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Gifts Under $20

In the mood for an offbeat treat? Whether it's something from the ponderous world of pop culture or a tasty tidbit from the strange and marvelous country of camp, there's plenty here to snack on--and all for under $20. Dig in!

 

 
1.
The Bad Girls' Guide to Open Road
by Cameron Tuttle, Susannah Bettag (Illustrator)

Chronicle Books
Paperback - 192 pages
(May 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Who hasn't fantasized about ditching work and pulling a Thelma and Louise? Well, don't even think about taking a road trip without a copy of Cameron Tuttle's Bad Girl's Guide to the Open Road. Tuttle, who's crisscrossed the country several times, has written a hilarious, in-your-face,... Read more

 


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Harley Davidson Lore : Origins Through Panhead, 1903-1965
by Herbert Wagner

Chronicle Books
Hardcover - 176 pages
(November 1999)


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Harley-Davidson Lore: Origins Through Panhead is a collection of black-and-white photos culled from the Harley-Davidson archives spanning the first 60 years of the famous motorcycle manufacturer. For most of the book the photos, which date back as far as 1903, are simply allowed to stand on their... Read more

 


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The Headless Bust : A Melancholy Meditation on the False Millennium
by Edward Gorey

Harcourt Brace
Hardcover - 64 pages
(October 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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With The Headless Bust, Edmund Gravel and the Bahum Bug from Gorey's "Dispirited and Distasteful" Christmas tale, The Haunted Tea-Cosy, have returned to usher in the New Year. The story, told in verse, takes up just after Edmund's riotous party. He and the Bug are whisked off to a faraway village... Read more

 


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Spam: A Biography
by Carolyn Wyman

Harvest Books
Paperback - 134 pages
(July 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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The Cadillac of canned meat food products finally gets its due with Spam: A Biography. The book traces the meat's story from its distant Hormel ancestry through its history-changing 1937 birth, right up to the present day. Along the way we discover that its ingredients are not nearly so revolting as... Read more

 


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The Angry Clam
by Erik Quisling

Warner Books
Paperback - 96 pages
(October 1998)


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5 out of 5 stars
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The Angry Clam is a heartfelt tribute to a clam whose life was as complex as any human's. Indeed, any of us would count ourselves lucky to live through the cerebral adventures of this brave, tortured mollusk. A single, crude illustration of the protagonist adorns each page of this small book, while... Read more

 


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Mental Hygiene : Better Living Through Classroom Films 1945-1970
by Ken Smith

Blast Books
Paperback - 240 pages
(December 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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In Mental Hygiene, Ken Smith takes a look at the endearingly gooney safety and "social guidance" films produced for classroom use between World War II and the early 1970s. Everything from dating to drugs to auto safety is covered in this lovingly compiled book. Smith even takes the time to discuss... Read more

 


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Boring Postcards
by Martin Parr(Editor)

Phaidon Press Inc.
Hardcover - 176 pages
(November 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
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As the title of this little book suggests, each of the postcards that fill its pages is, in a sense, quite boring. Stale, often dully composed images of corporate headquarters, roadways, bus-station parking lots, convalescent-home dayrooms, hospital cafeterias, and undistinguished motels. But look... Read more

 



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