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- Dundurn 2013; US$ 34.99
This collection in the popular trivia series provides answers to those annoying questions you?ve always had, such as: Why can't grooms see their bride on the day before the wedding? Why is breaking a mirror bad luck, and a rabbit's foot good luck? Why is a road called a "highway" and the ocean the "high seas"? and hundreds more. more...
- Quest Books 2014; US$ 16.95
This book is an accessible, engaging tool to help people enrich their lives through the observance of ancient, astronomically determined Earth festivals. It assists us to recover an experience that had deep meaning for the ancients and that is now increasingly relevant to a world facing environmental challlenges. Seasonal festivals are not meant to... more...
- Indiana University Press 2001; US$ 15.95
Explores the dynamic relationship between bodies and the world around them. What if we lived across and through our skins as much as we do within them? According to Shannon Sullivan, the notion of bodies in transaction with their social, political, cultural, and physical surroundings is not new. Early ... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 26.95
This lively and ambitious book - the first to chronicle the full history of St. Patrick's Day, from its medieval origins to the modern day - explores the shared heritage of the Irish through the development of this unique national holiday. more...
- University of California Press 2003; US$ 12.95
When did cosmetic surgery become a common practice, the stuff of everyday conversation? In a work that combines a provocative ethnography of plastic surgery and a penetrating analysis of beauty and feminism, Virginia L. Blum searches out the social conditions and imperatives that have made ours a culture of cosmetic surgery. more...
- University of California Press 2004; US$ 33.95
In these innovative essays, Vivian Sobchack considers the key role our bodies play in making sense of today's image-saturated culture. Emphasizing our corporeal rather than our intellectual engagements with film and other media, Carnal Thoughts shows how our experience always emerges through our senses and how our bodies are not just visible objects... more...
- Oxford University Press 1996; US$ 26.00
Describing the evolution of Christmas celebrations in America, this study describes how holiday traditions such as Santa Claus, Christmas trees and gift-giving came about. The book also explores the impact of popular entertainment and culture on the Yuletide season. more...
- University of California Press 2006; US$ 15.95
This engaging introduction to Japan's burgeoning beauty culture investigates a wide range of phenomenon?aesthetic salons, dieting products, male beauty activities, and beauty language?to find out why Japanese women and men are paying so much attention to their bodies. Laura Miller uses social science and popular culture sources to connect breast enhancements,... more...