Global Culture

Posted on February 19, 2013. Filed under: Nonfiction | Tags: , , , , , , |

Three books have recently arrived at Oakton’s library that study different aspects of global culture. All of them are interesting, thought provoking, and fun to look at and read. Come check them out at the library.

book cover for Children of the WorldChildren of the World: How We Live, Learn, and Play in Poems, Drawings, and Photographs
by Anthony Asael and Stephanie Rabemiafara

“Children from 192 countries around the world tell us about their homelands in words
and pictures.   Children of the World celebrates and teaches through photographs, fun facts, maps, artwork, and poems created by children around the world. With this book, families learn a little of the geography, traditions, and peoples of 192 countries around the globe – including our cultural similarities and differences – ultimately discovering that children everywhere draw, smile, play, and rejoice in their different backgrounds and in their universal friendship. On every page, the lives of children in a different country come to life.

More than 18,000 children in more than 300 schools participated in a U.N.-sponsored school visitation program between 2005 and 2009, and each was asked what it means to be a child in his or her own country. Selections from their answers in firsthand reflections – poems, drawings, and paintings – as well as photographic portraits allow families a glimpse into vastly diverse cultures and a chance to have a virtually global group of friends” (enriched content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Material WorldMaterial World: A Global Family Portraitby Peter Menzel

“A fascinating project – sponsored by a number of international organizations – resulting in this richly intriguing book (it will get well-deserved promotion and distribution via all sorts of media). Sixteen photographers traveled to 30 nations to live for a week with families that are “statistically average” for that nation. At the end of each visit, photographer and subjects collaborated on a portrait of the family, outside of its home, surrounded by all of its material possessions – a few jars and jugs for some, an abundance of electronic gadgetry for others. The 360 color photos are accompanied by information about the standard of living in each country, notes by the photographers about their experiences, and profiles of family members and their lives (enriched content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for What I EatWhat I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets
by Peter Menzel & Faith D’Aluisio

“A stunning photographic collection featuring portraits of 80 people from 30 countries and the food they eat in one day.

In this fascinating study of people and their diets, 80 profiles are organized by the total number of calories each person puts away in a day. Featuring a Japanese sumo wrestler, a Massai herdswoman, world-renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adria, an American competitive eater, and more, these compulsively readable personal stories also include demographic particulars, including age, activity level, height, and weight. Essays from Harvard primatologist Richard Wrangham, journalist Michael Pollan, and others discuss the implications of our modern diets for our health and for the planet. This compelling blend of photography and investigative reportage expands our understanding of the complex relationships among individuals, culture, and food” (Barnes & Noble).

-posted by Gretchen Schneider

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