The End by Laura Barcella
50 Apocalyptic Visions From Pop Culture That You Should Know About...Before It's Too Late

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You’ve probably heard rumors that the end of the world is going to happen in the year 2012. But people have been making predictions about how and when the world is going to end for ages. The End is a fun, comprehensive, pop culture read about the 50 top movies, books, songs, comics, artworks, and plays—from the movie Shaun of the Dead to the pop song "It’s the End of the World as We Know It"—that have been created about the apocalypse. Each item includes:

a synopsis of the apocalyptic work

information about the apocalyptic theory behind it (from alien invasion to meteors, nuclear war, and natural disasters)

an explanation about why this work is important in pop culture

Love doomsday talk and the art that is made about it? Check out this fun and entertaining read!

About Laura Barcella

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Madonna and Me was selected and edited by Laura Barcella, a Madonna devotee since the age of six. A veteran journalist, she has covered pop culture, lifestyles, and women's issues in more than forty magazines, newspapers and websites, including The Village Voice,, Time Out New York, ELLEGirl, and the Chicago Sun-Times.
Published July 24, 2012 by Zest Books. 176 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Children's Books.

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An entertaining and fascinating compendium of doomsday scenarios depicted in fiction, film, graphic novels, plays, songs, television series and works of art.

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Readers who voraciously consume apocalypse-themed YA novels should feel right at home with this guide to end-of-days scenarios, as depicted in pop culture.

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City Book Review

While cinematic entries understandably dominate the rankings — the end of days always makes for a great spectacle — Barcella’s net has been cast far and wide, snagging such oft-overlooked and intriguing inclusions like Angels in America and E.M.

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It’s difficult to get too annoyed with a book that might get teenagers watching Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, reading A Canticle for Leibowitz, or listening to the Rolling Stones “Gimme Shelter.” They might even find out about the “Gimme Shelter” cover by T...

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ForeWord Reviews

Freelance writer and editor Laura Barcella has capitalized on the whole 2012 mythos with this compilation of fifty pop-culture items (books, films, music, TV series, art and comic books among them) which have the end of the world as their focus.

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