Our Fall 2011 Smart Pop Titles

By May 19th, 2011 8 Comments

Our Fall 2011 Smart Pop titles are already on Amazon and elsewhere, and we’ll be promoting them next week, too, at BEA (see tomorrow’s post) . . . so we wanted to give them an official introduction here, as well. (And as we’ve been doing with our Spring 2011 titles, we’ll give them a more in-depth intro closer to their actual pub date!)

Here are the six new Smart Pop titles to look forward to later this year:



The Psychology of TwilightThe Psychology of Twilight
Edited by E. David Klonsky, PhD, and Alexis Black

Husband and wife Twilight fans David and Alexis worked with us to put together a collection of essays by psychologists on the Twilight Saga, ahead of the November 2011 release of Breaking Dawn, Part 1. There are a lot of books out there about Twilight, we know. But we think this collection does something that might seem unbelievable at this point: say something new about Twilight. We’ve got content for Edward fans and Jacob fans, and plenty on the psychology of love . . . but we also have essays on the Cullen and Swan family structures, vampirism as an eating disorder, and the positive impact of Twilight fandom.

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Triumph of the Walking DeadTriumph of The Walking Dead
Robert Kirkman’s Zombie Epic on Page and Screen

Edited by James Lowder

Past Smart Pop contributor (and editor of a couple of zombie fiction anthologies, among other titles, himself) Jim has collected a great set of writers–including the co-writer of the upcoming Walking Dead novels, a New York Times bestselling horror writer or two, and some heavy hitters in the zombie genre–to discuss The Walking Dead, both the AMC show and the comic series it’s based on.

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Unraveling the Mysteries of The Big Bang TheoryUnraveling the Mysteries of The Big Bang Theory
An Unabashedly Unauthorized TV Show Companion

George Beahm

Our first real single author Smart Pop title, this companion to The Big Bang Theory aims to entertain both the Pennys and the Sheldons in the show’s audience with the same smart, funny sort of analysis you’ll find in our anthologies. Read about the original unaired pilot (and why it didn’t work); compare the gang’s favorite spots to their equivalents in the real Pasadena (including Caltech, The Cheesecake Factory, and more); and consult the pop culture and science glossaries for a deeper understanding of the show’s many references.

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The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon TattooThe Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Understanding Lisbeth Salander and Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy

Edited by Robin Rosenberg, PhD, and Shannon O’Neill

Lisbeth Salander, from Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy, is undeniably one of the more fascinating characters to come along in awhile. I love a good journalist hero, but, seriously–Blomkvist who?) Robin and Shannon have collected a smart set of psychologists to discuss the girl with the dragon tattoo, from her goth style to her hacker career to her polarizing effect in her world and ours, as well as the psychology of sexism, violence, and other themes in the book series . . . just in time for the release of the US version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in December.

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The Unofficial Mad Men CookbookThe Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook
Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men

Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin

Another departure from the usual Smart Pop model: our first cookbook. Turns out Mad Men is just as detail-oriented about their food as they are about their fashion, and cookbook veteran Judy and writer Peter take us on a tour of not just the food we see in Mad Men, but also the history that surrounds it, from Betty’s infamous Around the World dinner to Don’s Old Fashioned. And all the recipes are sourced from the era–including from many of the bars and restaurants the characters frequent on the show.

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MARCH 2012

In Pursuit of SpenserIn Pursuit of Spenser
Mystery Writers on Robert B. Parker and the Creation of an American Hero

Edited by Otto Penzler

When Robert B. Parker died last winter, the world lost two great men: Parker himself and Spenser, his most influential creation. This tribute to and discussion of the Spenser series is edited by Otto Penzler, who, as Parker himself once wrote, “knows more about crime fiction than most people know about anything.”

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We’re really thrilled with what’s coming up for Smart Pop, and we hope we’ve gotten you at least a little excited too!

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8 Comments On "Our Fall 2011 Smart Pop Titles"

  1. Christine

    I’m really looking forward to the Mad Men Cookbook. I am an amateur foodie and obsessed with the 50’s. I’m really looking forward to see how the book/recipies will be presented as well as the photography associated within the book. I’m not so much looking forward to it as a fan of the show – which I do like – but as a passionate cooker and good (food) book reader.


  2. J. Rocky Colavito

    Triumph of the Walking Dead looks and sounds awesome! My students will love it!


  3. Kimberly

    I’m really looking forward to the psychology of Twilight. I can’t wait to use the essays in my classroom.


  4. Jayne

    I’m really excited about the psychology of Twilight! There is so much there to delve into, I can’t wait to see what insights you have! But who am I kidding? I know that I’ll probably pick up the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Big Bang Theory ones too! :) I feel like my fave shows/books are only bona fide hits once they are smart-popped!


  5. Edward

    Mad Men Cookbook! They knew how to entertain in the ’50s.


  6. Jennifer

    I am most excited about the Psychology of Twilight and Unraveling the Mysteries of the Big Bang Theory. Smart Pop books just add another layer of enjoyment to my favorite media. :)


  7. Rie Sheridan Rose

    The Triumph of the Walking Dead title sounds awesome.


  8. Christine

    I’m currently developing a zombie based film production for a film class I’m in and am intrigued by the Triumph of the Walking Dead book. I’m excited to see what is in the inside and what type of inspiration that I can get from it for my project.


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