Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Think Better. Live Better.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THOUGHT: A Philosophical Guide to Living by Luc FerryNew Year. New you? Let French superstar philosopher Luc Ferry give your 2012 a book as he explains how the history of philosophy can teach you how to live a better life. Thomas Cathcut & Daniel Klein, authors of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, call Ferry’s A Brief History of Thought: A Philosophical Guide to Living “a fine introduction to philosophy and its fundamental relevance to living a meaningful life—for everyone from the man in the Acropolis to the man in the street.”

From the timeless wisdom of the ancient Greeks to Christianity, the Enlightenment, existentialism, and postmodernism, Luc Ferry’s brilliantly and accessibly explains the enduring teachings of philosophy—including its profound relevance to modern daily life and its essential role in achieving happiness and living a meaningful life.

Need more philosophy? Take a look at our philosophy catalog.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Reading Recommendations from Creative Writing Professor

Like many of you, Salvatore Pane—Creative Writing professor at the University of Pittsburgh—gets great joy out of recommending authors to students. Pane gives students authors to read in the hopes that they see echoes of their own work. By placing students’ work in conversation with their “established counterparts,” Pane wants to stoke their enthusiasm and help them develop as writers. We were excited to learn that Pane suggested several authors from our Harper Perennial imprint as literary role models for students in his courses. His recommendations included:

Pane also stresses to his students the importance of literary journals—and becoming active literary citizens, emphasizing that reading others work is just as important as submitting your own. As his model literary citizen, Pane uses Blake Butler, editor of the literature blog HTMLGiant as well as the journals Lamination Colony and No Colony.

What authors have you recommended to your students this year? Check out his list—did Pane miss any?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

HEY, BOO To Premiere on PBS American Masters

SCOUT, ATTICUS, AND BOO by Mary MurphyMark your calendars! Independent filmmaker Mary Murphy's Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird will be premiering on PBS American Masters, Friday, April 2nd at 10:00pm. The documentary explores Lee's life and unravels some of the mysteries surrounding her, including why she never published again. Containing never-before-seen photos and letters and an exclusive interview with Lee’s sister, Alice Finch Lee, the film also brings to light the context and history of the novel's Deep South setting and the social changes it inspired after publication.

Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Wally Lamb, Anna Quindlen, Richard Russo, Scott Turow, Oprah Winfrey, Andrew Young and others reflect on the novel's power, influence, and popularity, and the many ways it has shaped their lives.

In addition to the film, Mary Murphy wrote
Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of To Kill A Mockingbirda compilation of these interviews.

While the documentary doesn't premiere on PBS until April, you can watch an preview below, then go to
Mary Murphy's website for more information!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Galley Giveaway: Professor and Christian Scholar John Dominic Crossan's THE POWER OF PARABLE

THE POWER OF PARABLE by John Dominic Crossan
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Foremost Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan—author of bestsellers such as The Historical Jesus, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, and The Greatest Prayeris back with his latest work:
The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction about Jesus.

Crossan dissects the literary genre of "parable" to not only show how Jesus taught by using them—but also how the gospel writers crafted their own to help capture the essence of this prophet from Nazareth. By unlocking the meaning and purposes of the Gospel’s parables, we can arrive at a better portrait of this enigmatic and charismatic Jewish figure who transformed his world and the next two thousand years of history.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Afghanistan: The Past, the Present, and the Future

THE DRESSMAKER OF KHAIR KHANA by Gayle Tzemach LemmonGayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, will speak this weekend at our luncheon at the National Orientation Director's annual conference in New Orleans—and this reminded me of the books we publish about Afghanistan.

In The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells the story of Kamila Sidiqi, the most unlikely of entrepreneurs under the Taliban. Desperate to support her six brothers and sisters at home and banished from Kabul’s streets by the Taliban, she started a dressmaking business in her living room which offered work to 100 women in her community. Gayle’s book has already been adopted by the University of Florida as its freshman classes’ common book—and it will be available in paperback in March 2012.

Martin Ewans’s Afghanistan: A Short History of Its People and Politics is "an intelligent and useful book . . . Ewans surveys the major episodes and controversies of Afghan history fairly and completely. . . . [A] concise, overarching narrative [that] fills a void.” (Washington Post)

In Opium Nation, Afghan-American journalist Fariba Nawa delivers a revealing exploration of Afghanistan and the drug trade which rules the country, from corrupt officials to warlord, child brides, and beyond.

In The Long Way Back: Afghanistan’s Quest for Peace, Chris Alexander—the former UN Deputy Special Representative in Afghanistan—gives readers a close look at Afghanistan’s recent history, he delivers a blueprint for how to make the country viable in the future.

The Story of Science, Discovery, and the Genius of the Royal Society

SEEING FURTHER edited by Bill BrysonEdited and introduced by Bill Bryson, with original contributions from “a glittering array of scientific writing talent” (Sunday Observer), Seeing Further tells the story of modern science through the lens of the international Royal Society and its fellows—including Isaac Newton, John Locke, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking—who have split the atom, discovered the double helix and the electron, and given us the computer and the World Wide Web.

Here are contributions by more than twenty of the world’s greatest scientific—and science-fiction—thinkers, including:

Richard Dawkins - James Gleick - Neal Stephenson
Richard Holmes - Margaret Atwood - Martin Rees

“Traces the Royal Society’s unparalleled contributions to science.”—Discover magazine

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Galley Giveaway: Religion Expert Diana Butler Bass' CHRISTIANITY AFTER RELIGION

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With her forthcoming title, Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening, Diana Butler Bass Diana Butler Bass—author of Christianity for the Rest of Us and A People's History of Christianity—exposes the current failings of the church and how it is giving rise to a new “spiritual but not religious” vitality evidenced in the latest national polls and her own fresh research.

Offering a fresh interpretation of this transformation—while identifying a new spiritual awakening taking place inside and outside the church—Christianity After Religion will show students how to approach their own faith with a newfound freedom that is both life-giving and service driven.

Christianity After Religion goes on sale in February, 2012, but we have 2 advanced reading copies to give away now!

A Special Offer from HarperOne

To celebrate the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature's annual conference in HarperOne's hometown of San Francisco—we've put together a special eBook promotion! So, load up on your reading for the plane! Or, if you won't be able to get to the conference, you won't feel so left out with an electronic stack of great books at a great price! Hurry! This offer expires on November 13, 2011.

10 great books! $3.99 each!

From November 4-13, 2011—HarperOne is offering 10 eBooks for just $1.99 each! Click on your favorite e-tailer below or head over to Indie Bound to purchase from a local bookseller! Offer valid in US only.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Psychology Professors Excited About Gretchen Rubin's THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

We love hearing feedback about our books from professors and educators—after all, they’re the experts, as we see it. Recently we mailed copies of Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project to professors of psychology. The feedback was largely positive, including a note Ms. Rubin personally received from Dr. Brian Higley from the Department of Psychology at University of North Florida. Dr. Higley was initially quite skeptical about The Happiness Project and its usefulness in psychology coursework; he noted that "as a scientist with an interest in meaningful change, I have learned that most popular books in this arena are often based on flimsy evidence at best." However, he quickly realized that Ms. Rubin's book was not like other comparable titles.

The Happiness Project is a call to action; a call that is grounded in some of the best science, philosophy and literature across the ages. Although Ms. Rubin fills The Happiness Project with specific advice and lessons from her own journey, her book encourages students to use their own critical thinking skills to discover their own path to happiness. Rather than positioning her process as a “cure all,”  Rubin merely asks students to walk their own path to happiness—try different things, stretch themselves beyond their comfort zones, and experiment with the concepts.

Dr. Higley agreed, telling Ms. Rubin that he "will be recommending your book in many of my courses and for many of my clients.  I think the content is rock solid and the process you recommend is grounded in much of the change literature.  I thank you for your fantastic example of how various branches of epistemology can come together to create useful changes in life—bravo!”

If you haven’t had a chance to consider The Happiness Project for class reading—it’s never too late to change!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Galley Giveaway: THE MOMENT, Edited by Larry Smith, Shows The Profound Impact of a Single Moment

THE MOMENT edited by Larry Smith
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The creators of  the New York Times bestselling Six-Word Memoirs are back with The Moment—stories of how a single moment dramatically changed the contributors’ lives. This collection of 125 personal stories from 125 writers and artists is powerfully moving, offering unexpected insight into how our lives hinge upon a single, defining moment.
The contributors, ranging from the famous to the obscure, include Dave Eggers, Melissa Etheridge, Jennifer Egan, Elizabeth Gilbert, And many more!

Many of us think our lives follow a path, either fated, or one that comes from a route we engaged on and then strive to follow. But in fact so much of our existence results from a single moment or decision that was made on a whim, even randomly. The Moment is a collection of stories about how a single instant—a single decision, happenstance, accident, call, conversation, letter, or tweet—changed everything, for better or worse.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Miscommunication=Missed Opportunities

THAT'S NOT WHAT I MEANT! by Deborah TannenDeborah Tannen, Ph.D., professor of linguistics at Georgetown University and author of the classic You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, is—thankfully—a great communicator—translating complex research findings into readable and helpful books for students and those of us without advanced degrees.

In That’s Not What I Meant!, Professor Tannen reminds us that it’s often not what you say but how you say it. The part of the country you come from, your ethnic background, age, class, gender, and individual personality—these and many other influences result in different habits and assumptions about how to say what you mean. When conversational styles differ, you may draw erroneous conclusions about another person’s intentions and abilities—and they may walk away with similarly erroneous impressions of you.

For example, when two people have different ideas about how long a pause to leave between turns, each is likely to blame the other: “You don’t give me a chance to talk! You’re not doing your part in this conversation!” A person who prefers indirectness feels ignored by someone who expects ideas to be stated outright. One person thinks asking personal questions shows interest while another finds such questions intrusive.

Professor Tannen gives your students a revolutionary new way of understanding what goes on when they talk to others—and a set of tools they can use when they are not happy with the way a conversation, or a relationship, is going.

“Tannen combines a novelist’s ear for the way people speak with a rare power of original analysis. . . . Fascinating.”—Oliver Sacks, author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and The Mind’s Eye

Are you interested in considering That’s Not What I Meant! (Harper Paperbacks: 9780062062994, $14.99) for one of your courses? Let us know by filling out our desk copy form.

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Nobel Peace Prize 2011

THIS CHILD WILL BE GREAT by Ellen Johnson SirleafThe Nobel Peace Prize 2011 was awarded jointly to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”

HarperCollins is proud to be the publisher of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President.

“The first thing to be said about Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s This Child Will Be Great is that it is exceptionally well written, a true story that seems as much a thriller as the remembrances of an ambitious and brave woman. . . . This timely book, essential for anyone who hopes to understand West Africa in general and Liberia in particular, is a lesson in courage and perseverance.”—Washington Post

Thursday, October 6, 2011

2011 Nobel Prize in Literature: Tomas Tranströmer

According to a Nobel Prize survey, Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer is not a household name:

However, that's about to change: Tomas Tranströmer has been awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature.

So, here's what you need to do to help move things in the right direction:

1. Read Prelude—a poem from Tomas Tranströmer's Selected Poems.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Galley Giveaway: CLAIR DE LUNE from THE MOONFLOWER VINE author Jetta Carleton

CLAIR DE LUNE by Jetta Carleton
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In 2009 Harper Perennial republished Jetta Carleton’s The Moonflower Vine—then considered to be her first and only novel. This beloved family saga of the American heartland was called “
deeply felt . . . dramatic . . . constantly alive” (Harper’s Magazine), was described by Jane Smiley as an American classic, and became a runaway New York Times bestseller.

Not long ago, Carleton’s estate brought to Harper Perennial’s attention the manuscript of an unpublished novel that Carleton completed in the years before she died. This newly discovered novel of small-town love contains the same frankness and emotional acuity that made her first novel so beloved.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Students Empowered by Conor Grennan's LITTLE PRINCES

LITTLE PRINCES by Conor Grennan

I was so pleased recently to hear from Nancy at St. Bonaventure University. She and I have been in touch several times over the last few months after her school chose Conor Grennan’s Little Princes for their "All Bonaventure Reads" program. She kindly wrote to me and shared some feedback on how well the book worked and how wonderful Conor was when he came to campus last week.

All of the first-year students were asked to read the book and, as their first college assignment, write a reflection. The institution selected the top 13 essays, and published them in a hardcover keepsake book—with copies given to each of the students as well as Conor. Reading through the essays, I was very impressed by how succinctly the students captured exactly what Little Princes hopes to impress upon its readers. Some of the excerpts I found most powerful include:
-          "I want to be there for others, I want to make a difference. I noticed myself going the extra mile for others more after reading this book. What more of a connection can you develop from a book than producing real-life results?"

-          "This book is about discovering where your home and heart lie. For Conor, Nepal became his home and the hundreds of lost Nepalese children hold a special place in his heart. This only reinforces my belief that through service we can better understand not only the world, but ourselves as well. Anything you do will help you in some way and you will only learn from the experience. I am glad I have been able to hear about this wonderful journey."

-          "It is the work of Conor Grennan and his colleagues that give hope to everyone. Little Princes is one of the most inspirational stories I have ever read, and I am grateful for the experience."

-         "The overall focus of the book gives way to individual lessons that can be applied to anyone’s life and stories. For example, Conor may not be able to help the entire country of Nepal, but he proved that one person can truly make a difference—little by little."

-          "The next four years of my life are going to be the beginning of my ‘good journey.’ I can’t wait to learn about myself and realize what I want out of life. Reading about Conor’s passion makes me want to do good things in the world and I hope that I will get some sort of opportunity to travel to somewhere like Nepal. I don’t know where my life will take me but I’m ready to start my journey, just like Conor did."

For more information on Little Princes’ success at St. Bonaventure University—as well as details on his visit—you can visit the following page.

Have a similar story about using HarperCollins titles for common reading programs? Let us know, we love hearing feedback!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Milan Kundera's ENCOUNTER

ENCOUNTERS: Essays by Milan KunderaEncounter: Essays—now available in paperback—is the latest addition to Milan Kundera’s acclaimed body of literary criticism—of which John Simon wrote, “I can't imagine reading this book without being challenged and instructed, amused, amazed and aroused, and ultimately delighted.” (New York Times Book Review)

Encounter, that is to say: spark; flash; chance.” As its title suggests, Encounter is a product of Milan Kundera’s deep engagement with illuminating points of intersection—between art and history, memory and forgetting, the artist and his times. The distinguished writer reflects on his signature themes and old loves (Rabelais, Fellini, Janacek, Malaparte), on literature, mortality, and the transformation of civilization as we know it, in an elegant, startlingly original, and beautiful book.

Milan Kundera is a writer of unparalleled erudition, but this is no dry academic account. With rare intimacy, he shares his experiences of reading and writing—describing his discovery of the work of Aimé Césaire as a young man, or the fresh insights he discovered upon a recent rereading Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. He reconsiders from unexpected and rewarding angles the work of such major novelists as Dostoyevski, Céline, and Philip Roth. And with disarming honesty, he looks back on a literary life that took him from young, committed Communist to celebrated author in exile.

If you would like to consider Encounter (Harper Perennial: 9780061894435, paperback, $13.99) for one of your classes, please let us know by filling out our desk copy form.

And, you’ll find all of Milan Kundera’s works here.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Girls, Media, and the Princess Phenomenon

In 1968, I was the proud owner of a Cinderella watch with a light-blue leather band and a china figurine. I don’t know where either are today—but my seven-year-old self thought both were incredibly beautiful and the best gifts I’d received to date. I also wore corduroy overalls, played for hours outside with the other kids on the block, and I wasn’t allowed to watch more than a few hours of television a week. Even going to the movies was a very, very big deal that didn’t happen very often. I didn’t live in a media-saturated world like girls today. I thought Cinderella was great—but she didn’t loom especially large in my imagination.

When my nieces were toddlers—I was reintroduced to the cast of Disney princesses—with a few new characters added into the mix. Thank goodness that I also discovered Peggy Orenstein’s Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture. Peggy—author of the bestsellling Schoolgirls—was as dismayed I was by all the pink and glitter being pushed at young girls—and—in Cinderella Ate My Daughter, she reveals the dark side of all that sparkle.

The rise of the girlie-girl, Peggy warns, is not that innocent. Pink and pretty or predatory and hardened, sexualized girlhood influences daughters from infancy onward, telling them that how a girl looks matters more than who she is. The pursuit of physical perfection been recast as the source of female empowerment. Commercialization has spread the message faster and farther, reaching girls at ever-younger ages.

As a parent, Peggy wondered, how many times can you say no when your daughter begs for a pint-sized wedding gown? And how dangerous is pink and pretty anyway—especially given girls’ successes in the classroom and on the playing field? Being a princess is just make-believe, after all; eventually they grow out of it. Or do they? Does playing Cinderella shield girls from ealry sexualization—or prime them for it? Could today’s little princess become tomorrow’s sexting teen?

Those questions hit home with Peggy Orenstein, so she went sleuthing. She visited Disneyland and the international toy fair, trolled American Girl Place, and met beauty pageant parents with preschoolers tricked out like Vegas showgirls. The stakes turn out to be higher than she—or I—ever imagined: nothing less than the health, development, and futures of our girls. From premature sexualization to the risk of depression to rising rates of narcissism, the potential negative impact of this new girlie-girl culture is undeniable—yet armed with awareness and recognition, parents, teachers, (and aunts) can effectively counterbalance its influence.

Cinderella Ate My Daughter will be available in paperback (9780061711534, $14.99) in February 2012. However, if you would like to consider it for possible course adoption, I'll be happy to send you a hardcover (9780061711527, $25.99) edition now. Please let me know if you'd like a copy by filling out our desk copy form.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bestsellers: Chemistry

PERIODIC TALES by Hugh Aldersey WilliamsIt’s really wonderful to see Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Periodic Table, from Arsenic to Zinc by Hugh Aldersey-Williams on Library Journal's Best Sellers in Chemistry list.

In his prologue, Hugh Aldersey-Williams writes: “Like the alphabet or the zodiac, the periodic table of the elements is one of those graphic images that seem to root themselves in our memories. . . . If I were to reassemble my periodic table now, I would still want to include a specimen of each element, but I would also want to trace its cultural journey. I feel that the elements leave great streaks of color across the canvas of our civilization. The black of charcoal and coal, the white of calcium in chalk and marble and pearl, the intense blue of cobalt in glass and china slash boldly through place and time, geography and history. Periodic Tales is the start of that collection.”

After reading a bit more of Periodic Tales, I think you’ll agree with the reviews:

“The author’s personal engagement is at its most infectious in the experiments he undertakes in the course of his research.”—Wall Street Journal

“[F]ascinating and beautiful. . . . If only chemistry has been like this at school. . . . [A] rich compilation of delicious tales.”—Matt Ridley, Prospect magazine

Periodic Tales is available now in hardcover. The paperback edition will publish in March 2012.

Educator Special Offer: WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE by Brian Cox

We are very excited about Wonders of the Universe by Professor Brian Cox of Manchester University and CERN. This unprecedented exploration of the cosmos, complete with gorgeous illustrations and images, is an explanation of the scientific workings of the Universe for a new generation, making even the most complex concepts clear and engaging.

Travelling to the North Pole, Professor Cox demonstrates how spinning worlds create electrical currents and magnetism; he looks at the South Pacific Ocean to explain how the Universe communicates and moves in waves; he shows us how the water of the Angel Falls waterfall in Venezuela behaves exactly like the light does around a black hole. The same laws of light, gravity, time, matter and energy that govern us here on Earth are the same as those applied in the Universe.

Using  his expert knowledge and his infectious enthusiasm, Professor Cox shows us that if we can understand the impact of these governing laws on Earth it will bring us a step closer to an understanding of our Universe.

While the book, on its own, is wildly impressive, it also accompanies a documentary special of the same title produced by Discovery’s Science Channel. You can sample the program (which originally aired in the United Kingdom on BBC) on YouTube:

-          Seeing Andromeda
-          Black Holes

Here is some of the praise that Wonders of the Universe has received:

"It's as wonderful as the universe"—Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report

“Cox brings a magical enchantment to this life-changing book. . . . Mindblowing . . . . I swear that you will never be the same again after you turn the last page of this unique and irresistible book.”—Sunday Express (London)
“Cox effortlessly explains the most complex and fundamental scientific truths. . . . His aim it to get all of us to understand our place in the cosmos.”—Sunday Times (London)

We are confident that this book would be a welcome and helpful resource for you and your students, which is why—for a limited time—we’re going to offer a special educators discount of 50% off*. To take advantage of this offer, you will need to:
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

An indispensable passport to the stars*

In Knocking on Heaven’s Door, Lisa Randall—Frank J. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science at Harvard and expert in both particle physics and cosmology—introduces students to the latest developments in physics—which will radically revise their understanding of the world: its makeup, its evolution, and the fundamental forces that drive its operation.

With Lisa Randall as their guide, students will explore how to decide which scientific questions to study and how to go about answering them. They will examine the role of risk, creativity, and uncertainity, beauty, and truth in scientific thinking through provocative conversations with leading figures in other fields, and they’ll get a tour of the largest machine ever built: the Large Hadron Collidor.

Along the way, students will come to understand that the biggest scientific questions we face and how answering them could ultimately tell us who we are and where we came from.

“Science has a battle for hearts and minds on its hands. . . . How good it feels to have Lisa Randall’s unusual blend of top flight science, clarity, and charm on our side.”—Richard Dawkins

“Dazzling ideas. . . . Read this book today to understand the science of tomorrow.”—Steven Pinker


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Wheelock's Latin: 7th Edition

Wheelock's Latin 7th Edition is now available. This new edition of Wheelock's Latin has all the features, many of them improved and expanded, that have made it the bestselling single-volume beginning Latin textbook:

  • 40 chapters with grammatical explanations and readings drawn from the works of Rome’s major prose and verse writers;
  • Self-tutorial exercises, each with an answer key, for independent study;
  • An extensive English-Latin/Latin-English vocabulary section;
  • A rich selection of original Latin readings—unlike other textbooks, which contain primarily made-up Latin texts;
  • Etymological aids, maps, and dozens of images illustrating aspects of the classical culture and mythology presented in the chapter readings
  • Also included are expanded notes on the literary passages, comments on vocabulary, and translation tips; new comprehension and discussion questions; and new authentic classical Latin readings, including Roman grafitti in every chapter.

WHEELOCK'S LATIN 7th EDITION by Richard A. LaFleurTo see even more titles in the Wheelock's Latin series, please take a look at our Latin catalog.

If you would like to consider Wheelock's Latin (9780061997228, paperback, $21.99) for your course, please let us know by filling out our desk copy form.

To request the answer key, please fill out this form.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Galley Giveaway: John Brockman's THIS WILL MAKE YOU SMARTER

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John Brockman posed the following question to 150 of the worlds brightest and influential minds: "What scientific concept would improve everybody's cognitive toolkit?" The result of their answers is This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking. Brockman, publisher of Edge.org, collects contributions from some of the leading experts including:
  • Steven Pinker on positive-sum games
  • Nassim Nicolas Taleb on anti-fragility
  • and Richard Dawkins on the double-blind control experiment
While this thought provoking collection doesn't go on sale until February 2012, 5 educators can get an early look right now, and see if it could be helpful to their students!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE WRITING 2011: Hot Air, The Estrogen Dilemma, and The Trouble With Scientists!

THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE WRITING 2011 edited by Rebecca Skloot, Floyd Skloot, and Jesse Cohen
With the eleventh installment of the popular annual series, HarperCollins is pleased to present The Best American Science Writing 2011.  Edited by New York Times bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and award-winning science writer Rebecca Skloot, her father—award winning poet and author Floyd Skloot—and longtime series editor Jesse Cohen, this volume features 20 thought-provoking, compelling, and timely essays from some of America’s leading scientists and writers. 
This year’s contributors include Michael S. Rosenwald, Katy Butler, John Colapinto, Charles Homans, Carl Zimmer, Julia Whitty, Cynthia Gorney, Charles Siebert, Amy Harmon, Cari Beauchamp, Judy Balaban, John Brenkus, Alan Schwarz, Deborah Blum, Ed Yong, Tim Folger, Burkhard Bilger, Kristin Ohlson, Michael Specter, Mark Bowden, Peter J. Boyer, and Andrew Curry.

The topics explored this year cover the entire scientific spectrum, ranging from “Earth on Fire” to “Gut Bacteria in Japanese People Borrowed Sushi-Digesting Genes from Ocean Bacteria.”; from biochemistry, physics, and astronomy, to genetics, evolutionary theory, and cognition. Your students will be exposed to the best examples of scientific and technical writing that 2011 has to offer while also providing a comprehensive overview of the year’s most compelling, relevant, and exciting scientific developments.

Praise for The Best American Science Writing:
“It is rare to be offered such a diverse collection of science writing, even more, one that can be enjoyed by laymen, scientists, and writers alike.”—Nature
“Contemporary science’s best answers to . . . eternal riddles.”—Fortune
If you’d like to consider The Best American Science Writing 2011 (paperback, $14.99) for one of your classes, please fill out our online desk copy form.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Happiness on Campus

THE HAPPINESS PROJECT by Gretchen RubinThis month, Harvard reached out to incoming students with a Happiness Awareness Day to promote well-being-focused resources on campus—especially to the freshman class, a group that is very vunerable to stress and anxiety.

In an ongoing effort to promote happiness at Harvard, there is also a student-driven initiative “to promote student prioritization of wellbeing and fun” called The Happiness Project—and—happily, one of the resources they recommend is Gretchen Rubin's book The Happiness Project and their website has a link to her Happiness Project Toolbox.

This isn’t the first time that students have recommended Gretchen’s book to their peers or to their professors. And, doesn’t that solve one of the biggest problems professors have with their students? Here is a book your students will READ!

Plus, The Happiness Project is a book that professors are reading and recommending. Here’s a terrific article by Natalie Houston, associate professor of English at the University of Houston, from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

If you would like to consider The Happiness Project (Harper Paperbacks: 978-0-06-158326-1, $14.99) for one of your classes—or—perhaps for your entire freshman class to read, please let us know by filling out our desk copy form.

From a Region in Turmoil: Gerry Hadden's NEVER THE HOPE ITSELF

In Never the Hope Itself: Love and Ghosts in Latin America and Haiti Gerry Hadden, former NPR Correspondent for Mexico, Latin America, and Haiti, tells the story behind the stories, putting your students in the middle of the action as he reports on a region in great turmoil. Hadden tells interspersing stories of Mexicans attempting deadly border crossings, Guatemalans fighting well-funded gun smugglers, and Haitians searching for hope amid a bloody and destructive coup.

With journalistic prowess, Hadden works his beat even after the region is largely abandoned and most foreign bureaus are shut down in the wake of 9/11. During this time, he documents overlooked and extraordinary events, striving to unearth the real story that Americans needed to hear. Your students will be hard-pressed to find a better example of what life as a foreign correspondent in a war torn region is like than with Never the Hope Itself.

Here’s a few examples of the kind of praise Never the Hope Itself has received:

“Radio news won’t be the same again. Suddenly, the voice has a face, and it’s unforgettable. Former NPR reporter Gerry Hadden reminds us that the back story to the news story has its own narrative and one that’s more revealing, compelling and honest, than the stuff we hear and see out of some box. Never the Hope Itself is a welcome antidote to the bullshit of the bullets-and-balls memoirs oozing out of so many journalists these days.”—Rory Nugent, author of Down at the Docks

“Hadden brings his formidable storytelling and reporting skills to bear, whether he’s facing off against migrant-robbing thugs in a deserted train station or finding himself staring straight into the front of a drug war. Some of the visions in this book are scary and bleak, but Hadden always manages to find examples of human generosity and unexpected kindness. He shows his subjects in all their humanity, capturing the worst and best of the human spirit along the way.”—Dan White, author of The Cactus Eaters

Be sure to check out the video below of Hadden describing some of the exciting adventures chronicled in the book, paired with powerful pictures collected along the way:

If you would like a print copy of Never the Hope Itself (ISBN: 9780062020079, paperback, $14.99) to review for possible course adoption, please fill out our online desk copy form.

Big Questions Tackled By Big Thinkers

John Brockman, editor of Edge.org, is a man who has made a habit of asking intriguing questions, and in Culture: Leading Scientists Explore Societies, Art, Power, and Technology, John Brockman is true to form:
  • Why do civilizations rise and fall?
  • What are the origins and purpose of art?
  • How does technology shape society?
  • Did culture direct human evolution?
  • Is the Internet an agent of democracy or dictatorships?

As usual, John Brockman gets answers from some of the world’s leading thinkers and scientists:

Jared Diamond on why societies collapse and how we can make better decisions to protect our own future • Denis Dutton on the origins of art • Daniel C. Dennett on the evolution of cultures • Jaron Lanier on the ominous impact of the Internet • Nicholas Christakis on the structure and rules of social networks, both “real” and online • Clay Shirky and Evgeny Morozov on the new political reality of the digital era • Brian Eno on what cultures value • Stewart Brand on the responsibilities of human power • Douglas Rushkoff on the next Renaissance • W. Daniel Hillis on the Net as a global “knowledge web”

John Brockman still isn’t satisfied. He wants to know:
  • Who am “I”?
  • How is happiness achieved?
  • What is the key to memory?
  • How do babies become adults?
  • Is personality determined?
  • What function do emotions serve?
  • Are we hardwired to be moral?

And, the result is Mind: Leading Scientists Explore the Brain, Memory, Personality, and Happiness, a collection of accessible essays from influential scientists and thinkers about the essential aspects of human consciousness and the complex workings of the brain:

Steven Pinker on how the human brain works • Martin Seligman on happiness and what it means to live a good life • Philip Zimbardo on the impact of environment on personality • V. S. Ramachandran on the question of self—who “you” are • Simon Baron-Cohen on the innate differences between boys and girls • George Lakoff on the role of the body and brain on different types of reasoning • Alison Gopnik on why human children are the best learning machines in the universe • Jonathan Haidt on the connection between emotions, morality, and religious belief

Interested in considering Mind (Harper Perennial: 978-0-06-202584-5, paperback, $14.99) or Culture (Harper Perennial: 978-0-06-202313-1, paperback, $14.99) ? Let us know by filling out our desk copy form.

And, don’t forget that this isn’t the first time that John Brockman has asked questions and gotten answers from leading thinkers:

Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think?
This Will Change Everything
What We Believe But Cannot Prove
What Are You Optimistic About?
What Is Your Dangerous Idea?

What will
John Brockman ask next?