Very lucid, rich introduction to the history and visual and verbal meaning making processes of comic books. The book itself is done in brilliant comic book form. Nasaw, David. Going Out: The Rise and Fall of Public Amusements. New York, NY: Basic Books, 1993. Wide-ranging study of the culture industries of the early 20th century, with particular emphasis on the role they played for immigrant workers. Peiss, Kathy. Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York. Philadelphia, PN: Temple University Press, 1986. Classic American Studies text, looking at the various forms of early 20th century pop culture aimed at women from the working class. . A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste, and Middle-Class Desire. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997. One of the few books that looks carefully at the construction of middle-brow taste as exemplified in the book of the month clubs efforts to provide enlightening reading. Ross, Andrew. No Respect: Intellectuals and Popular Culture. New York: Routledge, 1989. Important collection of essays tracing the various kinds of analysis US intellectuals have made of popular culture over the course of the 20th century.