'Madonnaland and Other Detours Into Fame and Fandom,' by Alina Simone
Writing about a figure that already has countless words dedicated to her, singer/writer Alina Simone gives us a fuller, weirder and more interesting overview of Madonna than we may have thought possible. By exploring Madonna's hometown of Bay City, Michigan, Madonnaland looks at the world that created the performer, the town that she left behind and the people whose lives she has changed. It's the way Simone presents her story that's most riveting, whether it's looking at idiosyncratic figures from the pop star's home state (Question Mark and the Mysterians; forgotten and collector-beloved band Flying Wedge) or her own journey from pop music fandom to indie rock. J.D.