers, making her treatment of the subject that much more emotionally satisfying. By the end, readers will have gained valuable lessons about both songwriting and life.

Down and Out in Paradise: The Life of Anthony Bourdain

Leerhsen’s page-turner provides a well-rounded portrait of Bourdain, acknowledging his many faults as well as his empathy, work ethic, and creativity.

The Beloved Vision: A History of Nineteenth Century Music

Recommended for any concertgoer who wants to go beyond the program notes and learn more about the enduring treasures of 19th-century Western music, and their creators.

Dangerous Rhythms: Jazz and the Underworld

Though sometimes touching on non-jazz artists (like Bobby Darin) and violence unrelated to the mob (e.g., a beating of Miles Davis), English’s book adroitly chronicles jazz music’s iron-clad, often-unspoken ties to the mob.

Perfect Pitch: 100 Pieces of Classical Music To Bring Joy, Tears, Solace, Empathy, Inspiration (& Everything in Between)

Self-described by the author as a non-definitive work, this book fulfills its stated mission of being a portable collection of reflections on Western classical music, although the entries might be too teasingly brief for some readers. Compare with the 366 entries in Year of Wonder: Classical Music To Enjoy Day by Day, by violinist and former BBC arts presenter Clemency Burton-Hill.

The Man Who Leapt Through Film: The Art of Mamoru Hosoda

Solomon has created a dazzling and eye-opening book on Japanese animation that should appeal to fans of the genre.

This Is What It Sounds Like: What the Music You Love Says About You

As long as readers are up for a record pull, they won’t be disappointed. Sure to appeal to many popular music lovers, particularly young adults.

Unprotected: A Memoir

Recommended for fans of Porter or the arts, and those who appreciate stories of overcoming obstacles.

The Hollywood Motion Picture Blacklist: Seventy-Five Years Later

Mostly for history or film buffs.

This Time It’s Personal: A Monster Kid’s History of Horror Memories and Experiences

Smith exhibits his expertise on the topic of horror films but occasionally writes like an overly enthusiastic fan, resulting in sometimes-unfocused prose, all tinged with childhood nostalgia.


Choices: To the Hills and Back Again

Strictly for Patridge’s fans (she does have 1.7 million Instagram followers).

Hollywood and the Bible

Smith’s book will appeal to film fans and aficionados because of its light-hearted tone and human-interest content. Recommended.

The Church of Baseball: The Making of Bull Durham; Home Runs, Bad Calls, Crazy Fights, Big Swings, and a Hit

Highly entertaining and informative look at a popular film classic, this book should find wide interest among film and sports buffs.

Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama

A high-quality addition and a must-listen for even casual fans of the robust “comedic memoir” genre of audiobooks.

Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker’s Life

A marvelous, massive biography of a beloved filmmaker.

Happy People Are Annoying

Peck’s memoir is an irresistible and delightful mix of candor and comedy.

Rap Capital: An Atlanta Story

Coscarelli’s book is the ideal vehicle to acknowledge Atlanta’s influence on modern-day storytelling through trap and rap music.

The Disney Revolt: The Great Labor War of Animation’s Golden Age

A fascinating look at how the Disney magic happened, and how close it came to tumbling down.

Let’s Do It: The Birth of Pop Music; A History

Stanley’s engaging narrative music study invites general readers as well as music mavens into a memorable world that provided the necessary antecedents for rock and roll.

As It Turns Out: Thinking About Edie and Andy

This is a good recommendation for those who like to read about family dynasties, the mid-century modern New York art world, or people who have a lasting fifteen minutes of fame.

Declassified: A Low-Key Guide to the High-Strung World of Classical Music

Sure to be a popular read for lovers and practitioners of music of all kinds. A must-have for public and academic libraries, especially at conservatories.

Walking in My Joy: In These Streets

The latest memoir by fierce and fabulous Lewis easily switches between moving confessionals and fiery calls to eradicate oppression.

Watch and Learn: How I Turned Hollywood Upside Down with Netflix, Redbox, and MoviePass—Lessons in Disruption

Business readers will admire Lowe’s acumen and the bite-sized takeaways at the end of each chapter. Media consumers will appreciate Lowe’s insider history of game-changing film companies.

Licence To Kill: The Science of 007

An entertaining, page-turning, sure-fire hit with all fans of 007.

From the Ruins of Enlightenment: Beethoven and Schubert in Their Solitude

Beethoven is said to have said “Art demands of us that we shall not stand still,” and Kramer here effectively demonstrates that similar demands apply to musical analysis and revelation. Recommended for scholars of classical music.

The World’s Worst Assistant

Conan O’Brien fans will find much to love here.

A Kiss Across the Ocean: Transatlantic Intimacies of British Post-Punk and US Latinidad

Rodríguez’s book successfully balances an intellectual understanding of the cultural ramifications of post-punk music with poignant and alluring background stories, appealing to scholars and fans alike.

The Misfits

While this slim book succeeds in bringing together the facts about the film in a tidy linear format, it lacks enough critical analysis to elevate its message. Film fans will find it a useful, entertaining retelling.

White Terror: The Horror Film from Obama to Trump

Meeuf provides evidence of underlying social and political themes in an often-dismissed genre in this thought-provoking work that will be appreciated by fans of the format and by scholars studying the cultural effects of the first Black presidency.

Nightmare Fuel: The Science of Horror Films

Nesseth combines savvy science writing with a deep love of horror movies, resulting in something both scholarly and eminently readable. Even horror aficionados may stumble across an unfamiliar title she cites.

Sofia Coppola: Forever Young

A useful book for film scholars due to the production details included for each film, along with an index and bibliography.

Yoko Ono: An Artful Life

An affecting and affectionate portrait. For artists, historians of 20th-century art, Yoko Ono fans, and Beatles fans too.

Making The Best Years of Our Lives: The Hollywood Classic That Inspired a Nation

An eloquent testimony to the power of film.


Didn’t We Almost Have It All: In Defense of Whitney Houston

An empathic and heartbreaking account of a woman haunted by her past, in a society that refused to accept her despite her amazing accomplishments.

The Middle Ages and the Movies: Eight Key Films

An intriguing and detailed discussion best left to historians and devoted film buffs.

O Say Can You Hear? A Cultural Biography of “The Star-Spangled Banner”

An excellent and comprehensive history of the music and lyrics of the United States’ national anthem, Clague’s book should be in every library.

The Science of Aliens: The Real Science Behind the Gods and Monsters from Space and Time

Recommend for science fiction fans or readers interested in extraterrestrial life will find this an interesting read.

Rock on Film: The Movies That Rocked the Big Screen

A delightful and informative introduction to the best (and worst!) documentaries, biopics, feature films, and musical extravaganzas of the last 70 years.

The Islander: My Life in Music and Beyond

An obligatory purchase for all self-respecting rock and pop culture collections.

Nocturnal Admissions: Behind the Scenes at Tunnel, Limelight, Avalon, and Other Legendary Nightclubs

A fun homage to ’90s pop culture and nightlife that will interest readers who lived it or who wish they had.

Conversations with Women in Music Production: The Interviews

A thought-provoking look at an oft-neglected facet of the music industry, most valuable for the diverse viewpoints and thoughts expressed by its subjects.

Like Water: A Cultural History of Bruce Lee

Film buffs, martial arts enthusiasts, and fans of Bruce Lee will thoroughly enjoy this exceptional biography.

Hollywood Ending: Harvey Weinstein and the Culture of Silence

As a comprehensive account of the rise and fall of the Weinstein name, Auletta’s volume is a critical text and worthy of sitting beside Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor’s She Said.

Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers

Rodgers tells it the way she saw it, often stripping away the celebrity glamour of growing up in a revered musical theater environment. Green is a welcome and unobtrusive organizing voice and fact checker. Hollywood biography readers and musical theater fans will enjoy.

Still Alright: A Memoir

A sure hit, but just for devoted Loggins fans.

Truly, Madly: Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, and the Romance of the Century

Fascinating, insightful, and well-written, Galloway’s work should appeal to theater and film fans.

Putting the Rabbit in the Hat

An entertaining and well-written memoir from a master actor.

How To Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question

Those looking for a humorous jaunt may be disappointed by the heft of Schur’s subject. For anyone looking to learn more about philosophy, this is an excellent place to start.

Into Every Generation a Slayer Is Born: How Buffy Staked Our Hearts

Katz’s writing captures his own voice so well that his audiobook narration is pitch-perfect. A first purchase for nonfiction audio collections.

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