Inventory and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $20.99
  • Save: $4.50 (21%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Want it Tuesday, April 22? Order within and choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Like New | Details
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: The cover is like new! May have a remainder mark. Fast Shipping - Safe and Secure Bubble Mailer!
Add to Cart
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists Paperback – October 13, 2009


See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from Collectible from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback, October 13, 2009
$16.49
$1.12 $0.01 $6.99

Frequently Bought Together

Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists + My Year of Flops: The A.V. Club Presents One Man's Journey Deep into the Heart of Cinematic Failure
Price for both: $28.47

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Big Spring Books
Editors' Picks in Spring Releases
Ready for some fresh reads? Browse our picks for Big Spring Books to please all kinds of readers.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Original edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416594736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416594734
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Inventory is awesome and will provide you with endless hours of reading and arguing with friends. I love this book, except for page 124. I don't care what anybody says, Bowie's 'Young Americans' sounds terrific with the saxophone. Go f*** yourself, A.V. Club." -- Joel McHale, The Soup

"In a culture that worships the disposable, lazy lists obligatorily put together by self-serving editorial staffs at the likes of Barely Information Magazine, The A.V. Club has decided to embrace what it parodies until it meets itself just outside of heaven and shakes its own hand while flipping itself, and you and me, off. Kudos, A.V. Club!" -- David Cross, Mr. Show and Arrested Development

"I'm going to put this awesome book on my coffee table so when people come over they'll think I'm fun, clever, and sophisticated, but charmingly populist. And when they see my name on the back cover, they'll also think I'm famous!" -- Mindy Kaling, The Office

"Despite the fact that they declined to ask me to participate in this award-winning* book, I bear no ill will toward the writers because they are all geniuses; buying this book will make you feel a genius, too.** (*This book has not won any awards. **No, that was not a typo. I literally meant you would feel a genius.)" -- Michael Ian Black, The State and Michael And Michael Have Issues

"I did look at the book and enjoyed it, but didn't have time to come up with a quote, unless 'Seems like a pretty good book. I had a great time skimming it' works." -- Eugene Mirman, Flight Of The Conchords and The Will To Whatevs

Review

"Inventory is awesome and will provide you with endless hours of reading and arguing with friends. I love this book, except for page 124. I don't care what anybody says, Bowie's 'Young Americans' sounds terrific with the saxophone. Go f*** yourself, A.V. Club." -- Joel McHale, The Soup

"In a culture that worships the disposable, lazy lists obligatorily put together by self-serving editorial staffs at the likes of Barely Information Magazine, The A.V. Club has decided to embrace what it parodies until it meets itself just outside of heaven and shakes its own hand while flipping itself, and you and me, off. Kudos, A.V. Club!" -- David Cross, Mr. Show and Arrested Development

"I'm going to put this awesome book on my coffee table so when people come over they'll think I'm fun, clever, and sophisticated, but charmingly populist. And when they see my name on the back cover, they'll also think I'm famous!" -- Mindy Kaling, The Office

"Despite the fact that they declined to ask me to participate in this award-winning* book, I bear no ill will toward the writers because they are all geniuses; buying this book will make you feel a genius, too.** (*This book has not won any awards. **No, that was not a typo. I literally meant you would feel a genius.)" -- Michael Ian Black, The State and Michael And Michael Have Issues

"I did look at the book and enjoyed it, but didn't have time to come up with a quote, unless 'Seems like a pretty good book. I had a great time skimming it' works." -- Eugene Mirman, Flight Of The Conchords and The Will To Whatevs --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Related Media


Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
5 star
13
4 star
5
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
1
See all 20 customer reviews
I make it a point every Monday to read the AV Club's new Inventory.
Miranda Prince
If you are a fan of The Onion in general or a follower of The A.V. Club in particular, Inventory would likely appeal to you as well, and I would recommend it.
Beth Cholette
It's the sort of book you'll want to read and then pass on to friends, just so you can argue about what the book says, what made it in, and what didn't.
Mike Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Miranda Prince VINE VOICE on October 19, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I make it a point every Monday to read the AV Club's new Inventory. These pop-culture lists are almost always interesting, even if I'm not necessarily interested in the subject at hand. When they hit on a subject that does interest me (such as the list of great movies that are too upsetting to see twice), it's absolutely fascinating.

I debated whether or not to buy the book; my main reason to buy it was for the book-only content: guest lists by people including Andrew W.K., Patton Oswalt, John Hodgman, and others. The guest lists are pretty disappointing, on the whole; they certainly don't hold up to the quality of the AV Club's writing, and many of them are not even in the spirit of the AV Club Inventory. (The first one, by Robert Ben Garant, is a simple list of gross-out moments from movies. It's not particularly witty or interesting; any blog commenter worth his "firsties" could have come up with it. Sorry, Mr. Garant; you're far from alone.) The only guest list writer who really gets it is Patton Oswalt; his list is smart, insightful, and funny.

But really, the suckiness of the guest lists is my only complaint (and you'll see, I didn't even ding the book a star for it). I bought this book for my Kindle, because it's a great thing to have in portable form and be able to read in bits and pieces while waiting around. It would also be a great book to buy and keep in the bathroom or nightstand; it lends itself perfectly to being read in small doses.

Next time, AV Club, skip the guests and give us more of your own writing!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on September 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
Americans are list crazy. There is no use denying it, and it's especially true when it comes to pop culture. We are endlessly categorizing songs, movies, TV, books, etc... in arbitrary and meaningless ways. Well, no one does arbitrary and meaningless like the AV Club! In this post-modern twist where the list about entertainment becomes entertainment in and of itself, the AV Club has assembled the delightfully skewed "Inventory." This volume contains lists and nothing but lists. It's great to read straight through, as a conversation starting coffee table book, or it's especially practical as a bathroom read. Oh come on--I'm sure the AV Club probably intended it for just such a sit down session!

Some lists are quite amusing, others enlightening. On the amusing side, one of my favorites was "15 Dr. Seuss characters that sound like sex toys" and another is "25 sure signs that a sitcom is terrible." On the more informative side, we've got "13 particularly horrible fast-food innovations" and "16 plus books based around odd literary conceits." There are tons more--these are just a few samples to explain the randomness of the inclusions. Some lists will resonate with you more than others--it really all depends on your primary interests. But if the book sounds appealing by this description--chances are you're going to like it.

A few celebrities also weigh in with "guest" lists. I always love Amy Sedaris and she's here--but strangely it's "Weird Al" Yankovic's list of Mad Magazine sound effects that stood out. A fun book, "Inventory" is simply entertainment for the sake of entertainment. Nothing more, nothing less. You may forget about it soon after reading it--but it's definitely good for a laugh. And you may also find a book, movie, or song that you hadn't known about--so that's a plus!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Awesometown on November 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
An entertaining collection of pop culture lists. Some were total throwaways, while others were amazingly well thought out. Easy to read in small chunks.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
I am discovering new things left and right, ordered in the funniest, most random way I can imagine. This is a book that will never, ever grow old, even if new things appear that are worthy of any of these lists. (Hey, Keanu could have one more good movie in him in spite of him... right?)Thank you so much, AV Club.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I read this on my breaks at work and sometimes at lunch. It's great for something to read when you don't want to get too involved in a book (I'm a read-all-the-way-through-don't-want-to-put-down type reader) so the short articles and hilarious titles/articles are perfect to get me through the day. Some are longer than others, you can pretty much open to any article or read straight through. I will definitely be passing this along to fellow pop culture junky friends of mine!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Tim Lieder on March 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
When I was in middle school, I came across Book of List which turned out to be one of the most exciting books that I could read. In it I learned about Napoleon's penis, Caligula's insanity and Henry Miller's favorite Victorian writers. Not only was it a great source of information but it got me excited about history and cultural studies in ways that the classroom couldn't.

This book carries the same excitement. In every list there is a potential for the joy of familiarity or the thrill of discovering something new. The list of "rebel books" on page 115 reminded me of my college reading days. The list of songs about murder created a new Pandora station for my listening pleasure. I am eager to rent out Amityville, Vol. 4: The Evil Escapes for the evil lamp scene alone.

All in all, this is an excellent book that brings you the same joy and insightful cultural criticism that you came to expect from the Web site.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Product Images from Customers

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search
ARRAY(0xa55a27e0)