Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Discover the Science of Human-Animal Relations with SOME WE LOVE, SOME WE HATE, SOME WE EAT by Hal Herzog

Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat:  Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals by Hal Herzog

Does living with a pet really make people happier and healthier? What can students learn from biomedical research with mice? Who enjoys a better quality of life—the chicken on a dinner plate or a rooster who dies in a Saturday night cockfight? Why is it wrong to eat the family dog? Drawing on over two decades of research in the emerging field of anthrozoology, the science of human-animal relations, Hal Herzog, a Professor of Psychology at Western Carolina University, offers surprising answers to these and other questions related to the moral conundrums we face day in and day out regarding the creatures with whom we share our world.

Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals is a highly entertaining and illuminating journey through the full spectrum of human-animal relations, based on Herzog’s groundbreaking research on animal rights activists, cockfighters, professional dog show handlers, veterinary students, and biomedical researchers. Blending anthropology, history, brain science, behavioral economics, evolutionary psychology, and philosophy, Herzog carefully crafts a seamless narrative enriched with real life anecdotes, scientific research, and his own sense of moral ambivalence.

Praise for Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat:

"A fascinating, thoughtful, and thoroughly enjoyable exploration of a major dimension of human experience."—Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Language Instinct : How the Mind Creates Language

"Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat is one of a kind. I don't know when I've read anything more comprehensive about our highly involved, highly contradictory relationships with animals, relationships which we mindlessly, placidly continue no matter how irrational they may be." —Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Deer: Lessons from the Natural World

“Hal Herzog does for our relationships with animals what Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma did for our relationships with food. Presenting cutting-edge research and real-world stories with wit, sophistication, and charm, Herzog shows us that the relationships we have with animals, even the ones that just a minute ago seemed so sensible, are riddled with contradictions and complexities. The book is a joy to read, and no matter what your beliefs are now, it will change how you think.” —Sam Gosling, Professor of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin, and author of Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You

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A Special Offer: Omid Safi's MEMORIES OF MUHAMMAD

Today’s students live in a world filled with so much media noise surrounding Muhammad and Islam that it is essential for them to learn about the historical Muhammad before they can engage in meaningful discussions.

In Memories of Muhammad: Why the Prophet Matters, Omid Safi, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, provides a three-dimensional portrait of Muhammad—and the one billion people who follow him today.

Here is a lens through which students can view both the genesis of Islamic religion and the grand sweep of Islam history—right up to the hot-button issues of today.

“A fresh investigation of Islam’s Prophet that uncovers a complex personality. . . . [Safi’s] depiction of a profoundly humane and compassionate visionary offers a much needed corrective to the darker perspective promulgated by some Islamic extremists.”—Booklist (starred review)

SPECIAL OFFER FOR PROFESSORS: Memories of Muhammad will be available in paperback ($14.99) in November—in time to assign for the spring semester. The first 250 professors who respond may have a FREE hardcover to examine now for possible course adoption. The hardcover ($24.99, ISBN 978-0-06-123134-6) will ship to college addresses in the United States only. This hardcover examination copy is yours to keep whether you assign for class or not. Please use this form to request a copy.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bible Basics for Students

BIBLICAL LITERACY by Timothy BealAfter my first week in college, it became very clear to me that I would not flourish as a literature major if I didn't "get" the Biblical references that are peppered throughout most of Western literature. Only one student in my intro course did—and she was a minister's daughter. The rest of us barely knew the basics—and we spent the rest of the semester playing catch up.

I'm glad that I put in the effort. Yes, I did nicely on the my term paper—but—even today—knowing the key stories of the Old and New Testaments helps me make sense of art, politics, world affairs, and people.

Frankly, I would have been grateful to have been assigned Timothy Beal's Biblical Literacy: The Essential Stories Everyone Needs to Know. Professor Beal's book covers the Old and New Testaments—and he showcases the Bible stories that have most shaped history and our world. He provides the key information students need to understand these profound stories—and he delves into important historical and cultural background information so that students can fully understand the impact of these stories on the world we live in now.

The paperback edition will publish in October (ISBN 9780061718670, $15.99). If you think Biblical Literacy makes sense for your students, please request a desk copy.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Other People's Lives: Memoirs

We publish our share of memoirs—and I'm always amazed at how they arrive in my in-box rubberbanded together into the oddest pairings.

This week? Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude by Neal Pollack, The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book with a Foreword by M.F.K. Fisher, and Phoebe Potts's Good Eggs—a graphic memoir about her aspirations as an artist, neurotic family, and her quest to conceive a baby—arrived on the same day.

What do an overweight, skeptical guy who unexpectedly falls into bliss with yoga, Gertude Stein's "secretary companion," and a woman struggling with infertility have in common? Well, not much—except that they're interesting people—and I'm glad I got to meet them.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Be One of the First 200 to Respond and Receive a FREE Hardcover Examination Copy Now!*

Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth by Alister McGrath In today’s age, the line between heresy and orthodoxy is becoming increasingly blurred; many are eager to reject the sanctioned beliefs about Christianity, claiming the dogma is outdated and restricts individual freedom. Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth by Alister McGrath makes the argument that the church must continue to defend the truth about Jesus by revealing the surprising history of heresy and rival forms of Christianity. In anticipation of the upcoming paperback release, we are offering free hardcover examination copies to the first 200 to respond.

McGrath refutes many misconceptions regarding the history of Christianity, equipping the church to meet the challenge from renewed forms of heresy by presenting a powerful and deeply attractive new orthodoxy backed by historical evidence.

Praise for Heresy:
“Not only a riveting story of ancient controversies, but also a much needed and timely correction to the commonly held notion that heretics were mostly free thinkers who challenged a narrow and closed orthodoxy.”— Justo L. Gonz├ílez, author of The Story of Christianity

“A penetrating examination by an intellectual powerhouse.”—Booklist

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Ellen Galinsky's MIND IN THE MAKING Gives Groundbreaking Advice on Child Development

Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen GalinskyHow can teachers foster the skills that children need to achieve their full potential—the skills that will allow them to take on life's challenges, communicate well with others, and remain committed to learning? Ellen Galinsky, President of the Families and Work Institute, has provided the answer in Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs.

Here are Galinsky’s own studies and the findings of the most outstanding researchers in child development and neuroscience—grouped into seven critical areas in a child’s life: (1) focus and self control; (2) perspective taking; (3) communicating; (4) making connections; (5) critical thinking; (6) taking on challenges; and (7) self-directed, engaged learning.

For each of these skills, Galinsky shows teachers what the studies have proven, and she provides numerous concrete things that teachers can do—starting today—to strengthen these skills in their students.

Also, be sure to check out Ellen's interview with Katie Couric!

Praise for Mind in the Making:
“A valuable resource! Ellen Galinsky’s extensive research reveals important insights into the science of early learning.”—Adele Faber, co-author of How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk

“Ellen Galinsky—already the go-to person on interaction between families and the workplace—draws on fresh research to explain what we OUGHT to be teaching our children. This is must-reading for everyone who cares about America’s 21st century.”—Judy Woodruff, Senior Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Early Christianity Expert Pamela Eisenbaum Presents Little-Known, True Story of the Apostle Paul

Paul Was Not a Christian: The Original Message of a Misunderstood Apostle by Pamela EisenbaumIn Paul Was Not a Christian: The Original Message of a Misunderstood Apostle, Professor Pamela Eisenbaum gives students an intense look at the historical Paul to reveal some startling truths: The apostle Paul was NOT a convert to Christianity. In fact, he believed that Jesus would unite Jews and Gentiles and that his work would be part of an evolution of the Jewish faith. Since there was no religious category known as “Christianity” at the time, Eisenbaum positions Paul’s faith in Jesus and his teachings as his hope for a reformation of the Jewish faith—not the formation of a new one.

Eisenbaum, reverses the image we have of Paul as a model for Christian conversion and greatly increases our understanding of both Judaism and Christianity. Provocatively argued and far-reaching in its implications, Paul Was Not a Christian is a much-needed corrective to the traditional portrait of Paul and his divisive legacy.
Praise for Paul Was Not a Christian:

“This book’s great accomplishment is to show us a historically plausible picture of a fully Jewish Paul who was also fully committed to Christ.”—Dr. Stanley Stowers, Chair of Religious Studies, Brown University

“Very highly recommended to both scholars and laypersons as all will gain from it.”—Alan F. Segal, Professor of Religion and Jewish Studies Barnard College, Columbia University

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Teaching Humane Food Production and Sustainability: RIGHTEOUS PORKCHOP by Nicolette Hahn Niman

Righteous Porkchop:  Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms by Nicolette Hahn Niman

Students know that it’s best to avoid the meat, poultry, milk, and eggs produced by the often shocking practices of big agribusiness—but do they know how to do this? Do they know how to reclaim the pleasures of delicious, healthful, honest food? In Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms they learn how to do all this and more.

Nicolette Hahn Niman takes students along on her search for that “righteous porkchop,” the one that is produced from a traditionally farmed animal in an environmentally sound and humane manner. As students witness the worst and the best practices of ranchers and farmers, they’ll learn how to make better choices for themselves and the environment. And, Nicolette ends their trip in the grocery aisle—where she teaches students what to look for on labels, why to skip animal products from outside the United States, and what questions to ask when eating out.

Praise for Righteous Porkchop:

“[B]rims with hope and charts a practical (and even beautiful) path out of the jungle.”—Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food

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Lasting Lessons in Management from the Experts at the WALL STREET JOURNAL

The Wall Street Journal Essential Guide to Management: Lasting Lessons from the Best Leadership Minds of our TimeThe twelve clear-but not overly simplified-chapters of The Wall Street Journal Essential Guide to Management: Lasting Lessons from the Best Leadership Minds of our Time give students hard-won management lessons in an accessible format:

1. Management 2. Leadership 3. Motivation 4. People 5. Strategy 6. Execution 7. Teams 8. Change 9. Financial Literacy 10. Going Global 11. Ethics 12. You

Drawing on the classic works of such masters as Peter Drucker and Jim Collins as well as current research, insights, from leading CEOs, and the collective wisdom of his Wall Street Journal colleagues, Allan Murray summarizes each topic to provide more than just the basics, and he gives suggestions for further reading.

Here is a value for your students: A $9.99 paperback that can be used as a text for introductory courses, and one that is likely to be a resource that they will turn to throughout their academic and business lives.

Please let us know if you need a desk copy and feel free to tell us what you think of the book.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Rao’s THE WAY OF BOYS Shines an Informed Light on Boyhood Development

The Way of Boys:Promoting the Social and Emotional Development of Young Boys by Anthony RaoIn an age when conditions such as ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, and bipolar disorder are increasingly diagnosed and misdiagnosed, will the future teachers in your classroom even know what normal is for a boy between the ages of two and seven? How will they know the difference between symptoms of an actual disorder and typical boyhood behavior?

Based on Anthony Rao’s longitudinal studies, The Way of Boys:Promoting the Social and Emotional Development of Young Boys provides an eye-opening interpretation of boyhood development to show that quite often the symptoms leading to these (mis)diagnoses are often just “the storm before the calm,” a temporary lapse in skills preceding a major cognitive leap forward. His commonsense text provides a guide to the distinct challenges of educating and raising young boys and reaffirms the old adage that “boys will be boys.”

Praise for Way of Boys:
“This book offers clear understanding of the various and varied ways boys grow and develop into healthy, well-adjusted adults. Many of the modern obstacles to this development…fall away after one reads Dr. Rao’s compassionate, specific, problem-solving book.”Michael Gurian, author of The Purpose of Boys

“Restores our faith in normal boy development (with all its ups and downs).”—Michael Thompson, Ph.D., author of Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys

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Ariel Glucklich Explores Religion and the Motivation Behind Terrorism in DYING FOR HEAVEN

Dying for Heaven:Holy Pleasure and Suicide Bombers—Why the Best Qualities of Religion are also Its Most DangerousAriel Glucklich, author of Dying for Heaven:Holy Pleasure and Suicide Bombers—Why the Best Qualities of Religion are also Its Most Dangerous, Georgetown professor of religion, and advisor to the U.S. defense community, shows students how the religious values of faith, honor, and self-sacrifice can be turned into dangerous weapons—and he reveals what the true motivations fueling those who perpetrate violence in the name of religion are—and what they aren’t. For instance:

• Religious terrorists are not acting out of a hatred of outsiders. Often, they are attempting to fight internal enemies or “heretics” within their own societies—and sincerely believe they are motivated by love.
• A belief in paradise is not a chief factor in their willingness to die for their cause. In fact, it is more likely a desire for fame, honor, and respect from their peers in the here and now.

Praise for Dying for Heaven:

“This study should be read by policy makers, social scientists, and anyone fascinated with what lies behind the awesome power of religious faith.”—Mark Juergensmeyer, author of Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence

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Perman’s IN-N-OUT BURGER Provides Revolutionary Business Philosophy and Cultural History

In-N-Out Burger: A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast Food Chain That Breaks All the Rules by Stacy PermanThe New York Times bestselling In-N-Out Burger: A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast Food Chain That Breaks All the Rules reveals the untold story of the non-conforming hamburger chain that continues to exceed expectations as it struggles against the fast food industry it helped pioneer. This is not just a tale of a unique and profitable business; as Stacy Perman's story of In-N-Out Burger unfolds, so too does the cultural history of America as influenced and shaped by car culture and fast food. In-N-Out Burger goes further than a typical historical piece, teaching a lesson in a counterintuitive approach to doing business where quality, customers, and employees are more important than exorbitant profits and rapid expansion.

Praise for In-N-Out Burger:

In-N-Out Burger isn’t just a good book about the rise of a fast-food chain—it’s an exciting saga about a family who created a profitable company that serves great food and still treats its customers and employees decently.”—Andrew F. Smith, author of Hamburger: A Global History

“At last, the great American small business story gets told. It is a reassuring read in uncertain times, reminding business owners to listen to customers, do what you love, and have fun doing it.”—Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group Limited

If you would like to consider In-N-Out Burger 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, September 9, 2010

New in Paperback: THE FUTURE OF FAITH by Harvey Cox

Just as he did in his landmark The Secular City, Harvey Cox explores an essential change taking place in the religious landscape in his newest book The Future of Faith (paperback, 9780061755538, $15.99).

As religious people shift their focus to ethical guidelines and spiritual disciplines—not doctrine—Harvey Cox sees a universal trend away from hierarchical, regional, patriarchal, and institutional religion to new grassroots movements based in community, social justice, and spiritual experience.

“For the last four decades, Harvey Cox has been the leading trend spotter in American religion.”—Stephen Prothero, author of Religious Literacy

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Landmark American Political Journalism: THE MAKING OF THE PRESIDENT Series by Theodore H. White

The Making of the President 1964 by Theodore H. White

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Theodore H. White's classic The Making of the President series revolutionized the way modern presidential campaigns are reported.

The Making of a President 1964 details the dramatic year of decision that began with the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November 1963, swept through the civil war within the Republican Party and the national Civil Rights Movement, and climaxed in the battle for power between Lyndon B. Johnson and Barry Goldwater.

The Making of the President 1968 portrays the turbulent presidential contest that put Richard Nixon in the White House. White chronicles a campaign that saw the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, and came down to a neck-and-neck finish between Nixon and his tenacious opponent Hubert Humphrey.

The Making of the President 1972 takes a balanced look at both sides of the race, Democrat and Republican, as White details the lead up to the historic, precedent-shattering landslide victory of Richard Nixon over George McGovern.

If you would like to consider any of the books from The Making of the President series for one of your classes, please order an examination copy. If you've already decided to require any of these books, please request a desk copy.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Choosing Your Freshman Common Book: The Newly Updated BOOKS FOR THE FIRST-YEAR STUDENT CATALOG Is Now Available Online

Books for the First-Year Student Catalog

When your incoming freshmen class arrives on campus it is natural as an educator to simultaneously have high hopes and great concerns for them. How many will thrive in this new and different academic environment? And, just as crucial, how many will lose their way during the tumultuous first year of college? In our newly updated Books for the First-Year Student catalog you will find titles for your freshmen that will make their first year of college easier to navigate. 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, literally linking today’s internet technology to the joy of learning. Here are books that are solid choices for freshmen common read programs: classic fiction such as One Hundred Years of Solitude and Brave New World; contemporary fiction such as Bel Canto and In Country; contemporary nonfiction such as the critically acclaimed books The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and The Weight of a Mustard Seed; contemporary nonfiction books that are considered classics in their fields of study such as Fast Food Nation and Freakonomics. These are all distinguished books that never fail to generate excitement when read, discussed, and critically analyzed in the classroom setting among students.

Included in the newly updated Books for the First-Year Student catalog are just released and soon-to-be-released books that are destined to be on you and your students “must-read” list, including:

These books, like all of the books featured in the catalog, spark serious discussion across disciplines, thereby allowing all students to participate. We hope that the newly updated Books for the First-Year Student catalog makes your important and often daunting task of choosing a memorable freshman common read less overwhelming and far more enjoyable.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Story of Christianity: Updated and Revised Editions

The original editions of The Story of Christianity found a place in college classrooms soon after they were published in the early 80s. However, much has changed in the last 25 years—and author and church historian Justo Gonzalez has revised and updated his two classic volumes to include:
  • New archaeological discoveries that give students a better view of the early Christian Church and communities of Christians.

  • Advances in the recovery of Gnostic texts that have revealed a richer diversity of “Christianities” in the first century.

  • The latest research into the role of women throughout the history of the Christian Church.

  • A look at how Christianity has been in decline in Europe and the US—and on the rise in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

THE STORY OF CHRISTIANITY by Justo GonzalezThe Story of Christianity: Volume 1, The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation is available now. (ISBN 9780061855887, paperback, $25.99)

The Story of Christianity: Volume 2, The Reformation to the Present Day will be available in early December—in time for spring adoption. (ISBN 9780061855894, paperback, $24.99)

Both will continue to give students a thorough and reasoned introduction to the history of Christianity.

If you need a desk copy of either volume, please let us know.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND: A Moving Tale of Overcoming Adversity and the Power of Knowledge

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William KamkwambaWilliam Kamkwamba, co-author (along with Bryan Mealer) of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope, like the other children in Malawi, Africa, grew up entrenched in poverty and surrounded by disease. His family, poor farmers by trade, could barely afford enough food for one meal a day, let alone spend the $80 annual school tuition. Not allowing himself or his dreams to be crushed, William spent his free time reading books from a local library to try and overcome his lack of education. Eventually he stumbled across a book about electricity and was particularly intrigued by a section on energy provided by windmills.

Inspired by his dream of providing a better life for himself and his family, William set out to build a small windmill to supply electricity to power tiny light bulbs and a radio. As word of his ingenuity spread, however, William achieved much greater things. His amazing achievements have led him to be featured in the Wall Street Journal and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and he is currently enrolled at Dartmouth College.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is an inspirational story that shows not only the potential of renewable energy, but also what can be accomplished when a person truly puts their heart and soul into something. William is a shining role model and source of inspiration for his generation.

Praise for The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind:
“William Kamkwamba’s achievements with wind energy should serve as a model of what one person, with an inspired idea, can do to tackle the crisis we face. His book tells a moving and exciting story.”—Al Gore, former Vice President and Nobel Laureate

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a stunning narrative, a description of persistence and accomplishment told matter-of-factly…of greater worth is the humbling and inspiring example of intuition, inventiveness and determination that fuel Kamkwamba’s journey.”—Denver Post

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

Graham Schweig Releases The Most Accessible Translation of BHAGAVAD GITA To Date

Bhagavad Gita: The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Song by Graham SchweigBhagavad Gita: The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Song is often regarded as the Bible of India. With a gripping story and deeply compelling message, it is unquestionably one of the most popular sacred texts of Asia and, along with the Bible and the Qur'an, one of the most important holy scriptures in the world. Graham Schweig’s translation of the famous conversation between the Hindu god Krishna and the young prince Arjuna is perfectly suited for academic study; the glossary, pronunciation guide, and expert commentary provide greater ease of understanding.

Not only is the Bhagavad Gita one of the most important works in the history of world literature, but it is read in thousands of yoga studios across the country and Business Week recently reported that “it has replaced The Art of War as the hip new ancient Eastern management text.”

Praise for Bhagavad Gita:

“Schweig’s new, beautiful, and accessible translation of the Gita, backed by his enormous knowledge and authoritative commentary, will remain the standard text of this marvelous Song for years to come, if indeed it is ever superseded.”—Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions

“The Bhagavad Gita is a religious classic; Graham Schweig’s felicitous translation of it deserves to be called a classic in its own right.”—Arvind Sharma, Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University, author of Our Religions

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Francis Flaherty’s THE ELEMENTS OF STORY, An Essential Guide for All Writers

The Elements of Story: Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing by Francis FlahertyIn the spirit of Strunk and White’s classic The Elements of Style, The Elements of Story: Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing offers 50 rules to story doctoring—perfecting the architecture and structure of a story to create prose that is riveting and persuasive. The hard-won techniques and strategies Francis Flaherty shares here have been culled from his 12 years teaching at NYU and 20-plus years as a journalist. With excerpts from published articles and stories straight from his experiences in the newsroom, this book provides story-level insights and principles that will benefit every student.

Flaherty provides writers at all levels of experience with real solutions to specific, common, and especially difficult problems of story writing. Unlike most on the shelf of writing books, The Elements of Story is not about run-on sentences, errant punctuation, or ambiguous antecedents. Instead, Flaherty warns students about common missteps and provides helpful guides like how to move a story along, write descriptively to “paint the setting,” and make a theme more impactful.

Praise for The Elements of Story:

“An essential read for both freelance writers and students of journalism.”—Library Journal

“A splendid book for journalists (new or old), fiction writers, essayists, and critics.”—Pete Hamill, author of A Drinking Life

If you would like to consider The Elements of Story for one of your classes, please order an
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Get a FREE Hardcover of Todd Kashdan’s Curious? Now! The Paperback Will Be Ready for the Spring Semester

Curious?: Discovering the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life by Todd KashdanCurious?: Discovering the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life by Todd Kashdan will be released in paperback in time for the spring 2011 semester. In anticipation of this, HarperAcademic is offering the first 400 respondents a complimentary hardcover edition to be reviewed for possible course adoption. Those interested in obtaining a hardcover copy of Curious? should email, providing their name, institution, mailing address, and the course for which the text may be adopted.

As he does with his students at George Mason University, Kashdan provides a concrete plan, showing students how nurturing their inherent desire to know more will lead to a happy life well lived. Using scientific research to back his advice, Kashdan shows that curiosity is a deep, complex phenomenon; our approach to things we are unfamiliar-caused by an intense desire to learn more-is important to a fulfilling life. Curiosity, he proves, is actually the spice of life.

Praise for Curious:
Curious? points the way to an exploring spirit that leads to wonderment, joy, and meaning. It’s one of those rare books that is both research-based and practical.”—David G. Myers, author, The Pursuit of Happiness

“Curiosity is what makes for great leaders, great parents, and great friends. Buttressed by the latest scientific research, Curious? is one of those rare books that can make you rethink how you see the world.”—Arianna Huffington

If you would like to consider Curious? for one of your classes, please order an
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