Encyclopedia of Guilty Pleasures: 1001 Things You Hate to Love

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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!
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A trio of creative minds, obsessed with those secret indulgences we enjoy when no one else is watching, have produced a 50-year chronicle of guilty pleasures from A to Z. With over 1,000 capsulized, satirical descriptions, the book offers plenty to savor. Contemporary self-indulgences such as boy bands and the Olsen twins earn mentions, as do groan-worthy old timers like Old Spice cologne and water beds. Jackie and Joan Collins and Anna Nicole Smith score high on the schlock scale, along with devilish foods like the timeless green bean casserole and Cinnabon sticky buns. Television takes a lot of cheesy credit, with entries including The Love Boat, Baywatch, The Osbournes and that pioneer of reality shows, Candid Camera. Time-tested favorites Cool Whip, the Carpenters and the National Enquirer provide as many hoots as the snippet-length bios of Fabio, Adrienne Barbeau ("apparently this woman was an actress of some sort"), Amy Fisher and Monica Lewinsky. The encyclopedic arrangement is funny in and of itself (the Little House on the Prairie entry says, "See Landon, Michael"). As tempting as Jiffy Pop Popcorn, this flippant (albeit subjective) reference is compulsively seductive, with tongue-in-cheek remarks the authors' flair. Illus. (Nov.) Forecast: Urban Outfitters is a shoo-in venue for this book; anyone who's been sucked in to a televised beauty pageant or infomercial will immediately gravitate to its pull. Expect robust sales. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931686549
  • Publisher: Quirk Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/14/2004
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2004

    A hoot

    I don't expect anyone to start at the beginning and read cover-to-cover. This very fun book is best savored by opening randomly and losing yourself in the silliness (and interesting facts).

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