The Culture Vulture

Article by Jeremy

The culture vulture is always perched on the cutting edge and can always tell you what the next big thing will be. The newsworthy and unusual is always on their radar, which makes them wonderful to invite to dinner and terrible to shop for. You don’t want to offer them something that’s--God forbid!--out of date. Here’s an eclectic list of books that are hot off the presses and sure to distract even the most stubborn trendsetters from their smartphones, at least for a little while.

The Wes Anderson Collection Cover Image
By Matt Zoller Seitz, Michael Chabon (Introduction by), Max Dalton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780810997417
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Published: ABRAMS - October 8th, 2013

An introduction by Michael Chabon and critic Matt Zoller Seitz’s insightful interviews with the director provide the backbone for this collection of photos, storyboards, and ephemera from each of Anderson’s iconic films. Wes Anderson has used locations in Houston, including his alma mater, the St. John’s School, in several of his films, which gives this deluxe volume added Texas appeal. Limited copies signed by Matt Seitz.

How Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936976027
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Published: Zest Books - October 1st, 2013

Here’s an etiquette book that you can give a friend...without feeling like a dick! Snarky illustrations in the Dick and Jane vein will keep even the rudest readers giggling as they painlessly absorb common-sense, practical ways to avoid being a jerk.

Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620402832
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - October 15th, 2013

Although we usually think of social media as a 21st-century phenomenon, Standage argues that fast, spontaneous communication has existed for centuries in a variety of formats: papyri, pamphlets, tracts, newspapers, radio, and television, to name a few. Standage also outlines the most common questions users have about privacy, bullying, politics, and self-promotion on outlets like Twitter and Facebook.

Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525954217
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Published: Dutton Books - October 1st, 2013

Offerman, who plays manly-man Ron Swanson on TV’s hit show Parks and Recreation, offers this hilarious and intimate look at all his real-life favorite subjects: woodworking, the great outdoors, his rural Midwestern upbringing, and his wife, comedienne Megan Mullally.

Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBS Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670015351
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Published: Viking - October 29th, 2013

Eaton, the Emmy-award winning producer of Masterpiece Theater, reveals behind-the-scenes secrets about all the long-running series’ greatest hits, including Downton Abbey, Upstairs Downstairs, Poirot and Miss Marple, as well as countless adaptations of classic novels. Alongside these tidbits, Eaton also includes details about her own life, as well as interviews with writers, directors, actors and crew members about their experiences on the set of her show.

It Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143124832
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Published: Penguin Books - October 29th, 2013

You may not have heard of Alexa Chung. However, we’re willing to bet you’ve seen her before, especially if you spend any time flipping through fashion magazines. Chung is a style icon, television personality, and inspiration to Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs, so it’s no surprise that her exquisite taste is front and center in her latest book on style, beauty, and the good life. Limited signed copies available.

The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594205163
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Published: Penguin Press - September 26th, 2013

This ingenious book from two experienced British bibliotherapists working at Alain de Botton’s famed School of Life matches a variety of classic and contemporary literature with a list of common ailments, both physical and emotional. Just pinpoint your mood and flip to a book recommendation or three that will guide you safely through it! It’s certainly no substitute for your friendly Brazos bookseller, but it truly is the next best thing!

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White Girls Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936365814
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Published: McSweeney's - November 12th, 2013

You don’t have to be a white girl to enjoy this book. In fact, several of the ‘white girls’ Als examines in this collection of essays on culture both high and low aren’t white, or female, at all! You’ll have to pick this book up in order to understand Als’ precise yet capacious definition of the White Girl, but suffice it to say that you’ll be wowed by his bold, insightful commentaries on identity politics and history.

Cartwheel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812995862
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Published: Random House - September 24th, 2013

Lily Hayes is a seemingly ordinary college girl who, while studying abroad in Argentina, is accused of the murder of her squeaky-clean roommate. Whether you were glued to the news during the Amanda Knox case or you never bothered to pay much attention, you’ll love this smart, beautifully-written thriller based on the case that examines the nature of guilt, perception, character, and privilege.

Rosebud Sleds and Horses' Heads: 50 of Film's Most Evocative Objects - An Illustrated Journey Cover Image
ISBN: 9781783200405
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Published: Intellect (UK) - August 15th, 2013

Harris, a prominent film critic and BBC broadcaster, presents fifty famous objects from film history--including Dorothy’s ruby slippers, Marilyn Monroe’s billowy white dress, and Indiana Jones’s hat--and examines their importance in both their movies of origin and in our culture at large. This gorgeous volume is fully illustrated and perfect for the film buffs on your list.

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