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The End: 50 Apocalyptic Visions from Pop Culture That You Should Know About...Before It's Too Lateby Laura Barcella
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Clubs aren't just for kids anymore. Since the earliest days of human culture, people have banded together to pass on traditions, climb up the social ladder, and sometimes just avoid being excluded themselves. Some of today's groups have been around for centuries and others have developed in just the past few decades. But members of these clubs walk, talk, and live all around us; we just don't always know it. Members Only provides a glimpse into the underground cults people love, fear, and cannot resist. Delving into different groups like Opus Dei, the Freemasons, and the Skull and Bones, the book uncovers the how, what, when, where, and why of these mysterious groups. Members Only reveals the shared beliefs and actions of these organizations so that we, too, can access secret worlds we didn't even know were there.
"Readers who voraciously consume apocalypse-themed YA novels should feel right at home with this guide to end-of-days scenarios, as depicted in pop culture. A diverse sampling of books, art, movies, music, and more are arranged alphabetically and include information about the origins, inspiration behind, and impact of each work. Among the entries: R.E.M.'s song 'It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine),' the film Dr. Strangelove, and Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle. Barcella thoughtfully sums up the context of each entry, interpreting the ways in which pop culture both mirrors and feeds our fears of the end. Ages 12 — up. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Youve probably heard rumors that the end of the world is going to happen in the year 2012. But people have been making predictions about how and when the world is going to end for ages. The End is a fun, comprehensive, pop culture read about the 50 top movies, books, songs, comics, artworks, and plays—from the movie Shaun of the Dead to the pop song "Its the End of the World as We Know It"—that have been created about the apocalypse. Each item includes:
OMG! This journal is great. Kids will love the wonderfully quirky questions, creatively offbeat drawing activities, and fun handwriting fonts on every page. What's your favorite songand#8212;that your parents hate? Draw a scene from your last dream. Describe the sound of your crush's voice. At the end, tweens and teens will have a cool collection of personal stories and pictures to cherish forever!
About the Author
Laura Barcella is a San Francisco-based freelance writer and editor. During the past 10+ years, she has written arts, culture, news, and lifestyle pieces for more than 40 publications, including Salon.com, the Village Voice, ELLEgirl, Nylon, and CNN.com. She's also the editor of the upcoming anthology Madonna and Me, a book of essays by women writers about Madonna.
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