The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Perfect at any Cost

Title: The Happiness Effect Author: Donna Freitas Genre: Internet and youth Publisher: Oxford University Press Release Date: February 1, 2017 Pages: 368 Sexting. Cyberbullying. Narcissism. Social media has become the dominant force in young people’s lives, and each day seems to bring another shocking tale of private pictures getting into the wrong hands, or a […]

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The Quotidian Revolution: Vernacularization, Religion, and the Premodern Public Sphere in India

Title: The Quotidian Revolution Author: Christian Lee Novetzke Genre: Religion Publisher: Columbia University Press Release Date: October 11, 2016 Pages: 432 In thirteenth-century Maharashtra, a new vernacular literature emerged to challenge the hegemony of Sanskrit, a language largely restricted to men of high caste. In a vivid and accessible idiom, this new Marathi literature inaugurated […]

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Commentary on Midrash Rabba in the Sixteenth Century: The Or ha-Sekhel of Abraham ben Asher

Title: Commentary on Midrash Rabba in the Sixteenth Century Author: Benjamin Williams Publisher: Oxford University Press Release Date: April 13, 2016 Pages: 240 Printed editions of midrashim, rabbinic expositions of the Bible, flooded the market for Hebrew books in the sixteenth century. First published by Iberian immigrants to the Ottoman Empire, they were later reprinted […]

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Biblical Pseudepigrapha in Slavonic Traditions

Title: Biblical Pseudepigrapha in Slavonic Traditions Author: Alexander Kulik, Sergey Minov, Genre: Religion Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA Release Date: September 28, 2016 Pages: 224 Early Slavonic writings have preserved a unique corpus of compositions that develop biblical themes. These extracanonical, parabiblical narratives are known as pseudepigrapha, and they preserve many ancient traditions neglected by […]

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A Club of Their Own: Jewish Humorists and the Contemporary World

Title: A Club of Their Own Author: Professor of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry Head of the School of History Faculty of the Humanities Eli Lederhendler, Gabriel N. Finder, Associate Professor and Ida and Nathan Kolodiz Director of Jewish Studies Gabriel N Finder, Publisher: Oxford University Press Release Date: November 9, 2016 Pages: 336 Volume […]

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Practicing What the Doctor Preached: At Home with Focus on the Family

Title: Practicing What the Doctor Preached Author: Susan B. Ridgely Genre: Religion Publisher: Oxford University Press Release Date: November 1, 2016 Pages: 272 Dr. James Dobson, PhD., founder of the conservative Christian foundation Focus on the Family, is well-known to the secular world as a crusader for the Christian right. But within Christian circles he […]

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Reading the Mahavamsa: The Literary Aims of A Theravada Buddhist History

Title: Reading the Mahavamsa Author: Kristin Scheible Genre: Religion Publisher: Columbia University Press Release Date: November 1, 2016 Pages: 256 Vam?sa is a dynamic genre of Buddhist history filled with otherworldly characters and the exploits of real-life heroes. These narratives collapse the temporal distance between Buddha and the reader, building an emotionally resonant connection with […]

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The Bloomsbury Reader in Religion, Sexuality, and Gender

Title: The Bloomsbury Reader in Religion, Sexuality, and Gender Author: Donald L. Boisvert, Carly Daniel-Hughes, Genre: Religion Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic Release Date: December 15, 2016 Pages: 288 How do religion, gender and sexuality interact? How have they impacted, and continue to impact, human culture? The Bloomsbury Reader in Religion, Sexuality and Gender brings together, for […]

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