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I'm Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears by Jag Bhalla

From the Russian translation “forehead to forehead”, meaning the same as “face to face” in English, to the utterly bizarre French phrase “to fart in silk” is an idiom for “to be very happy”.

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The Collected Doug Wright

Wright’s work is exceptional and it holds a special, though occasionally contentious place in Canadian popular culture.

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And Then There's This by Bill Wasik

Wasik examines nanostories and how they are spread through the viral culture of the Internet. This may be one of the most important works of non-fiction on the digital age.

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The Other Half of the Sky by Lili Almog

This intriguing work of photographic portraiture divides China's ethnic minorities into categories defined by their environmental surroundings: “Mountain”, “Backyard”, “Factory”, “Lake”, “Street”, and “Land”.

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Something Wrong with the Machinery: Prince's Pop Paradox

When Jason Buel was in a rock-band called the Royals, he played some shows to metalheads and was met with indifference. When the band broke out a cover of "Computer Blue", however, everyone noticed. Here, Buel takes us on a journey into what precisely made Prince a figure that could transcend genres so easily, and why his songs are just so ripe for covering.

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Johnny Cash and the Paradox of American Identity by Leigh H. Edwards

Even though he toured with Reverend Billy Graham and frequented Baptist churches, Cash also denounced organized religion and was anti-denominationalist.

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Obscene, Indecent, Immoral and Offensive by Stephen Tropiano

Plenty of material for controversy here -- a must-read for film students at all levels of study, as well as any self-respecting cinephile.

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The Generalissimo by Jay Taylor

Chiang is often written off in the annals of history as an incompetent dictator, plagued by corruption and disloyalty within his administration and military, this book suggests otherwise.

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