Friday, February 26, 2010

HarperOne: 30 Years of Biblical Scholarship

For the last thirty years, HarperOne has published essential references for students and scholars of Biblical literature. As we continue to update and revise classic titles, we also publish new books that will earn their place on every scholar's bookshelf.

The HarperCollins Study Bible has become the standard general reference for understanding the full meaning of this sacred book. This classic study Bible has now been completely revised and updated under the aegis of the Society of Biblical Literature—the preeminent academic association of the world’s best biblical scholars. It is available in several different formats to suit the needs of students and professionals.

The Green Bible highlights verses and passages that speak to God's care for creation highlighted in green. It also includes contributions by Brian McLaren, Matthew Sleeth, N. T. Wright, Desmond Tutu, an introduction to reading the Bible and the Old and New Testaments through a “green” lens, including what Jesus had to say about the environment, and a green Bible index and personal study guide.

The HarperCollins Bible Commentary by James L. Mays is available in a revised edition—making it the most up-to-date reference book of its kind for understanding and interpreting the meaning of the Bible.

The most authoritative and easy-to-use Bible pronunciation guide available, The HarperCollins Bible Pronunciation Guide can be used with any version of the Bible in English.

The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary puts the latest and most comprehensive biblical scholarship at your fingertips. Here is everything you need to know to fully understand the Old Testament, the Apocrypha, and the New Testament. For church Bible study groups, home schools, high schools, colleges, or personal study, it is also availble in a Condensed Version—which contains all the important names, places, and subjects that make Bible study come to life.

From the earliest evidence of humankind in Palestine to the establishment of the kingdoms of Judah and Israel, the ministry of Jesus, and the rise of the Christian Church, the richly illustrated HarperCollins Atlas of Bible History brings the Bible to life in its entire geographical context. Also included are detailed biblical references, timelines, and suggestions for further reading.

Perfect for students with little or no knowledge of the Bible, Biblical Literacy showcases the Bible stories that have most shaped history and our world and provides the key information we need to know for how to understand these profound stories. In addition, Timothy Beal delves into the important historical and cultural back-ground information so that readers can fully understand the impact of these stories on the world we live in now.

For more information about these titles, visit the NRSV website.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

1492: One of the Most Fascinating Years in World History

Everything changed in 1492: the way power and wealth were distributed around the globe, the way major religions and civilizations divided the world, and the increasing interconnectedness of separate economies that are now called globalization. In 1492 the modern world was born.

In 1492: The Year the World Began, Felipe Fernández-Armesto, currently the William P. Reynolds Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, not only examines this pivotal year and shows how its landmark events still resonate today, but reveals how the Spanish Inquisition, the closing of the Silk Road, and the expulsion of Jews and Muslims triggered a creative response that led to world-changing events, including the exploration of the “New World,” the Reformation, and the spread of Islam. With the current “Clash of Civilizations” and the shrinking of our world, 1492 offers profound and hopeful lessons to students.

If you are interested in adopting this book for a class, you may order an exam copy. If you have already ordered this book for a class, please order a complimentary desk copy.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Rower, Author, College President: Tori McClure

Tori Murden McClure, author of A Pearl in the Storm, will become Spalding University's tenth president on July 1, 2010. "Tori McClure is excited about her new responsibilities and eager to lead Spalding University into a bright future,” says David Fannin, co-chair of the presidential search committee.

And, I believe she will do it. After all, Tori rowed across the Atlantic Ocean--by herself! She's triumphed over failure and self-doubt, gale-force winds and storms of all kinds. You'll get an idea of the stuff she's made of in this video about her solo journey across the Atlantic.

Monday, February 22, 2010

College Orientation: Parents' Day

Soon the next wave of freshmen and their parents will hit your campus. Orientation is your chance to dispel fears, provide valuable information, and set the ground rules for students and parents. The authors of Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years have heard and seen it all--making them a powerful resource.

Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger, veterans of Washington University, speak at orientation programs throughout the country--giving parents compassionate and practical advice on the emotional and social changes of the college years. They let parents know:

  • When they should encourage independence
  • When they should intervene
  • What issues of identity and intimacy await students
  • What are normal feelings of disorientation and loneliness for students—and for parents
  • What is different about today’s college environment
  • What new concerns about safety, health and wellness, and stress will affect incoming classes

You can use their free workshop guide--or you can invite the authors to speak on your campus. Plus, you can send parents this free audio--which will get them ready to let go.

If you'd like to insert brochures for Letting Go into your welcome bag for parents--please let us know how many and where to send, and we'll get them to you as quickly as possible.

And, you'll find more resources for your freshman class in our Books for the First-Year Student catalog.

Good luck--and let us know if we can be of assistance.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


In honor of tenth anniversary of The Best American Science Writing series, the guest editors of previous editions have selected what each deemed the two strongest pieces from their year to create The Best of the Best American Science Writing. These guest editors are some of the most impressive and important names in contemporary science: James Gleick, Timothy Ferris, Matt Ridley, Oliver Sacks, Dava Sobel, Alan Lightman, Atul Gawande, Gina Kolata, Sylvia Nasar, and Natalie Angier. Certain to inspire your students, their selections represent the best science reporting of the last ten years.

The Best of the Best American Science Writing features an introduction by The Best American Science Writing 2010 editor, Jerome Groopman, who is the staff writer in medicine and biology for The New Yorker. He is also the Dina and Raphael Recanati Chair of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Experimental Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the author of four books, including the New York Times bestseller, How Doctors Think.

If you are interested in adopting this book for a class, you may order an exam copy. If you have already ordered this book for a class, please order a complimentary desk copy.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Woman Behind the President: MRS. LINCOLN by Catherine Clinton

Abraham Lincoln is the most revered president in American history, but the woman at the center of his life, his wife, Mary, has remained a historical enigma. In the definitive, magisterial biography Mrs. Lincoln, noted historian Catherine Clinton draws on important new research to illuminate the remarkable life of Mary Lincoln, who lived at a time when the nation was being tested as never before. Her story is inextricably tied with the story of America and with her husband’s presidency, yet her life is an extraordinary chronicle on its own. She was the first presidential wife known as the “First Lady,” and it was in this role that she gained her lasting fame. But the assassination of her husband haunted her for the rest of her life. One of the most tragic and mysterious of 19th-century figures, Mary Lincoln and her story symbolize the pain and loss of Civil War America. Authoritative and utterly engrossing, Mrs. Lincoln is the long-awaited portrait of the woman who so richly contributed to Lincoln’s life and legacy.

Praise for Mrs. Lincoln:

“We can never get enough of Lincoln, and we can never get enough of his family. Catherine Clinton’s fascinating book feeds that hunger.”— Ken Burns

“In this remarkable book, Catherine Clinton displays an emotional depth in her understanding of Mary Lincoln that has rarely been revealed in the Lincoln literature. This engaging, wonderfully written narrative provides fresh insight into this complex woman whose intelligence and loving capacities were continually beset by insecurities. It is a triumph.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin

“As wife and widow of America’s greatest president, Mary Lincoln was the focus of cruel controversies in her lifetime and among historians ever since. Her Confederate relatives, free-spending shopping habits, mercurial personality, and fragile mental stability have provoked powerful crosscurrents of censure and defense. Catherine Clinton navigates these dangerous biographical waters with a firm hand on the tiller. With sensitivity and empathy, she brings us the real Mary Lincoln—a tragic yet compelling figure.”— James McPherson

If you are interested in adopting this book for a class, you may order an exam copy. If you have already ordered this book for a class, please order a complimentary desk copy.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

English 101: Brave New World

I just joined a book club here at Harper. Erica at Perennial and Kayleigh in library marketing have been reading and blogging as part of what they call English 101, a book club devoted to reading a different modern classic every month. Last month they read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (click to read Erica and Kayleigh’s reviews) and this month I’ve joined in to read Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World with them.

I’m looking forward to re-reading this book. I read it for the first time about 10 years ago and though I don’t remember much (aside from the part about “feelies”) I’m looking forward to rediscovering this classic and hopefully understanding it in a new way than I did a decade ago.

As teachers, how do you teach this book to your classes? What are some suggestions of lessons I should look for as I read? Please free to read along with Erica, Kayleigh and me and leave comments or suggestions either here or on my EC Ning page. For a complete list of the English 101 book club picks, click here.


In The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry poetic visions from the 20th century are reinforced and in many ways revised. Alongside renowned masters such as Neruda, Amichai, Brodsky, and Appolinaire, there are many new discoveries—internationally celebrated poets who have rarely, if ever, been translated into English. In conjunction with the organization Words Without Borders—an online haven for international literature and an ally to writers all over the world—The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry serves as a canonical touchstone in the field of poetics, bringing voices from afar to students.

Praise for The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry:

“From canonical modernists like Valéry, Vallejo and Pasternak to younger poets of today, The Ecco Anthology collects an amazing spectrum of poetic voices from around the world in gifted translations, often by other well-known poets. It becomes immediately indispensable.”—John Ashbery

“This astonishing anthology deeply substantiates Rubén Darío's claim that ‘a poet moves in the world.’ It is a modern book of wonders, of airy correspondences and earthly dialogues, of faraway voices and unlikely global encounters, of borders magically crossed and deaths transfigured, of candles lighting each other, like souls. It is inexhaustible.” —Edward Hirsch

If you are interested in adopting this book for a class, you may order an exam copy. If you have already ordered this book for a class, please order a complimentary desk copy.

What's New from Ecco?

When Dan Halpern and Ecco became part of HarperCollins, I remember being so thrilled to get my hands on that gorgeous backlist (lots and lots of poetry and classic novels such as The Sheltering Sky) that I didn't really think about what was to come.

I shouldn't have been so shortsighted. This week, Patti Smith's Just Kids is sitting pretty on the New York Times bestseller list. Over the summer, Ron Rash's Serena will be read by all freshmen at Piedmont College, Caldwell Community College, and St. Andrews Presbyterian College.

What's next?

Ron Rash returns with a beautiful collection of short stories: Burning Bright captures the eerie beauty and stark violence of Appalachia through the lives of unforgettable characters. With this masterful collection of stories that span the Civil War to the present day, Rash, a supremely talented writer who “recalls both John Steinbeck and Cormac McCarthy” (The New Yorker), solidifies his reputation as a major contemporary American literary artist.

Ecco adds another gem to its fine list of books in translation: Winner of 2004 Peace Prize—Germany’s most prestigious literary honor—Peter Esterhazy, author of the acclaimed Celestial Harmonies, offers us Not Art, a uniquely brilliant novelized exploration of his mother’s life.

Ecco continues its focus on poetry with The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry edited by Ilya Kaminsk and Susan Harris of Words Without Borders--a selection of the finest international poetry from the 20th century in the best English translations available. John Ashbery says, “From canonical modernists like Valéry, Vallejo, and Pasternak to younger poets of today, the Ecco Anthology collects an amazing spectrum of poetic voices from around the world.”

Another cause for celebration is Robert Hass's The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems. Here, the former Poet Laureate and winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize offers twenty new and selected poems grounded in the beauty of the physical world.

And, here's Robert Hass accepting the 2007 National Book Award for Poetry.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Galley Giveaway: CRITICAL CARE by Theresa Brown

“Among all the recent books on medicine, Critical Care stands alone. It is a beautifully written account of a nurse’s first year on the wards, a medical memoir that combines lyricism and compassion with searing honesty and well-timed laugh-out-loud wit. What Theresa Brown has managed to do with her book is precisely what the best of nurses do with their patients – focus always on the heart of what matters. I loved this book.” — Pauline Chen, author of Final Exam

Critical Care won't go on sale until June, but we have several galleys of Theresa Brown’s book available. If you are interested in obtaining a free copy please
email me your name and mailing address.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Choosing Your Freshman Common Read: The Books for the First-Year Student Catalog

When your freshmen class arrives on campus it is natural to have high hopes and great concerns for them. How many will thrive? How many will lose their way during the tumultuous first year of college? In our new Books for the First-Year Student catalog you will find titles for your freshmen that will make their first year of college easier to navigate. The catalog also includes links to related resource content on the web to provide a fluid interactive experience that goes beyond the traditional printed catalog. Here are books that are solid choices for freshmen common read programs: classic fiction such as One Hundred Years of Solitude and Brave New World; contemporary fiction such as Bel Canto and In Country; contemporary nonfiction such as The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and The Weight of a Mustard Seed. These books, like all of the books featured in the catalog, spark serious discussion across disciplines, thereby allowing all students to participate. We hope that the Books for the First-Year Student catalog makes your task of choosing a freshman common read less overwhelming and more enjoyable.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Teaching Isn't Easy...

I'm not one of those people who say, "But--they get the whole summer off!" I've never thought that being a teacher is an easy job. This video makes it very clear that teaching would be especially difficult for night owls.

Teaching Children's Literature: Maurice Sendak

Gregory Maguire's Making Mischief: A Maurice Sendak Appreciation is a wonderful teaching tool--allowing professors of children's literature to guide their students through Sendak's oeuvre and to translate those lessons to children's literature on a larger stage.

In exploring the work of American children’s book writer and artist Maurice Sendak, who has produced works of “unparalleled beauty” for over six decades, Maguire--best know for Wicked--both honors one of the greatest living American artists in any medium and also continues to examine the sense of larceny, improvisation, and inspiration that attend all people attempting to make something new out of what they already know.

We've provided an in-depth instructor's guide for professors of children's literature that will help you incorporate Making Mischief into your classes.

And, here's the trailer for Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tell Us Your “Teaching a People’s History” Story

Teachers often tell us about how A People’s History of the United States influenced their decision to become a teacher.

To demonstrate the lasting impact Howard Zinn has had on elementary and secondary school educators and students, The Zinn Education Project is collecting teachers’ stories, which will be shared on the Zinn Education Project website and linked to These stories can provide ideas and inspiration to other school staff and parents who are looking for ways to deepen the teaching of US history in their schools. Share your story.

If you haven't already, please listen to Howard Zinn's last interview with teachers that took place on January 19.

Pulitzer Prize-Winner Leslie Gelb's Provocative and Timely Treatise on American Foreign Policy

Leslie Gelb has had an extremely distinguished career as a senior official for both the Defense and State Departments, and then as a columnist for the New York Times. Throughout his career he has been awarded top honors for his work in the US government including the Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Honor Award while working as the Assistant Secretary of State during the Carter Administration. He is also a Pulitzer Prize-winner in the field of Explanatory Journalism for his work at the New York Times.

In what Fareed Zakaria at the Washington Post calls, “a smart and lively new book,” Leslie Gelb draws on his vast experience to write a provocative account of how to think about and use America’s power in the world.

Inspired by Machiavelli’s The Prince, Power Rules persuasively illustrates the importance of the principle of mutual indispensability: Washington is the indispensable leader because it alone can galvanize coalitions to solve major international problems. Power Rules is an impassioned challenge to both liberals and conservatives to reclaim the true meaning of power and the essential role of common sense in solving global problems.

If you are interested in adopting this book for a class, you may order an exam copy. If you have already ordered the book for a class, please order a complimentary desk copy.

THE FIRST PAUL: The Radical Visionary Behind the Church's Reactionary Icon

In The Last Week, top Biblical scholars Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan separated truth from myth on the subject of the last seven days of Jesus’s life. They turned the traditional understanding of Passion Week on its head to reveal previously unknown historical facts about the events of the week preceding Jesus’s death.

Just released in paperback, Borg and Crossan’s latest book takes the same revelatory approach to the history of one of the Church’s most controversial figures, the apostle Paul. The apostle’s later letters have been used to justify systems of oppression–endorsing slavery, subordinating women, and condemning homosexual behavior. In The First Paul Borg and Crossan show how some of the later passages were actually imposed by the early Church, meant to dilute Paul’s radical egalitarian message and transform him into something more “acceptable.”

Praise for The First Paul:
“The apostle Paul has a mixed reputation. On the one hand, he’s known as the quintessential Christian, the man who wrote almost half of the New Testament. On the other, he’s long been read as misogynistic boor, urging slaves to obey their masters and wives to obey their husbands. Marcus Borg ... reveals the crucial fact ... many of Paul’s letters were written by somebody else.”—Interfaith Voices

If you are interested in adopting this book for a class, you may order an exam copy. If you have already ordered the book for a class, please order a complimentary desk copy.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Too Much of A Good Thing: Teaching THE PARADOX OF CHOICE

There was an article in the New York Times last week about how iPhone and iPod Touch users have the choice to download nearly 140,000 (and counting) available apps, but the reality is that most users tend to favor 5 to 10 apps maximum. I know that is the case with myself. My 16-year old nephew was recently drooling over my iPhone, and the first thing he said was "wow, you have a lot of apps!" I only use a few faithfully every day—the New York Times, Facebook, Sirius/XM, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, and Solitaire (the perfect app for the work commute)—but that still doesn't stop me from downloading additional apps (especially when they're free).

The ideology of how too much choice can sometimes not be such a good thing is the theme of The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz, a Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College. Whether your students are buying a pair of jeans, ordering a cup of coffee, selecting a long-distance carrier, registering for courses, or choosing a doctor, their everyday decisions—both big and small—have become increasingly complex due to the overwhelming abundance of choice with which they are presented.

Students assume that more choices—the hallmark of individual freedom and self-determination—mean better options and greater satisfaction. Schwartz warns them to beware of excessive choice: choice overload can make us question the decisions we make before we even make them, it can set us up for unrealistically high expectations, and it can make us blame ourselves for any and all failures.

If you are interested in adopting this book for a class, you may order an exam copy. If you have already ordered the book for a class, please order a complimentary desk copy.