Friday, April 26, 2013
I’ve often heard, in efforts to minimize the differences and conflicts between the world’s major religions, that they all have the same origin—some early belief in transcendent unity—and so, they are all just different paths to the same God. Well, in Stephen Prothero’s view, this is minimizing and flat out wrong. In God is Not One, he contends that each of the world’s great religions is trying to solve a very different human problem, casting them inherently at odds:
His arguments make this text a necessary foil to the Traditionalist School of religious thinking, popularized by scholars like Huston Smith and Karen Armstrong.Islam: the problem is pride / the solution is submission
Christianity: the problem is sin / the solution is salvation
Buddhism: the problem is suffering / the solution is awakening
Judaism: the problem is exile / the solution is to return to God
Please check out our religion catalog here if you would like to see more great books by HarperCollins authors.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
When most people think “psychopath,” images of Hannibal Lecter or some other mass murderer come to mind. But Dr. Babiak and Dr. Hare share that many psychopaths just want money or power or fame. And to achieve that, they often head to the corporate world. The authors reveal the ways that psychopaths use greed culture to their advantage, and often emerge as rising corporate stars because of their willingness to take big risks and their instinctual skills of manipulation. Learning the warning signs of such behavior will not only allow your students to put the recent economic crisis and some of its key players in perspective, but also protect themselves in their future career endeavors.
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Monday, April 15, 2013
Chu’s insightful book is essential for any classroom debate on contemporary religion and politics. In his review, Savage raves, “Chu has written a fascinating, thoughtful and important book. He captures the fractures and conflict at a moment when the issue of what to do with L.G.B.T. people is tearing Christian denominations apart. Does Jesus Really Love Me? deserves to be widely read.”
To read the full review, please click here.
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Friday, April 12, 2013
You may not be able to tell based on my stellar photography skills (it's the phone's fault, I swear!), but this is a picture of a e-reader advertisement I saw in the subway yesterday, featuring mostly new titles, along with Dust Tracks on a Road, Zora Neale Hurston's wonderful autobiography. As you may have noticed, we've been crafting course suggestions for all of Hurston's books for the past few months, and her revealing memoir is one of our favorites, so it was very exciting for me to see this ad. If you would like to check out our course suggestions for this title, please click here!
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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
A number of people who came to our booth at the First-Year Experience conference told us that Wench had been recommended to them based on the strength of Perkins-Valdez’s writing and her ability to bring this overlooked area of history to light. It offers so much material for classroom discussion, and we’re very happy that schools are starting to take notice.
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
A self-professed anglophile, I was very excited to see Kate Hubbard’s Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household in Diane’s inbox. And I have a sneaking suspicion that some of you may be interested as well, because it bears some resemblance to a little show called Downton Abbey, and its predecessor, Upstairs Downstairs. Though set during the notoriously conservative 63-year reign of Queen Victoria (and, admittedly, there were no Turkish gents dying in the bed of Princess Beatrice), Hubbard’s book serves to shatter a number of our misconceptions about the Queen and her household.
Drawing on many previously unpublished letters and diaries, Hubbard follows six members of Victoria’s inner household circle, ranging from her maid of honor to her personal physician, throughout her reign. The result is a more vulnerable portrait of the Queen history has painted as austere. Here is a woman prone to giggling fits, selfishness, behavior that ran from controlling to comical to kind. Through her staff’s eyes, we witness the debilitating heartbreak of her husband’s death, and the sympathy she showed to others during their own tragedies.
Serving Victoria offers a fresh view of a monarch we thought we knew, and illuminates what it truly meant to serve the Queen. It will be on sale April 30.
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Monday, April 1, 2013
Sophia’s book has been on our minds a lot lately, as it received a lot of positive attention at the Conference on College Composition and Communication that Diane attended in Las Vegas. While her life growing up may have been unusual, Al-Maria’s story is marked by subtlety and relatability, and insightfully examines cultural differences without delving into the dramatic.
You can browse inside her book here.
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