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  • The Paradox of Choiceby Barry Schwartz

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 7.99

    In the spirit of Alvin Toffler?s Future Shock , a social critique of our obsession with choice, and how it contributes to anxiety, dissatisfaction and regret. This paperback includes a new P.S. section with author interviews, insights, features, suggested readings, and more. Whether we?re buying a pair of jeans, ordering a cup of coffee, selecting... more...

  • The Monuments Menby Robert M. Edsel; Bret Witter

    Center Street 2009; US$ 12.99

    At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "degenerate" works he despised. In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed,... more...

  • Rethinking the Femme Fatale in Film Noirby Julie Grossman

    Palgrave Macmillan 2009; US$ 29.00

    In the context of nineteenth-century Victorinoir and close readings of original-cycle film noir, Julie Grossman argues that the presence of the 'femme fatale' figure, as she is understood in film criticism and popular culture, is drastically over-emphasized and has helped to sustain cultural obsessions with 'bad' women. more...

  • Nothing To Be Frightened Ofby Julian Barnes

    Random House 2008; US$ 14.38

    'I don't believe in God, but I miss Him.' Julian Barnes' new book is, among many things, a family memoir, an exchange with his philosopher brother, a meditation on mortality and the fear of death, a celebration of art, an argument with and about God, and a homage to the French writer Jules Renard. Though he warns us that 'this is not my autobiography',... more...

  • Constructing a Sociology of the Artsby Vera L. Zolberg

    Cambridge University Press 1990; US$ 44.00

    At a time when a pile of bricks is displayed in a museum, when music is composed for performance underwater, and the boundaries between popular and fine art are fluid, conventional understandings of art are strained in describing what art is, what it includes or excludes, whether and how it should be evaluated, and what importance should be assigned... more...

  • The Antidoteby Oliver Burkeman

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 9.99

    Self-help books don't seem to work. Few of the many advantages of modern life seem capable of lifting our collective mood. Wealth--even if you can get it--doesn't necessarily lead to happiness. Romance, family life, and work often bring as much stress as joy. We can't even agree on what "happiness" means. So are we engaged in a futile pursuit? Or... more...

  • Rethinking Sexualityby Diane Richardson

    SAGE Publications 2000; US$ 51.00

    `A bold and imaginative attempt to reorganize and restructure social theory's map of sexuality' - Bryan S Turner, University of Cambridge, This thoughtful and accessible book provides a critical examination of the central debates attached to conceptualizing sexuality as a site of knowledge and politics. more...

  • The World Until Yesterdayby Jared Diamond

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 15.98

    From the author of No.1 international bestseller Collapse , a mesmerizing portrait of the human past that offers profound lessons for how we can live today Visionary, prize-winning author Jared Diamond changed the way we think about the rise and fall of human civilizations with his previous international bestsellers Guns, Germs and Steel... more...

  • Cry of Painby Mark Williams

    Little, Brown Book Group 2014; Not Available

    Suicide presents a real and often tragic puzzle for the family and friends of someone who has committed or attempted suicide. 'Why did they do it?' ' How could they do this?' 'Why did they not see there was help available?' For therapists and clinicians who want to help those who are vulnerable and their families, there are also puzzles that... more...

  • The Devil behind the Mirrorby Steven Gregory

    University of California Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    In The Devil behind the Mirror , Steven Gregory provides a compelling and intimate account of the impact that transnational processes associated with globalization are having on the lives and livelihoods of people in the Dominican Republic. Grounded in ethnographic fieldwork conducted in the adjacent towns of Boca Chica and Andrés, Gregory's study... more...