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Curious Customs: The Stories Behind 296 Popular American Rituals By Tad Tuleja,

  • Title: Curious Customs: The Stories Behind 296 Popular American Rituals
  • Author: Tad Tuleja
  • ISBN: 9781578660704
  • Page: 138
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Why do men wear ties Who began the tradition of the diamond engagement ring Why does a mother kiss a child s wound Why do we raise a white flag in truce Tad Tuleja sheds light on the whole story behind these common customs and hundreds Behavior and traditions that we take for granted have fascinating origins, and this book also reveals why they have survived theWhy do men wear ties Who began the tradition of the diamond engagement ring Why does a mother kiss a child s wound Why do we raise a white flag in truce Tad Tuleja sheds light on the whole story behind these common customs and hundreds Behavior and traditions that we take for granted have fascinating origins, and this book also reveals why they have survived the centuries These intriguing glimpses into America s curious customs help us understand why we do what we do and offer entertaining insights into history and culture.
    Curious Customs The Stories Behind Popular American Rituals Why do men wear ties Who began the tradition of the diamond engagement ring Why does a mother kiss a child s wound Why do we raise a white flag in truce Tad Tuleja sheds light on the whole story behin

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    1. I received this book, along with quite a few others 1 , many of which I still have to read, when some friends of mine went on a discount book shopping effort Their thought, at least as far as I can interpret it, is that this book was purchased to provide for research material on American customs, to see if it would bolster our shared perspective on the heathen nature of many customs If this was their thought, it was an accurate one, as the author is generally candid about admitting what he calls [...]

    2. 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 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 consider the [...]

    3. 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 timesdrifting 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 is the ques [...]

    4. Got this from a friend who was moving It was interesting Not awesome but there were definitely some interesting origins of the customs we experience every day At this point some of the references and jokes are dated but it s perfect for a bathroom book or anywhere else were you just have a few minutes to read an entry or two.

    5. The stories behind 296 American rituals Why do we cross our hearts and thumb our noses Why do we throw rice at weddings Why do we dye Easter eggs Light reading for waiting in lines, etc.

    6. This fun book makes a genuine effort to succinctly consider the origins and reasons for many American customs we follow without thinking and to separate the incorrect ideas or odd stories that pass around for reasons why we do this from the genuine explanations The book does provide a decent bibliography, but the entires themselves lack citations footnotes, so if you are looking to do your own research on 1 specific custom, you ll have to do some of your own research recreate the authors.

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