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Gatecrasher

by Ben Widdicombe Simon & Schuster (July 07, 2020)

A smart, gossipy, and very funny examination of celebrity culture from New York’s premiere social columnist.

Ben Widdicombe is the only writer to have worked for Page Six, TMZ, and The New York Times--an unusual...


The Substance of Civilization

by Stephen L. Sass Arcade (September 28, 2011)

The story of human civilization can be read most deeply in the materials we have found or created, used or abused. They have dictated how we build, eat, communicate, wage war, create art, travel, and worship....


Unlocking the Past

by Martin Jones Arcade (July 12, 2016)

In Unlocking the Past, Martin Jones, a leading expert at the forefront of bioarchaeologythe discipline that gave Michael Crichton the premise for Jurassic Parkexplains how this pioneering science is rewriting...


I Cover the Waterfront

by Max Miller Skyhorse (September 02, 2014)

Distinctive, original, fresh in in tone and manner, with a quaint whimsicality of feeling and expression."The New York Times

Life on the Western waterfront has always fascinated Max Miller, a special reporter...


Living Through the Dead

by Maureen Carroll & Jane Rempel Oxbow Books (March 31, 2011)

This volume investigates the archaeology of death and commemoration through thematically linked case studies drawn from the Classical world. These investigations stress the processes of burial and commemoration...


Anthropological Approaches to Zooarchaeology

by Douglas V. Campana, Pamela Crabtree, S. D. deFrance & Justin Lev-Tov Oxbow Books (December 15, 2010)

Animals in complex human societies are often both meal and symbol, related to everyday practice and ritual. People in such societies may be characterized as having unequal access to such resources, or else the...


Guess Who's Coming To Dinner

by Gonzalo Aranda Jimenez, Sandra Montón-Subias & Margarita Sánchez Romero Oxbow Books (August 30, 2011)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner examines how specific types of food were prepared and eaten during feasting rituals in prehistoric Europe and the Near East. Such rituals allowed people to build and maintain their...


Ethnozooarchaeology

by Umberto Albarella & Angela Trentacoste Oxbow Books (April 15, 2011)

This book examines how the study of human-animal relations can help us interpret archaeological evidence. An international range of contributors examines fishing, hunting and husbandry, slaughtering and butchering,...


The Ritual Killing and Burial of Animals

by Aleksander Pluskowski Oxbow Books (November 15, 2011)

The killing and burial of animals in ritualistic contexts is encountered across Europe from Prehistory through to the historical period. This volume presents the state of research across Europe to illustrate...


China's New Youth

by Alec Ash & Karoline Kan Arcade (June 02, 2020)

“Paints a telling portrait of this most restless generation raised in a system that has provided them with unprecedented personal opportunities while denying them political ones. . . . A gifted observer.”—...


Entanglement

by Emma Tarlo Oneworld Publications (October 06, 2016)

Winner of the Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing 2017

Journeying around the globe, through past and present, Emma Tarlo unravels the intriguing story of human hair and what it tells us about ourselves...


Skin Deep

by Gavin Evans Oneworld Publications (August 29, 2019)

Racial differences are rooted in biological reality, right? That’s certainly what a small group of anthropologists, psychologists and pundits would have you believe. Portraying themselves as brave defenders...


Kicking the Kremlin

by Marc Bennetts Oneworld Publications (February 06, 2014)

In the freezing winter of 2011, in what was a watershed moment, 100,000 took to Moscow's streets to protest Putin's landslide election victory amid widespread allegations of corruption and vote-rigging. A few...


The Memory Code

by Lynne Kelly Pegasus Books (February 07, 2017)

In ancient, pre-literate cultures across the globe, tribal elders had encyclopedic memories. They could name all the animals and plants across a landscape, identify the stars in the sky, and recite the history...


Islam and Romanticism

by Jeffrey Einboden Oneworld Academic (November 06, 2014)

Revealing Islam’s formative influence on literary Romanticism, this book recounts a lively narrative of religious and aesthetic exchange, mapping the impact of Muslim sources on the West’s most seminal authors....


The Accidental Homo Sapiens

by Ian Tattersall & Robert DeSalle Pegasus Books (April 02, 2019)

What happens now that human population has outpaced biological natural selection? Two leading scientists reveal how we became who we are—and what we might become.

When we think of evolution, the image that...


Magic

by Robert Ralley Oneworld Publications (December 01, 2012)

The mysterious art of magic has been a source of wonderment since before the time of Christ. Shape shifting between the supernatural practices of 'real' magic and demonstrations of dazzling illusion, magic has...


The Archipelago of Hope

by Gleb Raygorodetsky Pegasus Books (November 07, 2017)

While our politicians argue, the truth is that climate change is already here. Nobody knows this better than Indigenous peoples who, having developed an intimate relationship with ecosystems over generations,...


The Poppy

by Nicholas J. Saunders Oneworld Publications (October 01, 2013)

In the aftermath of the horrific trench warfare of the First World War, the poppy - sprouting across the killing fields of France and Belgium, then immortalised in John McCrae's moving poem - became a worldwide...


Anthropology

by Joy Hendry & Simon Underdown Oneworld Publications (August 01, 2012)

In this illuminating tour of humanity, Joy Hendry and Simon Underdown reveal the origins of our species, and the fabric of human society, through the discipline of anthropology. Via fascinating case studies...


Progress

by Johan Norberg Oneworld Publications (April 06, 2017)

A Book of the Year for The Economist and the Observer

Our world seems to be collapsing. The daily news cycle reports the deterioration: divisive politics across the Western world, racism, poverty, war, inequality,...


Death's Summer Coat

by Brandy Schillace Pegasus Books (January 15, 2016)

Death is something we all confront--it touches our families, our homes, our hearts. And yet we have grown used to denying its existence, treating it as an enemy to be beaten back with medical advances.We are...


Buzz

by Hallie Lieberman Pegasus Books (November 07, 2017)

In the vein of Mary Roach's Bonk, a brilliant microhistory of the sex toy that ultimately tells the story of our changing sexual mores and evolving cultural values. 

Once only whispered about in clandestine...


Sovietistan

by Erika Fatland Pegasus Books (January 07, 2020)

Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan became free of the Soviet Union in 1991. But though they are new to modern statehood, this is a region rich in ancient history, culture, and landscapes...


The Friendship Cure

by Kate Leaver Abrams Press (October 22, 2018)

Our best friends, Twitter followers, gal-pals, bromances, Facebook friends, and long distance buddies define us in ways we rarely openly acknowledge. But as a society, we are simultaneously terrified of being...


Selfie

by Will Storr Abrams Press (April 01, 2019)

We are living in an age of heightened individualism. Success is a personal responsibility. Our culture tells us that to succeed is to be slim, rich, happy, extroverted, popular--flawless. We have become self-obsessed....


Book Review: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

by 50Minutes 50Minutes.com (April 03, 2019)

It can be hard for busy professionals to find the time to read the latest books. Stay up to date in a fraction of the time with this concise guide.

As its name suggests, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind...