Item description for The Encyclopedia of Guilty Pleasures by Lou Harry...
What do Neil Diamond, Touched by an Angel, Pamela Anderson, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, White castle hamburgers, Benny Hill, Thomas Kinkade, and the song “You Light Up My Life” have in common? They’re all guilty pleasures—and they’re all celebrated in this massive A-to-Z encyclopedia.
Authors Sam Stall, Lou Harry, and Julia Spalding have unearthed fascinating trivia about literature (Valley of the Dolls, The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue), television (The Real World, Land of the Lost), fashion (Members Only jackets, the WonderBra), and more. Every page features a sophisticated two-column design and handy guide words for quick at-a-glance reference. Best of all, we’ve illustrated 100 of the guiltiest pleasures with the same portrait style used by the Wall Street Journal.
Complete with 1,001 entries, it’s the ultimate guide to everything you hate to love! Sam Stall pleads guilty to enjoying Fantasy Island, Bloomin’ Onions, and the artwork of Boris Vallejo. Lou Harry has mastered the Electric Slide and collects Hummel figurines. Julia Spalding is a fan of Sweet Valley High novels, Clinique Pore Minimizer Makeup, and “Designer Imposters.”
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.01" Width: 5.35" Height: 0.94" Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2004
Publisher Quirk Books
ISBN 1931686548 ISBN13 9781931686549 UPC 082345365488
Availability 0 units.
More About Lou Harry
Lou Harry is:
a) A reporter/novelist
b) A playwright and prolific writer of novelty and pop culture books.
c) Co-author of "Kid Culture" and author of "The Game of Life".
d) All of the above
Yup, all of the above. Lou Harry collaborated on this trivia book with Eric Berman, who is a reporter for WIBC News; a semifinalist in the Jeopardy Tournament of Champions and Midwestern champion at the 2001 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament; and coauthor of a weekly pub quiz in Bloomington, Indiana.
Lou Harry currently resides in Indianapolis. Lou Harry was born in 1963.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Encyclopedia of Guilty Pleasures?
Actually VERY Good Jan 27, 2007
Well-written, well-selected, and often very funny. The entries do a good job pinpointing the appeal of their respective cultural oddities, and the array is pretty dazzling. Heavily weighted toward the generation that came of age in the eighties, but hey, where else can you go for so much guilt in one place? Our colleges should consider giving it to foreign graduate students on their way through customs--it's a guide to all that's 'essentially useless', the hidden flotsam and jetsam of our culture.
I got this as an 'extra' gift from a friend, and expected to find it moderately amusing, something to thumb through. Surprise: My partner and I were so impressed with the book that we both wound-up reading through the entire thing.
Afterthought ends up being great purchase! Jun 30, 2006
I bought this book simply to bring my purchase up to the free shipping total, but it ended up being a great purchase! It's a hilarious look at all those guilty pleasures we all harbor. Don't pass up this little gem of a book. You'll be laughing for hours! It's illustrated, too.
This book is itself a guilty pleasure Apr 10, 2006
What's not to like? Three hundred pages of your favorite trash, elevated to nostalgia, handily packaged, and punchily, pithily, wittily written. Makes a great gift! (see "Infomercials")
From ABBA and Abbott & Costello to Ziggy and Zima Jan 29, 2006
Please! _Doctor Who_, a "guilty pleasure"?! Or anime, which is a genuine art form? And I'm very good at "Trivial Pursuit" -- most reference librarians are. It's also obviously a generational thing; my mother was a Liberace fan in the `50s, and I loved Jiffy Pop in the pre-microwave days myself. (I was already too old when MTV debuted in 1981, or for paintball, which appeared that same year.) And is there anyone who *doesn't* have a few souvenir T-shirts in the closet? On the other hand, who's gonna admit to deliberately watching Hanna-Barbera cartoons? Or _Leave It to Beaver_ reruns, or _The Gong Show_? Or to drinking Big Red? This is the perfect book for a long road trip, for reading aloud to each other and starting arguments. There are some odd omissions, though: How can you talk about "End-of-the-World Movies" without mentioning _On the Beach_? Or "Elvis Impersonators" without noting Andy Kaufman's eerily accurate version early in his career? Or, for the ultimate in self-reference, why isn't there a listing under "Trivia Books"?
meandering through silly memories Jun 14, 2005
I loved this book, particularly the illustrations which I have found out were actually done by the creator of the wall street journal portait hedcut, Kevin Sprouls. I have admired his work for years and was delighted to find him working in a less serious venue. The book's descriptions were bright, sharp and quick. It was an ironic pairing with Sprouls' serious style and made for a more humorous mix.