Thursday, April 30, 2009
Erdrich’s novel, The Plague of Doves, won the Minnesota Book Award in the best novel category. This is the author’s fourth Minnesota Book Award! For additional information, including a complete list of the winners, you can visit:
And for you Erdrich fans who love her backlist (like us!), there is a new, updated edition of Love Medicine coming out this month. You can pre-order copies now.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
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Monday, April 27, 2009
The survey won't take more than a minute--and you'll be able to choose a free trade paperback for your time and trouble.
The survey is here.
Management Cases, Revised Edition is a collection of thought-provoking case studies—each a timeless representative of a challenge that all managers will face at some point in their careers. Professor Maciariello has organized the material to be used in conjunction with Management, Revised Edition, making the book particularly useful in undergraduate, MBA, and executive education classrooms.
The 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were awarded Friday evening in a ceremony at the Los Angeles Times building. Giddings’ Ida: A Sword Among Lions won the prize for best Biography of 2008.
For more information and a complete list of winners, please visit: http://www.latimes.com/extras/bookprizes/
Friday, April 24, 2009
I'm not a real academic and I don't even like school, but now I find myself in the position of "professor" to a dozen students in this food-blogging seminar at the International Culinary Center here in New York City. So far it has been an amazing experience. These people are really here to learn, from me! Until now, I never truly realized the responsibility that teachers have.
You all probably knew that already.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
In his memoir Underground: My Life with SDS and the Weathermen, Mark Rudd tells his story--for the first time. "I've spoken and answered questions at scores of colleges, high schools, community centers, and theaters about why my friends and I opted for violent revolution, and how I've changed my thinking and how I haven't, and most of all, about the parallels between then and now," Rudd writes. Powerful and shocking, Underground sheds new light on this controversial time, which still haunts us as a nation.
Facebook users in the study had GPAs between 3.0 and 3.5, while non-users had GPAs between 3.5 and 4.0.
In addition, users averaged one to five hours a week studying, while non-users studied 11 to 15 hours per week.
Still, we'd like you to be our fan on Facebook.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Students will enjoy (and most-likely relate to) the uproarious story of Gulley’s young life, including his infatuation with his comely sixth grade teacher, his dalliance with sin-eating meat on Friday and inappropriate activities with a mannequin named Ginger. From beginning to end, Gulley recalls the hilarity (and heightened dangers) of those wonder years and the easy charm of midwestern life.
And you have to love the cover, right?
Remember that line from the "Peanuts" comic strip about how "every day is Children's Day"? Ideally, that's how it should be with Earth Day which will be celebrated tomorrow--every day is Earth Day. Just in time for Earth Day we offer congratulations to our authors Thomas Kostigen and Van Jones. Both authors have been honored by The 2009 Green Book Festival for creating books that increase understanding, respect and positive action on the changing worldwide environment. Kostigen's You Are Here received the Non-Fiction award and Van Jones's The Green Collar Economy received an Honorable Mention in the Non-Fiction category. This year’s winners will be honored in Los Angeles at a private Earth Day reception. For more information and a complete list of the winners, please visit the Green Book Festival website.
One of the pieces in the book was left unfinished by the great American writer, so HarperStudio wants to see who has what it takes to finish the story.
The contest ends on May 31st. For more details, visit I Am the Next Mark Twain!
Monday, April 20, 2009
To date, Beth has brought this message to tens of thousands of students and parents in high schools and colleges, and at national conventions with a 45-minute presentation. If you would like to have Beth speak at your school, please visit the website of Executive Speakers Bureau.
Beth and her team also run half-day Travel-Ed Workshops about safe travel which are designed for educators, parents, and students of all ages. Each workshop can be tailored to a school's special needs (i.e. travel locations, age of student, etc.) For more information, please contact me.
Meanwhile, I encourage you to read Loving Natalee and to share it with your colleagues and students. It's an important book for young people and those who care for them. My hope is that it will find its rightful place on summer reading lists—where Beth's tragically-won wisdom will make a difference in the lives of students.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The Business of Burgers: IN-N-OUT BURGER: A BEHIND-THE-COUNTER LOOK AT THE FAST-FOOD CHAIN THAT BREAKS ALL THE RULES
Drawing on personal correspondence, private journals, and other primary sources—many of them previously unpublished—Roberts brings to life the extraordinary accomplishments of women who laid the groundwork for a better society. From first ladies to freethinkers, educators to explorers, this exceptional group includes Abigail Adams, Margaret Bayard Smith, Martha Jefferson, Dolley Madison, Elizabeth Monroe, Louisa Catherine Adams, Eliza Hamilton, Theodosia Burr, Rebecca Gratz, Louisa Livingston, Rosalie Calvert, Sacajawea, and many other unsung heroines.
Washington Post Book World said, "What women these were! . . . [Roberts] is perfectly placed to observe the ins and outs of Washington women. . . . You'll enjoy this book."
If you are considering Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty for one of your classes, please order a paperback examination copy.
If you've already decided to adopt one Cokie's books, please use the desk copy form.
And, keep in mind that Cokie has revised and expanded her classic, We Are Our Mothers' Daughters--in which she offers tremendous insight into the opportunities and challenges that women encounter today.
You and your students can sit in while Cokie speaks about Ladies of Liberty at New York's 92nd Street Y.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Life in Rewind: The Story of a Young Courageous Man Who Persevered Over OCD and the Harvard Doctor Who Broke All the Rules to Help Him is a remarkable case study of OCD.
It would take Ed up to ten hours to walk across a room. If he heard a car passing or a dog bark--he'd have to go back and start again. His life was lived in the basement of his childhood home in Cape Cod. He couldn't open the door on his small world and walk out.
The perseverance of world-renowned OCD specialist and Harvard professor Michael Jenike broke through the dark prison created by Ed's isolating obsessions. It took a year--a year of long car trips between Boston and Cape Code, a year of waiting at a cellar door for Ed to be ready to trust and to begin healing.
You and your students can meet Ed Zine and Michael A. Jenike, M.D., in this video.
The editors of the award-winning nonpartisan website Public Agenda Online have the answer. In Where Does the Money Go?: Your Guide to the Federal Budget Crisis, they provide a candid look at the federal budget crisis that breaks down into plain English exactly what the fat cats in Washington are arguing about and how our tax dollars are spent.
For students of public administration and policy--and the rest of us--Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson decipher the jargon of the country's budget problem--covering everything from the country's $9 trillion and growing debt to the fact that, for thirty-one out of the last thirty-five years, the country has spent more on government programs and services than it has collected in taxes. They also explore why elected leaders on every side of the fence have so far failed to effectively address this issue and explains what you can do to protect your future.
Here are Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson talking to Bill Moyers about our national debt.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
For your students who want to work with children, Andrew's memoir, Hope's Boy, provides a perspective that comes from inside the foster care system: He was removed from the care of his loving--but mentally ill--mother Hope when he was only seven years old. He spent the next eleven years in foster care--spending time in a notoriously bad children's facility and in a loveless foster family that never accepted or nurtured him. He never stopped longing for his mother. Andrew turned to academics and the kindness of teachers. Although only 2% of foster children go to college, Andrew earned a scholarship to Wesleyan, went on to Harvard Law School, and became a Fulbright Scholar.
As your students gain more experience, they will learn that Andrew's childhood in the foster care system was not unusual. However, Andrew's resilience--his ability to transcend his own circumstances and his focus on helping others--is exceptional--proving that he will always be--in all ways--Hope's boy.
"A must for students and professionals in the child welfare field."--Duncan Lindsey, Professor at UCLA, Editor-in-Chief, Children and Youth Services Review
If you would like to consider Hope's Boy for one of your courses, please order an examination copy. If you've already decided to adopt Hope's Boy, please use our desk copy form.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Daisy Pignetti, an Assistant Professor of Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, is using Twitter in her English classes. She says, "“I had students create an account and use it as an active reading exercise.” And, student reaction has been positive.
How do I know this? I follow Professor Pignetti on Twitter!
You can learn more about how Professor Pignetti has incorporated Twitter into her classes by watching this video.
Here are essential resources for educators:
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum commemorates the Days of Remembrance with a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda--and they provide information on organizing local events as well as resources for educators.
The University of Minnesota's Center for Holocaust Studies gives educators slides, film, video, and audio tapes for use in Holocaust and genocide education.
Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1933-1945, an abridged edition of Saul Friedländer's definitive Pulitzer Prize-winning two-volume history of the Holocaust, is an essential study of this dark and complex history and a valuable tool for educators. The New York Times Book Review said, it "establishes itself as the standard historical work on Nazi Germany's mass murder of European Jews.... An account of unparalleled vividness and power that reads like a novel.... A masterpiece that will endure."
The original volumes from Saul Friedländer are still available: Nazi Germany and the Jews: Volume 1: The Years of Persecution 1933-1939 and The Years of Extermination: Volume 2: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945.
Christopher Browning's Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland is a "remarkable—and singularly chilling—glimpse of human behavior...This meticulously
researched book…represents a major contribution to the literature of the Holocaust.” (Newsweek)
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Ken Davis is one of our most popular historians and author of the phenomenal Don't Know Much About series. In America's Hidden History, Ken does what he does best—bringing to light fascinating facts about history. This time he focuses on America's early history, and he shows students little-known people and events that were crucial in shaping our nation.
Now—you can "friend," "follow," and keep up with Ken on his Don't Know Much About blog!
Video in the Classroom is filled with more terrific ideas for digital storytelling projects.
Have your students created video projects?
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
ES: I'm heading out to Los Angeles for a very long weekend. What should I read?
DB: Ask the Dust by John Fante. You'll see all the glamour spots and eat in fancy restaurants. Fante writes about the L.A. you'll only see flash by on the highway.
I find it difficult to believe that Ask the Dust--published in 1939--is 70 years old. Even more mind-blowing is the fact that 2009 is the 100th anniversary of John Fante's birth. Even today, you're likely to run into an Arturo Bandini--Fante's fictional alter ego and a struggling writer--at any number of dive bars in Los Angeles.
Fante's work still resonates--having found a place in courses on ethnic literature, working-class studies, and the literature of California--and in the hearts of literary hipsters everywhere. Not bad for a book with a first print run of 2,200 copies that went out of print in 1954--until Charles Bukowski convinced Black Sparrow Press to reissue it in 1980. In his introduction, Bukowski wrote, "Fante was my god."
Fittingly, Los Angeles is ground zero for the centennial celebrations of its adopted son. The Los Angeles Times reported on a panel hosted by Zócalo Public Square in honor of Fante. With David Kipen, director of literature for the National Endowment for the Arts, as moderator--the panel included Fante biographer and editor of The John Fante Reader Stephen Cooper, KCRW's Frances Anderton and Richard Schave, co-founder of the literary-historical bus tour Esotouric.
In October, Ask the Dust will join the Harper Perennial Modern Classics imprint--a list that includes classics such as Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. That's the kind of company John Fante is keeping these days.
And, John Fante's legacy continues in another way: His son, Dan Fante, will publish his novel 86'd with Harper Perennial in September--and three of Dan's novels (Chump Change, Mooch, Spitting Off Tall Buildings) will be reissued in December.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Rendered in spare yet elegant prose, Right of Thirst offers an intensely personal and timely exploration of the many forces that have given rise to the dramatic events of recent years--the tension between poverty and wealth, the ethics of intervention in all its forms, and the uneasy marriage of deep cultural differences and essential human similarities that both divide and unite the world.
The video below features author Frank Huyler speaking about his novel, Right of Thirst. Interesting facts about Huyler: he works as an emergency physician in Albuquerque, New Mexico and he grew up in Iran, Brazil, and Japan.
Monday, April 6, 2009
ARTISTS IN EXILE: How Refugees from Twentieth-Century War and Revolution Transformed the American Performing Arts
Featuring the stories of George Balanchine, Kurt Weill, Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Igor Stravinsky, and many others, Artists in Exile explores the impact that these famous newcomers had on American culture, and that America had on them.
"A masterful study of how the Russian Revolution, the rise of European Fascism, and the Second World War all transformed the American performing arts."—The Economist
"Heroically researched . . . chock-full of fascinating vignettes, stunning quotations, and shrewd insights on the fly."—New York Times
It is that time of year again. As high school seniors are getting their acceptance letters and preparing for college, their teachers, parents and counselors are gearing up to do all they can to help them make that important transition. Here to assist in that process is the fifth edition of Letting Go. This classic parents’ guide and college orientation staple has been thoroughly revised and updated by the authors to reflect the realities of college in the 21st century. This guide to the college years will forecast the problems and concerns parents inevitably face as they send their children to college and help both parents and students begin the process of “letting go.”
Also available are Letting Go workshops for High School Guidance Counselors and College Orientation Directors. These workshops are designed to help reduce anxiety and increase communication between parents and students, and to help students and parents develop more realistic expectations about college and foster the process of separation and “letting go.” Materials are available for these workshops in the Teaching Materials section of this blog underneath Academic Resources.