Shoes, Ghosts, Flappers, and Swimming!

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Live Wires
A History of Electronic Music
Daniel Warner
“Warner’s intimately experiential/technical descriptions of his favorite instances of every kind and genre of electronic music in the experimental culture—a culture that almost obliterated the boundaries between ‘classical’ and ‘pop’—will get you right inside of his sensitively perceptive ear and his deep knowledge.”—Benjamin Boretz, composer
Cloth $25.00


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Shoes
The Meaning of Style
Elizabeth Semmelhack
“This book shows us all the fashion, art, and design that allowed shoes to become a powerful cultural phenomenon. From the feet to the street to the commercial mountain peaks! And the chapter on sneakers represents how sneakers became not just a fact of life, but a way of life.”—Darryl DMC McDaniels  
Cloth $40.00

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Lost Girls
The Invention of the Flapper
Linda Simon
“To read Simon’s social and literary history of flappers is to feel … the relief of the loosening of corsets, the excitement of the shimmy and tango in the dance hall, the thrill of smoking, the bliss of escape from detested chaperoning rules and the swooning effect of watching Rudolph Valentino on the silent screen.”—Times  
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Strokes of Genius
A History of Swimming
Eric Chaline
Strokes of Genius is so much more than a history of swimming—it is an expertly guided tour of humans’ long relationship with the aquatic realm. In accessible and witty prose, Chaline writes commandingly about everything from alternative theories of human evolution to Roman warfare and bath culture to social tensions piqued at modern pools to the swirling mass of plastic polluting the Pacific Ocean.”—Jeff Wiltse, author of Contested Waters  
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Orwell’s Nose
A Pathological Biography
John Sutherland
“Abounds in piety and wit. . . . Extraordinary.”—PopMatters
“An olfactory cornucopia, a brilliant thematic biography and a compassionate exposure of an almost clean conscience in an invariably dirty age.”—Wall Street Journal  

Paper $16.00

 

 

 

 

Ghosts
A Haunted History
Lisa Morton
“From classic ghost stories told around a campfire to the slew of recent ghost hunting TV shows, ghosts have been the most prevalent otherworldly beings around for years. Luckily for those of us who love a good ghost story, Morton has written the ultimate guide on the shadowy superstars of the supernatural realm.”—PopMatters
Paper $16.00