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  • Re-orienting Cuisineby Kwang Ok Kim

    Berghahn Books 2015; US$ 95.00

    Foods are changed not only by those who produce and supply them, but also by those who consume them. Analyzing food without considering changes over time and across space is less meaningful than analyzing it in a global context where tastes, lifestyles, and imaginations cross boundaries and blend with each other, challenging the idea of authenticity.... more...

  • Plagues and Peoplesby William McNeill

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 17.00

    Upon its original publication, Plagues and Peoples was an immediate critical and popular success, offering a radically new interpretation of world history as seen through the extraordinary impact--political, demographic, ecological, and psychological--of disease on cultures. From the conquest of Mexico by smallpox as much as by the Spanish, to the... more...

  • Born to Runby Christopher McDougall

    Profile Books 2010; US$ 11.98

    At the heart of Born to Run lies a mysterious tribe of Mexican Indians, the Tarahumara, who live quietly in canyons and are reputed to be the best distance runners in the world; in 1993, one of them, aged 57, came first in a prestigious 100-mile race wearing a toga and sandals. A small group of the world's top ultra-runners (and the awe-inspiring... more...

  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Downby Anne Fadiman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1998; US$ 10.50

    Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction When three-month-old Lia Lee Arrived at the county hospital emergency room in Merced, California, a chain of events was set in motion from which neither she nor her parents nor her doctors would ever recover. Lia's parents, Foua and Nao Kao, were part of a large Hmong community in Merced,... more...

  • All About Languageby Barry J. Blake

    OUP Oxford 2008; US$ 19.99

    In clear, congenial style Barry Blake explains every aspect of how language works - in conversation, writing, and the brain - and how it never stops changing. His engaging account is for everyone curious about language or who needs to know more about it. more...

  • The New Arab Manby Marcia C. Inhorn

    Princeton University Press 2012; US$ 45.00 US$ 40.95

    Middle Eastern Muslim men have been widely vilified as terrorists, religious zealots, and brutal oppressors of women. The New Arab Man challenges these stereotypes with the stories of ordinary Middle Eastern men as they struggle to overcome infertility and childlessness through assisted reproduction. Drawing on two decades of ethnographic research... more...

  • Europe and the People Without Historyby Eric R. Wolf

    University of California Press 2010; US$ 34.95

    Offering insight and equal consideration into the societies of the "civilized" and "uncivilized" world, Europe and the People Without History deftly explores the historical trajectory of so-called modern globalization. In this foundational text about the development of the global political economy, Eric R. Wolf challenges the long-held anthropological... more...

  • The Ascent of Humanityby Charles Eisenstein

    North Atlantic Books 2013; US$ 19.95

    Charles Eisenstein explores the history and potential future of civilization, tracing the converging crises of our age to the illusion of the separate self. In this limited hardcover edition of Eisenstein's landmark book, he argues that our disconnection from one another and the natural world has mislaid the foundations of science, religion, money,... more...

  • The Lovelorn Ghost and the Magical Monkby Justin Thomas McDaniel

    Columbia University Press 2011; US$ 29.99

    Stories centering on the lovelorn ghost (Mae Nak) and the magical monk (Somdet To) are central to Thai Buddhism. Historically important and emotionally resonant, these characters appeal to every class of follower. Metaphorically and rhetorically powerful, they invite constant reimagining across time. Focusing on representations of the ghost and monk... more...

  • Islamophobia and the Politics of Empireby Deepa Kumar

    Haymarket Books 2012; US$ 16.99

    Islamophobia examines the origins of the ongoing assault on Muslims and Arabs in the U.S., and the "war on terror" more...