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  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Downby Anne Fadiman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1998; US$ 10.50

    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...

  • Confederates in the Atticby Tony Horwitz

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 17.00

    National Bestseller  For all who remain intrigued by the legacy of the Civil War -- reenactors, battlefield visitors, Confederate descendants and other Southerners, history fans, students of current racial conflicts, and more -- this ten-state adventure is part travelogue, part social commentary and always good-humored. “Splendid.” –Roy Blount,... more...

  • Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witchesby Marvin Harris

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 17.00

    One of America's leading anthropolgists offers solutions to the perplexing question of why people behave the way they do. Why do Hindus worship cows? Why do Jews and Moslems refuse to eat pork? Why did so many people in post-medieval Europe believe in witches? Marvin Harris answers these and other perplexing questions about human behavior, showing... more...

  • Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmasby Ace Collins

    Zondervan 2010; US$ 12.79

    The fascinating stories and origins behind Christmas traditions such as the colors of red and green, the Christmas tree, caroling, nativity scenes, the Yule log, gift-giving, stockings, advent wreaths, mistletoe, and holly. more...

  • Magic Before Christmasby Christine Feehan

    Little, Brown Book Group 2013; US$ 10.99

    From bestselling author Christina Feehan comes two stunning stories from the Drake Sisters series. Combined into one edition, Magic in the Wind and The Twilight Before Christmas are the perfect duo for the holiday season . . . more...

  • Islam Is a Foreign Countryby Zareena Grewal

    NYU Press 2013; US$ 25.00

    “A powerful, lyrical, and boldly rendered book… Profound and compelling ethnography.” – Junaid Rana, author of Terrifying Muslims more...

  • The Vogue Factorby Kirstie Clements

    Guardian Faber Publishing 2013; US$ 7.28

    The Vogue Factor is her candid account of life at the heart of the fashion industry, from photo shoots and celebrity interviews to the ugly truth behind the glamour - infighting, back-stabbing and the dangerous pursuit of beauty. This is the behind-the-scenes story of an illustrious career in fashion, from receptionist to the editor's chair. It's... more...

  • A Good Talkby Daniel Menaker

    Grand Central Publishing 2010; US$ 20.00

    A GOOD TALK is an analysis of and guide to that most exclusively human of all activities-- conversation . Drawing on over forty years of experience in American letters, Menaker pinpoints the factors that drive and enliven every good conversation: the vagaries (and joys) of subtext; the deeper structure and meaning of conversational flow; the subliminal... more...

  • Chu Hsi's "Family Rituals"by Chu Hsi; Patricia Buckley Ebrey

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 37.95 US$ 34.53

    Compiled by the great Neo-Confucian philosopher Chu Hsi (1130-1200), the Family Rituals is a manual for the private performance of the standard Chinese family rituals: initiations, weddings, funerals, and sacrifices to ancestral spirits. This translation makes the work, which is the most important text of its kind in the last thousand years of Chinese... more...

  • A Foxfire Christmasby Eliot Wigginton

    The University of North Carolina Press 2010; US$ 14.99

    New in paperback This captivating book of recollections celebrates the holiday traditions of Appalachian families as passed from one generation to the next. Based on Foxfire students' interviews with neighbors and family members, the memories shared here are from a simpler time, when gifts were fewer but perhaps more precious, and holiday tables... more...