Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Pop Culture. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy
“Funny and fascinating . . . If you’re a comedy nerd you’ll love this book.” — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews , National Post , and Splitsider Based on over two hundred original interviews and extensive archival research, this groundbreaking work is a narrative exploration of the way comedians have reflected, shaped, and changed American culture over the past one hundred years. Starting with the vaudeville circuit at the turn of the last century, the book introduces the first stand-up comedian—an emcee who abandoned physical shtick for straight jokes. After the repeal of Prohibition, Mafia-run supper clubs replaced speakeasies, and mobsters replaced vaudeville impresarios as the comedian’s primary employer. In the 1950s, the late-night talk show brought stand-up to a wide public, while Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, and Jonathan Winters attacked conformity and staged a comedy rebellion in coffeehouses. From comedy’s part in the civil rights movement and the social upheaval of the late 1960s, to the first comedy clubs of the 1970s and the cocaine-fueled comedy boom of the 1980s, The Comedians culminates with a new era of media-driven celebrity in the twenty-first century. “Entertaining and carefully documented . . . jaw-dropping anecdotes . . . This book is a real treat.” —Merrill Markoe, The Wall Street Journal
- Author: Kliph Nesteroff
- Publisher: Grove Press; Reprint edition (November 3, 2015)
- Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Biographies & Memoirs
2. Chanel: Collections and Creations
Chanel's combination of tradition, originality and style has always made it the most seductive of brands. Here the House of Chanel opens its private archives, revealing a galaxy of brilliant designs created by Coco Chanel from the 1920s onwards, and now reinterpreted to become the motifs for brand new garments, accessories and beauty products. Inspired by the House's signature fragrance, the legendary ‘Chanel No 5’, the book explores five central themes – the suit, the camellia, jewelry, fragrances and make-up, and the little black dress – and follows the threads from past to present to show how these key items have been rediscovered and reinvented by fashion designers working in the footsteps of their illustrious predecessors. This visual journey is enhanced by previously unpublished archive photographs and original drawings by Karl Lagerfeld, as well as glorious images from some of the greatest names in fashion photography. Dazzling clothes, intricate accessories, beautiful models and timeless design leave no doubt as to the lasting fame of the brand and embody everything that has come to symbolize the magic of Chanel. llustrations: 159
- Author: Daniele Bott
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1st Edition (January 1, 2007)
- Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
- ISBN: 978-0500513606
- Dimensions: 9.9 x 1 x 11.3 inches
3. The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
The best-selling author of The Botany of Desire explores the ecology of eating to unveil why we consume what we consume in the 21st century. "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't, which mushrooms should be avoided, for example, and which berries we can enjoy. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance. The cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast-food outlet has thrown us back on a bewildering landscape where we once again have to worry about which of those tasty-looking morsels might kill us. At the same time we're realizing that our food choices also have profound implications for the health of our environment. The Omnivore's Dilemma is best-selling author Michael Pollan's brilliant and eye-opening exploration of these little-known but vitally important dimensions of eating in America. We are indeed what we eat, and what we eat remakes the world. A society of voracious and increasingly confused omnivores, we are just beginning to recognize the profound consequences of the simplest everyday food choices, both for ourselves and for the natural world. The Omnivore's Dilemma is a long-overdue book and one that will become known for bringing a completely fresh perspective to a question as ordinary and yet momentous as "What shall we have for dinner?"
- Author: Michael Pollan
- Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Science & Engineering, Science, Nature & Ecology, Ecology
4. Go the F**k to Sleep
A Reader's Digest "25 Funniest Books of All Time" "Nothing has driven home a certain truth about my generation, which is approaching the apex of its childbearing years, quite like this." -- The New Yorker "A parenting zeitgeist" -- Washington Post "A hilarious take on that age-old problem: getting the beloved child to go to sleep." -- National Public Radio "A new Bible for weary parents" -- New York Times "Resonates powerfully with almost everyone" -- Boston Globe "This children's book parody earns its place on the list by being a much-needed bit of catharsis that every parent needs." -- Fatherly , one of the 10 Best Parenting Books of the Decade " Go the F**k to Sleep challenges stereotypes, opens up prototypes, and acknowledges that shared sense of failure that comes to all parents who weary of ever getting their darling(s) to sleep and briefly resuming the illusion of a life of their own." -- Midwest Book Review Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don't always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland. Profane, affectionate, and radically honest, California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach's verses perfectly capture the familiar--and unspoken--tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night. In the process, they open up a conversation about parenting, granting us permission to admit our frustrations, and laugh at their absurdity. With illustrations by Ricardo Cortes, Go the F**k to Sleep is beautiful, subversive, and pants-wettingly funny--a book for parents new, old, and expectant. You probably should not read it to your children. Seriously, Just Go to Sleep, a children's book inspired by Go the F**k to Sleep and appropriate for kids of all ages, is also available, as well as Seriously, You Have to Eat for finicky ones everywhere!
- Author: Adam Mansbach
- Publisher: Akashic Books; 1st edition (June 14, 2011)
- Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Humor
- ISBN: 978-1617750250
- Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 6.2 inches
5. Millennial Loteria
“You need this Millennial Lotería for your next game night.” –Latina Magazine “Lotería cards got a genius millennial makeover.” – The Chicago Tribune OMG, can you even? Millennial Lotería is a hilarious and insightful parody of the classic “Mexican Bingo” game called Lotería, but this time, it’s like way more millennial. Born from the viral Instagram account @MillennialLoteria, this game reimagines La Dama as La Feminist, El Catrín as El Hipster, and Las Jaras as La Hashtag. Filled with nostalgia and ironic humor, it’s guaranteed to make your next fiesta be lit AF. So grab your bitcoins, get a couple of your fave followers together, and prepare to yell “Yaaaaasssssssssss, Millennial Lotería!” Each set includes: 46 cards 10 boards 80 bitcoin tokens and a collectible Millennial Lotería pin!
- Author: Mike Alfaro
- Publisher: Blue Star Press (December 4, 2018)
- Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Puzzles & Games
- ISBN: 978-1944515805
- Dimensions: 9 x 1.5 x 5.5 inches
6. The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
A timely investigation into the new "safety culture" on campus and the dangers it poses to free speech, mental health, education, and ultimately democracy The generation now coming of age has been taught three Great Untruths: their feelings are always right; they should avoid pain and discomfort; and they should look for faults in others and not themselves. These three Great Untruths are part of a larger philosophy that sees young people as fragile creatures who must be protected and supervised by adults. But despite the good intentions of the adults who impart them, the Great Untruths are harming kids by teaching them the opposite of ancient wisdom and the opposite of modern psychological findings on grit, growth, and antifragility. The result is rising rates of depression and anxiety, along with endless stories of college campuses torn apart by moralistic divisions and mutual recriminations. This is a book about how we got here. First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt take us on a tour of the social trends stretching back to the 1980s that have produced the confusion and conflict on campus today, including the loss of unsupervised play time and the birth of social media, all during a time of rising political polarization. This is a book about how to fix the mess. The culture of “safety” and its intolerance of opposing viewpoints has left many young people anxious and unprepared for adult life, with devastating consequences for them, for their parents, for the companies that will soon hire them, and for a democracy that is already pushed to the brink of violence over its growing political divisions. Lukianoff and Haidt offer a comprehensive set of reforms that will strengthen young people and institutions, allowing us all to reap the benefits of diversity, including viewpoint diversity. This is a book for anyone who is confused by what’s happening on college campuses today, or has children, or is concerned about the growing inability of Americans to live and work and cooperate across party lines.
- Author: Jonathan Haidt
- Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Health & Wellness, Psychology & Mental Health, Psychology, Social Psychology & Interactions
7. The Comfort Book
An instant New York Times Bestseller ! The new uplifting book from Matt Haig, the New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library , for anyone in search of hope, looking for a path to a more meaningful life, or in need of a little encouragement. “It is a strange paradox, that many of the clearest, most comforting life lessons are learnt while we are at our lowest. But then we never think about food more than when we are hungry and we never think about life rafts more than when we are thrown overboard.” THE COMFORT BOOK is Haig’s life raft: it’s a collection of notes, lists, and stories written over a span of several years that originally served as gentle reminders to Haig’s future self that things are not always as dark as they may seem. Incorporating a diverse array of sources from across the world, history, science, and his own experiences, Haig offers warmth and reassurance, reminding us to slow down and appreciate the beauty and unpredictability of existence.
- Author: Matt Haig
- Publisher: Penguin Life (July 6, 2021)
- Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
- ISBN: 978-0143136668
- Dimensions: 5.38 x 0.9 x 7.81 inches
8. 100 Flowers: An Adult Coloring Book with Bouquets, Wreaths, Swirls, Patterns, Decorations, Inspirational Designs, and Much More!
2021 Gift Ideas | 100 Unique Images Enjoy beautiful flowers and simple designs with this relaxing coloring book from bestselling publishing brand, Jade Summer. Our 100 Flowers coloring book is a wonderful way to show your love of flowers while your stress fades away. Each design features simple elements which allow you to effortlessly fill pages with any of your favorite colors. We have included many popular types of flowers and arrangements, so you will always have plenty to color! You get to color a variety of fun flowers, including roses, daisies, tulips, orchids, sunflowers, violets, and many more. We also included mandala-style flower designs and various other objects which make the flowers into decorations. You can color each flower design with realistic colors or let your imagination run wild and use whichever colors you choose! Why You Will Love this Book Relaxing Coloring Pages. Every page you color will pull you into a relaxing world where your responsibilities will seem to fade away... Beautiful Illustrations. We’ve included 100 unique images for you to express your creativity and make masterpieces. Which colors will you choose for this book? Single-sided Pages. Every image is placed on its own black-backed page to reduce the bleed-through problem found in other coloring books. Great for All Skill Levels. You can color every page however you want and there is no wrong way to color (even if you are a beginner). About Jade Summer 100+ Coloring Books. Explore the entire Jade Summer collection and find an amazing book for your next coloring adventure. As a Jade Summer fan, you have access to books in a variety of popular themes, including animals, mandalas, fantasy, inspirational, and many more! 6,500+ 5-star Amazon Reviews. Jade Summer is one of the premier coloring book brands and a frequent bestseller on Amazon. When you buy a Jade Summer coloring book, you know it's a product you'll love. Fun Online Community. Our fun, friendly, and supportive community on social media is an entertaining way to view completed pages from other Jade Summer fans, meet other colorists, and share your masterpieces with the world. Buy Now & Relax... Scroll to the top of this page and click the Add to Cart button. Know someone who loves to color? Make them smile by getting them a copy too! Coloring books make wonderful gifts. Which gifts will you need soon? Buy now and have your gifts ready in advance. Coloring books are great for any holiday or special occasion. Christmas Gifts, Stocking Stuffers Easter Baskets, Gift Bags Family Vacations & Travel Birthday & Anniversary Presents Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day Build your Jade Summer collection. Shop for our coloring books on Amazon. Simply use the Jade Summer link near the top of this page.
- Author: Jade Summer
- Publisher: Independently published (January 16, 2020)
- Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
- ISBN: 978-1661264109
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.47 x 11 inches
9. The Best Motivational Speeches of All Times
Leaders can motivate and inspire through communications. Great leaders are charismatic and articulate, and they use these attributes to rally the troops. The following is a collection of the best motivational speeches, inspirational words, sure to motivate you when you need it most by the greatest leaders of our time.
- Author: Bill Gates
- Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Popular Culture
10. The Psilocybin Mushroom Bible: The Definitive Guide to Growing and Using Magic Mushrooms
The Psilocybin Mushroom Bible details every step of the complex mushroom cultivation process, making it hands down the largest and most comprehensive book ever written on the subject. Readers will learn how to produce their own magic mushrooms quickly, safely, and effectively. The book features over 40 step-by-step photographic instruction guides to each step of the process, including: sterilizing the equipment to produce mushrooms; how to build the containers used during home mushroom cultivation; safety measures for preventing contamination of the mushroom cultures; and a guide to consuming magic mushrooms safely and enjoyably. Dr. Mandrake uses his doctoral studies in mycology to detail the history and botany of psilocybin mushrooms to give readers an idea of their prevalence throughout human history. The book is highly detailed and comprehensive, allowing readers to learn the entire process required to produce perfect magic mushrooms every time.
- Author: Dr. K Mandrake PhD
- Publisher: Green Candy Press; Illustrated edition (November 15, 2016)
- Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences
- ISBN: 978-1937866280
- Dimensions: 6.06 x 0.94 x 9 inches