Wednesday, May 25, 2011

High School Summer Reading 2011

High schools have started to post their summer reading lists, and they are sending out notes like this one to parents in Texas.

This is the time of year when Thomas C. Foster’s
How to Read Literature Like a Professor—a favorite of AP English teachers—makes its annual run up the bestseller list. In addition to the usual classics (Our Town, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Black Boy, Brave New World, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Rebecca, Agatha Christie) many contemporary titles show up on these lists: The Bean Trees, The Alchemist, The Pact, and Pirate Latitudes. C. S. Lewis continues to be required at private religious schools. It’s wonderful to see The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind on so many of these lists.

Here are a few lists from around the country.

Let us know what you've assigned for summer reading.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The opitmus liber of beginning Latin textbooks: WHEELOCK'S LATIN 7TH EDITION

WHEELOCK'S LATIN 7TH EDITION edited by Richard A. LaFleurWheelock's Latin, the now classic, single-volume introductory Latin textbook is in its seventh edition!

When Professor Frederic M. Wheelock's Latin first appeared in 1956, the reviews extolled its thoroughness, organization, and conciseness. One reviewer predicted that the book “might well become the standard text” for introducing students to elementary Latin. Now, nearly six decades later, that prediction has certainly proved accurate.

Wheelock's Latin 7th Edition (9780061997228, paper, $21.99) retains all of the features that have made it the bestselling single-volume beginning Latin textbook, including:
  • 40 chapters with grammatical explanations and readings based on ancient Roman authors
  • Self-tutorial exercises with an answer key for independent students
  • 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 images illustrating aspects of classical culture, mythology, and historical and literary figures presented in the chapter readings
The fully updated 7th edition has 48 additional pages of content:
  • Expanded comments on vocabulary and translation tips
  • All new authentic classical Latin readings, including Roman graffiti, in every chapter
  • Additional notes on each chapter’s reading passages to provide fuller insight on Roman culture and literature
  • New comprehension and discussion questions
  • Dozens of new photographs and drawings, as well as numerous formatting and design updates make the book more visually appealing

Additionally, the Wheelock’s website, teacher’s guide, and other ancillaries have also been updated and expanded in conjunction with this new edition, and the answer key uses cutting edge technology to keep it more secure than ever.

To request the answer key, please fill out this form. Desk copies may be requested by filling out this form.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Galley Giveaway: Celebrated Author Dennis Coopers' Latest Novel: THE MARBLED SWARM

THE MARBLED SWARM by Dennis CooperWith the latest installment of our “Galley Giveaway” series, we are very excited to offer advanced reading copies of the long-anticipated new novel from literary cult hero Dennis Cooper, The Marbled Swarm. A master of mood and foreboding, Cooper tells the story of a son’s unwitting devotion to a possibly insane father.

A father raises a son in secret, isolating him from the outside world, and teaches him a secret language that only the two of them will know. Their coded tongue, called “the marbled swarm,” is part of a mystery of fatherhood, independence, and redemption that unfolds over the course of a dark and mesmerizing narrative—as the boy encounters hidden pathways, unsolved deaths, and a questionable history of how his father became the man he is.

The Marbled Swarm is a mindbending masterpiece from one of my all-time favorite writers. It is vivid, slippery, ferocious, and rich with secrets. Nobody else could have written this novel and nothing else like it exists.”—Justin Taylor, author of The Gospel of Anarchy

If you would like to read The Marbled Swarm before anyone else, all you need to do is be one of the first five people to email us at*, and provide the following information:

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Calling All Astronomy Teachers!

Do you teach Astronomy? Would you be interested in reviewing a book we have coming out on the topic? We are looking for Astronomy teachers to provide us with feedback on a book and its classroom potential--in exchange for free books! If you're interested, email us at for more information!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Stanley Fish Featured In The Chronicle Review

HOW TO WRITE A SENTENCE by Stanley FishStanley Fish, renowned academic, literary critic, and author of How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One has been recently featured in The Chronicle Review written by Mark Bauerlein. Tracing Fish's journey from his high profile faculty position in the English department at Duke University, to his current role as Humanities and Law Professor at Florida International University, Baurelein attempts to succinctly capture the man who has accrued such varying nicknames as "The scourge of Western civilization" (The New Yorker) and "Academic radical" (Roger Kimball).

Often controversial, but always entertaining, Fish has remained for 40 years a renowned figure in literary studies, and a recognizable and helpful guide to the world of literature. In perfect complement to his total body of work, How to Write a Sentence gives students Fish's classic erudite analysis of language and rhetoric; a delightful celebration of the written word.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Galley Giveaway: Trevor Cole’s Darkly Comedic Novel: PRACTICAL JEAN

Acclaimed Canadian novelist Trevor Cole’s American debut, Practical Jean is the story of Jean, middle-aged, happily—if uninterestingly—married, with a group of friends she’s known for years. After seeing her mother suffer through the final devastating months of cancer, though, Jean realizes that her fondest wish is to protect her dearest friends from the indignities of aging and illness. And that’s when she decides to kill them . . .

Named one of the Best Book of 2010 by Globe and Mail in Canada, Practical Jean is sure strike a chord with students and fans of satire alike.

As one of the many high-praising reviews puts it:

“Cole’s biting and black comedy of middle-class mores gone murderously wrong combines diamond-cut social satire with thoughtful contemplations of friendship.”—Globe and Mail (Toronto)

While Practical Jean is sure to be widely discussed when it releases in October, 5 lucky educators can get an early look at it now! The first 5 educators to email*, will receive an unedited galley of Practical Jean. In your email, please be sure to reference this offer and provide your:

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*You will receive a confirmation email If you are one of the first 5 people to respondents. If you do not get a response, you were not one of the first 5 to reply. Please allow 1-2 weeks from the date of the confirmation email for the galley to arrive.

An Industry on the Upswing: Making Money Off the Working Poor Is Big Business

Alt textThe era of deregulation has been a golden opportunity for those in the flourishing poverty industry: It gave entrepreneurs permission to devise high-priced products to sell to the credit-hungry working poor, including the instant tax refund and the payday loan. In the process, an industry larger than the casino business was born.

Broke, USA is Gary Rivlin’s report from the economic fringes. From the annual meeting of the National Check Cashers Association in Las Vegas to the foreclosure-riddled neighborhoods of Dayton, Ohio, Rivlin gives students a subprime tour featuring a cast of characters and memorable scenes. Rivlin profiles players like a former small-town Tennessee debt collector whose business offering cash advances to the working poor has earned him a net worth in the hundreds of millions, and Sandy Weill, who rode a subprime loan business into control of the nations largest bank. Rivlin parallels their stories with those of the struggling families trapped by the legal but unethical practices of pawnshops, payday loan brokers, storefront check-cashing operations, and other predatory schemes.

Broke, USA is a Fast Food Nation for the “poverty industry” that will also appeal to professors who have adopted Barbara Ehrenreichs Nickel and Dimed and David Shiplers The Working Poor.

“The abuse of the working poor, as Rivlin describes it, is a hugely growing industry. This is a book with the potential to stimulate outrageand political reform.” The Atlantic

Rivlin strives to portray the people behind Poverty Inc. in a fair light. . .but his sympathy and the reader’s steadily evaporate with his well-chosen tales of the industry’s coercive tactics and its leaders’ astonishing wealth. . . . Rivlin is the consummate tour guide, quick with a memorable anecdote or telling statistic to engage even the most policy-averse reader.”New York Times Book Review

If you would like to consider Broke, USA (9780061733208, paperback, $15.99) for one of your classes, please use our desk copy form to request a copy.*

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Library Journal Interviews Gayle Lemmon, Author of THE DRESSMAKER OF KHAIR KHANA

THE DRESSMAKER OF KHAIR KHANA by Gayle LemmonRecently Gayle Lemmon, author of the bestselling The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe sat down with Library Journal to talk about the book, Kamila Sidiqi—the heroic entrepreneur for whom the book is titled, and Afghanistan.

Over the course of the interview, Lemmon answers questions like: What was it like for you researching this book as an American woman in Afghanistan, even after the Taliban? What's your relationship with your protagonist, Kamila Sidiqi, now? A lot of people want to know why we are still in Afghanistan. What's the best we can hope for the country when we leave?What do you hope people will take away from this book?

For the answers to these questions—and much more, head over to Library Journal then pick up a copy of the inspirational story that is The Dressmaker of Khair Khana!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


TWENTY-FIVE BOOKS THAT SHAPED AMERICA by Thomas C. FosterEach May as required summer reading lists for high schools are posted, Thomas C. Foster's How to Read Literature Like a Professor appears again and again. It and Foster's How to Read Novels Like a Professor have become standard texts for AP English Literature students.

Now, Thomas C. Foster brings his wit and wisdom to an informative new book about the twenty-five works of literature that have most shaped the American character. In Twenty-five Books That Shaped America: How White Whales, Green Lights, and Restless Spirits Forged Our National Identity, Foster applies his much-admired analysis to explain how each work has shaped us as readers, students, teachers, and Americans.

Foster illuminates how books such as The Last of the Mohicans, Moby-Dick, My √Āntonia, The Great Gatsby, The Maltese Falcon, Their Eyes Were Watching God, On the Road, The Crying of Lot 49, To Kill a Mockingbird, Love Medicine, and others captured an American moment—and he explains how they influenced our perception of nationhood and citizenship, and what about them endures in the American character.

Twenty-five Books That Shaped America is a fun and enriching guide to America through its literature—and a wonderful example to students of how to think critically, thoughtfully, and originally about their own approach to literature.

Twenty-five Books That Shaped America: 978-0-06-183440-0; paperback; $14.99; on sale 5/24/2011.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Now Available in Paperback: Dan Ariely’s Bestselling THE UPSIDE OF IRRATIONALITY

THE UPSIDE OF IRRATIONALITY by Dan ArielyIn The Upside of Irrationality, behavioral economist Dan Ariely offers your students a much-needed take on the irrational decisions that influence their daily lives.

Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking analysis and new research into our decision making processes, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

Some of the topics Ariely covers include:

• What we think will make us happy and what really makes us happy
• How we learn to love the ones we are with
• Why online dating doesn’t work, and how we can improve on it
• Why learning more about people makes us like them less
• Why large bonuses can make CEOs less productive
• How to really motivate people at work
• Why bad directions can help us
• How we fall in love with our ideas
• How we are motivated by revenge
• What motivates us to cheat.

Drawing on the same experimental methods that made Predictably Irrational such a hit, Ariely emphasizes the important role that irrationality plays in our day-to-day decision-making—not just in our financial marketplace, but in the most personal aspects of our lives.

Here’s some of the praise that The Upside of Irrationality has received:

The Upside of Irrationality is an eye-opening, insightful look at human behavior, proving that defying logic is part of what makes us human.”—Boston Globe

“Dan Ariely is one of my heroes, as well as being an extraordinary social scientist. The Upside of Irrationality intertwines his fascinating research experiments with his own experience of recovery. From Dan’s story and research, we learn a great deal we did not know about ourselves. As a writer and as a person, Ariely has a magic touch.”—George Akerlof, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2001

Watch Dan Ariely give a TED Talk titled “Why We Think It’s OK to Cheat and Steal (Sometimes)” Below:

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Givaway: 5 Free Copies of Steven Marche's HOW SHAKESPEARE CHANGED EVERYTHING for Educators!

Now available, Stephen Marche’s How Shakespeare Changed Everything is sure to be a valuable resource for teachers for years to come. Full of fun and fascinating tidbits, Marche proves that Shakespeare’s impact stretches far beyond his masterpieces—his influence can be found all around us.

Did you know?

  • Starlings, a pesty species of small bird that now plague Central Park, were originally imported and released into New York by Eugene Schieffelin in 1890 as a part of his plan to introduce every bird mentioned by Shakespeare into North America.

    • A few months after Hitler became chancellor of Germany, the Nazi Party issued a pamphlet entitled “Shakespeare—a Germanic Writer,” and in 1936 there were more productions of Shakespeare in Germany than in the rest of the world combined.

    • Shakespeare coined somewhere in the vicinity of 1700 words, including: lackluster, fashionable, auspicious, bandit, glow, hush, dawn, gnarled, hobnob, traditional, and even the name Jessica.

    • Abraham Lincoln read Shakespeare aloud as he was sailing up the Potomac days before his death and, through mysterious coincidence, chose Macbeth to recite, the very play in which Shakespeare is believed to have invented the word “assassination.”

    • In 1943, Paul Robeson became the first black actor to play the part of Othello on Broadway. Robeson famously said of his performance, “Othello has made me free.”

    • Tolstoy hated Shakespeare with a passion. He spent a year rereading all of the plays, considering them deeply, and then wrote a spite-fuelled evisceration of Shakespeare’s reputation in a book called Tolstoy on Shakespeare.

    Marche gives students a fresh look at how Shakespeare permeates our everyday lives, but, more importantly, how the world as we know it would not exist without Shakespeare.

    Special Offer: The first 5 educators to respond to* will receive a free Hardcover copy of How Shakespeare Changed Everything. In your email you should provide the following information:

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