Synopses & Reviews
Throughout human history, people have banded together to pass on traditions, climb the social ladder, and often just have a good time. And sometimes, keeping other people out is part of the fun. (Every hot club needs a velvet rope, after all.) But some of these groups have proved so exclusive and secretive that we on the outside canandrsquo;t resist some speculation. Wouldnandrsquo;t you like to know what theyandrsquo;re really up to? No need for secret handshakes or passwordsandmdash; Members Only is your all-access guide to the secret societies, clandestine cults, and exclusive associations that youandrsquo;ve always wondered about. Profiling over fifty groups, from the centuries-old Freemasons to the snooty Skull and Bones Society to a club just for magicians, this book reveals the secrets of these mysterious organizations andmdash; and even tells you how to join up. Get ready to go underground and explore secret worlds that are sometimes shocking, sometimes frightening, and always fascinating.
"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.
and#8220;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.and#8221; and#8212; Publishers Weekly and#160; and#8220;An entertaining and fascinating compendium of doomsday scenariosand#8230;An amusing, informative look at apocalyptic pop culture.and#8221; and#8212; Kirkus Reviews
Youand#8217;ve 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 playsand#8212;from the movie Shaun of the Dead
to the pop song "Itand#8217;s the End of the World as We Know It"and#8212;that have been created about the apocalypse. Each item includes:
- a synopsis of the apocalyptic work
- information about the apocalyptic theory behind it (from alien invasion to meteors, nuclear war, and natural disasters)
- an explanation about why this work is important in pop culture
Love doomsday talk and the art that is made about it? Check out this fun and entertaining read!
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!
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.
About the Author
Laura Barcella is a freelance writer and editor from Washington, D.C. She is a contributing editor at xoJane and a contributing writer at The Fix. She edited Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop, an anthology of essays about Madonna by women writers, and is the author of a pop culture guide to the apocalypse called The End: 50 Apocalyptic Visions From Pop Culture That You Should Know Aboutandhellip; Before Itandrsquo;s Too Late. Laura has written features, profiles, essays, and more for Salon, Esquire.com, the Village Voice, Cosmopolitan, Elle.com, Refinery29, the Chicago Sun-Times, Time Out New York, AlterNet, BUST, Elle Girl, CNN.com, and NYLON. An expert on pop culture, feminism, and lifestyles, she lives in San Francisco, California.