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  • 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...

  • Rules, Britanniaby Toni Summers Hargis

    St. Martin's Press 2007; US$ 8.99

    How do you respond to a dinner invitation that says "Eight for eight thirty"? What might induce you to get off a London train at a place called Mud Chute? When is it okay to drive over a sleeping policeman? And why do teh Brits keep saying "Who's she, the cat's mother"? Rules, Britannia is an invaluable resource for Americans who want to make a... more...

  • Third Culture Kidsby David C. Pollock; Ruth E. Van Reken

    Nicholas Brealey Publishing 2010; US$ 19.95

    An enlightening look at the challenges of children of expatriates, missionaries, and others who grow up outside their home culture. more...

  • Food and Cultureby Carole Counihan; Penny Van Esterik

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 69.95

    The classic book that helped to define and legitimize the field of food and culture studies is now available, with major revisions, in a specially affordable e-book version (978-0-203-07975-1).? The third edition includes 40 original essays and reprints of previously published classics under 5 Sections: FOUNDATIONS, HEGEMONY AND DIFFERENCE,... more...

  • Ritualby Barry Stephenson

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 9.99

    Ritual is part of what it means to be human. Like sports, music, and drama, ritual defines and enriches culture, putting those who practice it in touch with sources of value and meaning larger than themselves. Ritual is unavoidable, yet it holds a place in modern life that is decidedly ambiguous. What is ritual? What does it do? Is it useful? What... more...

  • Routledge's Manual of Etiquetteby George Routledge

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 4.99

    Compliance with, and deference to, the wishes of others is the finest breeding. When you cannot agree with the propositions advanced in general conversation, be silent. If pressed for your opinion, give it with modesty. Never defend your own views too warmly. When you find others remain unconvinced, drop the subject, or lead to some other topic. Look... more...

  • Minimizing Marriageby Elizabeth Brake

    Oxford University Press, USA 2012; US$ 19.99

    Even in secular and civil contexts, marriage retains sacramental connotations. Yet what moral significance does it have? This book examines its morally salient features - promise, commitment, care, and contract - with surprising results. In Part One, "De-Moralizing Marriage," essays on promise and commitment argue that we cannot promise to... more...

  • The Vogue Factorby Kirstie Clements

    Guardian Faber Publishing 2013; US$ 4.36

    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...

  • The Dead Beatby Marilyn Johnson

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    Marilyn Johnson was enthralled by the remarkable lives that were marching out of this world?so she sought out the best obits in the English language and the people who spent their lives writing about the dead. She surveyed the darkest corners of Internet chat rooms, and made a pilgrimage to London to savor the most caustic and literate obits of all.... more...

  • A Good Talkby Daniel Menaker

    Grand Central Publishing 2010; US$ 19.18

    A GOOD TALK is an analysis of and guide to that most exclusively human of all activities-- conversation . Drawing on over forty years of experience in American letters, Menaker pinpoints the factors that drive and enliven every good conversation: the vagaries (and joys) of subtext; the deeper structure and meaning of conversational flow; the subliminal... more...