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  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Downby Anne Fadiman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1998; US$ 15.99

    Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction When three-month-old Lia Lee Arrived at the county hospital emergency room in Merced, California, a chain of events was set in motion from which neither she nor her parents nor her doctors would ever recover. Lia's parents, Foua and Nao Kao, were part of a large Hmong community in Merced,... more...

  • Worldwide Variation in Human Growthby Phyllis B. Eveleth; James M. Tanner

    Cambridge University Press 1991; US$ 48.00

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  • Remediosby Joanne B. Mulcahy

    Trinity University Press 2011; US$ 9.99

    Former President Ronald Reagan called Eva Castellanoz a "national treasure" when he awarded her an NEA National Heritage Fellowship in 1987. Featured in National Geographic, National Public Radio, and numerous other publications, Castellanoz is celebrated as a folk artist, community activist and a curandera , a traditional Mexican healer who uses... more...

  • Coffee Life in Japanby Merry White

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 29.95

    This fascinating book?part ethnography, part memoir?traces Japan?s vibrant café society over one hundred and thirty years. Merry White traces Japan?s coffee craze from the turn of the twentieth century, when Japan helped to launch the Brazilian coffee industry, to the present day, as uniquely Japanese ways with coffee surface in Europe and America.... more...

  • Planet Tacoby Jeffrey M. Pilcher

    Oxford University Press, USA 2012; US$ 18.99

    As late as the 1960s, tacos were virtually unknown outside Mexico and the American Southwest. Within fifty years the United States had shipped taco shells everywhere from Alaska to Australia, Morocco to Mongolia. But how did this tasty hand-held food--and Mexican food more broadly--become so ubiquitous?In Planet Taco, Jeffrey Pilcher traces the historical... more...

  • Making Tea, Making Japanby Kristin Surak

    Stanford University Press 2012; US$ 24.95

    The tea ceremony persists as one of the most evocative symbols of Japan. Originally a pastime of elite warriors in premodern society, it was later recast as an emblem of the modern Japanese state, only to be transformed again into its current incarnation, largely the hobby of middle-class housewives. How does the cultural practice of a few come to... more...

  • Rural Aging in 21st Century Americaby Nina Glasgow; E. Helen Berry; J. V. Oh Edmund

    Springer Netherlands 2012; US$ 189.00

    This book examines features of rural aging across economic, racial, ethnic, migration and other structures and patterns, with a focus on debunking myths and an emphasis on opportunities and challenges experienced by older populations in rural places. more...

  • In Search of Respectby Philippe Bourgois

    Cambridge University Press 2002; US$ 24.00

    This new edition brings this study of inner-city life up to date. more...

  • Sapiensby Yuval Noah Harari

    HarperCollins 2015; US$ 19.99

    New York Times Bestseller From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity?s creation and evolution?a #1 international bestseller?that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be ?human.? One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species... more...

  • Food: A Very Short Introductionby John Krebs

    OUP Oxford 2013; US$ 7.99

    Drawing on a mixture of science and history, Professor Lord John Krebs looks at the development of food and the four great transitions that affected the way we eat. From issues such as the obesity crisis and sustainable agriculture to food scares and the role of new technologies, Krebs provides a fascinating exploration of the history of human food. more...