Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses: Roger Corman: King of the B Movie
By Chris Nashawaty (Abrams, $35)

“Colorful” may be one of the kinder words ever used to describe controversial B-movie mogul Roger Corman, but it perfectly summarizes this insightful tribute to Corman’s 60 years (and counting) in Hollywood. The book pairs dozens of full-color reproductions of classic Corman movie posters (House of Usher, The Big Doll House, Piranha) with insider anecdotes from Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson and other A-list alumni of the “University of Corman.” Author Nashawaty deftly describes how Corman’s legacy is far more nuanced than most realize, having imported films from such auteurs as Federico Fellini and Akira Kurosawa and paving the way for Bob and Harvey Weinstein and other art-house advocates who followed.