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

    St. Martin's Press 2007; US$ 14.00

    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...

  • In Defense of Foodby Michael Pollan

    Penguin Publishing Group 2008; US$ 17.00

    #1 New York Times Bestseller from the author of How to Change Your Mind, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and Food Rules  Food. There's plenty of it around, and we all love to eat it. So why should anyone need to defend it? Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion--most of what we’re... more...

  • A 1960s Childhoodby Paul Feeney

    The History Press 2010; US$ 12.49

    Do you remember Beatlemania? Radio Caroline? Mods and Rockers? The very first miniskirts? Then the chances are you were born in the or around 1960. To the young people of today, the 1960s seems like another age. But for those who grew up in this decade, school life, 'mod' fashions and sixties pop music are still fresh in their minds. From James Bond... more...

  • The World of Downton Abbeyby Jessica Fellowes; Julian Fellowes

    St. Martin's Press 2011; US$ 24.49

    A lavish look at the real world--both the secret history and the behind-the-scenes drama--of the spellbinding Emmy Award-winning Masterpiece TV series Downton Abbey April 1912. The sun is rising behind Downton Abbey, a great and splendid house in a great and splendid park. So secure does it appear that it seems as if the way it represents will... more...

  • On Paradise Driveby David Brooks

    Simon & Schuster 2004; US$ 11.99

    The author of the acclaimed bestseller Bobos in Paradise, which hilariously described the upscale American culture, takes a witty look at how being American shapes us, and how America's suburban civilization will shape the world's future. Take a look at Americans in their natural habitat. You see suburban guys at Home Depot doing that special manly,... more...

  • Saving the Modern Soulby Eva Illouz

    University of California Press 2008; US$ 34.95

    The language of psychology is all-pervasive in American culture—from The Sopranos to Oprah, from the abundance of self-help books to the private consulting room, and from the support group to the magazine advice column. Saving the Modern Soul examines the profound impact of therapeutic discourse on our lives and on our contemporary notions of... more...

  • Understanding Digital Cultureby Vincent Miller

    SAGE Publications 2011; US$ 44.00

    An account of digital culture in everyday life that explains the social, economic and cultural dimensions of the information society. more...

  • Amusing the Millionby John F. Kasson

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 11.90

    Coney Island: the name still resonates with a sense of racy Brooklyn excitement, the echo of beach-front popular entertainment before World War I. Amusing the Million examines the historical context in which Coney Island made its reputation as an amusement park and shows how America's changing social and economic conditions formed the basis of a... more...

  • Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Sagaby Hunter S. Thompson

    Random House Publishing Group 2012; US$ 17.00

    Gonzo journalist and literary roustabout Hunter S. Thompson flies with the angels—Hell’s Angels, that is—in this short work of nonfiction.   “California, Labor Day weekend . . . early, with ocean fog still in the streets, outlaw motorcyclists wearing chains, shades and greasy Levis roll out from damp garages, all-night diners and cast-off one-night... more...

  • Lost at Seaby Jon Ronson

    Penguin Publishing Group 2012; US$ 16.00

    The New York Times –bestselling author of The Psychopath Test , Jon Ronson writes about the dark, uncanny sides of humanity with clarity and humor. Lost at Sea reveals how deep our collective craziness lies, even in the most mundane circumstances. Ronson investigates the strange things we’re willing to believe in, from lifelike robots programmed... more...