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  • The Storytelling Animalby Jonathan Gottschall

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2012; US$ 14.03

    A provocative young scholar gives us the first book on the new science of storytelling: the latest thinking on why we tell stories, what stories reveal about human nature, what makes a story transporting, which plots and themes are universal, and what it means to have a storytelling brain?what are the implications for how we process information and... more...

  • David and Goliathby Malcolm Gladwell

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 14.09

    David and Goliath is the dazzling and provocative new book from Malcolm Gladwell, no.1 bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw Why do underdogs succeed so much more than we expect? How do the weak outsmart the strong? In David and Goliath Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a scintillating and surprising... more...

  • Religion and Popular Culture in Americaby Bruce David Forbes; Jeffrey H. Mahan

    University of California Press 2005; US$ 34.95 US$ 27.96

    The connection between American popular culture and religion is the subject of this multifaceted and innovative collection. In fourteen lively essays whose topics range from the divine feminine in The Da Vinci Code to Madonna's "Like a Prayer," and from the world of sports to the ways in which cyberculture has influenced traditional religions, this... more...

  • On Michael Jacksonby Margo Jefferson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2006; US$ 14.00

    Margo Jefferson?s On Michael Jackson is a lucid and elegant cultural analysis of the rise and fall of the King of Pop.An award-winning cultural critic, Jefferson brings an unexpected compassion as well as her sharp intellect and incomparable insight to Jackson?s 2005 trial for child molestation, startling us with her erudite illumination of a media-drenched... more...

  • Design: A Very Short Introductionby John Heskett

    OUP Oxford 2005; US$ 7.99 US$ 6.87

    This book will transform the way you think about design by showing how integral it is to our daily lives, from the spoon we use to eat our breakfast cereal to the medical equipment used to save lives. John Heskett goes beyond style and taste to look at how different cultures and individuals personalise objects. more...

  • Alice in Wonderland and Philosophyby William Irwin; Richard Brian Davis

    Wiley 2009; US$ 18.95 US$ 13.27

    The perfect companion to Lewis Carroll's classic book and director Tim Burton's March 2010 remake of Alice in Wonderland Alice?s Adventures in Wonderland has fascinated children and adults alike for generations. Why does Lewis Carroll introduce us to such oddities as blue caterpillars who smoke hookahs, cats whose grins remain after their heads... more...

  • Can't Stop Won't Stopby Jeff Chang; D.J. Kool Herc

    St. Martin's Press 2007; US$ 20.99

    Can't Stop Won't Stop is a powerful cultural and social history of the end of the American century, and a provocative look into the new world that the hip-hop generation created. Forged in the fires of the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip-hop became the Esperanto of youth rebellion and a generation-defining movement. In a post-civil rights era... more...

  • East Asian Pop Cultureby Beng Huat Chua; Koichi Iwabuchi

    Hong Kong University Press, HKU 2008; US$ 60.00

    This volume provides, collectively, a multi-layered analysis of the emerging East Asian media culture, using the Korean TV drama as its analytic vehicle. more...

  • Cultural Studies and Cultural Industries in Northeast Asiaby Chris Berry; Nicola Liscutin; Jonathan D. Mackintosh

    Hong Kong University Press, HKU 2009; US$ 50.00

    Highlights how regional popular cultures and creative industries have become globally powerful, analyzing gender and labor issues amid differing regulatory frameworks of cultural production and piracy in Asia. more...

  • Freakonomicsby Steven D. Levitt; Stephen J. Dubner

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 14.09

    Cult bestseller, new buzz word... Freakonomics is at the heart of everything we see and do and the subjects that bedevil us daily: from parenting to crime, sport to politics, fat to cheating, fear to traffic jams. Asking provocative and profound questions about human motivation and contemporary living and reaching some astonishing conclusions, Freakonomics... more...