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  • A Good Talkby Daniel Menaker

    Grand Central Publishing 2010; Not Available

    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...

  • 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": A Twelfth-Century Chinese Manual for the Performance of Cappings, Weddings, Funerals, and Ancestral Ritesby Chu Hsi; Patricia Buckley Ebrey

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 33.00

    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...

  • Maori Tattooingby H. G. Robley

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 14.95

    This classic of ethnography describes Maori tattooing (moko), which communicates the bearer's genealogy, tribal affiliation, and spirituality. This definitive study relates how moko first became known to Europeans and discusses the distinctions between men and women's moko, patterns and designs, and moko in legend and song. Features 180 black-and-white... more...

  • Thomas Nast's Christmas Drawingsby Thomas Nast

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 9.95

    Thomas Nast (1840?1902) created the images of Santa Claus which we recognize today. Here are his best-known illustrations of Santa Claus and Christmas. Included are his drawings of Santa perched atop snowy chimneys and his patriotic Civil War drawing, "Santa Claus in Camp." Here are the first illustrations of Santa's workshop at the North Pole, of... more...

  • Emily Post's Table Manners for Kidsby Cindy Post Senning; Steve Bjorkman; Peggy Post

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 12.99

    Which fork do I use? How do you use chopsticks? Is it okay to answer my cell phone during dinner? What is the polite way to eat spaghetti? These and other important questions are answered in this handy guide to eating without grossing people out. Pretty much everything you need to know to get you through any meal is here?from table settings,... more...

  • The Book of Teaby Kakuzo Okakura

    The Floating Press 1906; US$ 7.99

    The Book of Tea discusses the impact of "Teaism" on all aspects of Japanese culture and life. Kakuzo elaborates on the relationship between tea ceremony and Zen and Taoism. He also talks about the tea masters and their contribution to the tea ceremony. Kakuzo spoke English from an early age, and so was able to make his writings accessible... 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...

  • Mauritius Society & Culture Complete Reportby World Trade Press

    World Trade Press 2010; US$ 28.50

    Need to know it all? Our all-inclusive culture report for Mauritius will get up to speed on all aspects of culture in Mauritius, including lifecycle, religion, women, superstitions & folklore, sports, holidays & festivals, and etiquette. more...

  • Papua New Guinea Society & Culture Complete Reportby World Trade Press

    World Trade Press 2010; US$ 28.50

    Need to know it all? Our all-inclusive culture report for Papua New Guinea will get up to speed on all aspects of culture in Papua New Guinea, including lifecycle, religion, women, superstitions & folklore, sports, holidays & festivals, and etiquette. more...