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Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema By Lindy West Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316449823
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Hachette Books - October 20th, 2020

Like many of us, Lindy West loves pointing out plot holes and picking movies apart almost as much as she loves watching them. Unlike many of us, West used to be a professional film critic, lending merit to her commentary. Each chapter focuses on a different classic and often beloved film, summarizing the plot while also pointing out everything that’s wrong with it. This might sound like a bit of a negative premise, but it’s all in good fun and West makes some truly hilarious observations. The book isn’t groundbreaking but it will make you laugh A LOT.

 


Review by Jade

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Into Every Generation a Slayer Is Born: How Buffy Staked Our Hearts By Evan Ross Katz Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780306826696
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Published: Hachette Books - March 14th, 2023

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
$18.00
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
$15.95
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: In Praise of Black Performance By Hanif Abdurraqib Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984801203
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 8th, 2022

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