In his latest collection of essays, I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined) (Scribner, $16), the inimitable free-thinker Chuck Klosterman delivers an unconventional commentary on culturally relativist assumptions that define our lives. The book is about celebrity, adulation, abstraction, guilt, mockery, demonization, and how society’s worst impulses are safely played out in our villains (and heroes). His wide-ranging subjects include: NWA and Lars von Trier; O.J. Simpson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; Charles Bronson and Bernhard Goetz; and, of course, Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Mao Tse-tung – and David Bowie. Don’t take things for granted! Think about what you believe! Grapple with Mr. Klosterman’s intellect and see if your opinions hold up.

I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439184509
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Published: Scribner - July 1st, 2014

From the “sketchy shade” of oaks to the wider expanses with their “successive waves of culture, battles, heroes, and real-estate developers,” this classic on the American West gives you the forest and the trees—or, rather, the desert and the lush woodland, the Armageddon and the Arcadia of national myths. Reissued on its 20th anniversary, Solnit’s second book blends vivid nature writing with a strong social conscience, producing a powerful work along the lines of writing by Thoreau and Muir—predecessors Solnit references, reveres, and argues with. As passionate as she is rational, Solnit exposes the catastrophic history of the Nevada Test Site where the U.S. military dropped hundreds of atomic bombs—“rehearsing the end of the world over and over.” By the same token, Yosemite, treasured as a piece of pristine nature, in fact has a long and complex pre-European history that is all but erased in the official image.

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ISBN: 9780520282285
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Published: University of California Press - June 6th, 2014

Who doesn't have a favorite childhood toy, action figure, or playmate? Toy Time is a thorough encyclopedia of play with detailed entries about the toy's inception, impact, and where it stands today. All your classic favorites are here from Twister to Teddy Ruxbin, G.I. Joe to Barbie. Author Christopher Byrne's enthusiasm for the subject matter is infectious. This book is equally at home on your coffee table or your reference shelf and is perfect for anyone who has had the pleasure of using a toy to explore their imagination.

Toy Time!: From Hula Hoops to He-Man to Hungry Hungry Hippos: A Look Back at the Most- Beloved Toys of Decades Past Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385349123
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Published: Three Rivers Press - October 8th, 2013