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- Picador 2010; US$ 8.99
We may regard celebrities as deities, but that does not mean we worship them with deference. From prehistory to the present, humanity has possessed†a primal urge first to exalt the famous but then to cut them down (Michael Jackson, anyone?). Why do we treat the ones we love like burnt offerings in a ritual of human sacrifice? Perhaps because that... more...
- Knopf Canada 2011; US$ 17.95
A consideration of one of the Bible?s most powerful stories from a leading Israeli writer In this fascinating reexamination of the story of Samson, David Grossman goes beyond the surface of the familiar tale to look into what the life of this extraordinary man must have been like. What it felt like to have been ?chosen? to release his people from the... more...
- Random House 2012; US$ 15.98
Scotland's rich past and varied landscape have inspired an extraordinary array of legends and beliefs, and in The Lore of Scotland Jennifer Westwood and Sophia Kingshill bring together many of the finest and most intriguing: stories of heroes and bloody feuds, tales of giants, fairies, and witches, and accounts of local customs and traditions.... more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 2.99
A collection of spine-tingling Appalachian ghost stories and tall tales passed down from generation to generation.† Whether they tell of faucets that drip blood, monster catfish that lurk at the bottom of quarries, or strange lights on the mountaintop, these stories will make you--like the people who are sharing them--question what you believe. more...
- Constable & Robinson 2011; US$ 11.65
A Brief History of the Holy Grail charts the origins of the grail story from early Christian gospels through to eastern mysticism and the rise of medieval romances and Arthurian legends. The grail reappears once more in the story of the Crusades and in particular the rise and dramatic fall of the Knight Templars, who it is said were the guardians... more...
- Pan Macmillan UK 2010; US$ 9.99
Including King Arthur, The Minotaur, Inca legends and more! † In a time of war, of death and destruction, the world needs heroes. Arthur. Theseus. Geriguiaguiatugo. Their names are whispered on the wind ? tales of epic quests, of furious battles, beasts slain and the glory of victory . . . more...
- University of Tennessee Press 2008; US$ 24.95
?Mountain Homespun will be of special interest to those studying southern Appalachian handicrafts, the 1890s handicraft revival, and northern Protestant missionary work in turn-of-the-century Appalachia.? ?North Carolina Historical Review ?Mountain Homespun is much more than a memoir. It offers unrivaled specific information on the processes... more...
- St. Martin's Press 2002; US$ 8.99
Every city has its urban legends, its tall tales, and even its outright lies, and Hollywood and Los Angeles have enough to fill a book--and Paul Young has done just that. L.A. Exposed includes the facts behind the myths surrounding everything from the tall tales of tinsel town, to the legend and lore of LA landmarks, to rock n' roll rumors, to... more...
- Penguin Books Ltd 2002; US$ 20.78
Kormak's Saga, The Saga of Hallfred Troublesome-Poet, The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-Tongue, The Saga of Bjorn, Champion of the Hitardal People, Viglund's Saga Set in the farmsteads of Viking age Iceland at a time when the old ethos of honour and heroic adventure merged with new ideas of romantic infatuation, each of these sagas features poet heroes,... more...