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The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World's Strangest Syndromes

by Frank Bures

Jon Ronson meets David Grann in this fascinating, wildly entertaining adventure and travel story about how culture can make us go totally insane

The Geography of Madness is an investigation of "culture-bound"...


The Fires of Spring

by Shelly Culbertson

The "Arab Spring" all started when a young Tunisian fruit-seller set himself on fire in protest of a government official confiscating his apples without cause and slapping his face. The aftermath of that one...


The Bonjour Effect

by Julie Barlow & Jean-Benoit Nadeau

Jean-Benoît Nadeau and Julie Barlow spent a decade traveling back and forth to Paris as well as living there. Yet one important lesson never seemed to sink in: how to communicate comfortably with the French,...


Unsettled: Denial and Belonging Among White Kenyans

by Janet McIntosh

In 1963, Kenya gained independence from Britain, ending nearly seventy years of white colonial rule. Many whites relocated outside Kenya, but some stayed. Over the past decade, however, protests, scandals, and...


The Minor Intimacies of Race: Asian Publics in North America

by Christine Kim

Race, emotional states of intimacy, and social publics among Asian Canadians and Asian Americans


Sensitive Space: Fragmented Territory at the India-Bangladesh Border

by Jason Cons

Enclaves along the India-Bangladesh border have posed conceptual and pragmatic challenges to both states since Partition in 1947. These pieces of India inside of Bangladesh, and vice versa, are spaces in which...


Ritual Gone Wrong

Trash Talks

What I Saw in America

by G. K. Chesterton

This early work by G. K. Chesterton was originally published in 1922. Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London in 1874. He studied at the Slade School of Art, and upon graduating began to work as a freelance...


Utopia of Usurers and Other Essays

by G. K. Chesterton

This early work by G. K. Chesterton was originally published in 1917. Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London in 1874. He studied at the Slade School of Art, and upon graduating began to work as a freelance...


Regulating Romance: Youth Love Letters, Moral Anxiety, and Intervention in Uganda's Time of AIDS

Concrete Jungles

Buddhist Symbols in Tibetan Culture: An Investigation of the Nine Best-Known Groups of Symbols

by Loden Sherap Dagyab, Maurice Walshe & Robert Thurman

 

In this fascinating study, Dagyab Rinpoche not only explains the nine best-known groups of Tibetan Buddhist symbols but also shows how they serve as bridges between our inner and outer worlds. As such, they...


House of Lost Worlds: Dinosaurs, Dynasties, and the Story of Life on Earth

by Richard Conniff

This fascinating book tells the story of how one museum changed ideas about dinosaurs, dynasties, and even the story of life on earth. The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, now celebrating its 150th anniversary,...


The 5 Human Types: How to read people using the science of Human Analysis (Complete Volumes 1-7)

by Elsie Benedict

Human Analysis differs from every other system of character analysis in that it classifies man into five types according to his biological evolution. No person achieves success or happiness when compelled to...


We Are All Cannibals: And Other Essays

by Claude Levi-Strauss, Jane Marie Todd & Maurice Olender

On Christmas Eve 1951, Santa Claus was hanged and then publicly burned outside of the Cathedral of Dijon in France. That same decade, ethnologists began to study the indigenous cultures of central New Guinea,...


Here's to My Sweet Satan: How the Occult Haunted Music, Movies and Pop Culture, 1966-1980

by George Case

A sweeping and masterful cultural history, "Here's to My Sweet Satan" tells how the Occult conquered the American imagination, weaving together topics as diverse as the birth of heavy metal, 1970s horror films,...


Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Out of Australia Theory

by Steven Leonard Strong & Evan William Strong

It has often been said that humanity’s history is a fabrication, littered with lies and omissions, but this has never been conclusively proven, until now. What has been recently found in Australia is unequivocal...


Hiding in Plain Sight: The Pursuit of War Criminals from Nuremberg to the War on Terror

by Eric Stover, Victor Peskin & Alexa Koenig

Hiding in Plain Sight tells the story of the global effort to apprehend the world’s most wanted fugitives. Beginning with the flight of tens of thousands of Nazi war criminals and their collaborators after...


The Epic Distilled