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  • Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbyeby M.C. Beaton

    Little, Brown Book Group 2009; US$ 9.99

    Yuletide overindulgence on the poison front . . . During the dark, grey days of early December Agatha is obsessed by two things - the loming festivities, and her ex, James Lacey. In order to drive the latter from her thoughts, Agatha concentrates on planning the perfect Christmas for her friends. Even the murder of a Mrs Tamworthy, poisoned with... more...

  • Eating Asian Americaby Robert Ji-Song Ku; Martin F. Manalansan; Anita Mannur

    NYU Press 2013; US$ 22.95

    ?Fully of provocation and insight.? ? Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, author of War, Genocide, and Justice ]]> 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...

  • Togetherby Richard Sennett

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 11.27

    Living with people who differ -- racially, ethnically, religiously, or economically -- is one of the most difficult challenges facing us today. Though our society is becoming ever more complicated materially, we tend to avoid engaging with people unlike ourselves. Modern politics emphasizes unity and similarity, encouraging the politics of the tribe... more...

  • The Vogue Factorby Kirstie Clements

    Guardian Faber Publishing 2013; US$ 7.28

    The Vogue Factor is her candid account of life at the heart of the fashion industry, from photo shoots and celebrity interviews to the ugly truth behind the glamour - infighting, back-stabbing and the dangerous pursuit of beauty. This is the behind-the-scenes story of an illustrious career in fashion, from receptionist to the editor's chair. It's... more...

  • Alle Jahre wieder? Weihnachtliche Konsumstrukturen im Wandelby Tanja Roos

    Tectum Verlag 2014; US$ 22.70

    Das Weihnachtsfest gilt vielerorts als das bedeutendste Familienfest des Jahres. Spätestens seit dem Ende der 1960er Jahre hat es sich darüber hinaus auch zum bedeutendsten Konsumereignis entwickelt. Tanja Roos analysiert Haushaltsbücher und Taschenkalender eines Kölner Haushalts, in denen für die Jahre 1933 bis 1992 detailliert das Konsumverhalten... more...

  • Chu Hsi's "Family Rituals"by Chu Hsi; Patricia Buckley Ebrey

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 37.95 US$ 30.36

    Compiled by the great Neo-Confucian philosopher Chu Hsi (1130-1200), the Family Rituals is a manual for the private performance of the standard Chinese family rituals: initiations, weddings, funerals, and sacrifices to ancestral spirits. This translation makes the work, which is the most important text of its kind in the last thousand years of Chinese... more...

  • A Foxfire Christmasby Eliot Wigginton

    The University of North Carolina Press 2010; US$ 18.99

    New in paperback This captivating book of recollections celebrates the holiday traditions of Appalachian families as passed from one generation to the next. Based on Foxfire students' interviews with neighbors and family members, the memories shared here are from a simpler time, when gifts were fewer but perhaps more precious, and holiday tables... more...

  • The Amish of Lancaster Countyby Donald B. Kraybill; Dr Daniel Rodriguez

    Stackpole Books 2008; US$ 15.99

    Primer to understanding Amish life for visitors. Captivating color photography. Insight on recent media events. more...

  • The Baseball Codesby Jason Turbow; Michael Duca

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 15.95

    "Delicious . . . Entertaining . . . The Baseball Codes reads like a lab report by a psychologist who has been observing hostile toddlers whack one another with plastic shovels in a sandbox." ?Bruce Weber, The New York Times Book Review ?A frankly incredible book?a history and analysis of baseball?s insular culture of unwritten rules, protocols... more...