New Book Alert: November 25-29, 2019

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.

I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story by Anthony Daniels (DK Publishing; Star Wars on sale November 5, 2019): Years ago I was fortunate to interview R2-D2 and hear his story. (So cool!!) Well now C-3PO’s story is out for all of us to enjoy from the man who can honestly say I Am C-3PO: Anthony Daniels. Fresh from nerd friendly DK and just in time for Christmas! #NewBookAlert for November 25, 2019.

JAY-Z: Made in America by Michael Eric Dyson (St. Martin’s Press; Music Bio on sale November 26, 2019): In a culture fraught with the foolish court of public opinion “verdicts” what gets lost in the noise is The Work. The Work is all we’ve been permitted to judge. Out today from St. Martin’s Press this is Michael Eric Dyson’s JAY-Z: Made in America an analysis of Jay’s work and his diverse contributions to our pop culture. (With an intro from a frequent pop culture contributor Pharrell so it’s all happening! #NewBookAlert for November 26, 2019.

A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee by Danny Fingeroth (St. Martin’s Press; Biography on sale November 5, 2019): (Sadly) Stan Lee passed away on November 12, 2018. Over time we’ll fully grasp his contributions to our pop culture (which’ll deepen our appreciation for this Work). He was a Pop Culture Architect like Jim Henson, George Lucas and Stephen King. While the book is called A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee the Marvelous Life applies just as much to us and the stories and characters Lee blessed us with. He made our lives and our imaginations better. Thank You Stan Lee. #NewBookAlert for November 27, 2019.

The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini by Joe Posnanski (Avid Reader Press; Science Fiction/Magic on sale October 22, 2019): From the writer of Paterno this is the life of one of America’s greatest real life superheroes! Harry Houdini is so cool. Wow. And this title: The Life and Afterlife…so fresh. I’m happy to see people are actively keeping Harry Houdini’s legacy active and alive. #NewBookAlert for November 28, 2019.

Acid for the Children: A Memoir by Flea (Random House; Music & Memoir on sale November 5, 2019): Did you read Anthony Kiedis’ compelling autobiography Scar Tissue? One of the best music books from an incredible band. Also an incredible book? Patti Smith’s Just Kids (a must read before you pass away book!). She writes the introduction to Flea’s bio as a poem: sweet. So wanna get into Flea’s Scar Tissue…cannot wait to read this. #NewBookAlert for November 29, 2019.


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