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  • Around the Tuscan Tableby Carole M. Counihan

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 49.95

    In this delicious book, noted food scholar Carole M. Counihan presents a compelling and artfully told narrative about family and food in late 20th-century Florence. Based on solid research, Counihan examines how family, and especially gender have changed in Florence since the end of World War II to the present, giving us a portrait of the changing... more...

  • At Homeby Bill Bryson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 15.95

    From one of the most beloved authors of our  time?more than six million copies of his books have been sold in this country alone?a fascinating excursion into the history behind the place we call home. ?Houses aren?t refuges from history. They are where history ends up.?   Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England... more...

  • Intercultural Interactionby Dr Helen Spencer-Oatey; Professor Peter Franklin

    Palgrave Macmillan 2009; US$ 38.00

    Written in a highly accessible style and in four parts, this book provides rapid and authoritative access to current ideas and practice in intercultural communication. It draws on concepts and findings from a range of different disciplines and uses authentic examples of intercultural interaction to illustrate points. more...

  • Sex at Dawnby Christopher Ryan; Cacilda Jetha

    HarperCollins 2012; US$ 13.49

    Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science?as well as religious and cultural institutions?has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing. Fewer and... more...

  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Downby Anne Fadiman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1998; US$ 15.99

    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...

  • Catching Fireby Richard Wrangham

    Basic Books 2009; US$ 16.99

    A startling new theory that the invention of cooking led to the creation of the human species more...

  • The Talent Codeby Daniel Coyle

    Random House 2010; US$ 12.54

    'Talent. You've either got it or you haven't.' Not true, actually. In The Talent Code , award-winning journalist Daniel Coyle draws on cutting-edge research to reveal that, far from being some abstract mystical power fixed at birth, ability really can be created and nurtured. In the process, he considers talent at work in venues... more...

  • Rethinking Family Practicesby Professor David H. J. Morgan

    Palgrave Macmillan 2011; US$ 31.00

    Leading family sociologist David Morgan revisits his highly influential 'family practices' approach in this new book. Exploring its impact, and how it has been critiqued, Morgan shows the continued relevance of the approach with reference to time and space, the body, emotions, ethics and work/life balance. more...

  • On Suicide Bombingby Talal Asad

    Columbia University Press 2007; US$ 23.99

    Like many people in America and around the world, Talal Asad experienced the events of September 11, 2001, largely through the media and the emotional response of others. For many non-Muslims, "the suicide bomber" quickly became the icon of "an Islamic culture of death"& mdash;a conceptual leap that struck Asad as problematic. Is there a "religiously-motivated... more...

  • Buddhism in Iranby Mostafa Vaziri

    Palgrave Macmillan 2012; US$ 95.00

    Exploring the interactions of the Buddhist world with the dominant cultures of Iran in pre- and post-Islamic times, Vaziri demonstrates that the traces and cross-influences of Buddhism have brought the material and spiritual culture of Iran to its present state even after the term was eradicated from the literary and popular language of the region. more...