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Epigenetics: Linking Genotype and Phenotype in Development and Evolution

by Benedikt Hallgrímsson & Brian K. Hall

Illuminating the processes and patterns that link genotype to phenotype, epigenetics seeks to explain features, characters, and developmental mechanisms that can only be understood in terms of interactions that...


The School of Rome: Latin Studies and the Origins of Liberal Education

by W. Martin Bloomer

This fascinating cultural and intellectual history focuses on education as practiced by the imperial age Romans, looking at what they considered the value of education and its effect on children. W. Martin Bloomer...


From the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean: The Global Trade Networks of Armenian Merchants from New Julfa

by Sebouh David Aslanian

Drawing on a rich trove of documents, including correspondence not seen for 300 years, this study explores the emergence and growth of a remarkable global trade network operated by Armenian silk merchants from...


The Queen of Fats: Why Omega-3s Were Removed from the Western Diet and What We Can Do to Replace Them

by Susan Allport

A nutritional whodunit that takes readers from Greenland to Africa to Israel, The Queen of Fats gives a fascinating account of how we have become deficient in a nutrient that is essential for good health: the...


Venice Incognito: Masks in the Serene Republic

by James H. Johnson

"The entire town is disguised," declared a French tourist of eighteenth-century Venice. And, indeed, maskers of all ranks-nobles, clergy, imposters, seducers, con men-could be found mixing at every level of...


Parting Ways: New Rituals and Celebrations of Life's Passing

by Denise Carson

Parting Ways explores the emergence of new end-of-life rituals in America that celebrate the dying and reinvent the roles of family and community at the deathbed. Denise Carson contrasts her father's passing...


Manners and Mischief: Gender, Power, and Etiquette in Japan

by Jan Bardsley & Laura Miller

Offering a concise, entertaining snapshot of Japanese society, Manners and Mischief examines etiquette guides, advice literature, and other such instruction for behavior from the early modern period to the present...


Field Guide to Birds of the Northern California Coast

by Rich Stallcup & Jules Evens

The Northern California coast--from Monterey County to the Oregon border--is home to some of the richest avian habitats on the North American continent. Field Guide to Birds of the Northern California Coast...


Distant Strangers: How Britain Became Modern

by Nicholas James Vernon

What does it mean to live in the modern world? How different is that world from those that preceded it, and when did we become modern?

In Distant Strangers, James Vernon argues that the world was made modern...


Metropole

by Mr. Geoffrey G. O'Brien

Geoffrey G. O'Brien's third collection opens with a set of lyric experiments whose music and mutable syntax explore the social relations concealed in material things. O'Brien's poems measure the "vague cadence"...


The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century

by Grace Lee Boggs, Scott Kurashige & Dann Glover

A world dominated by America and driven by cheap oil, easy credit, and conspicuous consumption is unraveling before our eyes. In this powerful, deeply humanistic book, Grace Lee Boggs, a legendary figure in...


Holy Harlots: Femininity, Sexuality, and Black Magic in Brazil

by Kelly E. Hayes

Holy Harlots examines the intersections of social marginality, morality, and magic in contemporary Brazil by analyzing the beliefs and religious practices related to the Afro-Brazilian spirit entity Pomba Gira....


House on Fire: The Fight to Eradicate Smallpox

by William H. Foege

A story of courage and risk-taking, House on Fire tells how smallpox, a disease that killed, blinded, and scarred millions over centuries of human history, was completely eradicated in a spectacular triumph...


Tropics of Savagery: The Culture of Japanese Empire in Comparative Frame

by Robert Tierney

Tropics of Savagery is an incisive and provocative study of the figures and tropes of "savagery" in Japanese colonial culture. Through a rigorous analysis of literary works, ethnographic studies, and a variety...


Breadlines Knee-Deep in Wheat: Food Assistance in the Great Depression

by Janet Poppendieck

At no time during the Great Depression was the contradiction between agriculture surplus and widespread hunger more wrenchingly graphic than in the government's attempt to raise pork prices through the mass...


Shorebird Ecology, Conservation, and Management

by Dr. Mark A. Colwell

Shorebirds are model organisms for illustrating the principles of ecology and excellent subjects for research. Their mating systems are as diverse as any avian group, their migrations push the limits of endurance,...


Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up

by Mary Beard

What made the Romans laugh? Was ancient Rome a carnival, filled with practical jokes and hearty chuckles? Or was it a carefully regulated culture in which the uncontrollable excess of laughter was a force to...


Indispensable and Other Myths: Why the CEO Pay Experiment Failed and How to Fix It

by Michael Dorff

Prodded by economists in the 1970s, corporate directors began adding stock options and bonuses to the already-generous salaries of CEOs with hopes of boosting their companies' fortunes. Guided by largely unproven...


Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times

by Marianne Cooper

Cut Adrift makes an important and original contribution to the national conversation about inequality and risk in American society. Set against the backdrop of rising economic insecurity and rolled-up safety...


Rule of Experts: Egypt, Techno-Politics, Modernity

by Timothy Mitchell

Can one explain the power of global capitalism without attributing to capital a logic and coherence it does not have? Can one account for the powers of techno-science in terms that do not merely reproduce its...