Retro Hell – Life in the ’70s and ’80s, from Afros to Zotz – by the editors of ben is dead magazine and The Encyclopedia of Guilty Pleasures: 1,001 Things You Hate to Love – by Sam Stall, Lou Harry and Julie Spalding
These two tomes are wonderfully awful collections to dip into and read. Not surprisingly there is a great deal of cross-over between the two. Full of bizarre facts (Anne Rice’s real name is Howard!), snarky commentary, “where are they now” stories and plenty of tidbits to jog snippets of nostalgia in your brain. Remember pop beads? OPI clothing? Scratch and sniff stickers? Love Dairy Queen, the musical Cats or Fabio? It’s all here. Great fun, super tacky.