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  • The Forest Peopleby Colin Turnbull

    Touchstone 2012; US$ 16.00

    The bestselling, classic text on one anthropologist?s incredible experience living among the African Mbuti Pygmies, and what he learned from their culture, customs, and love of life. In this bestselling book, Colin Turnbull, a British cultural anthropologist, details the incredible Mbuti pygmy people and their love of the forest, and each other. Turnbull... more...

  • Fearby Thich Nhat Hanh

    HarperCollins 2012; US$ 14.99

    ?Written in words so intimate, calm, kind, and immediate, this extraordinary book feels like a message from our very own heart?.Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most important voices of our time, and we have never needed to listen to him more than now.? ?Sogyal Rinpoche Fear is destructive, a pervasive problem we all face. Vietnamese Buddhist Zen Master,... 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$ 15.98

    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...

  • Coffee Life in Japanby Merry White

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 29.95

    This fascinating book?part ethnography, part memoir?traces Japan?s vibrant café society over one hundred and thirty years. Merry White traces Japan?s coffee craze from the turn of the twentieth century, when Japan helped to launch the Brazilian coffee industry, to the present day, as uniquely Japanese ways with coffee surface in Europe and America.... more...

  • Making Tea, Making Japanby Kristin Surak

    Stanford University Press 2012; US$ 24.95

    The tea ceremony persists as one of the most evocative symbols of Japan. Originally a pastime of elite warriors in premodern society, it was later recast as an emblem of the modern Japanese state, only to be transformed again into its current incarnation, largely the hobby of middle-class housewives. How does the cultural practice of a few come to... 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

    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...