Best Books of 2007

Top 10 Editors' Picks: Pop Culture

I Am America (And So Can You!), the patriotic manifesto by that beacon of truthiness, Stephen Colbert, tops our list of the best pop culture books of 2007. See more editors' picks and customers' favorites in our Best of 2007 Store.


1. I Am America (And So Can You!)
I Am America (And So Can You!)
by Michael C. Brumm
4.2 out of 5 stars (559 customer reviews)
Out of Print--Limited Availability
Grand Central Publishing
October 9, 2007
Hardcover

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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Realizing that it takes more than thirty minutes a night to fix everything that's destroying America, Colbert bravely takes on the forces aligned to destroy our country—whether they be terrorists, environmentalists, or Kashi brand breakfast cereals. His various targets include nature (I've never trusted the sea. ... Read more

2. The Braindead Megaphone
The Braindead Megaphone
by George Saunders
3.7 out of 5 stars (31 customer reviews)
In Stock
Riverhead Trade
September 4, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Best known for his absurdist, sci-fi–tinged short stories, Saunders (In Persuasion Nation) offers up an assortment of styles in his first nonfiction collection. Humor pieces from the New Yorker like Ask the Optimist, in which a newspaper advice column spins out of control, reflect the gleeful insanity of his ... Read more

3. The Star Wars Vault: Thirty Years of Treasures from the Lucasfilm Archives, With Removable Memorabilia and Two Audio CDs
The Star Wars Vault: Thirty Years of Treasures from the Lucasfilm Archives, With Removable Memorabilia and Two Audio CDs
by Stephen J. Sansweet
4.8 out of 5 stars (35 customer reviews)
Out of Print--Limited Availability
It Books
October 30, 2007
Hardcover

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4. To Infinity and Beyond!: The Story of Pixar Animation Studios
To Infinity and Beyond!: The Story of Pixar Animation Studios
by Karen Paik
4.8 out of 5 stars (26 customer reviews)
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Chronicle Books
November 1, 2007
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In 1986, gifted animator John Lasseter, technology guru Ed Catmull, and visionary Steve Jobs founded Pixar Animation Studios. Their goal: create a computer animated feature, despite predictions that it could never be done. An unprecedented catalog of block... Read more

5. Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
by Steve Martin
4.3 out of 5 stars (687 customer reviews)
Out of Print--Limited Availability
Scribner
November 20, 2007
Hardcover

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Amazon.com Review
At age 10, Steve Martin got a job selling guidebooks at the newly opened Disneyland. In the decade that followed, he worked in Disney's magic shop, print shop, and theater, and developed his own magic/comedy act. By age 20, studying poetry and philosophy o... Read more

6. Schulz and Peanuts
Schulz and Peanuts
by David Michaelis
3.8 out of 5 stars (141 customer reviews)
Out of Print--Limited Availability
Harper
October 16, 2007
Hardcover

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Amazon.com Review
Amazon Significant Seven, October 2007: There's no book this year that made people's eyes light up when I told them about it more than Schulz and Peanuts, David Michaelis's new biography of cartoonist Charles Schulz. (And when they saw the obvious-but-brilliant Chip Kidd-designed cover, their eyes got even brighter.) ... Read more

7. Clapton: The Autobiography
Clapton: The Autobiography
by Eric Clapton
4.0 out of 5 stars (539 customer reviews)
Out of Print--Limited Availability
Broadway
October 9, 2007
Hardcover

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From Publishers Weekly
Readers hoping for sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll won't be disappointed by the legendary guitarist's autobiography. As he retraces every step of his career, from the early stints with the Yardbirds and Cream to his solo successes, Clapton also devotes cop... Read more

8. The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
by Alex Ross
4.1 out of 5 stars (132 customer reviews)
Out of Print--Limited Availability
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
October 16, 2007
Hardcover

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Amazon.com Review
Anyone who has ever gamely tried and failed to absorb, enjoy, and--especially--understand the complex works of Schoenberg, Mahler, Strauss, or even Philip Glass will allow themselves a wry smile reading ... Read more

9. McQueen's Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon
McQueen's Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon
by Matthew L. Stone
4.6 out of 5 stars (46 customer reviews)
Out of Print--Limited Availability
Motorbooks
November 15, 2007
Hardcover

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Review
Playboy, December 2007 “Think of this book as a love story. It was good to be king.”    Men’s Journal, January 2007 “Though both a ladies’ man and a man’s man, Steve McQueen was first and foremost a gearhead. He performed many of his own driving stunts. ... Read more

10. Scouts in Bondage: And Other Violations of Literary Propriety
Scouts in Bondage: And Other Violations of Literary Propriety
by Michael Bell
3.6 out of 5 stars (7 customer reviews)
Out of Print--Limited Availability
Simon & Schuster
October 2, 2007
Hardcover

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About the Author
During his years as the proprietor of a secondhand bookshop in the ancient coastal town of Lewes, England, Michael Bell delighted his patrons with his array of books essential to any serious collector of humor.... Read more