10 books for the pop culture person on your list
Looking for books about pop culture for your gift list? Here are 10 books that are positively percolating with pop culture references.
How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh
What it's about: Lilly Singh isn't just a superstar. She's Superwoman — which is also the name of her wildly popular YouTube channel. How to be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life is exactly what it sounds like. It's an inspirational memoir, reflecting on her personal journey to superstardom and sharing lessons learned along the way.
Canadianity by Jeremy Taggart & Jonathan Torrens
What it's about: Based on their podcast, Canadianity, Taggart, the former Our Lady Peace drummer, and Torrens, the former host of Jonovision, share a collection of tales from the road and relatable everyday anecdotes, infused with both nostalgia and nationalism.
The Vanity Fair Diaries by Tina Brown
What it's about: Tina Brown is regarded as one of the greats of magazine publishing, brought over from London to New York in the mid-1980s to turn around a flailing publication called Vanity Fair. Brown melded serious journalism and celebrity culture into a must-read magazine for anyone who wanted to be plugged into the zeitgeist, and this remarkable rise is chronicled in Brown's new memoir, The Vanity Fair Diaries.
Gentlemen of the Shade by Jen Sookfong Lee
What it's about: Gus Van Sant's 1991 film My Own Private Idaho was about two young hustlers, Mike and Scott, on a journey to find Mike's mom. The film starred two 1990s teen hearthrobs, River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves. Novelist Jen Sookfong Lee looks at the film's cultural impact and how it shaped the worldview of an entire generation.
Collected Tarts and Other Indelicacies by Tabatha Southey
What it's about: Collected Tarts and Other Indelicacies is a collection of essays from newspaper and magazine columnist and satirist Tabatha Southey, who takes on all manner of Canadiana and pop culture issues with a cutting wit and equally sharp insight.
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
What it's about: This funny and admittedly raunchy collection of essays by author Samantha Irby tackles the banalities of life, love and watching television. Whether it's explaining how her difficult childhood has led to a problem in making "adult" budgets or why she should be the new Bachelorette, Irby's fearlessness makes for compelling reading.
Sticky Fingers by Joe Hagan
What it's about: Journalist Joe Hagan spent four years researching and writing this comprehensive and eye-popping biography of Jann Wenner, the reclusive and iconic founder of Rolling Stone magazine. Sticky Fingers is a look at rock 'n' roll, politics, media and pop culture, from the Summer of Love to the internet age.
A World Without Whom by Emmy J. Favilla
What it's about: BuzzFeed's global copy chief Emmy J. Favilla serves up a witty guide to language and grammar in the digital age. A World Without Whom reflects on the limitless possibilities of language online and how culture is evolving as a result.
Waiting for the Punch by Marc Maron & Brendan McDonald
What it's about: Marc Maron has interviewed comedians, rock stars and a U.S. president on his podcast WTF, which reaches over a million listeners every week. Each chapter in his book has a different theme, from parenting and childhood to success and failure, and contains anecdotes from his interviews with people like Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen and Amy Schumer.
Baking with Kafka by Tom Gauld
What it's about: U.K.-based cartoonist Tom Gauld delights with this absurd and serious look at the literary and pop culture worlds. Gauld cleverly uses the comic book medium to make witty statements on the world we live in.