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  • 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...

  • Southern Ladies & Gentlemenby Florence King

    St. Martin's Press 1993; US$ 17.99

    Looking for guidance in understanding the ways and means of Southern culture? Look no further. Florence King's celebrated field guide to the land below the Mason-Dixon Line is now blissfully back in print, just in time for the Clinton era. The Failed Souther Lady's classic primer on Dixie manners captures such storied types as the Southern Woman... more...

  • Insatiableby Jason Fagone

    Random House 2011; US$ 10.54

    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...

  • 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...

  • Funeral Festivals in Americaby Jacqueline S. Thursby

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    When Evelyn Waugh wrote The Loved One (1948) as a satire of the elaborate preparations and memorialization of the dead taking place in his time, he had no way of knowing how extraordinarily creative and technical human funerary practices would become. Jacqueline S. Thursby explores how modern American funerals and their accompanying rituals seem meant... more...

  • Playing Deadby Montana Miller

    University Press of Colorado 2013; US$ 25.95

    As the Grim Reaper pulls a student out of class to be a ?victim? of drunk driving in a program called ?Every 15 Minutes,? Montana Miller observes the ritual through a folklorist?s lens. Playing Dead examines why hundreds of American schools and communities each year organize these mock tragedies without any national sponsorship or coordination.... more...

  • The Essential Bathroom Bookby Joseph Baxter

    Summersdale Publishers Ltd. 2005; US$ 8.99

    From toilets in the Bible to bathroom habits, from Roman baths to modern Japanese bathroom technology, 'The Essential Bathroom Book' reveals the history behind the bathroom door. With bathroom superstition, soaps and showers, this little book is packed with fascinating facts. more...

  • Fifteen Candlesby Adriana V. Lopez

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 12.99

    For the uninitiated, the quinceañera celebrates the passage of a fifteen-year-old girl into adulthood: It's a bit bat mitzvah with a dash of debutante ball, and loaded with the same potential for hilarity and adolescent angst. In this original anthology, fifteen of the brightest and funniest Latino writers, men and women alike, share their own memories... more...

  • After the Fireby Paul Zimmer

    University of Minnesota Press 2002; US$ 23.00

    After the Fire is the story of the poet Paul Zimmer?s journey from his boyhood in Canton, Ohio, and his days as a soldier during atomic tests in the Nevada desert, to his many years as a writer and publisher, and the rural tranquility of his present life. Zimmer juxtaposes timeless rustic subjects with flashbacks to key moments: his first and only... more...

  • Money and Liberationby Peter North

    University of Minnesota Press 2007; US$ 75.00

    Money and Liberation examines the experiences of groups who have tried to build a more equitable world by inventing new forms of money. Presenting profiles of the trading networks that have been constructed, including Local Exchange Trading Schemes (England), and Green Dollars (New Zealand), Peter North shows how the use of currency has been redefined... more...