Thursday, March 24, 2011
Praise for Swing Low:
“Miriam Toews’ memoir of her father’s troubled life is audacious, original and profoundly moving. . . . A deeply affecting work. . . . This is a document for the living, and its virtues are more than literary; healing is a likely outcome of a book imbued with the righteous anger, compassion and humanity of Swing Low.”—The Globe and Mail (Canada)
“Toews’ novelistic skills are richly apparent in her evocative characterizations and in the deft drama of the narrative. . . . A profoundly affecting book.”—Toronto Star
Swing Low: A Life comes out in September, 2011, but you can be one of the first to read this heart wrenching memoir. We are offering free galleys to the first 10 people to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org*. In your email please provide your:
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Cleopatra the Great tells the story of a turbulent time and the extraordinary woman at its center. Until now, our understanding of Cleopatra has been obscured by Roman propaganda, Shakespearean tragedy, and Hollywood, with little attempt to tell her true story.
Bringing the ancient world to life, Cleopatra the Great is full of tantalizing details about the Pharaoh’s infamous banquets and massive library, her reputation as a magician, her relationships with both Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, and her skillful use of goddess outfits, beauty regimes, hairstyling, and face veiling. In this absorbing, stunning biography, Dr. Joann Fletcher discovers the real woman behind the myth.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Photo by Nancy Crampton
The books of the New Testament are widely assumed to be written accounts of Jesus’s life by those who knew him best. Using his own original research, Ehrman takes students on a journey to the Roman Empire to reveal how counterfeit works written in the name of Jesus’s disciples have actually been included in the Bible we read today.
Ehrman investigates ancient sources to:
- Reveal which New Testament books were outright forgeries.
- Explain how widely forgery was practiced by early Christian writers—and how strongly it was condemned in the ancient world as fraudulent and illicit.
- Expose the deception in the history of the Christian religion.
Here is essential reading for those studying the Bible and the history of Christianity.
Praise for Bart Ehrman:
“Ehrman’s ability to translate scholarship for a popular audience has made the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill a superstar in the publishing world”—IndyWeek
Be sure to also check out our Religion catalogfor more from Ehrman plus many more!
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Thursday, March 17, 2011
After years of watching her eldest daughter, Julia, struggle in a highly regimented public school system, Laura Brodie determined to teach her ten-year-old at home for a year. Although friends were skeptical and her husband predicted disaster, Brodie had visions of one ideal year of learning. The monotony of fill-in-the-blank history and math worksheets would be replaced with studying dinosaurs and Mayan hieroglyphics, conversational French, violin lessons, and field trips to art museums, science fairs, bookstores, and concerts.
As today’s parents ponder their children’s educations, wondering how to respond to everything from homework overload to bullying to the boredom of excessive test preparations, One Good Year gives a informative look into the popular alternative of home-schooling, which has been embraced by millions.
“A detailed, lesson-by-lesson story of the challenges and delights mother and daughter faced in Julia’s ‘sabbatical’ year. [Brodie] offers a compromise to frustrated parents—a mixture of home and public schooling that many readers will feel is the solution they have been looking for.”—Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Sample Chapter from Ben Thompson’s BADASS: THE BIRTH OF A LEGEND—“The Most Kick Ass Cliff Notes Available”
Hitting stores today, Badass: The Birth of a Legend celebrates fearless berserkers of every stripe, male and female, from the hoary pages of mythology, fantasy fiction, and the silver screen—from Zeus to Beowulf to Dirty Harry Callahan, the most merciless gods, monsters, heroes, villains, and mythical creatures ever envisioned.
We were surprised to hear from several high school teachers that, while it might not be best suited for course use, reading Ben Thompson’s fresh and always-entertaining take on some of the most famous literary characters has given them an interesting perspective to bring into class discussions. One teacher called Ben’s first book Badass: A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ever Live "the most kick ass Cliff Notes available."
What do YOU think? We’ve put up the table of contents from Badass: The Birth of a Legend as well as the chapter on Melville’s Moby Dick on our Sribd page. We’d be very interested in hearing your feedback on how this might (or might not!) be useful to teachers as they prepare lectures.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Tom Violet is simply too busy for a full-fledged downward spiral. His now-homeless dad has decided to move in for an undisclosed amount of time. His doctor is trying to convince him that his erectile dysfunction is all in his head. His dog suffers from acute anxiety. His stepfather is in desperate need of marital advice. His boozy stepmother might be stalking him. And, of course, he’s slowly beginning to suspect that his wife may be having an affair with a guy from her gym. So when he orchestrates a truly stupid revenge stunt at work and gets fired, he’s not too surprised.
With hints of subtle satire, Norman tells the story of Tom, an unfortunate everyman fighting against the never-ending barrage of disappointments coming at him from every direction.
Even though Domestic Violets comes out in September, 2011, you can be one of the first to read this outstanding debut novel. We are offering free galleys to the first 20 people to email us at email@example.com*. In your email please provide your:
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Amanda Little, author of Power Trip has recently written an Op-Ed piece for the New York Times, discussing a solution to "energy obesity" in America. It imagines a high-tech labeling system that would track the consumption of "energy calories" in all aspects of our lives and make it easy to use less. Little discusses how virtually everything we consume—from hamburgers, running shoes and chemotherapy to Facebook, Lady Gaga MP3s and “The Daily Show”—is produced from or powered by fossil fuels and their byproducts. Little, a prominent journalist continues to shine a light on the history and future of America’s energy addiction in this piece, following the work she started with Power Trip.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Hal Herzog’s Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard To Think Straight About Animals is a departmental favorite. We admire this book because Hal is thoughtful, rational, and often funny—and he shows us how illogical we are in our relationships with animals. It’s not a polemic. It’s a book that truly fosters debate and conversation. It’s already been adopted in all sorts of courses from ethics to anthropology. And, we're not the only ones who admire it: Robert M. Sapolsky of Stanford University said, “It's a wonderful book—wildly readable, funny, scientifically sound, and with surprising moments of deep, challenging thoughts.” The book will be available in paperback in August.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Joe Navarro’s Louder Than Words: Take Your Career from Average to Exceptional with the Hidden Power of Nonverbal Intelligence is sure to prepare your students for the business world by teaching them skills and strategies for reading nonverbal clues. Navarro, a former counterintelligence officer—teaches students skills with chapters such as:
· How the Body Talks—The subtle behaviors that offer clues to what others are thinking or feeling
· Influence at Your Fingertips—Mastering the first impression and picking up cues that may indicate agreement or disagreement
· “To See Ourselves As Others See Us”—Social behaviors that may make you look poorly in the eyes of others
In today’s tumultuous job market, Louder Than Words gives business students a much-needed edge in negotiations and sales by showing them how to train their brains to see what others are feeling, thinking, or intending.
Praise for Louder Than Words:
“Joe Navarro brings together the art and science of nonverbal communications for the business sector with the edge of a former FBI agent and the insight of a world-class observer.” –Jack Canfield, co-author of The Success Principles
*No phone calls please. This offer is valid in the United States only and will expire on March 18, 2011. No more than one book per person. Ship to college address only. Proof of employment at college must be given upon request. Limited supply. Requests will be filled while supplies last. Our receipt of a request does not guarantee fulfillment.