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  • Playing Deadby Montana Miller

    Utah State University Press 2012; US$ 25.95

    As the Grim Reaper pulls a student out of class to be a “victim” of drunk driving in a program called “Every 15 Minutes,” Montana Miller observes the ritual through a folklorist’s lens. Playing Dead examines why hundreds of American schools and communities each year organize these mock tragedies without any national... more...

  • Storytelling In Daily Lifeby Kristin Langellier; Eric Peterson

    Temple University Press 2011; US$ 30.95

    Storytelling is perhaps the most common way people make sense of their experiences, claim identities, and "get a life." So much of our daily life consists of writing or telling our stories and listening to and reading the stories of others. But we rarely stop to ask: what are these stories? How do they shape our lives? And why do they matter?The authors... more...

  • Breaking the Magic Spellby Jack Zipes

    The University Press of Kentucky 2002; US$ 25.00

    This revised, expanded, and updated edition of the 1979 landmark Breaking the Magic Spell examines the enduring power of fairy tales and the ways they invade our subjective world. In seven provocative essays, Zipes discusses the importance of investigating oral folk tales in their socio-political context and traces their evolution into literary fairy... more...

  • Figs, Dates, Laurel, and Myrrhby Garrison Keillor; Lytton John Musselman

    Timber Press 2007; US$ 24.95

    This book celebrates the plants of the Old Testament and New Testament, including the Apocrypha, and of the Quran. From acacia, the wood of the tabernacle, to wormwood, whose bitter leaves cured intestinal worms, 81 fascinating chapters?covering every plant that has a true botanical counterpart?tell the stories of the fruits and grains, grasses and... more...

  • 100 Birds and How They Got Their Namesby Diana Wells; Lauren Jarrett

    Algonquin Books 2001; US$ 18.95

    How did cranes come to symbolize matrimonial happiness? Why were magpies the only creatures that would not go inside Noah's Ark? Birds and bird imagery are integral parts of our language and culture. With her remarkable ability to dig up curious and captivating facts, Diana Wells hatches a treat for active birders and armchair enthusiasts alike.... more...

  • The Healing Heart for Communitiesby Allison M. Cox; David H. Albert; Margaret Read McDonald

    New Society Publishers 2003; US$ 19.95

    The only book of its kind that demonstrates the power of storytelling to heal. more...

  • Mayo Ethnobotanyby David Yetman; Thomas R. Van Devender

    University of California Press 2002; US$ 57.95

    The Mayos, an indigenous people of northwestern Mexico, live in small towns spread over southern Sonora and northern Sinaloa, lands of remarkable biological diversity. Traditional Mayo knowledge is quickly being lost as this culture becomes absorbed into modern Mexico. Moreover, as big agriculture spreads into the region, the natural biodiversity of... more...

  • Duke's Handbook of Medicinal Plants of the Bibleby James A. Duke

    Taylor and Francis 2007; US$ 115.95

    Known for their ease of use, artful presentation of scientific information, and evidence-based approach, James Duke?s comprehensive handbooks are the cornerstone in the library of almost every alternative and complementary medicine practitioner and ethnobotanist. Using the successful format of these bestselling handbooks, Duke?s Handbook of Medicinal... more...

  • Physiologusby Michael J. Curley; Michael J. Curley

    University of Chicago Press 2009; US$ 17.00

    One of the most popular and widely read books of the Middle Ages, Physiologus contains allegories of beasts, stones, and trees both real and imaginary, infused by their anonymous author with the spirit of Christian moral and mystical teaching.  Accompanied by an introduction that explains the origins, history, and literary value of this curious... more...

  • Enchanted Europeby Euan Cameron

    Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 38.99

    Since the dawn of history people have used charms and spells to try to control their environment, and forms of divination to try to foresee the otherwise unpredictable chances of life. Many of these techniques were called 'superstitious' by educated elites. For centuries religious believers used 'superstition' as a term of abuse to... more...