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  • Gold: A Cultural Encyclopediaby Shannon Kenny

    ABC-CLIO 2011; US$ 94.00

    This encyclopedia provides detailed information about the historical, cultural, social, religious, economic, and scientific significance of gold, across the globe and throughout history. more...

  • Rethinking Chivalry and Courtly Loveby Jennifer Wollock

    ABC-CLIO 2011; US$ 60.00

    This book offers an overview of the origins, growth, and influence of chivalry and courtly love, casting new light on the importance of these medieval ideals for understanding world history and culture to the present day. more...

  • Quinceaneraby Ilan Stavans

    ABC-CLIO 2010; US$ 61.00

    This volume compiled by Ilan Stavans examines the importance of ritual and celebration and the quinceañera celebration's growing social importance to in the Latino community, particularly in the United States. The essays explore the quinceañera and the coming-of-age ritual from various angles. Prior to 2007, the quinceañera received no formal... more...

  • Eating Your Auntie Is Wrongby Stephen Arnott

    Ebury Publishing 2011; US$ 7.98

    Crossing continents and centuries Stephen Arnott brings us invaluable information about all kinds of bizarre regional customs - from sexual practices to the received wisdom on cannibalism - that could save you from embarrassing local faux pas while travelling. Did you know that amongst the Tartars, relations of the bride and bridegroom... more...

  • Teaby Helen Saberi

    Reaktion Books 2010; US$ 15.95

    In Tea food historian Helen Saberi explores this rich and fascinating history. Saberi looks at the economic and social uses of tea, such as its use as a currency during the Tang dynasty; its role in American independence at the Boston Tea Party; afternoon tea drunk by the British in India; and the 1913 creation of a tea dance or The Dansant that combined... more...

  • The Politics of Dress in Somali Cultureby Heather M. Akou

    Indiana University Press 2011; US$ 20.95

    The universal act of dressing -- shared by both men and women, young and old, rich and poor, minority and majority -- has shaped human interactions, communicated hopes and fears about the future, and embodied what it means to be Somali. Heather Marie Akou mines politics and history in this rich and compelling ... more...

  • Palermo Sicily & Its Surroundingsby Joanne Lane

    Hunter Publishing 2009; US$ 7.99

    This is a guide to all aspects of Palermo and its surroundings: where to stay and eat, what to see and do, how to get around. The island of Sicily is like another world compared to the rest of Italy - only three km away over the Messina Straits. And in fact the people proclaim themselves Sicilians first, with distinct differences in language, culture,... more...

  • San Juan Puerto Rico & Its Environsby Kurt Pitzer

    Hunter Publishing 2009; US$ 7.99

    San Juan is the oldest city in US territory, and the second-oldest in the Americas, and stakes its claim as the cultural and economic hub of the Caribbean. With high-end designer and jewelry shops, more than 30 limousine services in the phone book and more banks than you would want to count, it displays all the trappings of the wealthiest large city... more...

  • Why Does Santa Wear Red?by Meera Lester

    F+W Media 2007; US$ 12.44

    Where did Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Get His Start? At Montgomery Ward's! Copywriter Robert May wrote the story as a giveaway to attract families with children to do their holiday shopping at the store. Which famous carol is actually a secret Christian code? It's "The Twelve Days of Christmas!" The partridge "in the pear tree" is code for... more...

  • Passages Handfastingby Rev.Dr. Kendra Vaughan Hovey

    F+W Media 2007; US$ 10.95

    The day you exchange vows with the person you love is one of the most important days of your life. What better way to celebrate your commitment to one another than with handfasting-the blessed marriage rite in which the hands of you and your beloved are wrapped in ribbon as you "tie the knot." This symbolic binding together of your two loving souls... more...