Monday, 12 December 2011

'Tis the season for social small talk

Do you have endless Christmas parties to attend this festive season? Are you frequently stuck for interesting conversation topics that make you look confident, funny, and knowledgeable? Well why not try swotting up for your next social event with the following JCU Library eBooks?

Christmas Philosophy for Everyone: Better than a lump of coal. From Santa, elves and Ebenezer Scrooge, to the culture wars and virgin birth, this book explores a host of philosophical issues raised by the practices and beliefs surrounding Christmas.

50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology. This book uses popular myths as a vehicle for helping the reader to distinguish science from pseudoscience. It explores how to distinguish factual from fictional claims in popular psychology, and explores topics that readers will relate to, but often misunderstand, such as 'opposites attract', 'people use only 10% of their brains', and 'handwriting reveals your personality'.

Encyclopedia of Urban Legends. Presents descriptions of hundreds of urban legends and their variations, themes, and scholarly approaches to the genre, including such tales as disappearing hitchhikers and hypodermic needles left in the coin slots of pay telephones.

The Ultimate Book of Top Ten Lists. Providing an astonishing array of information, The Ultimate Book of Top Ten Lists contains the best of everything from serial killers, scientific oddities, and historical events to little-known facts about everyone's favourite celebrities, films, and books. There are even practical lists on how to save time and money and how to survive anything from a cocktail party to a bear attack!

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