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Curious Customs (Stonesong Press Books)

3.11 of 5 stars 3.11  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Why do we eat hot dogs at ball games and popcorn at the movies? This entertaining book by the author of the successful Fabulous Fallacies tells why we Americans engage in these and other traditions.
Paperback, 228 pages
Published August 13th 1987 by Three Rivers Press (first published February 14th 1987)
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Simone Collins
I have to say, I loved this book. I learned so many interesting tidbits!

Though it isn’t exactly new, Curious Customs is a valuable trend spotting (and general knowledge) resource because it allows individuals to become more familiar with the historical context behind various cultural artifacts and practices. Each ‘custom’ entry is relatively brief, and the research behind them is not extensive, but the subjects offer a good jumping off point for additional research and encourage the reader to co
This is a "cultural studies lite" kind of read. I cruised through it this morning over my coffee. It's interesting to think about the orgins of customs, but this guy is a bit iffy at times...drifting into a less-than-academic tone especially when discussing certain issues. I imagine that he's attempting to be interesting/entertaining, but it lacks something. Plus, this book is from 1987, which makes some of the discussion/examples very funny to me (example: the American quest for the Holy Grail ...more
Interesting read about the origins of different customs and holidays. A good resource to have around.
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