Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rave Reviews for Niven's New Thornton Wilder Biography

Thornton Wilder By Penelope NivenAcclaimed biographer Penelope Niven's new Thornton Wilder biography has been steadily gaining steam as of late, spurred by an overwhelming number of positive reviews and heaps of media attention. Thornton Wilder: A Life gives an unprecedentedly intimate look into the life of the three-time Pulitzer Prize winner (Our Town, The Skin of Our Teeth, The Bridge of San Luis Rey), aided, in part, by Thornton's nephew and literary executor Tappan, who welcomed Niven with open arms, and unlocked stores of Thornton's personal artifacts never before released.

You can read a few of the reviews/interviews here:


The Washington Post

The Huffington Post

Or click on the picture above to begin browsing the biography from your computer.

Friday, November 30, 2012

LITTLE PRINCES Chosen as Villanova's One Book

Little Princes By Conor GrennanWe're very excited to announce that Villanova University has chosen Conor Grennan's Little Princes as their One Book. One Book is Villanova's campus-wide program that selects a common reading book worthy of close analysis, course adoption, and discussion. In choosing their One Book, the program directors hope to garner dialogue between all members of the campus community through their shared reading experience. Following a year of almost non-stop college speaking engagements, Conor Grennan will be speaking at Villanova in January—details to come! You can read more about Villanova's pick here.

Little Princes has also been chosen as a common book for San Jose State University, St. Bonaventure, and a slew of other colleges. Click on the picture above to browse inside this wonderful book!

Praise for Little Princes:

"In the tradition of 'Three Cups of Tea' and 'Mountains Beyond Mountains,' this book provides proof (there cannot be too much) of the value of volunteer work."—Los Angeles Times

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Varied Selection of Books

We arrived at work this morning to find this bundle of books sitting atop Diane's desk:

The Partnership by Philip Taubmanwith a clear analysis of the threat of nuclear terror, this book focuses on the partnership of the five key cold war players, and their unlikely efforts to dismantle the nuclear arsenal that they helped create.

The End of Diabetes by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.this leading expert on preventative medicine offers a scientifically proven program to prevent and reverse diabetes.

Past Lives of the Rich and Famous by Sylvia BrowneNew York Times best-selling author and reigning queen of the psychics offers a fascinating, and often surprising, look at some of our favorite celebrities and the lives they lived before our time.

The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshona rich work of historical fiction about Mary, an English farmgirl in 1830, sent to a vicarage by her violent father, who quickly learns the dangerous consequences of learning to read and write as a lower class female.

HMMMM...trying to find a connection here...it's eluding me in spite of the rubberbands. Regardless, we're both excited to take a look at this (wildly) varied selection of new books!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

November is National Novel Writing Month!

To help you get started on your novel, HarperCollins is offering ten essential ebooks for writers on sale for $1.99 each for a limited time. Among them are Elizabeth Berg's Escaping Into the Open and Francine Prose's Reading Like a Writer. You'll find more about this special offer here.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My First Conference: NCTE

This was an exciting weekend for me, as it marked by first-ever trip to a book conference AND my first-ever business trip. I was a little nervous because I started only a month ago, and don’t know Harper’s list as well and I could, but I could not have been more pleasantly surprised by the whole excursion.
We arrived in Las Vegas for the annual National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) convention late on Wednesday, and fell asleep quickly after a long day of travelling. When I woke up the next morning to go down to the lobby, I was able to take in the MGM Grand casino in its full splendor, replete with its giant golden lion, too many slot machines to count, and an unexpected number of 8am gamblers. We walked what seemed like a mile, past many rhinestone-happy clothing stores, and began to set up for the conference, which officially started at noon on Friday.
Everyone I met during my four days in Las Vegas was so incredibly nice. All the teachers seemed so enthusiastic about their jobs, and our books (especially the many free copies we distributed). Our two panels (“Reaching Boys Who are Reluctant Readers” and “Ask the Experts About Thornton Wilder”) went off without a hitch, and I came away with a much better sense of our books and what works in mostly middle and high school classrooms. Titles that the teachers seemed especially excited about included Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, The Graveyard Book, The Art of Racing in the Rain, How to Write a Sentence, Understanding Comics, and the new graphic novel version of The Alchemist, along with classics like Our Town and Their Eyes Were Watching God.
I had a really wonderful time, and hope to stay in contact with many of the teachers I met and spoke with there. I think that I’m going to love the conference-going aspect of my job in the future, because it provides the unparalleled opportunity to actually meet our customers, and hear what works for them and what doesn’t.
 - Louisa
P.S. - Did I forget to mention the food? SO. MUCH. GOOD. FOOD. If you ever have the chance to travel to Las Vegas, you’re definitely in for a treat in that department, even if you have to wait in line for an hour and fifteen minutes like we did for the famous Caesar’s buffet.

Monday, November 19, 2012

An Essential Addition to the History of World War II: A TRAIN IN WINTER by Caroline Moorehead

They were teachers, students, chemists, writers, and housewives; a singer at the Paris Opera, a midwife, a dental surgeon. They distributed anti-Nazi leaflets, printed subversive newspapers, hid resisters, secreted Jews to safety, transported weapons, and conveyed clandestine messages. The youngest was a 16-year old schoolgirl who scrawled “V” for victory on the walls of her lycée; the eldest, a farmer’s wife in her sixties who harbored escaped Allied airmen. Strangers to each other, hailing from villages and cities from across France, these brave women were united in hatred and defiance of their Nazi occupiers.

Eventually, the Gestapo hunted down 230 of these women and imprisoned them in a fort outside Paris. Separated from home and loved ones, these disparate individuals turned to one another, their common experience conquering divisions of age, education, profession, and class, as they found solace and strength in their deep affection and camaraderie. 

In January 1943, they were sent to their final destination: Auschwitz. Only 49 would return to France.

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, A Train in Winter:  An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France draws on interviews with these women and their families; German, French, and Polish archives; and documents held by World War II resistance organizations to uncover a dark chapter of history that offers an inspiring portrait of ordinary people, of bravery and survival—and of the remarkable, enduring power of female friendship.

Praise for A Train in Winter:

"A necessary book. . . . The literature of wartime France and the Holocaust is by now so vast as to confound the imagination, but when a book as good as this comes along, we are reminded that there is always room for something new."—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

"The first complete account of these extraordinary women and, incredibly, over 60 years later we are still learning new and terrible truths about the Holocaust. . . . An important new perspective. . . . Careful research and sensitive retelling."—Boston Sunday Globe

"A compelling account of human suffering and courage in the face of appalling brutality. And by the careful use of detail, and an almost obsessive curiosity, Ms. Moorehead has succeeded in frustrating one of the main aims of the Nazis' . . . the memory of 'le Convoi des 3100' has not disappeared."—Wall Street Journal

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Congratulations to Louise Erdrich, Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction for THE ROUND HOUSE: A NOVEL

Congratulations to Louise Erdrich, who has won the National Book Award for Fiction for her most recent work, The Round House:  A Novel, which is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family. 

You can read detailed coverage here from the New York Times about the exciting awards ceremony which took place last night in New York City. And once again, congratulations Louise! 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The 50th Anniversary Edition of FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN by Edward Abbey Is Now Available

The late Edward Abbey (dubbed by Lonesome Dove author Larry McMurtry as "The Thoreau of the American West") was a hero to environmentalists and rebels of every stripe. With Fire on the Mountain, this literary giant of the New West wrote a powerful, moving, and enduring tale that gloriously celebrates the undying spirit of American individualism. The 50th anniversary edition of this classic work is now available, with an introduction by historian Douglas Brinkley that reminds students of Abbey's steadfast conviction that "a patriot must always be ready to defend his country against the government."

John Vogelin’s land is his life—a barren stretch of New Mexican wilderness, mercifully bypassed by civilization. Then the government moves in, and suddenly the elderly, stubborn rancher is confronting the combined land-grabbing greed of the county sheriff, the Department of the Interior, the Atomic Energy Commission, and the U.S. Air Force. But a tough old man is like a mountain lion:  if you back him into a corner, he’ll come out fighting.

"Abbey is a fresh breath from the farther reaches and canyons of the diminishing frontier."—Houston Chronicle

"Abbey can attain a kind of glory in his writing. He takes scenes that have been well-traveled by other writers, and re-creates them as traditional American myths."—New York Times Book Review


Moby Dick By Herman MelvilleWaiting for the perfect opportunity to tackle Herman Melville's classic American novel Moby-Dick? Well, it looks like this is your weekend. A group of Melville fanatics have created a city-wide, weekend-long event this November 16-18, dedicated to the genius of this immense book. Brave enthusiasts across two boroughs will pursue marathon-read-aloud sessions with the same single-minded, unwavering tenacity of the story's protagonist, Ahab.

The event is shaping up to be a kind of star-studded, travelling circus, with stops at WORD, Housing Works Bookstore Cade, and Molasses Books, and one-hundred readers including Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Sarah Vowell, Rick Moody, Jonathan Ames, Lev Grossman, and Adam Wilson. So check out their website here if you’re interested in attending part or all of it:

AND if you feel you may need a strong drink either before or after this epic affair, TimeOut: New York asked some participants for their favorite bars within walking distance. You can find them here:


Monday, November 12, 2012

Amazon's 2012 Best Books List

The Round House By Louise ErdrichHarperCollins is proud to have eleven books on Amazon's 2012 Top 100 Editor Picks list. All titles are available in physical and kindle adult books; just click on the links to begin reading!
#8  FLIGHT BEHAVIOR by Barbara Kingsolver
#13  ROUND HOUSE by Louise Erdrich*
#20  LIVE BY NIGHT by Dennis Lehane
#26  TELEGRAPH AVENUE by Michael ChabonBilly Lynn's Long Halftime Walk By Ben Fountain
#35  SUTTON (Hyperion) by J.R. Moehringer
#42  BEAUTIFUL RUINS by Jess Walter
#55 THE ORCHARDIST by Amanda Coplin
#79  WHEN IT HAPPENS TO YOU by Molly Ringwald
#86  SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller
#96  DELICACY by David Foenkinos

Congratulations to all of the authors!

*denotes National Book Award finalist


Harold Holzer, one of the world's leading experts on Abraham Lincoln, has just published an authorized companion to Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, entitled Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America. Holzer served as content consultant on the movie, and has authored, co-authored, and edited an amazing forty-two books, including Emancipating Lincoln, Lincoln at Cooper Union, and three award-winning books for young readers: Father Abraham: Lincoln and His Sons; The President Is Shot!; and Abraham Lincoln, The Writer.

Holzer's book is especially suited for teenage students, and gives a closer, fast-paced look at one of our greatest presidents. Coupled with a glut of primary source materialfrom letters to memoirs to speeches and other documentsHolzer traces Lincoln's shifting opinions towards slavery from his boyhood onwards, and how he weighed those feelings against the contemporaneous American political landscape. The book includes historical photos, a chronology, a historical character list, text of several major speeches and documents, a reading list, and a behind-the-scenes photo section of the movie.

If you haven't seen the trailer for Spielberg's Lincoln, watch it below:

Friday, November 9, 2012

Michael P. Spradlin at the NCTE Convention

Blood RidersWe’re happy to announce two events with New York Times best-selling author Michael P. Spradlin at the National Council of Teachers of English Convention next Friday, November 16, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. If you’re going to be there, you can come meet Mike at Booth 521 between 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm, or you can catch his REACHING BOYS WHO ARE RELUCTANT READERS panel in Grand Ballroom 112 between 4:00 pm and 5:15 pm.  
Michael P.  Spradlin is the author of a number of wildly successful (and often satirical) children and young adult books including It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies, Every Zombie Eats Somebody Sometime, Jack and Jill Went Up to Kill, sure to delight even the most reading-weary boys with his ghoulish take on classic children’s holiday stories, songs, and nursery rhymes. He is also the author Spy Goddess series, and the Youngest Templar novels.
This September, Mike made his first foray into adult fiction, with the acclaimed Blood Riders, the story of US Cavalry Captain Jonas P. Hollister. Set in 1880, the books begins as Hollister rots in prison for “lying” about the deaths of eleven soldiers, who he claims were murdered by blood-drinking demons. When a detective arrives with an order for his release after the eerie deaths of some Colorado miners serve to validate his story, Jonas begins a perilous journey towards a battle with the undead.  
If you’re unable to come to the NCTE Conference, fret not. You can still get a sense of Mike’s wit and expertise on his personal blog here.

ARGO's Inspiration: Antonio J. Mendez's MASTER OF DISGUISE

Master of Disguise, The By Antonio J. MendezBen Affleck’s Argo has been one of the biggest movies of the fall, receiving widespread and profuse critical acclaim. If you’ve seen it and loved it like we have, or if you’re interested in going to see it in the future, now is the perfect time to explore the amazing autobiography behind the phenomenonAntonio J. Mendez’s Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA, published through Harper Perennial in 2000.
The book itself garnered a lot of positive attention when it first came out, as the first-ever memoir written by a top-level operative to be authorized by the CIA. In the book, Mendez describes his entrance into the Agency, and closely details the tricks he used to save hundreds of livesfrom his adventures in East Asia to Cold War maneuvers in Moscow.
The title of Mendez’s book is truly a nod to his invaluable creativity and remarkable ability to create new identities for anyone, anywhere. As we all now know, in 1980, Mendez utilized this gift to orchestrate the release of six Americans during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Masquerading himself and the hostages as Canadian filmmakers scouting locations in Iran, Mendez accomplished what many said could not be done, and what no one, outside of the CIA, knew about until 1997. This real-life tale of heroism is just as gripping in print as it is in the movie, straight from the man at the center of it all.
If you haven’t yet seen the trailer for Argo, watch it below!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Kenneth C. Davis on C-SPAN's In-Depth TV

Historian Kenneth C. Davis, author and creator of the popular Don't Know Much About series, including Don’t Know Much About the Presidents and Don’t Know Much About History, was the subject of a three-hour long interview on C-SPAN’s In-Depth TV this Saturday. It will re-air at the end of this week.    

For the last twenty years (and fifteen books!), Kenneth C. Davis has been attempting to make historical learning fun, even for the most resistant adults and children. The popularity of his DKMA series is a testament to his success in this arena; it has sold some 4.7 million copies all-together. Davis has no plans to slow down, and has recently expanded his work outside the DKMA series, authoring the successful historical books A Nation Rising, and America’s Hidden History.

In the C-SPAN segment, Davis gives a comprehensive look inside the entirety of his DKMA backlist, and divulges his strong stance on the value of libraries. He is a frequent lecturer at national museums and commentator for media outlets like NPR and the New York Times 

Click here to watch the entirety of his interview online. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Jacques Barzun, 1907–2012

From Dawn to Decadence By Jacques BarzunToday is a sad day in the publishing world, marking the death of renowned cultural historian, educator, and best-selling author Jacques Barzun. He is the author of Simple & Direct (2001), A Jacques Barzun Reader (2003), and, most famously, From Dawn to Decadence (2000). Having moved the United States from France some 89 years ago, Barzun passed away at his San Antonio, TX home at 104 years old.

In From Dawn to Decadence, Barzun traces the periods of rise and fall in the last 500 years of Western history, highlighting great, recurring themes, and intertwining war and government narratives with those of art, science, and literature. He predicts another imminent fall, triggered by uncapped decadence and a widespread entitlement, but he cushions the blow within the context of the many earlier declines and subsequent ascensions.

The book, at a whopping 912 pages, received widespread critical acclaim and remained on best-sellers lists for months. This was a mighty feat for such an immense, chiefly scholarly book, but it serves as a testament to Barzun’s abilities as a remarkably engaging and lucid writereven Keith Richards admitted to reading it! His writing is filled with wit and energy, and his voice, though conservative in some areas, is certainly progressive in others (the work, published when he was 92, firmly establishes the booming 16th century as shaped by women).

From Dawn to Decadence is still widely read in college classrooms today. Just this spring, professors from Stonehill College, Rice University, Oakland University (among others) adopted it into their curriculum. He will be missed.

You can read his NYTimes obituary here.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Louise Erdrich Featured in Poets and Writers Magazine

We just received a copy of the November/December issue of Poets and Writers Magazine, and were thrilled to see one of our favorite authors, Louise Erdrich, chosen for an in-depth story written by Kevin Nance. A truly prolific author (she's published fourteen novels, seven children's books, three poetry volumes, three non-fiction books, and one story collection), Erdrich has no intention of slowing down, which is music to our ears.

Interestingly, the article suggests that her age (though she's only 58) and her personal health history (including a breast cancer scare) have influenced the direction of her plot development, which, in her last two books, has taken an almost unrecognizably linear path. Erdrich confesses that she has too much to say about the Native American community – she’s almost overflowing with new book ideas – and feels that the shift to linear stories may have aided her in addressing these ideas more quickly. Though the direct development of her latest narratives may be novel, however, Erdrich’s undeniable literary brilliance remains, and will surely recapture the admiration of her longstanding fans.
Erdrich’s newest book, The Round House, released by Harper in October, is more politically charged than most of her previous novels, focusing on an issue in Native American communities that she feels must be addressed: rape on reservations. Particularly, the story focuses on the difficulties of prosecuting a Non-native perpetrator for crimes committed on reservation land, and the lasting effects of this judicial stagnation on those affected. Influenced by real life incidents and interviews, Erdrich’s newest novel is a must-read, and an irrefutable contribution to the Native American literary canon to which she has already contributed so much.

See her interview below with Prairie Public Broadcasting while promoting The Round House:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Thornton Wilder and the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention

Having seen two really wonderful productions of both of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize winning plays, Our Town (1938) and The Skin of Our Teeth (1943), I already considered myself quite the fan. But Wilder is not only a deservedly celebrated playwright; his repertoire of novels may even rival his plays in critical esteem. I just started his Pulitzer Prize winning (really, how many can one guy have?) novel, The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927), and have been hooked since the first, much lauded sentence. "On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travelers into the gulf below," Wilder succinctly begins. A precursor to contemporary disaster epics, the story follows a witness's subsequent efforts to connect the victims in hindsight, in his vain attempt to prove divine intervention's hand rather than chance's.
Reading his best-loved novel has made me even more excited for the Thornton Wilder Society event we're hosting at National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. HarperCollins will provide the opportunity for conference-goers to meet experts from the Thornton Wilder Society including Tappan Wilder (Thornton's nephew and literary executor), Jackson R. Bryer (Society president), and Lincoln Konkle (Society executive director). We're even giving away free copies of Our Town to the first 100 people in preparation of its 75th anniversary in 2013. If you'll be there on November 17, you can come to Booth 521 to meet the experts between 10am and 12pm, or come to the Premiere Ballroom to hear the experts' panel, Teaching Thornton Wilder to 21st Century Students, from 2:45pm to 4pm.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The New Face of Feminism: HOW TO BE A WOMAN by Caitlin Moran

Though they have the right to vote, access to the Pill, and haven’t been burned as witches since 1727, life has not exactly been a stroll down the catwalk for the modern woman. They are beset by choices, uncertainties, and questions: Why are they supposed to get Brazilians? Why do bras hurt? Why the incessant noise and constant societal pressure about having babies? And do men secretly hate them?

At a time when more than 70 percent of American women don’t consider themselves to be feminists, award-winning British writer Caitlin Moran offers in How to Be a Woman a provocative, funny, and much-needed polemic on the contemporary state of feminism:  a perfect cutting-edge book for today's Women's Studies students.

Moran interweaves her funny, common-sense observations with scenes from her own life, from her terrible thirteenth birthday (“I am overweight, have no friends, and boys throw gravel at me when they see me”) through the riot of adolescence to her life as a writer, wife, and a mother. With rapier wit, Moran slices right to the truth—whether it’s the workplace, love, fat, body image, popular entertainment, or children.

Irreverent, funny, and deceptively serious, How to Be a Woman ignites a new conversation about feminism for students, laying bare the reasons why female rights and empowerment are essential issues not only for women, but for society itself.        

Praise for How to Be a Woman:   

"There are lots of things to love about Caitlin Moran's How to Be a Woman. . . . A glorious, timely stand against sexism so ingrained we barely even notice it. It is, in the dour language [Moran] militates so brilliantly against, a book that needed to be written."—New York Times    

"It is bracing in this season of losing [Nora] Ephron to discover a younger feminist writer who scrimmages with the patriarchy and drop kicks zingers with comic flair. . . . A must-read for anyone curious to find out just how very funny a self-proclaimed 'strident feminist' can be."—Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air   

 "A genuinely original talent."—Germaine Greer, The Times (London)  

"Caitlin Moran is so fabulous, so funny, so freshly feminist. I don't want to be like her—I want to be her. But if I can't, at least I can relish her book. You will, too."—Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter

"Caitlin Moran is a feminist heroine for our times. I can't wait to give this book to my daughters."—Zoë Heller, author of The Believers

"Caitlin Moran is the profane, witty and wonky best friend I wish I had. She's the feminist rock star we need right now; How to Be a Woman is a hilarious delight."—Ayelet Waldman, author of Bad Mother

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Mystery of Prime Numbers: THE MUSIC OF THE PRIMES by Marcus du Sautoy

In 1859, German mathematician Bernhard Riemann presented a paper to the Berlin Academy that would forever change mathematics. The subject was the mystery of prime numbers. At the heart of the presentation was an idea that Riemann had not yet proved, and one that still baffles mathematicians to this day.

Solving the Riemann Hypothesis could change the way we do business, since prime numbers are the lynchpin for security in banking and e-commerce. It would have a profound impact on the cutting edge of science, affecting quantum mechanics, chaos theory, and the future of computing. Leaders in math and science are trying to crack the elusive code, and a prize of $1 million has been offered to the winner. In The Music of the Primes: Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics, Marcus du Sautoy, a professor of mathematics and the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, reveals the extraordinary history behind the holy grail of mathematics and the ongoing quest to capture it.

Praise for The Music of the Primes:

"An enthralling story of profoundly human passions and griefs, of rivalries and collaborative labors. . . . A book not to be put down."—Times Literary Supplement

"Enormously entertaining. . . . [Du Sautoy] uncovers a staggering depth and richness to the universe that should leave you in awe."—New Scientist

"This fascinating account is written like the purest poetry. Marcus du Sautoy's enthusiasm shines through every line of this hymn to the joy of high intelligence, illuminating as it does so even the darkest corners of his most arcane universe."—Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Completely Updated Second Edition with a New Chapter on Cyberaffairs: AFTER THE AFFAIR by Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D.

There is nothing quite like the pain and shock caused when a partner has been unfaithful to their spouse. The hurt partner often experiences a profound loss of self–respect and falls into a depression that can last for years. For the relationship, infidelity is often a death blow from which there is no return to happiness and trust.

With more than 500,000 copies sold, After the Affair:  Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful is the first book to help couples survive this crisis. Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who guides both hurt and unfaithful partners through the three stages of healing: normalizing feelings, deciding whether to recommit, and finally, revitalizing the relationship. It provides proven, practical advice to help the couple change their behavior toward each other, cultivate trust and forgiveness and build a healthier, more conscious intimate partnership. This newly revised and updated version of After the Affair includes a new chapter taken from today's headlines:  online affairs that are initiated in cyperspace by restless people behind their computer screens.

For the 70 percent of couples who have been affected by extramarital affairs, After the Affair is the only book to offer proven strategies for surviving the crisis and rebuilding the marital relationship.

Praise for After the Affair:

"The most comprehensive and balanced book I have ever read on the subject. It is 'must' reading for any couple who has experienced the violation of trust as a result of an affair."—Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., author of Getting the Love You Want

"A wonderful guide for couples who want to reconstruct their relationship after one partner has been unfaithful."—Aaron Beck, M.D., founder of Cognitive Therapy and author of Love Is Never Enough

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

HarperCollins Classics That Have Helped Shape America

The Library of Congress recently selected 88 books that they feel have shaped America as we know it. In a statement, they explain that the list "Is not a register of the ‘best’ American books--although many of them fit that description," but rather contains important books “written by Americans that have influenced our lives.” While every book on the list has played an important role in American history, we were exceptionally excited to see so many of our HarperCollins classics represented, including:
We invite you to explore the complete list, and we'd love to hear your thoughts on our titles represented. You also might be interested in exploring our Harper Perennial Modern Classics digital catalog, featuring the above titles, and more.

Are there any books that you feel should be included in the list? If so, you're in luck; the Library of Congress is asking for your opinion. Please complete their survey, providing feedback on the list in it's current form, and what you'd like to see added to it!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Celebrate Classic Literature: THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD by Zora Neale Hurston & THE GOLDEN NOTEBOOK by Doris Lessing

The year 2012 marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing.

Under "a blossoming pear tree" in West Florida, 16-year-old Janie Mae Crawford dreams of a world that will answer all her questions and waits "for the world to be made." But her grandmother, who has raised her from birth, arranges Janie’s marriage to the older local farmer. So begins Janie’s extraordinary journey through trial and redemption. Their Eyes Were Watching God is a poetic love story, rooted in black folk traditions and steeped in mythic realism that boldly celebrates African-American culture and heritage.

Some of your students may have trouble understanding the dialect of Their Eyes Were Watching God. We suggest that you may find it helpful to play all or part of the audio recording, read by the legendary actress Ruby Dee, to your class.

"There is no book more important to me than this one."—Alice Walker

In Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing's landmark novel The Golden Notebook, Anna is a successful writer who meticulously keeps four notebooks. In a black one she reviews the African experience of her youth. In a red one she records her political life, including her disillusionment with Communism. In a yellow one she writes a novel where the heroine mirrors her own life, and in a blue one she keeps a personal diary. In love with an American writer and on the threshold of insanity, Anna attempts to bring the contents of all four journals together in a golden notebook.

Praise for The Golden Notebook:

"The Golden Notebook is Doris Lessing’s most important work and has left its mark upon the ideas and feelings of a whole generation of women."—New York Times Book Review