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Making Sense of the Social World: Methods of Investigation
Daniel F. Chambliss, Russell K. Schutt
Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture
Marita Sturken, Lisa Cartwright
One Big Table: A Portrait of American Cooking: 600 recipes from the nation's best home cooks, farmers, pit-masters and chefs
Molly O'Neill
When the Emperor Was Divine
Julie Otsuka
A Place on the Corner (Fieldwork Encounters and Discoveries)
Elijah Anderson
I Speak English: A Guide to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages-Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing
Ruth J. Colvin
Classic Vegetarian Cooking from the Middle East & North Africa
Habeeb Salloum
Cultural Sociology: An Introduction
Les Back, Andy Bennett, Laura Desfor Edles, David Inglis, Ron Jacobs, Ian Woodward, Margaret Gibson
Violence in the City of Women: Police and Batterers in Bahia, Brazil
Sarah J. Hautzinger
The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education
Grace Llewellyn
Quiet. The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan  Cain This was a satisfying read for me personally, since I am an introvert and it was so nice to read flattering things about my personality type. It was also good to feel like at least someone, somewhere, understood what I am generally about, that my preference for one-on-one interaction on maybe a less-than-regular basis doesn't mean that I'm "anti-social" or that I don't like people or anything like that.

That said, it is a pop science book, meant for a general audience and not supposed to stand up to serious scholarly analysis. Obviously that kind of approach has certain issues and a lot of the more negative reviews I've seen seem to ignore that fact. If you're not into pop science generally or if you know a TON about psychology and current research, maybe you wouldn't enjoy this book as much as I did. If you like straightforward, non-jargon loaded presentations of this type of information, it's a very good book.

The one thing I did find annoying, although I know other books do it too--when she would write about something, and then put something like: (I talk more about [blah blah blah] in chapter [X]!). It felt like she was trying to sell me her book when I was already in the middle of it, and that was off-putting since I was planning on finishing the whole thing, I would've found out what those chapters were about when I got to them. Do other people not finish books unless they have a preview of what the rest of it is about every once in a while? I seriously don't get it.