Friday, February 27, 2009
These two classic works by Barbara Mertz, now revised for a new generation, give students a fascinating glimpse into the human side of ancient Egypt.
Both now available in paperback from Harper paperbacks. Red Land, Black Land. Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs.
“Dr. Mertz has put her considerable writing talent to use in unraveling the twists and turns of the dynasties and makes the broad sweep of Egyptian history understandable and engaging. There is nothing to equal it for a good grounding in ancient Egypt.”— Peter Lacovara, Senior Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern Art, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University
Barbara Mertz has Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago’s famed Oriental Institute.
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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Giving educators and students access to current scholarship, Ehrman explains why these opposing perspectives are found in the New Testament:
- The authors of the New Testament had diverging views about who Jesus was and how salvation works.
- Jesus, Paul, Matthew, and John all represented radically different religions.
- Many of the books were written in the names of the apostles by Christians living decades later.
- Central Christian doctrines were the inventions of still later theologians.
Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. At UNC he has served as both the Director of Graduate Studies and the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. He is also the author of God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question--Why We Suffer and Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
In Reconciliation, Bhutto spoke out not just to the West but also to Muslims across the globe--presenting an image of modern Islam that defies the negative caricatures and offering a bold new agenda for how to stem the tide of Islamic radicalism and to rediscover the values of tolerance and justice that lie at the heart of her religion.
"Fascinating. . . . Stirring and important. . . . A book of enormous intelligence, courage, and clarity. . . . The best-written and most persuasive modern interpretation of Islam I have read."
--Fareed Zakaria, The New York Times Book Review
If you are considering Reconciliation for one of your courses, please order an examination copy of the paperback edition. If you've already decided to adopt Reconciliation, use our desk copy request form.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
In celebration, we rounded up our followers on TwitterSheep and made a word cloud.
Friday, February 20, 2009
I am one of the many fans of the show Lost. If you're also a fan you'll know that much of the show's intrigue is due to its allusions to literature, philosophy, and even the bible among other things. Included among these influences is C.S. Lewis' fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. Lost producers have often said that they use Lewis' mythical world as a creative influence for their own fantastical island (one example: one of the characters on the show is named Charlotte Staples Lewis, or, C.S. Lewis).
Those fans who are familiar both with the Narnia books, and with the evolution of the show will notice many similarities, including the most recent— the return of some of the 'Losties' to the Island is very similar to the return of the four Pevensie siblings to Narnia in Lewis' Prince Caspian. This week's episode was entitled "316" which was the flight number of the plane taking the 'Losties' back to their mysterious island (the coordinates of which were discovered at a lab station called the 'Lampost'... seeing more similarities?). While some speculate that "316" may allude to a passage in the bible, it should also be noted that in HarperCollins' unabridged compendium of all 7 Narnia books, page 316 also happens to be the dedication page to Prince Caspian. Go look for yourself.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Shaped by common sense and kindness, grounded in traditional medicine yet receptive to alternative therapies, "Slow Medicine" is a measured treatment of "less is more" that improves the quality of patients' late lives without bankrupting their families financially or emotionally. Gentle, personal care often yields better results, not only for the dying but for the families who love them.
If you're considering using My Mother, Your Mother in one of your classes, please request an examination copy.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
50 of the world's best food blogs
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
If you are a bookseller or librarian, please send us your essay about any state you desire, and we’ll pick the best and publish all-bookseller and all-librarian regional versions in paperback in the next year, with a percentage of the proceeds going to American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.
About 2,500 words and by Word doc by email only.
Deadline: March 1, 2009.
Take a look at some of the pieces in the book now to see the flavor of what we’re looking for, okay? As you’ll see, some authors once lived in the state they wrote about, or do now, but some were sent to the state for a first, fresh look. We don’t think you'll have time for the latter, but really, anything goes. Likewise, we're open to pieces about parts of larger states.
NOTE: These are NOT about bookstore or library life; you’re Jane or John Citizen on this, but of course, working in the book life as part of the piece would be more than fine.
Questions? Just send us an email.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
If you are considering adding The Last Lecture to your curriculum, please take a look at the online teaching guide.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
It's very exciting to me that a prestigious educational institution like ICC (which is one of the small handful of academically serious culinary schools in the country) has seen fit to elevate the subject of food blogging to the level of something worth teaching about. To my knowledge there has never been a course as rigorous as this one (eight weeks of instruction) offered, and I think it will be really interesting to teach it.
I'll provide updates as things develop.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Walter Dean Myers hopes to reach teachers, parents, and mentors. He believes that teens who read can make better decisions.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
- Paula J. Giddings won the non-fiction award for Ida: A Sword Among Lions.
- Diane McKinney-Whetstone won the award for fiction for Trading Dreams at Midnight.
Deborah Willis and Kevin Merida were awarded an outstanding contribution to publishing citation for Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Hailed by Maya Angelou as a “seer of the human landscape,” Elise Southerland is a recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Award for poetry and the Ann Ramsey Award for Scholarly Initiative and Action. She is also a contributing editor to Okike, An African Journal of New Writing.
We hope you'll re-visit this classic with us as we celebrate our African-American writers this month and throughout the year. A teaching guide for Let the Lion Eat Straw can be found here.
Frequent visits to the principal's office, detentions, suspensions, and expulsions are the established tools of school discipline for kids who don't abide by school rules. But according to Ross Greene, author of The Explosive Child, they are ineffective for most of the students to whom they are applied. In a new book, Lost at School, Dr. Greene presents an alternative for understanding the difficulties of kids with behavioral challenges and explains why traditional discipline isn't effective at addressing these difficulties.