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See below for a selection of the latest books from Popular culture category. Presented with a red border are the Popular culture books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Popular culture books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Self-Reliance

Self-Reliance

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jessica Helfand Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/05/2021

When Ralph Waldo Emerson published what is probably his most famous essay in 1841, drawing from a lecture he had given a few years earlier, it was in the aftermath of the calamitous financial collapse of 1837. His positive vision for the power of individualism and personal responsibility was issued in a climate filled with panic and uncertainty and at a time when the values of society and humanity were in the process of being reformed. It is less than once in a generation that events reshape our world and our thinking, and it is in such times that we should be reminded of the timeless works that offer us reassurance, provide inspiration when surrounded by pessimism, give trust when scepticism is everywhere. To suggest that the richest lives are lived with an independent mind, spirit and creativity surely deserves to be celebrated. Emerson's text is widely available to read online, but this new edition, produced with Design Observer, elevates his wisdom through the printed word. It is needed perhaps now more than ever when circumstances, information and connections can vanish before our eyes. As Emerson wrote in 'Self-Reliance', and which resonates as strongly now, 'The voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks. See the line from a sufficient distance, and it straightens itself to the average tendency. Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing.'

I Love Lucy: Lucy Ricardo Talking Bobble Figurine

I Love Lucy: Lucy Ricardo Talking Bobble Figurine

Author: Elisabeth Edwards Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 29/04/2021

Bring the magic of I Love Lucy, the beloved, classic television show, to your home or office with this charming, one-of-a-kind talking bobble figurine of the iconic Lucy Ricardo! Display your love of all things Lucy with this talking figurine of the show's leading lady! This kit includes: * Full-color Lucy Ricardo bobble figurine on I Love Lucy-branded base. When pressed, the base says classic Lucy phrases from throughout the show's run. * A mini book featuring black-and-white and full-color photography from I Love Lucy throughout.

The Golden Girls: Talking Button

The Golden Girls: Talking Button

Author: Christine Kopaczewski, Disney Publishing Worldwide Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 29/04/2021

Over seven seasons and 180 episodes, The Golden Girls follows the irreverent stories of four young-at-heart friends and housemates -- Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia -- in their Miami home. Bright, bold, and hilarious, these lovely, mismatched ladies form the perfect circle of friends. This officially licensed kit includes: * A talking button featuring 12 hilarious phrases from the show * Mini book that includes quotes and images from the show

Why Can't We All Just Get Along

Why Can't We All Just Get Along

Author: Iain Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2021

Why Can't We All Just Get Along is part-memoir, part-polemic about the state of public discourse in Britain and the world today. In an increasingly divided society, Iain examines why we've all become so disrespectful and intolerant. Using experiences from his career in politics and the media, he says it doesn't have to be this way, and suggests how we can all emerge from tribalism and division and become more respectful to each other and those who govern us. It is a book that is optimistic about the fundamental decencies embedded in human nature and uses deeply personal anecdotes to explain why we can look forward in a positive way to a better life both in personal and material terms.

So Now You Know: Revised and Updated

So Now You Know: Revised and Updated

Author: Harry Bright, Harlan Briscoe Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/04/2021

Studies in Maltese Popular Music

Studies in Maltese Popular Music

Author: Philip Ciantar Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/04/2021

This book examines the diverse facets of popular music in Malta, paying special attention to ghana (Malta's folk song), the wind band tradition, and modern popular music. Ciantar provides intriguing discussions and examples of how popular music in this small Mediterranean island state interacts with other aspects of the island's life and culture such as language, religion, history, customs, and politics. Through a series of ethnographic vignettes, the book explores the music as it takes place in bars, at festivals, and during village celebrations, and considers how it is talked about in the local press, group gatherings and on social media. The ethnography adopted here is that of a native musician and ethnomusicologist and therefore marries the author's memories with ongoing observations and their evaluation.

Keanu Forever

Keanu Forever

Author: Billie Oliver Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/04/2021

Never has a film star had so many renaissances as Keanu Reeves, well, at least not while still looking so good for their age. As this book illustrates, through photocollage and illustration, Keanu is beloved for his steely roles in high octane classics, like Point Break, Speed, and The Matrix. There are... less... beloved projects, but we won't be discussing 47 Ronin here. And now that the John Wick franchise has brought Keanu back into the spotlight, any cinematic flops in which he starred may now be considered as experimental performance art. So, sure we all know and love KR for his most iconic roles. But did you know that he was born in Beirut? Or that Keanu was on track for a career as a professional hockey player, that was derailed by an injury? Or that the sad Keanu meme was actually just a picture of the actor enjoying a sandwich alone, and he was not, at the time, in fact, sad? Well, this book is packed with these tidbits and plenty more Keanu Reeves trivia.

The Cover Art of Blue Note Records

The Cover Art of Blue Note Records

Author: Graham Marsh, Glyn Callingham Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/04/2021

The Cover Art of Blue Note Records is Graham Marsh and Glyn Callingham's classic collection of the unparalleled record sleeves produced by the celebrated Blue Note record label. Around January 1956 the photographer Francis Wolff and Alfred Lion of Blue Note Records met Reid Miles, a commercial artists and a devout classical music fan. After establishing a rapport, Reid Miles became the designer for the Blue Note label for the next eleven years creating wonderful graphic covers that were both unique and also retaining the indefinable Blue Note look. Featuring iconic covers for artists such as Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Art Blakey, this anthology is an evocative piece of Jazz history. Alongside over 400 of the record label's best album covers is a selection of short essays written by leading industry figures. Both a comprehensive guide to an acclaimed label, and an insightful snapshot of graphic design history, The Cover Art of Blue Note Records is a must-have for all Jazz fans.

Is Our Food Killing Us?

Is Our Food Killing Us?

Author: Joy Manning Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2021

Chronic obesity is on the rise; our food is laced with additives and chemicals; and the environment is being devastated by factory farming, pesticides, fertilizers and monoculture. It is time to re-evaluate what we eat and how we eat it, and re-think the practices of agribusiness, food processing manufacturers and supermarkets. This insightful volume unpacks the growth of obesogenic environments in which fast-food outlets proliferate and a diet heavy in saturated fats, refined sugars and ultra-processed foods is increasing the incidence of diabetes, heart disease and cancer as well as behavioural disorders and allergies. It explores how our bodies and brains respond to different flavours and food groups, and the ways in which corporations have exploited this through the creation of hyperpalatable food products that deliver a sensory 'bliss point' while withholding nutritional value, and marketing their products to maximize profit at the expense of public health. It examines the disastrous impact of modern agribusiness on climate change, biodiversity loss and antibiotic resistance, and analyses the controversy around the safety and regulation of genetically modified crops, as well as their impact on farming communities and their potential to bring about food shortages. Finally, solutions to regaining a healthier relationship with food are carefully evaluated, from eating organic produce to reintroducing family meals, and from changing how we buy food to adopting a plant-based diet.

The Little Book of Summer

The Little Book of Summer

Author: Orange Hippo! Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2021

Making the most of the longest days of the year. Summer is a season of sun, heat and daylight that brings activity to all corners of life, from plants bearing fruit to animals and birds feeding their young. It also brings people together in the open air, whether on holiday, a day trip to the beach, celebrating the longest day of the year or just making the most of the weather. Through inspirational quotes, interesting facts, fascinating trivia The Little Book of Summer explores what makes three months of every year summer as well as our relationship with the great outdoors and with each other during the warmest season of the year. 'Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language' Henry James If you can hear crickets chirping on a balmy summer evening, you can use their chirps to determine the temperature. Crickets are cold-blooded creatures and chirp at a frequency consistent with the air temperature. For a Celsius reading, count the number of chirps over 25 seconds, then divide that number by 3 and add 4. For Fahrenheit, count the number of chirps in 14 seconds, then add 40.

Ode to Gen X

Ode to Gen X

Author: Melissa Vosen Callens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/2021

Even for the casual viewer, the Netflix series Stranger Things will likely feel familiar, reminiscent of popular 1980s coming-of-age movies such as The Goonies, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Stand by Me. Throughout the series, nods to each movie are abundant. While Stranger Things and these classic 1980s films are all tales of childhood friendship and shared adventures, they are also narratives that reflect and shape the burgeoning cynicism of the 1980s. In Ode to Gen X: Institutional Cynicism in Stranger Things and 1980s Film, author Melissa Vosen Callens explores the parallels between iconic films featuring children and teenagers and the first three seasons of Stranger Things, a series about a group of young friends set in 1980s Indiana. The text moves beyond the (at times) non-sequitur 1980s Easter eggs to a common underlying narrative: Generation X's growing distrust in American institutions. Despite Gen X's cynicism toward both informal and formal institutions, viewers also see a more positive characteristic of Gen X in these films and series: Gen X's fierce independence and ability to rebuild and redefine the family unit despite continued economic hardships. Vosen Callens demonstrates how Stranger Things draws on popular 1980s popular culture to pay tribute to Gen X's evolving outlook on three key and interwoven American institutions: family, economy, and government.