New film & TV books: American Idol, The Apprentice, Sherlock Holmes, and more

We’ve put together our January round-up of the new film and television books at the library – and American Idol features twice! The show celebrates 10 years on air this year, and we have two new titles that tell the story of the show and its many contestants. Also included this month: the official book of the TV series Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, and a complete film and TV history of Sherlock Holmes adaptations (if this one interests you, you might also like this blog post). Enjoy!

Syndetics book coverPawnee : the greatest town in America / written, compiled, researched, typed, collated, proofread, and run through spell-check by Leslie Knope ; with Nate DiMeo and the creative team of Parks and recreation.
“The mockumentary genre used so effectively in, e.g., Spinal Tap and The Office is showcased in this full-blown over-the-top guide to fictional Pawnee, IN, the setting of NBC’s Parks and Recreation. It is written by deputy director of Pawnee’s parks and recreation department Knope, the character played by esteemed Saturday Night Live alum Amy Poehler. With a Hoosier-sized cornucopia of photos, illustrations, sidebars, statistics, and footnotes (almost 200…yikes!), Knope leaves no Pawnee ear of corn unshucked in her detailed Parks and Recreation backstories.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverAmerican idol : the untold story / Richard Rushfield.
“American Idol is a cultural force like no other. Over the last ten years, the show has offered up high-stakes drama outside the competition that has swept up millions of viewers in its wake. And now, for the first time, a veteran journalist with deep access to the judges, contestants, and crew enlightens readers with a fascinating and insightful look into ten years of America’s most popular television show.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAmerican idol : celebrating 10 years : the official backstage pass / by Shirley Halperin.
“Straight from the photo vault of America’s number-one show, “American Idol: Celebrating 10 Years” is the official photographic celebration of the first 10 years of the television show that changed the face of music and popular culture throughout the world. Includes more than 70 images, many never before published.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBig fat gypsy weddings.
“This is the official book of one of the most talked-about TV series ever to have hit our screens. The show offered a unique insight into the traveller and gypsy communities, their lives, loves and their incredible wedding ceremonies. But there is so much more to these fascinating people and their culture and this book draws readers even further into an extraordinary secret world. Big Fat Gypsy Weddings is a gilt-edged invitation into the heart of gypsy and traveller life, brimming with unforgettable stories and brand new insights into a disappearing world.” (description from

Syndetics book coverThe apprentice A-Z : the totally unofficial guide to the hit TV series / Charlie Burden.
“Everything you have ever wanted to know about the hit show The Apprentice is within these pages! For example: A is for Alan—Lord Alan Sugar, an entrepreneur, media personality, and political advisor who grew up in an East End council flat and boiled beetroots for the local greengrocer, but who is now one for the most famous businessmen in Britain. From the colorful candidates to the eventual winners, this comprehensive A-to-Z details everything you want to know about The Apprentice, including details of Lord Alan Sugar, his successes, and all the behind-the-scenes gossip.” (description from

Syndetics book coverSherlock Holmes on screen : the complete film and TV history / Alan Barnes.
“Conan Doyle’s master detective Sherlock Holmes has appeared on screen more times than any other fictional character. Sherlock Holmes on Screen surveys over a century’s worth of his exploits in film and television, from the silent era to the present day. Illustrated with rare archive pictures throughout, Sherlock Holmes on Screen is now updated with entries on the BBC’s modern-day Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and director Guy Ritchie’s all-action Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr – plus Sherlockian turns from Rupert Everett and Jonathan Pryce. This revised edition is the most comprehensive Holmes filmography ever published.”(description from