Manners and Customs
Love and a New Life in Paris
Paperback ISBN: 1592400825
A Sydney journalist recounts her unexpected move to Paris, during which she fell in love and came to cherish the city's charm, fashion, food, paradoxes, and dinner parties. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
A Short History of Private Life
Paperback ISBN: 0767919394
From one of the most beloved authors of our time—more than six million copies of his books have been sold in this country alone—a fascinating excursion into the history behind the place we call home. “Houses aren’t refuges from history. They are where history ends up.” Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.” The bathroom provides the occasion for a history of hygiene; the bedroom, sex, death, and sleep; the kitchen, nutrition and the spice trade; and so on, as Bryson shows how each has figured in the evolution of private life. Whatever happens in the world, he demonstrates, ends up in our house, in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture. Bill Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and he is a master at turning the seemingly isolated or mundane fact into an occasion for the most diverting exposition imaginable. His wit and sheer prose fluency make At Home one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life. From the Hardcover edition.
A Beginner's Guide to Japan
Observations and Provocations
Hardcover ISBN: 0451493958
A lyrical guide to the enigma of contemporary Japan by the author of The Art of Stillness draws on more than three decades of residence and his local friendships to share unexpected, incisive glimpses into Japan
The Book of the Year
A Brief History of Our Seasonal Holidays
Hardcover ISBN: 0195150244
An engaging, entertaining reference to modern holidays explains the origins of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, witches, and St. Valentine's Day as it discusses holiday traditions, celebrations, customs, and more.
Complete Lyrics for over 185 Songs
Paperback ISBN: 1423411919
Inside this handy, bargain-priced collection you will find complete lyrics for over 180 holiday favorites, including: All I Want for Christmas Is You * Auld Lang Syne * Away in a Manger * Baby, It's Cold Outside * Christmas Time Is Here * Feliz Navidad * The First Noel * Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer * Happy Xmas (War Is Over) * Hark! The Herald Angels Sing * Here Comes Santa Claus (Right down Santa Claus Lane) * Jingle-Bell Rock * Joy to the World * Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! * Merry Christmas, Darling * O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) * Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree * Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer * Silent Night * Silver Bells * and more.
Photographs and Conversations in an Urban Neighborhood
Paperback ISBN: 0873513363
Frogtown is a discerning portrait of an ethnically mixed neighbourhood that lies within the shadow of the Minnesota State Capital near downtown St. Paul. Wing Young Huie combines 130 compelling black-and-white photographs, some 50 quotes from talks with residents, and his own commentary to produce a powerful depiction of life on Frogtown's streets and front porches, in its kitchens and backyards, shops and churches. The images are documentary in nature, but the perspective is that of an artist who leaves meanings open to interpretation. Drawn to Frogtown by his own abiding curiosity, Huie spent two years photographing and getting to know its people — working class whites, Southeast Asian immigrants, African Americans, American Indians, and Latinos. These exquisitely rendered images of Frogtown show the multiple realities that make up a dynamic urban neighbourhood. At the same time, they reflect the changing faces of American cities.
Paperback ISBN: 1571312137
Describes how the author and her family built a wilderness homestead in 1959 Montana that grew into a flourishing ranch and recounts the many adventures that found their roots in early American western and pioneering traditions. IP.
How to Be Married
What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents About Building a Happy Marriage
Paperback ISBN: 0451495578
Everyone tells you marriage is hard, but no one tells you what to do about it. At age thirty-four, Jo Piazza got her romantic-comedy ending when she met the man of her dreams on a boat in the Galápagos Islands and was engaged three months later. But before long, Jo found herself riddled with questions. How do you make a marriage work in a world where you no longer need to be married? How does an independent, strong-willed feminist become someone’s partner—all the time? In the tradition of writers such as Nora Ephron and Elizabeth Gilbert, award-winning journalist and nationally bestselling author Jo Piazza writes a provocative memoir of a real first year of marriage that will forever change the way we look at matrimony. A travel editor constantly on the move, Jo journeys to twenty countries on five continents to figure out what modern marriage means. Throughout this stunning, funny, warm, and wise personal narrative, she gleans wisdom from matrilineal tribeswomen, French ladies who lunch, Orthodox Jewish moms, Swedish stay-at-home dads, polygamous warriors, and Dutch prostitutes. Written with refreshing candor, elegant prose, astute reporting, and hilarious insight into the human psyche, How to Be Married offers an honest portrait of an utterly charming couple. When life throws more at them than they ever expected—a terrifying health diagnosis, sick parents to care for, unemployment—they ultimately create a fresh understanding of what it means to be equal partners during the good and bad times. Through their journey, they reveal a framework that will help the rest of us keep our marriages strong, from engagement into the newlywed years and beyond.
I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced
Paperback ISBN: 0307589676
The true story of Yemen's heroic first child bride to win a divorce describes her forced marriage to an abusive husband three times her age, her daring pursuit of the marriage's dissolution and the cultural factors that place girls at risk in Yemeni society. Original.