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Bob Ross' Happy Little Night Before Christmas at Book Passage

Bob Ross’ Happy Little Night Before Christmas at Book Passage

Christmas is here early! Get in the holiday spirit with a conversation around and reading of Bob Ross’ Happy Little Night Before Christmas by our own Robb Pearlman, hosted by the wonderful folks at Book Passage. Conversation highlights include: The story of how Robb first discovered Bob Ross, and why Bob has stuck with him… Read more Bob Ross’ Happy Little Night Before Christmas at Book Passage

Things We Loved This Week #9

Things We Loved This Week #9

In this week’s Things We Loved This Week we share (spoiler alert)…the things we loved! Read on for our pop culture recommendations including a new Hollywood Chris coloring book, reflections on Stephen King and Star Trek, and a can’t-miss conversation about Bob Ross and Christmas. Our latest book, which came out this week! I’m Dreaming of… Read more Things We Loved This Week #9

The Psychology of Zelda cover

Smart Pop Classics: Unmasking Grief

In the Smart Pop Classics series, we share greatest hits from our throwback essay collections. In “Unmasking Grief” from The Psychology of Zelda, authors Larisa A. Garski, F. Cary Shepard, and Emory S. Daniel apply the five stages of grief model to The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, resulting in a transformative understanding of the… Read more Smart Pop Classics: Unmasking Grief

An excerpt from Live Like a Vulcan, Love Like a Wookiee, Laugh Like a Hobbit

Calling all pop culture fans: Our latest book, Live Like a Vulcan, Love Like a Wookiee, Laugh Like a Hobbit: Life Lessons from Pop Culture, is out now! It’s a perfect read in the wake of New York Comic Con, whether you were enjoying the con in-person or wishing you could be there. To celebrate… Read more An excerpt from Live Like a Vulcan, Love Like a Wookiee, Laugh Like a Hobbit