Thursday, May 31, 2012
On our list, HarperCollins is proud to have Essential Whitman, a collection of his works curated by Galway Kinnell, featuring 18 of the poet’s works.
If you’d like an even more conclusive look into the life, work, and legacy of Walt Whitman, you should read Justin Kaplan’s National Book Award-winning Walt Whitman: A Life. Here, Kaplan presents a moving, penetrating, sharply focused portrait of America’s greatest poet—his genius, his passions, his androgynous sensibility—an exuberant life entwined with the turbulent history of mid-19th century America.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
By observing public and private schools—both successful, and not—and speaking with other school leaders, Dr. Kenny believed that the principles behind progressive education should be the model for Harlem Village Academies. Born to Rise is a practical manifesto, explaining in great detail how Dr. Kenny’s vision came to be, and how the Harlem Village Academies is preparing a generation of students to be successful members of society who make a difference.
However, I feel that Dr. Kenny can characterize her mission better than anyone else. I invite you to read an excerpt from Born to Rise (pg. 82), describing the Harlem Village Academies’ vision:
We are persuaded that the marks of a successful student are precise thought, the ability to speak rationally and write clearly, summoning evidence to support one’s arguments, and accede graciously, when appropriate, to stronger opinions. The mastery of these habits of scholarship simultaneously requires and fosters the intellectual capacity and moral virtues necessary for students to become active and thoughtful democratic citizens.Born to Rise has also received incredibly high praise:
“Deborah Kenny’s inspiring story holds powerful lessons for parents, teachers, administrators, and elected officials across the country.”
— Mayor Michael Bloomberg
“Our country needs more schools like Harlem Village Academies.”
— Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
For a limited time, I’d like to offer you a complimentary copy* of Born to Rise (ISBN: 9780062106209, $25.99) to examine for possible course adoption. If you’d like a copy, please fill out our promotion response form.
*First 200 educators to respond will receive a copy. Offer is valid in the U.S. only. This offer is non-transferable. Limit of one book per person. This offer expires June 8, 2012.
What book do you think every college freshmen should read?
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
High schools have started to post their summer reading lists. Many high schools require their students to read at least one book over the summer. Others ask students to choose several from a long list of titles. Others require a specific book for different grades. Some encourage their students to visit their school and public libraries. Others hold book fairs, sell through their own bookstore, fill orders through a bookstore, or suggest that their students buy their summer reading from an online retailer.This year, we spotted a few schools that are sending their students to a store at Amazon dedicated to their school’s summer reading.
A growing trend is high schools that require all their students to participate in a One Book/One School program. For instance, this summer, the 1400 students attending West Chester East High School (Pennsylvania) will read The Art of Racing in the Rain. Parents and others in the community are encouraged to the read the book as well.
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, The Great Gatsby, Black Boy, Brave New World, The Bell Jar, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Native Son, On Writing Well, The Awakening, Rebecca, To Kill a Mockingbird, Agatha Christie) many contemporary titles show up on these lists: The Bean Trees, Alive, The Alchemist, The Glass Castle, Crazy for the Storm, First They Killed My Father, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Matched, The Pact, The Hunger Games, Pirate Latitudes, The Life of Pi, My Sister's Keeper, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Freakonomics, The Things They Carried, and Everything Is Illuminated. C.S. Lewis continues to be required at private religious schools. It’s wonderful to see Little Princes by Conor Grennan on so many of these lists.
The major trend appears to be away from the more challenging and often classic books to more contemporary and popular titles.
We’re the academic marketing department so we can’t get enough of this stuff, and we hope you’ll enjoy looking at these lists and find them as helpful and interesting as we do:
- Oconee County High School (Georgia): How to Read Literature Like a Professor
- Lookout Valley High – Middle School (Tennessee): Their Eyes Were Watching God
- Blount High School (Alabama): Native Son, How to Read Literature Like a Professor, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
- University Titans High School (Florida): Death Be Not Proud
- Unionville High School (Pennsylvania): Crazy for the Storm, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Brave New World, The Alchemist, The Bean Trees, Their Eyes Were Watching God, First They Killed My Father, and The Awakening
- O’Fallon Township High School (Illinois): State of Wonder, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Little Princes, American Sniper, Through My Eyes, and How to Read Literature Like a Professor
- Voyager Academy High School (North Carolina): The Alchemist, Zorro, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Autobiography of a Face, The Bell Jar, and Something Wicked This Way Comes
- Sparkman High School (Alabama): The Pact and How to Read Literature Like a Professor
- Northwest ISD (Texas): Their Eyes Were Watching God
- Bob Jones High School (Alabama): How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Alive, And Then There Were None, and Their Eyes Were Watching God
- Wayne Valley High School (New Jersey): Rebecca, Black Boy, Poisonwood Bible, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and One Hundred Years of Solitude
- Royal Palm Beach High School (Florida): Native Son, Alas, Babylon, Poisonwood Bible, Pirate Latitudes, How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Brave New World, and Murder on the Orient Express
- Phoenixville Area High School (Pennsylvania): Dandelion Wine, Illustrated Man, Rebecca, The Beet Queen, Animal Dreams, The Bean Trees, The Screwtape Letters, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Continental Drift, The Martian Chronicles, Tracks, How Soccer Explains the World, Everything Is Illuminated, Prodigal Summer, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, Freakonomics, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Bel Canto, Cryptonomicon, and The Professor and the Madman
- Kellenberg Memorial High School (New York): Death Be Not Proud and Brave New World
- Bourne High School (Massachusetts): A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and A Prayer for Owen Meany
- Lafayette High School (Kentucky): Wicked, The Bell Jar, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and Everything is Illuminated
- University School of Nashville (Tennessee): The Martian Chronicles, Prey, Rebecca, Death Be Not Proud, A Walk Across America, The Bean Trees, and Black Boy
- DuPont Manual High School (Kentucky): Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and Freakonomics
- Batavia High School (Ohio): The Alchemist and Freakonomics
- Vernon Hills High School (Illinois): The Bell Jar, Black Boy, Brave New World, The Dispossessed, Everything is Illuminated, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and A People’s History of the United States
We’re always updating our catalogs—and our new High School Summer Reading catalog is now available!
What will your students read this summer?
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Dr. Marina Singh, a research scientist with a Minnesota pharmaceutical company, is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have all but disappeared in the Amazon while working on what is destined to be an extremely valuable new drug, the development of which has already cost the company a fortune. Nothing about Marina's assignment is easy: not only does no one know where Dr. Swenson is, but the last person who was sent to find her, Marina's research partner Anders Eckman, died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding her former mentor as well as answers to several troubling questions about her friend's death, the state of her company's future, and her own past.
Once found, Dr. Swenson, now in her seventies, is as ruthless and uncompromising as she ever was back in the days of Grand Rounds at Johns Hopkins. With a combination of science and subterfuge, she dominates her research team and the natives she is studying with the force of an imperial ruler. But while she is as threatening as anything the jungle has to offer, the greatest sacrifices to be made are the ones Dr. Swenson asks of herself, and will ultimately ask of Marina, who finds she may still be unable to live up to her teacher's expectations.
In a narrative replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, and a neighboring tribe of cannibals, State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss.
Praise for State of Wonder:
“An engaging, consummately told tale.”—New York Times
“Emotionally lucid. . . . Patchett is at her lyrical best when she catalogues the jungle.”— The New Yorker
“Is there nothing the prodigiously talented Ann Patchett can’t do?. . . . Patchett’s last knockout pages proceed full-speed ahead, with more twists and turns and treachery than the Amazon River. Nothing is as it seems, and the ending is as shocking as it’s satisfying. . . . [State of Wonder is] extraordinary.”—Boston Globe
“The Amazon setting is something Patchett does rather marvelously. . . . The book is serious, but also so pleasurable that you hope it won't end.”—NPR
“Her best novel. . . . These pages have a pulsing, seductive rhythm. . . . The wonder of State of Wonder is that Patchett poses essential philosophical and bioethical arguments in a story that still speeds along like a literary thriller, reaching a tremendous, deeply emotional crescendo. Bella scrittura.”—Time magazine
Monday, May 14, 2012
Brinkley traces Cronkite’s story from his roots in Missouri and Texas, through the Great Depression during which he began his career, to World War II, where he gained notice reporting with Allied troops from North Africa, D-Day, and the Battle of the Bulge. In 1950, Edward R. Murrow recruited him to work for CBS as both a reporter and later anchor of the evening news. Cronkite was also witness to—and the nation’s voice for—many of the most profound moments in modern American history, including the assassination of John F. Kennedy (see video below), the NASA space missions of Apollo 11 and 13, the Watergate break-in scandal, the Vietnam War, and the Iran Hostage Crisis.
Praise for Cronkite:
When Newmarket Press joined the HarperCollins team, they brought along with them an impressive list of titles. One series which we in academic marketing were very excited about is the “What’s Happening to My Body?” list by Lynda Madaras. With over 25 years of experience teaching puberty and health education, Lynda Madaras’ 12 titles have been priceless resources for countless scores of health teachers, parents, and children.
To mark these new books joining as an addition to the HarperCollins list, we are going to give away a starter pack of several key titles from Lynda Madaras and her daughter Area. Fill out the form below to be entered to win! The pack will include:
- 1 Copy: The What’s Happening to My Body Book for Boys by Lynda Madaras with Area Madaras
- 1 Copy: On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow!: A “What’s Happening to My Body?” Book for Younger Boys by Lynda Madaras
- 2 Copies: Ready, Set, Grow!: A “What’s Happening to My Body?” Book for Younger Girls by Lynda Madaras
- 1 Copy: My Body, My Self: For Girls by Lynda Madaras & Area Madaras
- 2 Copies: My Body, My Self: For Boys by Lynda Madaras & Area Madaras
- 1 Copy: My Feelings, My Self: A Journal for Girls by Lynda Madaras & Area Madaras
- 2 Copies: ¿Qué Pasa en Mi Cuerpo?: El Libro Para Muchachas (Spanish Language version of What’s Happening to My Body: A Book for Girls) by Lynda Madaras with Area Madaras
Also, stay tuned! We'll soon be releasing our "Health and Sex Eduation" digital catalog, featuring the Madaras books and more!
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
This story is not a memoir about great successes—of which Ms. McClure has many. Instead, the bulk of her inspiring story focuses on her first failed attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean alone. After being rescued from the middle of the worst hurricane season in the North Atlantic, McClure must deal with the self-imposed disgrace tied to her failed attempt. She is forced to embrace her own vulnerability.
To get a sense for what the conditions were like on her first attempt, I invite you to view the emotional video below:
After meeting Muhammad Ali—and being told that she does not want to be known as the woman who “almost” rowed across the Atlantic Ocean—she decides to shake off the weight of failure and attempt her great feat again. With her characteristic wry sense of humor, she explores her interaction with failure—and how she responded and ultimately overcame it.
The common reading committee at Bowling Green State University perhaps puts this book into context best, noting that "A Pearl in the Storm is not only about McClure's trips across the Atlantic but also about her path to knowing herself—and about the kinds of battles that all humans deal with during their lifetimes."
If you haven't had a chance to read A Pearl in the Storm yet, now's your chance; dive in with the book's "Browse Inside!"
Friday, May 4, 2012
Little Princes is the story of Conor Grennan’s epic battle to save the lost children of war-torn Nepal and how he found himself in the process. Grennan’s heartfelt narrative describes how a three-month volunteering experience changed his life forever. After coming to the shocking realization that most of the parents of the children at the Little Princes Orphanage were still alive, Grennan became determined to reunite the would-be orphans with parents who thought them long dead. At times an inspirational memoir, adventure tale, and love story, Little Princes is a real-life example of how great a difference one person can make in the world.
Have you and your students had a chance to read this powerful story yet? If not, get started now!
Thursday, May 3, 2012
The name Marie Curie is enshrined in every schoolchild’s mind as one of the earliest and most inspirational female pioneers in the history of science. Yet the rich, vivid, and romantic story of Marya Salome Sklodwska—the young Polish national who discovered radioactivity—has been lost to time, until now.
Lauren Redniss, a newly named Guggenheim Fellow, walks students through the story of Curie’s own life, which was marked by both extraordinary scientific discovery and dramatic personal trauma; from her romantic partnership with Pierre, through his tragic decline from radium poisoning and death in a traffic accident, to the scandalous affair with another fellow scientist that almost cost her a second Nobel Prize. Drawing on her original archival research in Europe and the United States, and a host of new interviews with Curie family members and scientists who carry on the Curie tradition, Redniss has created a fascinating and deeply moving book—as well as a unique work of art.
Redniss uses stellar writing and captivating art to encapsulate the complexity of the intersections between science, history, and biography. The images throughout the book were developed using a technique called "Cyanotype." It's a smart and beautiful choice that will get students and faculty reading and talking! The best way to get a feel for this innovative work is to see it; we invite you to preview Radioactive by visiting our “browse inside.”
Praise for Radioactive:
— Malcolm Gladwell
“Absolutely dazzling. Lauren Redniss has created a book that is both vibrant history and a work of art. Like radium itself, Radioactive glows with energy.”
— Richard Rhodes, author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, winner of the Pulitzer Prize