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Into Every Generation a Slayer Is Born: How Buffy Staked Our Hearts By Evan Ross Katz Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306826689
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Hachette Books - March 15th, 2022

Conversational and full of Scooby Gang-level quips, this love letter/study of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's impact on pop culture was fun to devour, quickly followed by a craving to rewatch the entire series (even Season Six.) The devoted Evan Ross Katz grapples with the greyness of adoring a life-altering show with such dark and complicated history and comes out at the end without a solid answer, since one doesn't exist. Except one thing remains true forever: Sarah Michelle Gellar reigns supreme. 

Review by Sarah C.

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Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language By Gretchen McCulloch Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735210943
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Riverhead Books - July 21st, 2020

Interesting & informative deep dive into how the ways we communicate online have evolved. 

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Tacky: Love Letters to the Worst Culture We Have to Offer By Rax King Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593312728
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Published: Vintage - November 2nd, 2021

In the words of Melissa Lozada-Olivia, "this bitch has me crying to Creed." But that's what King does throughout her essay collection by perfectly balancing the social commentary on pop culture, what's deemed "tacky" and perhaps shameful, with the personal struggles of enjoying what you want to enjoy. Tackling her friendships and relationships and her need to be the sexually available cool girl, she ties it effortlessly to cultural artifacts such as Jersey Shore, warm vanilla sugar, Hot Topic, the Sims, and the American shopping mall. For those who grew up in the 2000s, take this trip down memory lane.

Review by Emily

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A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance By Hanif Abdurraqib Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984801197
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Random House - March 30th, 2021

Abdurraqib masterly balances the informational and the personal in this exploration of black performance from the vaudevillian-turned-spy Josephine Baker to the vulnerability of Wu-Tang Clan to poem-like entries "On Times I Have Forced Myself to Dance." (Did you know, even after singing about wanting to dance with somebody, Whitney Houston couldn't really dance? Check out the 1988 Grammy's.) Anyway, check this out if you want a beautifully entertaining book on entertainment. 

Review by Emily