Monday, August 30, 2010

A Wake-Up Call for Small Businesses: PROFITS AREN'T EVERYTHING, THEY'RE THE ONLY THING by George Cloutier

Profits Aren't Everything, They're the Only Thing:  No-Nonsense Rules From the Ultimate Contrarian and Small Business Guru by George Cloutier

The students in your entrepreneurial classes will graduate into an economy that will not be kind to America’s 23 million small businesses. Get them ready to face that harsh reality by assigning them George Cloutier's Profits Aren't Everything, They're the Only Thing: No-Nonsense Rules from the Ultimate Contrarian and Small Business Guru. Cloutier’s 13 no-nonsense rules for small businesses include:

Forget teamwork
Micromanage like crazy
Pay raises are over
Fear is the best motivator

Cloutier, Co-Chairman of Partner America™ and CEO of American Management Services, knows how to add to the essential bottom line—which is the ultimate measure of success.

Praise for Profits Aren't Everything, They're the Only Thing:

"A candid, 'tell it as it really is,' hard-hitting book. A must read for all small and midsized business owners."—Tom Cochran, CEO and executive director, The United States Conference of Mayors

If you would like to consider Profits Aren’t Everything, They’re the Only Thing for one of your classes, please order an examination copy. If you've already decided to require this book, please request a desk copy.

Graphic Novelization of Ginsberg’s HOWL Comes Just in Time for Film Release

Howl: A Graphic Novel by Allen Ginsberg and Eric DrookerAfter watching trailer for Howl starring James Franco as the famous beat poet Allen Ginsberg, I found myself becoming increasingly excited for its upcoming September 24, 2010 release date. The genre-bending biopic of one of America’s most important and influential poets consists of three different aspects that are interwoven together: Ginsberg’s early life in New York City, the obscenity trial that resulted from the publishing of his epic poem Howl, and an animated re-imagining of that poem.

Eric Drooker, painter, graphic novelist, and cover artist for The New Yorker, served as Animation Designer for the re-imagining of Howl. No stranger to Ginsberg’s work, Drooker collaborated with the famous poet on the book Illuminated Poems, providing illustrations to accompany pieces. Inspired by his work on the film Howl, Drooker appropriately felt that the Epic Poem would make a beautiful graphic novel.

Howl: A Graphic Novel provides students a visualization of the poem, stanza by stanza, drawing inspiration from storyboards and animations created during the film’s production. This artistic interpretation makes Ginsberg’s prophetic masterpiece—which rages against dehumanizing society—perhaps the most accessible it has ever been.

Looking for more ways to use Ginsberg’s work in a classroom? Check out WebEnglishTeacher’s resources. Also, listen to Howl straight from the mouth of Ginsberg himself! There is also an official website for Howl, providing more information on the film.

If you would like to consider Howl: A Graphic Novel for one of your classes, please order an examination copy. If you've already decided to require this book, please request a desk copy.

Paul Hawken Updates His Controversial Critique of Businesses with THE ECOLOGY OF COMMERCE

The Ecology of Commerce: A Delcaration of Sustainability by Paul HawkenSeventeen years after its original publication, the newly revised edition of Paul Hawken’s The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability comes at a most urgent time for businesses: Both large and small companies must work to increase sustainability and decrease their abuse of the environment not only because it is the right thing to do for the earth—but—increasingly, their customers demand it. Hawken furthers his argument that business success and sustainable environmental practices don’t need to be—and cannot be—mutually exclusive.

Complete with a new introduction and updated statistics, this new edition continues Hawken’s mission to change the nature of business by defining obstacles to sustainability concretely and presenting specific routes to achieving clearly defined goals. This text reminds us that the phrase “the ecology of commerce” isn’t an oxymoron.

Praise for The Ecology of Commerce:

“When I first read Paul Hawken’s The Ecology of Commerce in 1994, he changed my life, my worldview, and my company—all for the better. Read this updated edition with an open mind and gain a clearer understanding of the complex relationship between business and the natural environment.” —Ray Anderson, founder and chair, Interface, Inc.

"The first important book of the 21st century. It may well revolutionize the relationship between business and the environment."— Don Falk

If you would like to consider The Ecology of Commerce for one of your classes, please order an examination copy. If you've already decided to require this book, please request a desk copy.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

American History Between the Civil War and World War I. REBIRTH OF A NATION by Jackson Lears

Rebirth of a Nation:  The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920 by Jackson Lears

In the half-century between the Civil War and World War I, the desire for a new beginning permeated American public life. In Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877–1920, award-winning historian Jackson Lears richly chronicles this momentous period when America reunited and began to form the world power of the twentieth century. Lears vividly captures imperialists, Gilded Age mavericks, and vaudeville entertainers, and illuminates the roles played by a variety of seekers, male and female, from populist farmers to avant-garde artists and writers to progressive reformers. Some were motivated by their own visions of Christianity; all were swept up in longings for revitalization.

In these years marked by wrenching social conflict and vigorous political debate, a modern America emerged and came to dominance on a world stage. Illuminating and authoritative, Rebirth of a Nation brilliantly weaves the remarkable story of this crucial epoch into a masterful work of history.

Praise for Rebirth of a Nation:

"A fascinating cultural history. . . . A major work by a leading historian at the top of his gameat once engaging and tightly argued. Like the best histories, it is also a book that speaks to our own time.”—New York Times Book Review

“Dazzling cultural history: smart, provocative, and gripping. It is also a book for our times, historically grounded, hopeful, and filled with humane, just, and peaceful possibilities. Lears, with keen insight, refashions even our best known stories." —Washington Post

If you would like to consider Rebirth of a Nation for one of your classes, please order an examination copy. If you've already decided to require this book, please request a desk copy.

First Page Video Series Featuring Thomas C. Foster, Author of HOW TO READ LITERATURE LIKE A PROFESSOR

In our First Page video series, Thomas C. Foster, author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor, leads students through the first page of twelve classroom classics. He shows students how the first page of a novel holds the key to style, point of view, narrative identity—and other important clues to what the novel holds in store for them.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
Demian by Hermann Hesse
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (translated by Edith Grossman)
The Grass Is Singing by Doris Lessing
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
The Odyssey of Homer translated by Richmond Lattimore
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

We hope you'll download these videos and share them with your students.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Now It's Time To Say Goodbye. LETTING GO by Karen Levin Coburn & Madge Lawrence Treeger

Letting Go:  A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger

It is that time of year againparents are getting their children ready for the life-changing experience of leaving for college, which involves for both parties such a wide range of emotions: pride, joy, excitement, panic, sadness, separation anxiety. My own best friend is in the midst of preparing for when her 18-year old son boards a plane next month at Newark Airport to begin his college adventure at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, far from his hometown of Great Neck, New York. Today the most e-mailed article in the New York Times is about the subject of what is often referred to by academics as "helicopter parents" or "velcro parents." The name of the article? "Students, Welcome to College; Parents, Go Home."

The best book on the subject of what the college years entail is Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger. Based on real-life experience and recommended by colleges and universities around the country, Letting Go offers compassionate, practical, and up-to-the-minute information to help parents with the emotional and social changes of the college years, such as:

• When should parents encourage independence?

• When should they intervene?

• What issues of identity and intimacy await students?

• What are normal feelings of disorientation and loneliness for students—and for parents?

• What is different about today’s college environment?

• What new concerns about safety, health and wellness, and stress will affect incoming classes?

The fifth edition features updated research on admissions and finances; identity and student development; student attitudes, including political and social views; health concerns and behaviors; use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs; choices of majors and careers; religious and spiritual beliefs and practices. This edition also includes examples of new programs and practices on campus that address growing concerns about mental health; safety and security; and sustainability; as well as new opportunities for international study, undergraduate research, interdisciplinary majors, and increased interaction with faculty.

The authors offer resources to Letting Go such as their free workshop guide--or you can invite the authors to speak on your campus. Plus, you can send parents this free audio which will prepare them to let go.

Free brochures in shrink-wrapped packs of 100 are available for orientation events. Please e-mail us to order.

Scribblers, Sculptors, and Scribes Praised in The Classical Outlook Journal

Scribblers, Sculptors and Scribes: A Companion to Wheelock's Latin and Other Introductory Textbooks, edited by Richard A. LaFleurRecently, the supplementary reader for the Wheelock’s Latin curriculum, Scribblers, Sculptors and Scribes was featured in The Classical Outlook journal. Edited by Richard A. LaFleur, one of the country’s leading Latinists, this reader is the first to offer original Latin source text for every level of learner. Students will use original inscriptions, proverbs, and texts to successfully complement and enhance their study of Latin.

In addition, LaFleur constructed an answer key to aid educators in incorporating this text into their curriculum. Available through a service known as NetGalley, the answer key for Scribblers, Sculptors and Scribes can be requested by educators once they have created a free account. After filling out a short form, qualifying individuals will be granted access to the key.
The following is an excerpt from the Scribblers, Sculptors, and Scribes feature in The Classical Outlook:

“Scribblers, Sculptors and Scribes: A Companion to Wheelock’s Latin and Other Introductory Textbooks (ISBN 0061259187) is an outstanding new anthology of thoroughly authentic, unaltered classical texts, selected and annotated for students who are just beginning to read Latin. Expertly edited by Richard A. LaFleur, the content of Scribblers, Sculptors and Scribe is divided into forty chapters specifically linked to corresponding lessons in the Wheelock curriculum, but may be used as an ancillary with any entry-level Latin course. LaFleur’s introduction provides the context for this reader, which is to provide students with an understanding and appreciation for the writings of everyday Roman men and women, as well as the “movers and shakers” of the Empire.”

If you would like to consider Scribblers, Sculptors and Scribes for one of your classes, please order an examination copy. If you've already decided to require this book, please request a desk copy.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Are You Friends With Mark Twain? Would You Like to Be?

Mark Twain
With social media sights becoming more and more popular, teachers seem to be scrambling to find ways of incorporating them into their curriculum. Yesterday I came across what I feel is the cleverest way to date. Simple in theory, a teacher came up with a template that mirrors a Facebook page. What better way for a student to demonstrate knowledge about a famous person from history or a character from a story than to create a Facebook profile for them? The actually template may not be totally applicable to all subjects but the idea surely is!

Who do you wish—whether from history, literature, or current events—had a Facebook account? What do you think it would say? Call me cheesy but this just seems like it would be lots of fun.
Below I’ve listed some famous people that I, personally, would love to see profiles for:
Mark Twain
· Boo Radley from To Kill a Mockingbird

Feel free to comment with other potential “profiles” or with any other innovative uses of the Facebook-template idea.

If you would like to consider any of the above titles for one of your classes, please order an examination copy. If you've already decided to require this book, please request a desk copy.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Walter Dean Myers!

Monster by Walter Dean MyersThanks to ReadWriteThink’s “Calendar Activities” webpage, I discovered that today is the 73rd birthday of Walter Dean Myers. Author of many young adult titles, Myers is perhaps best known for Monster. A wildly popular title for young adults, Monster tells the story of 16 year old Steve accused of being the “lookout” for a convenience story robbery that ended in murder—who notes that his life feels like it should be a movie. True to form, the book is uniquely written in the form of a screenplay; the reader follows Steve as he goes on trial for a crime he may or may not have committed.

The unique nature of the book and highly engaging plot are among the reasons why this book has been so successful in the eyes of critics, teachers, and students alike. Countless young adults are connecting with this provocative coming of age story on a regular basis and its popularity doesn’t show signs of slowing. With this in mind, we would like to wish Walter Dean Myers, author of the Michael L. Printz award winning Monster, a very happy birthday.

Praise for Monster:
“Chilling and engrossing”—New York Times

“The sheer authenticity of the novel and its presentation are disquieting—and totally riveting.”—Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Committee

“A riveting courtroom drama that will leave a powerful, haunting impression on young minds.”—Publishers Weekly

In addtion, check out some useful teaching resources for Monster from WebEnglishTeacher

If you would like to consider Monster for one of your classes, please order an examination copy. If you've already decided to require this book, please request a desk copy.

Why Is Weather So Fascinating? THE WEATHER OF THE FUTURE by Heidi Cullen

The Weather of the Future by Heidi CullenA story off the Associated Press wire today headlined "Huge Ice Island Splits From Greenland" notes that:

"An island of ice more than four times the size of Manhattan is drifting across the Arctic Ocean after breaking off from a glacier in Greenland, potentially threatening shipping lanes and oil platforms.

The iceberg is moving toward the Nares Strait, which separates the northwestern coast of Greenland and Ellesmere Island of Canada.

If it makes it into the strait before the winter freeze, the iceberg will probably be carried south by ocean currents, hugging Canada’s eastern coast until it enters waters busy with oil and shipping activities off Newfoundland.

'That’s where it starts to become dangerous,' said Mark Drinkwater of the European Space Agency.

Scientists say this ice island is the biggest in the Northern Hemisphere since 1962."

As someone who is sitting in her office high above midtown Manhattan as she types this blog post, it seems absolutely incredible that "an island of ice four times the size of Manhattan is drifting across the Arctic Ocean." All I can mutter is a stunned "Wow!" I think the reason why everyone finds the subject of weather so fascinating and awe-inspiring is because the weather is random and powerful and has the ability to make or break our lives.

A perfect book for weather enthusiasts is the recently published The Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planet. Written by Heidi Cullen, one of America’s foremost climatologists and environmental journalists, Cullen offers a fascinating glimpse into the future and offers a provocative forecast of what different parts of the world could look like in the year 2050 if we do not reduce carbon emissions from current levels. Combining interviews with climate scientists from around the world with state-of-the-art climate model projections, this essential volume spells out the inherent risks that global warming poses for everyone—not just those who live on the coasts (on that note, watch out for that huge piece of floating ice from Greenland...).

If you would like to consider The Weather of the Future for one of your classes, please order an examination copy. If you've already decided to require this book, please request a desk copy.

If you would like to see other Environmental Studies books that we have to offer, please take a look at our online Environmental Studies catalog.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Path to Power from a Leader in Management Theory

Power: Why Some People Have It—and Others Don't by Jeffrey PfefferNearly two decades after the release of Managing with Power, Jeffrey Pfeffer revisits the topic that he is well known for. Power: Why Some People Have It—and Others Don’t combines the advice of Pfeffer—named one of the top ten management gurus in the country by the Wall Street Journal—with surprising research to show students how to succeed and wield power in the real world.

Pointing out the common pitfalls on the path to success, Power reveals that most people often don’t have a realistic understanding of what makes some more successful than others. With advice that seems to work against reason—such as the suggestion that one can’t learn about power from those already in charge—one of the leading business school professors in the country identifies very realistic steps and ways of thought that can lead to success and acquisition of power. This primer is an organizational survival manual that provides a fresh and practical guide to obtaining power and achieving success.

Praise for Power:

“The leading thinker on the topic of power, Pfeffer here distills his wisdom into an indispensable guide.” — Jim Collins, author of Good to Great and How the Mighty Fall

"Forget everything you've read in best sellers about quiet competence and servant leadership. In Power, Stanford University professor Jeffrey Pfeffer offers an unsentimental blueprint for getting noticed and achieving high goals." — BizEd Magazine Review

If you would like to consider Power for one of your classes, please order an examination copy. If you've already decided to require this book, please request a desk copy.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Words We Live By: A Fascinating Guide To The Constitution

The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution by Linda MonkShould the Internet be regulated or does that impinge on freedom of speech? Does “the right of the people to bear arms” refer to individual citizens or organized militias?

Linda Monk explores these and other highly debated topics in The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution. Drawing on interpretations by influential individuals ranging from Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Thurgood Marshall to Charlton Heston, Monk offers a new way to look at the Constitution by providing historical perspective as well as fascinating and surprising facts.

Monk, the two time recipient of the American Bar Association’s “Silver Gavel Award” for public education about law, presents a text that is sure to be a valuable resource for all who want a better insight into one of our country’s most important documents.

Praise for The Words We Live By:

“In The Words We Live By, Linda Monk has created a treasure—a wonderfully accessible yet deeply insightful guide to our Constitution which should be read and enjoyed by a wide audience of old and young alike.” —Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian

“An extraordinary work. Linda Monk's The Words We Live By is an exceptionally dear, illuminating guide to our fundamental rights and liberties.”—Nat Hentoff, The Village Voice

“Anyone reading The Words We Live By will finish it with a greater understanding of the Constitution and a new respect for how it has secured freedom and self-government for the last two centuries” —Steve Chapman, syndicated columnist, Chicago Tribune

If you would like to consider The Words We Live By for one of your classes, please order an examination copy. If you've already decided to require this book, please request a desk copy.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Film Adaptation: Friend or Foe?

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

After reading an article on CNN’s website about the adaptation of a text to film, I began to reflect on the different ways adaptation has been a part of both my personal and academic life. Many teachers tend to consider adaptations of texts to be a bad thing; fears that students will gravitate towards the film adaptation to save the time of reading the actual text make these frosty feelings understandable. However it seems that there is potential for enriching students’ experiences with the text by including adaptation into the curriculum.

How many of us have read a book and then seen the subsequent film adaptation when it was released? What is our natural tendency? If you are like me, you are constantly comparing the two mediums to each other; inevitably you form an opinion as to which version you prefer. You likely walk away having made an internal “checklist,” detailing what aspects of the story were more successful in the film vs. the written text. In order to evaluate a film adaptation in this way, one first must grasp the written text.

Perhaps, then, a film is not a student’s shortcut to convincing a teacher that they have read a text (when they haven’t) but rather a perfect way for a teacher to check their level comprehension. In a film adaptation of a text, there are (with few exceptions) differences; things may be left out from the written text, events embellished upon to enhance the “Hollywood effect,” etc. A perfect example of these differences is the Harry Potter series; the first film was almost exactly the same as the book but as each book became longer, more needed to be left out of the films.

By having students first read a text and then view the film adaptation, a teacher may be surprised by the results. In my experience, many students prefer the original book to the film; filmmakers have a tough task when trying to beat the “mind-movies” made while reading. It is both the similarities and differences of the two mediums that lend themselves to academic study and ask the students to consider the value and drawbacks of each.

In my college coursework I was also able to work with film adaptation in several interesting ways. Perhaps the most memorable came in a course on adaptations of famous works by William Shakespeare. We spent the bulk of the semester reading the plays and then viewing/critiquing film versions. Ultimately, we were put into groups and charged with the task of choosing a play and creating a proposal (or “pitch”) for an adaptation of our own design; we would then make our pitch to the professor and class. This is a perfect example of the different and creative ways that film adaptation can be incorporated into all levels of the academic world. Feel free to comment with any other creative ideas for using film to an educator’s advantage in the classroom.

Also, check out some of our titles that have been (or will soon be) adapted into films:

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner
  3. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
  4. Marley & Me by John Grogan
  5. Finding Fish by Antwone Fisher (Film titled Antwone Fisher)
  6. The Art of the Heist by Myles Connor Jr. (William Monahan, the screenwriter for the Martin Scorsese’s Boston-set thriller “The Departed,” will direct the adaptation)

Friday, August 6, 2010

What Could You Do With A Postcard?

Shortly after I started working at HarperAcademic (just over two weeks ago) I began furiously trying to catch up on our backlist of titles, considering the multitude of ways that they could be used in an educational context. One series of titles that I came across and found to be incredibly fascinating were the PostSecret texts. The PostSecret Project was started by Frank Warren; he had a simple request: anonymously decorate a postcard, revealing a secret that you have never told anyone before, and send it to his foundation. Not expecting much of a response, Warren was overwhelmed by the responses that continue to come in. Some funny, some darkly revealing, responses ranged from “I waste office supplies because I hate my boss” to “I am a Southern Baptist pastor’s wife. No one knows that I do not believe in God.”

While I am enthralled by the series personally, I began to think about how these texts could be incorporated into an academic forum. Having just reviewed Tony Romano’sOn Writing” section on his new website, which provides tips, activities, and prompts, I realized that these postcards could be used in a similar way. A possible writing prompt for a creative writing class or unit could be to take a randomly selected PostSecret postcard and write a piece inspired by it. The powerful nature of the submissions and the raw emotion these postcards present lend themselves well to extrapolating character traits and stories leading to (or resulting from)their confessions.

For example, one of the submissions was “call me. Dad died.” Those 4 words carry the weight of thousands. Asking a student to take the postcard further will force them to ask questions; how did dad die, why didn’t the other person know, etc. At the heart of these cards (and good story and character development) are complex and real human emotions which students should find challenging yet rewarding to try and flesh out.

This is just one example that I came up with, feel free to comment with any additional ideas of how to use The PostSecret project in an educational context.

Also, check out this video of more postcards received!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

For the Writer in Us All: Author Tony Romano Launches New Website!

If You Eat, You Never Die by Tony RomanoTony Romano , the critically acclaimed author of When the World Was Young and If You Eat, You Never Die,has recently launched a personal website. While the entire website provides an interesting look into Tony’s mind, perhaps the most fascinating (and valuable) element is his “On Writing” section. Here, Tony provides activities to help all writers; whether accomplished authors or a class full of young students who are just finding their “writing legs,” Tony’s tips and activities are sure to help. With productive but fun writing prompts and activities—one of which asks you to write a dialogue between two people you have encountered in your life—Tony is extending his writing expertise in an incredibly accessible way. In addition to the writing prompts, Tony also shares some personal tricks to breaking out of “writers block” and preventing a burn-out; one tip I found incredibly helpful was his advice to learn when the best thing you can do for your writing is to take a break from it! This website is sure to be continuously helpful for educators of all levels, with Tony poised to provide us new tips on a fairly regular basis.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Summer Assignment: Write a Haiku

ESSENTIAL HAIKU edited by Robert HaasTeachers tell us that their students' poetry skills flourish when they are asked to write a Haiku. I think students like the mix of creativity and rules.

In that spirit, we asked the younger people in our department to write a Haiku.

Kieran Patrick Parker was given the subject waiting for 5 o’clock:

Patiently Waiting
Time Drags on Like a Dead Leg
Freedom So Far Off

Our lovely coordinator—who wishes to remain unnamed—chose to write about her lousy weekend trip to Boston:

I went to Boston
No sticky buns to be had
Just cat fights and tears.

For more Haiku inspiration, take a look at Essential Haiku edited by Robert Haas—which contains classic works by Matsuo Bashō, Yosa Buson, and Kobayashi Issa.

Do you Haiku?

Back to School Food for Thought

Boy Alone: A Brother's Memoir by Karl Taro GreenfeldNow that we’ve crossed over into the month of August, millions of students will begin preparing to go back to school, whether it is elementary school or college. Many will be surprised that the summer passed so quickly and be saddened by their imminent return to the classroom. The prospect of reuniting with friends separated from by the summer months will act, for many, as a silver lining. In addition to these emotions, feelings of anxiousness are sure to surface for students as the start of each school year signifies a change; many students are changing schools, going onto the next level or schooling, etc.

Millions of students with disabilities will be negotiating the same emotions in addition to concerns that they will be looked as different or not included as a result of their condition. The New York Times provides a fairly refreshing example of students with disabilities being included as a part of the school community. Highlighting Garner Moss, a high school junior with autism, the piece describes a school district that makes inclusion of students with disabilities a high priority; the district has only five percent of their students in separated, or “self-contained,” classrooms.

Many supporters for inclusion suggest that separating students with disabilities creates a stigma due to lack of exposure and understanding. Perhaps the best way to gain a more genuine understanding that “disability” means someone is “different,” not “worse,” is through direct and meaningful interaction. Garner Moss’ classmates realized that, while he was different in some ways, he was also very much like them and they were able to have authentic relationships with him. Many teachers and college professors have found that reading memoirs of interactions and experiences with disabilities is another valuable way to increase awareness and change perception.

In Boy Alone: A Brother’s Memoir, Karl Taro Greenfeld reflects on his experiences growing up with a brother who has autism. He provides an honest and complex account on what it was like to grow up in the shadow of his brother, complete with emotions ranging from rage, confusion, and love. Combining personal reflection with both the history of autism and current research surrounding it, Boy Alone shines a light on a disability that is becoming increasingly more prevalent in our society, providing a perspective sure to enlighten teachers and students who interact with individuals with disabilities.

If you would like to consider Boy Alone: A Brother’s Memoir for one of your classes, please order an examination copy. If you've already decided to require this book, please request a desk copy.