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  • Beauty Upby Laura Miller

    University of California Press 2006; US$ 15.95

    This engaging introduction to Japan's burgeoning beauty culture investigates a wide range of phenomenon?aesthetic salons, dieting products, male beauty activities, and beauty language?to find out why Japanese women and men are paying so much attention to their bodies. Laura Miller uses social science and popular culture sources to connect breast enhancements,... more...

  • A 1950s Childhoodby Paul Feeney

    The History Press 2010; US$ 4.36

    Do you remember Pathe News? Taking the train to the seaside? The purple stains of iodine on the knees of boys in short trousers? Knitted bathing costumes? Then the chances are you were born in or around 1950. This delightful compendium of memories will appeal to all who grew up in this post-war decade, whether in town or country, wealth or poverty.... more...

  • To Seek Out New Worldsby Jutta Weldes

    Palgrave Macmillan 2003; US$ 41.00

    This volume explores the science fiction/world politics intertext. Through detailed analyses of such texts as Blade Runner, Stalker, Star Trek, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the chapters in this volume examine the complex and sometimes contradictory relations between world politics, both as discipline and as practice, and discourses of science fiction.... more...

  • Mobile Technologiesby Gerard Goggin; Larissa Hjorth

    Taylor and Francis 2009; US$ 54.95

    In light of emerging forms of software, interfaces, cultures of uses, and media practices associated with mobile media, this collection investigates the various ways in which mobile media is developing in different cultural, linguistic, social, and national settings. Specifically, contributors consider the promises and politics of mobile media and... more...

  • Mr. Wilson's Cabinet Of Wonderby Lawrence Weschler

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 14.95

    Pronged ants, horned humans, a landscape carved on a fruit pit--some of the displays in David Wilson's Museum of Jurassic Technology are hoaxes. But which ones? As he guides readers through an intellectual hall of mirrors, Lawrence Weschler revisits the 16th-century "wonder cabinets" that were the first museums and compels readers to examine the imaginative... more...

  • Elements of Witby Benjamin Errett

    Penguin Group US 2014; US$ 9.99

    Got wit? We?ve all been in that situation where we need to say something clever, but innocuous; smart enough to show some intelligence, without showing off; something funny, but not a joke. What we need in that moment is wit?that sparkling combination of charm, humor, confidence, and most of all, the right words at the right time. Elements... more...

  • Scandals of Classic Hollywoodby Anne Helen Petersen

    Penguin Group US 2014; US$ 9.99

    Gossip meets history?a compulsively readable collection of Hollywood's most notorious clashes and controversies in the spirit of Hollywood Babylon Believe it or not, America's fascination with celebrity culture was thriving well before the days of TMZ, Perez Hilton, Charlie Sheen's breakdown and allegations against Woody Allen. And the stars... more...

  • Uganda - Culture Smart!by Ian Clarke

    Kuperard 2014; US$ 4.95

    Once notorious for the tyranny of Idi Amin, immortalized in the film The Last King of Scotland , Uganda has, for the last twenty-six years or so, struggled to overcome its negative image. It has largely been successful. Rated the best country to visit in 2012, it was one named of the best tourist destinations of 2013 by National Geographic magazine.... more...

  • Visions of Precarity in Japanese Popular Culture and Literatureby Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt; Roman Rosenbaum

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 145.00

    Recent natural as well as man-made cataclysmic events have dramatically changed the status quo of contemporary Japanese society, and following the Asia-Pacific war?s never-ending ?postwar? period, Japan has been dramatically forced into a zeitgeist of saigo or ?post-disaster.? This radically new worldview has significantly altered the socio-political... more...

  • Impolite Conversationsby Cora Daniels; John L. Jackson

    Atria Books 2014; Not Available

    When was the last time you said everything on your mind without holding back? In this no-holds-barred discussion of America?s top hot-button issues, a journalist and a cultural anthropologist express opinions that are widely held in private?but rarely heard in public. Everyone edits what they say. It?s a part of growing up. But what if we applied... more...