Friday, October 31, 2008

Green is the New Black

Our new Environmental Studies catalog is available online under the "Academic Catalogs" header. Featuring such classics as The Monkey Wrench Gang, current favorites like Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and the cutting-edge science of Dr. Robert Morris's The Blue Death--the catalog also includes links to related resource content on the web to provide a fluid interactive experience that goes beyond the traditional printed catalog. Please feel free to let us know what you think about this exciting informational tool.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Romancing a Robot

Han Solo never raised my pulse. Luke is too boyish for my taste. Now, consider Artoo-Detoo. He is always there when you need him—and he always knows what to do. Plus, there's something very endearing about his beeps and whistles. Am I crazy? David Levy says no.

The author of Love and Sex with Robots, a leading expert in artificial intelligence, explains: "My thesis is this: Robots will be hugely attractive to humans as companions because of their many talents, senses, and capabilities. They will have the capacity to fall in love with humans and to make themselves romantically attractive and sexually desirable to humans. Robots will transform human notions of love and sexuality. . . . Love and sex with robots on a grand scale is inevitable. This book explains why."

"Fascinating. It raises important questions about the future of robots, what we might want from them, and what our interactions with them might teach us about ourselves."—New Scientist

Monday, October 27, 2008

A Vision for the Future

When your freshman class arrives on campus, I know you have great hopes--and great concerns--for each of them. How many will thrive? How many will lose their way during the tumultuous first year of college?

Vision boards ask students to focus on what they want to accomplish--and how they plan to achieve those goals. They are modern-day life maps--highly inspirational and personal in nature--comprised of photographs, collages, mementos, drawings, and quotes, which create a visual layout of one’s career and personal aspirations.

Joyce Schwarz has been guiding students and professionals for over twenty years. In The Vision Board, she shows you and your students how to use this powerful tool.
If you would like to invite Joyce to visit your campus, please contact us.

The Economy & Stay-at-Home Moms

With the economy in shambles, Leslie Bennetts's The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up Too Much? about the ramifications for women who leave the workforce to be stay-at-home moms makes even more sense.

“In a time of trumped-up 'opting-out' and 'nesting-fever' trends, The Feminine Mistake comes as an essential corrective. With good sense, hard facts, ample wit and compelling urgency, Leslie Bennetts delivers an incontrovertible argument for economic self-sufficiency as the fundamental of women’s well-being. The Feminine Mistake should be required reading for all young women, and a lot of older ones, too." --Susan Faludi, author of Backlash

Check out her latest article at The Daily Beast.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Author Event: Howard Zinn at NCSS

Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States, will be the keynote speaker at the National Council for the Social Studies annual conference in Houston on Sunday, November 16.

Thanks to a donation from one of Howard Zinn's former students, the same man who funded the Zinn Education Project, the first 700 people at Zinn's talk will receive a free copy of the teaching guide, A People's History for the Classroom.

Make sure to stop by the HarperCollins booth (#711) throughout the conference.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Research: Green Works

California's energy-efficiency policies created nearly 1.5 million jobs from 1977 to 2007, while eliminating fewer than 25,000, according to a study conducted by David Roland-Holst, an economist at the Center for Energy, Resources and Economic Sustainability at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Green Collar Economy is already a reality. In this book, Van Jones "illustrates the link between the struggle to restore the environment and the need to revive the US economy. He demonstrates conclusively that the best solutions for the survivability of our planet are also the best solutions for everyday Americans." (Al Gore)

In The Clean Tech Revolution, Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder uncover the profits and potential of the new industrial revolution in this definitive book on clean technology—technologies designed to provide superior performance at lower costs, greatly reducing the world’s dependence on “dirty” fossil-based energy sources and other environmentally damaging products.

Take a look at Ron Pernick's syllabus for his course Clean-Technology Markets, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship at Portland State University.

To request a desk copy of either book, use the form under Academic Resources.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

It Is Easy Being Green

Just posted under the "Academic Catalogs" header is our new Environmental Studies catalog. This beautiful online (not printed!) catalog is an excellent resource as a primer to our top green titles, providing informative hyperlinks from the books to related resource content on the web. We think this catalog is terrific, but of course we're a bit biased, so please let us know what you think of it.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Meet the Author: Gregory Maguire

High school students have read and re-read Wicked. They've begged their parents to take them to the musical. (My 12-year-old niece declared it "awesome.") They've listened to the Broadway score over and over again. Now, they can read Gregory Maguire's latest tale from Oz, A Lion Among Men.

Son of a Witch and A Lion Among Men should follow in Wicked's footsteps and find a place on high school summer reading lists.

Recently, Gregory sat down with the Borders Book Club to talk about his new book. To watch the video, click here.

Gregory will be on tour through December. If you and your students would like to meet him, make sure to check his schedule. He might be coming to your town.

Monday, October 20, 2008

A Book for Turbulent Times

Peter Drucker was a visionary--and in Managing in Turbulent Times he foresaw the volatility of the global economy. In chapters on everything from adjusting for inflation and transnational world money to business policies for the world economy, Drucker focused on actions and strategies that will ensure a company's capacity to survive a blow, to adapt to sudden change, and to avail itself of new opportunities.

Last week, The Wall Street Journal re-printed a 1992 column by Peter Drucker, “Planning for Uncertainty,” to help businesses cope with the current financial turmoil. “Now with the imploding economy forcing companies to rip up their game plans, managers need sage advice more than ever,” the Journal said. “So, we hunted down some classic wisdom from Drucker himself. . . . Some of the details are rooted in that time, but much of it is timeless.”

In the same week, The Economist also turned to Drucker--publishing an article on his work--and driving home his visionary status with this short quote: "In the next economic downturn there will be an outbreak of bitterness and contempt for the super-corporate chieftains who pay themselves millions.”

Here's classic reading for today's managers and management students. To request a desk copy, use the form under Academic Resources.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Olive Editions

Although I like my e-Reader, I'm still in love with the book as object, and I've fallen hard for these Olive Editions. The beautiful and quirky cover designs and illustrations by Milan Bozic make me want to read The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Everything is Illuminated, and The Mysteries of Pittsburgh for a second (or third) time.

Plus, as you'll see in the video below, these Olive Editions fit in your back pocket and are as portable as your Blackberry.

Haven't you bought a book simply because it's beautiful?

Latin: A Dead Language Rises Again

According to a Modern Language Association survey, Latin enrollments, which had grown by 14.1% from 1998 to 2002, posted another 7.9% increase in 2006. Today, 32,191 college students (undergraduate and graduate) are enrolled in Latin courses.

Last week, the New York Times reported that the number of students taking the Advanced Placement test in Latin has nearly doubled over the past 10 years, to 8,654 in 2007.

As the publishers of Wheelock's Latin, we've always known that Latin never died.

Let us know if you've taken a Latin course.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Syllabus: Clean Technology

At last, here is a bright spot on the economic horizon. In The Clean Tech Revolution, Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder uncover the profits and potential of the new industrial revolution in this definitive book on clean technology—technologies designed to provide superior performance at lower costs, greatly reducing the world’s dependence on “dirty” fossil-based energy sources and other environmentally damaging products.

“Thomas Friedman’s book The World is Flat helped people recognize that globalization is pervasive. Similarly, The Clean Tech Revolution shows us that clean energy has arrived and will have a far-reaching impact on the global economy.”—Bob Greifeld, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc.

Take a look at Ron Pernick's syllabus for his course Clean-Technology Markets, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship at Portland State University.

To request a desk copy, use the form under Academic Resources.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Curriculum Guide: Letters to a Bullied Girl

Olivia Gardner, a northern California teenager, was severely taunted and cyber-bullied by her classmates for more than two years. News of her bullying spread, eventually reaching two sisters Emily and Sarah Buder. The girls were so moved by Olivia's story that they initiated a letter-writing campaign to help lift her spirits.

In Letters to a Bullied Girl, Olivia and the Buder sisters share an inspiring selection of messages—the personal, often painful remembrances of former targets, remorseful bullies, and sympathetic bystanders.

Letters to a Bullied Girl examines our national bullying epidemic from a variety of angles and perspectives, and includes practical guidance from bullying expert Barbara Coloroso, author of The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander.

Our free curriculum guide was written by Mike Koren, a middle-school teacher in Wisconsin. To receive a copy, please send us an e-mail.

Meet the Buder sisters.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Wally Lamb's Writing Workshop

For several years, Wally Lamb, the author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, has run a writing workshop at the York Correctional Institution, Connecticut's only maximum-security prison for women. Writing, Lamb discovered, was a way for these women to face their fears and failures and begin to imagine better lives.

Couldn't Keep It to Myself, a collection of their essays, was published in 2003 to great critical acclaim. With I'll Fly Away, Lamb offers a new volume of intimate pieces from the York workshop. Startling, heartbreaking, and inspiring, these stories are as varied as the individuals who wrote them, but each illuminates an important core truth: that a life can be altered through self-awareness and the power of the written word.

Couldn't Keep It to Myself has been used in all sorts of classes from English Composition 101 (syllabus) at University of West Georgia to Women and Crime (syllabus) at the University of Colorado Denver. I'm certain the same will happen with I'll Fly Away.

To request a desk copy of either, fill out the form under Academic Resources to the right.

If you'd like to meet Wally, he'll be on the road in November to promote his new novel, The Hour I First Believed. You can see his schedule here.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A Love Letter to the Big Easy

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, award-winning author and New Orleans resident Tom Piazza wondered what would become of the city he loved. Moved to illuminate its storied culture as well as ponder its uncertain future, in Why New Orleans Matters he asks students to consider the spirit of his home and all the things it has shared with the world--grace and beauty, resilience and soul.

"Pensive and elegiac. . . . Sharp [and] steely. . . . Like a good jazz funeral, Why New Orleans Matters is both a mournful dirge and a vivacious ode to a city."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Reading [Why New Orleans Matters] is an emotionally wrenching experience--at times hilarious, at times heartbreaking."--New Orleans Times-Picayune

The Best American Science Writing 2008

Even students who have no trouble grasping String Theory struggle when it comes to writing clearly and accurately about their own ideas and research.

The Best American Science Writing 2008--the ninth edition of the revered annual series—lets students learn from the best, most crucial, thought-provoking, and engaging science writing of the year.

Edited by Sylvia Nasar, this edition includes works by Benedict Carey, Daniel Carlat, Thomas Goetz, Al Gore, Jerome Groopman, Stephan S. Hall, Amy Harmon, Gardiner Harris, Joseph Kahn, and Ben McGrath, Jim Yardley, Carl Zimmer, and others.

Here is Jim Yardley, contributor of "Beneath Booming Cities, China's Future Is Drying Up," speaking at UC Berkeley's China Initiative about China's environment.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Stuck in Guyland

Why do so many young men seem stuck between adolescence and adulthood? Why do so many of them fail to launch? Just what is going on?

In Guyland, Michael Kimmel, professor of sociology at SUNY Stony Brook, tackles the world of late adolescent boys and young men: the “guys” of America, aged 16 to 26. Michael gives us a tour of Guyland, a world of video games, movies and television, sports, and music--and violent fraternity initiations and sexual predation. He shows us young men who drift through life without deep commitments to work or relationships. Plus, he shows how the culture of Guyland affects young women who are stuck there, too.

"Just as Reviving Ophelia introduced readers to the culture of teenage girls, Guyland takes us to the land of young men." —Mary Pipher, Ph.D., author of Reviving Ophelia

If you'd like to invite Michael Kimmel to speak at your school, please contact the HarperCollins Speakers Bureau.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

True Crime Reporting So Intense You'll Swear It's Fiction. It's Not.

I'll be the first to admit that if I turn on the TV and see a Law and Order: Special Victims Unit marathon running my plans for the day go by the wayside; I'll sit down on my couch and never stop watching until the very last episode. Crime stories are fascinating, be they acted on television or in the movies or transcribed as the written word. The Best American Crime Reporting 2008 is a phenomenal collection that shows students what true crime reporting can and should be, with selections from such esteemed publications as Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New Yorker on everything from fraud to murder, theft to madness.

Russia. Romance. Tolstoy. It's Time to Read "War and Peace"

A grand, romantic saga of two noble Russian families and a multitude of lives swept up in the violent tumult of the Napoleonic Wars, Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace is considered one of the preeminent literary works of all time. Tolstoy completed this novel in 1866, but it was not until years later--after the author had doubled the book's length with philosophical and historical meditations--that the great novel was published. More than half a century in the making, the result of extraordinary dedication and painstaking research, here is Tolstoy's original version of the timeless classic, which never made it into print in the author's lifetime.
Translated by Andrew Bromfield and available for the first time in English, your students can now enjoy War and Peace as Tolstoy originally intended--with its subtly different characters, dialogue, and ending--and experience the breathtaking masterpiece that has inspired love and devotion for generations.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The 1790's: This is the Modern World

From Jay Winik, the author of the New York Times bestseller April 1865 comes The Great Upheaval. Named by USA Today as a Best Book of the Year and now available in paperback, this sweeping, magisterial drama explores the cold, dark battlefields and deadly clashes of ideologies that defined the 1790's and gave birth to the modern world. Highlighting the richest cast of characters to ever walk upon the world stage--Washington, Jefferson, Louis XVI, Robespierre, and Catherine the Great--The Great Upheaval is a gripping portrait of a tumultuous decade that will transform the way your students will view America's beginnings.

Meet the Expert: Reading and Dyslexia

After completing the first part of her graduate studies in English literature and planning to pursue a Ph.D., Maryanne Wolf made a year-long commitment to teach children with a variety of learning challenges in Waialua, Hawaii. It was an experience that changed her life. "That little tiny town taught me the consequences of not becoming literate," says Wolf.

She spent the next twenty years developing and evaluating methods of testing and treating dyslexia. Today, she is the Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University.

In Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, Dr. Wolf gives educators an eloquent, sweeping account of the evolution of reading, its development across the life of an individual, and the fascinating mix of gift and difference that is dyslexia. Connie Juel, Ph.D., Professor of Education, Stanford University says, "Quite simply this book is spectacular.... Be prepared to be amazed."

If you are interested in having Dr. Wolf speak at your school, please
contact us.