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  • The Hogmanay Companionby Hugh Douglas; Keith Horrox

    Neil Wilson Publishing 2011; US$ 14.57

    How many times have you wondered about the origins of New Year's Eve, or Hogmanay as the Scots term it? This book reveals all as Hugh Douglas takes the reader from the remotest beginnings of this festival through the more recent developments in the 18th and 19th centuries right up to the millennium. There are many surprises in store for the unwary... more...

  • Egyptian Customs And Festivalsby Samia Abdennour

    The American University in Cairo Press 2007; US$ 8.99

    How do Egyptian Muslims celebrate Ramadan? How do Copts Egyptian Christians celebrate Easter? What should you expect to find on the table when invited to eat in an Egyptian home? What do you say when an Egyptian colleague sneezes? Exactly what do Egyptians do with a mortar and pestle, a sieve, and a bag of nuts seven days after the birth of a baby?... more...

  • The Crofter and the Lairdby John McPhee; James Graves

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 16.99

    This is the account of the author's return with his wife and four daughters to the land of his ancestors, the tiny Scottish island of Colonsay, twenty-five miles west of the Scottish mainland. This engaging volume gives us a lens clear view of island life and the people on it. more...

  • Dimersions of Japanese Societyby Kenneth Henshall

    Palgrave Macmillan 1999; US$ 67.00

    Japan remains one of the most intriguing yet least understood nations. In a much needed, balanced and comprehensive analysis, among other remarkable revelations, this book presents for the first time a vital key to understanding the organisation of Japan's society and the behaviour of its people. The Japanese are not driven by a universal morality... more...

  • The English Yearby Steve Roud

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; Not Available

    This enthralling book will take you, month-by-month, day-by-day, through all the festivities of English life. From national celebrations such as New Year?s Eve to regional customs such as the Padstow Hobby Horse procession, cheese rolling in Gloucestershire and Easter Monday bottle kicking in Leeds, it explains how they originated, what they mean... more...

  • Insatiableby Jason Fagone

    Random House 2011; US$ 11.18

    Bill 'EL Wingador' Simmons, Sonya 'The Black Widow' Thomas, David 'Coondog' O'Karma, Bill 'EL Wingador' Simmons, Sonya 'The Black Widow' Thomas, David 'Coondog' O'Karma, Eric 'Badlands' Booker, Timothy 'Eater X' Janus - just a few of the stars of one of America's fastest growing sports: competitive eating. In a country in which a third of the population... more...

  • In the Country of Countryby Nicholas Dawidoff

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 18.95

    From the author of the bestselling The Catcher Was a Spy comes an exhilarating exploration of the performers, places, and experiences which form country music--a genre which is uniquely and authentically American. 40 photos. From the Hardcover edition. more...

  • Sketchy Santasby Will Zweigart

    Gallery Books 2010; Not Available

    Ho, ho, huh? Who?s that excessively jolly fellow with the fake beard, shifty eyes, sweaty hands, and boozy breath? Why, it?s not just Santa but sketchy Santa! Yes, ?tis the season for awkward photos of small children posed precariously on the laps of some of the most clownish, irritable, and just plain weird-looking Santa wannabes?guys you?d give... more...

  • My Dad Is a Broby The Editors of BroBible.com

    Gallery Books 2011; Not Available

    DAD IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MAN IN A BRO?S LIFE. He teaches you how to swing a baseball bat, grill a steak, and master a stick shift. Dad helps you laugh off a breakup, guides you on big decisions, and doesn?t tell your Mom when he catches you hooking up with a girl?yet still warns you to ?wrap it up? because he?s ?not ready to be a grandfather.?... more...

  • Rudeness and Civilityby John F. Kasson

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1991; US$ 26.99

    With keen insight and subtle humor, John F. Kasson explores the history and politics of etiquette from America's colonial times through the nineteenth century. He describes the transformation of our notion of "gentility," once considered a birthright to some, and the development of etiquette as a middle-class response to the new urban and industrial... more...