Holiday Picks 2023: Music, Film, TV & Comedy

Black Friend: Essays By Ziwe Cover Image
By Ziwe
$26.00
ISBN: 9781419756344
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Abrams Image - October 17th, 2023

"From the writer crowned one of the smartest, funniest voices in modern America, this hotly anticipated debut collection of essays offers "a precious glimpse into how Ziwe's uniquely fearless mind functions" (New York Magazine)" (publisher)


Comedy Book: How Comedy Conquered Culture–and the Magic That Makes It Work By Jesse David Fox Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780374604714
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 7th, 2023

MATT'S PICK!

"With his podcast Good One and his writing in New York Magazine, Jesse David Fox has already established himself as a great cultural critic of comedy, and this book only burnishes that reputation. It’s so great to have someone thinking so seriously about something so silly."


Every Man for Himself and God Against All: A Memoir By Werner Herzog, Michael Hofmann (Translated by) Cover Image
By Werner Herzog, Michael Hofmann (Translated by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593490297
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2023

"Legendary filmmaker and celebrated author Werner Herzog tells in his inimitable voice the story of his epic artistic career in a long-awaited memoir that is as inventive and daring as anything he has done before" (publisher)


The History of Sketch Comedy: A Journey through the Art and Craft of Humor By Keegan-Michael Key, Elle Key Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781797216836
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 3rd, 2023

JESSICA'S PICK!

"This is a gorgeously produced (but not too pricey!) book full of big thoughts and genuine laughs from Key and many other comedy greats. You're probably already thinking of the class clown or comedy nerd who would love this!"


Marr's Guitars By Johnny Marr Cover Image
$60.00
ISBN: 9780063311060
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Dey Street Books - October 24th, 2023

SHAUNA'S PICK!


MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios By Joanna Robinson, Dave Gonzales, Gavin Edwards Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781631497513
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Published: Liveright - October 10th, 2023

MATT'S PICK!

"Did you know Kevin Feige taught Meg Ryan how to use AOL for You’ve Got Mail? MCU is not just a great book full of Marvel movie trivia and behind-the-scenes stories but also a feat of industry reportage. It’s no hagiography either – the authors are obviously MCU fans, but they don’t shy away from criticisms."


Opposable Thumbs: How Siskel & Ebert Changed Movies Forever By Matt Singer Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593540152
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - October 24th, 2023

MATT'S PICK!

"Real heads remember The Dissolve (2013-2015, RIP). Matt Singer has been an exuberant presence in online film writing for a while, and he’s written a very fun book about when people actually used to discuss and debate cinema on TV. A great gift for any film fan."


Sonic Life: A Memoir By Thurston Moore Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780385548656
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Published: Doubleday - October 24th, 2023

MATT'S PICK!

"I don’t agree with SST’s Joe Carducci that “record collectors shouldn’t be in bands,” but I do think they should write more memoirs. Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore is kind of a Forrest Gump of the 80s NYC art and punk scene and he drops a lot of names, not in a bragging way, but out of sheer nerdy enthusiasm. A must-have for anyone interested in the scene."


Sure, I'll Join Your Cult: A Memoir of Mental Illness and the Quest to Belong Anywhere By Maria Bamford Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781982168568
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Published: Gallery Books - September 5th, 2023

"From "weird, scary, ingenious" (The New York Times) stand-up comedian Maria Bamford, a brutally honest and hilariously frenetic memoir about show business, mental health, and the comfort of rigid belief systems -- from Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People, to Suzuki violin training, to Richard Simmons, to 12-step programs." (publisher)


Unreliable Narrator: Me, Myself, and Impostor Syndrome By Aparna Nancherla Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984879806
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Published: Viking - September 19th, 2023

JESSICA'S PICK!

"Aparna Nancherla's cringey situations and inner monologues are hilariously relatable whatever your degree of neurotypicality; you may accidentally laugh out loud while reading. Ideally. watch her on YouTube first so you can hear the whole thing in her voice (or dare I suggest, get the audiobook from Greenlight and Libro.fm!)"


Why Mariah Carey Matters (Music Matters) By Andrew Chan Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781477325070
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: University of Texas Press - September 12th, 2023

"The first book to critically examine the legacy of pop superstar Mariah Carey [and a Greenlight sleeper hit!]" (publisher)