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  • 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...

  • Christmas Eve At Friday Harbourby Lisa Kleypas

    Little, Brown Book Group 2010; US$ 9.99

    The Friday Harbour series of women's fiction novels is set in San Juan Island just off of the Washington State Coast - romantic and varied, with rocky shores, sandy beaches, rich woodlands and pasture land - and the prosperous Friday Harbour area. The series is centered around the Nolan family, consisting of two brothers and a sister, the owners... more...

  • The Ayatollah Begs to Differby Hooman Majd

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 16.00

    Including a new preface that discusses the Iranian mood during and after the June 2009 presidential election and subsequent protests, this is an intimate look at a paradoxical country from a uniquely qualified journalist.   The grandson of an eminent ayatollah and the son of an Iranian diplomat, Hooman Majd offers perspective on Iran's complex and... more...

  • Togetherby Richard Sennett

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 14.09

    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...

  • Land of the Spotted Eagle, New Editionby Luther Standing Bear; Joseph Marshall

    UNP - Bison Books 2013; US$ 15.95

    When Standing Bear returned to the Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation after sixteen years' absence, his dismay at the condition of his people may well have served as a catalyst for the writing of this book, first published in 1933. In addition to describing the customs, manners, and traditions of the Teton Sioux, Standing Bear also offered general comments... 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...

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

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 37.95 US$ 34.53

    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...

  • The Unknown Unknownby Mark Forsyth

    Icon Books Ltd 2014; US$ 1.99

    A brilliantly funny and clever exploration of why it's only in a bookshop that you'll find something you never knew you wanted to read, from the author of The Etymologicon, The Horologicon and The Elements of Eloquence 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...