Seattle Reads The Painter

9780804170154The Washington Center for the Book has recently selected The Painter by Peter Heller as their 2015 Seattle Reads—a common reading program that goes beyond the college campus, promoting literacy and community engagement by facilitating reading and discussion. We wanted to share this good news and suggest that it might provide an opportunity, especially if you already have a common reading program, for community involvement.

A stunning, savage novel of art and violence, love and grief, The Painter is the story of a man intent on using the losses he has suffered to create a meaningful life: Continue reading

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First-Year Experience Author Dinner

FYE-DinnerKnopf Doubleday, Penguin Group USA, Macmillan, and HarperCollins are thrilled to feature the following authors the upcoming 34th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience® in Dallas, TX:

• Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven
• Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being
• Richard Blanco, author of The Prince of los Cocuyos
• Alice Goffman, author of On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City

Complimentary copies of all of these books will be made available and signings will follow dinner.

This exclusive event for common reading committee members and instructors will take place Saturday, February 7th at 7:45 PM in Dallas Ballroom Salon E. Click here for the official invitation.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by email.

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Random House’s Top Common Reading Adoptions of 2014

Each year Freshmen across the country read Random House titles in conjunction with common reading programs. From small liberal arts colleges to large public universities, Random House titles have impacted thousands of first-year students. Here are some of our top adoptions from 2014:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie selected by Dominican University; Duke University; Earlham College; Macalester College; Pennsylvania State University; Pomona College

Machine Man by Max Barry selected by Clemson University

Global Weirdness: Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas, and the Weather of the Future by Climate Central selected by Brookhaven College Continue reading

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How to “Create Value in the World” with Zero to One

9780804139298By Blake Masters, co-author of Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future (Crown Business, September 2014)

What important truth do very few people agree with you on? It sounds like an easy question. It isn’t. Wrestle with it for a few moments and you may be tempted to give up, but don’t. Every great business—indeed, every way in which the future will be different and better than the present—is rooted in a good answer to this question. Contrarian truths may be hard to find, but in a world in which so much of what we do is to simply repeat what’s been done before, creating new value means thinking from first principles, not following the crowd. Continue reading

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The Internet Society: How Our Online Lives Reveal Who We Really Are

9780345812582By Christian Rudder, author of Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) (Crown, September 2014)

My fellow first-years and I were the first incoming class at Harvard to get official email addresses from the school. I remember thinking, what nerd is going to send me an electronic letter? Who wouldn’t just call me? What is this garbage? It was 1993. That fall, I used my roommate’s Mosaic browser to look up guitar tab for a Steve Miller song and then, my curiosity about “The Joker” well satisfied, pretty much forgot about the Internet. Continue reading

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Random House Academic Resources Confirms Author Lineup for the 2015 First-Year Experience® Conference

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Random House Academic Resources’ author line-up for the 2015 First-Year Experience® Conference (February 7-10, Dallas, Texas) is now confirmed.  Our authors hail from diverse backgrounds and their books reflect that: from books on social justice to best-selling novels, we will have something for every FYE program.  Here is the line-up (in order of appearance): Continue reading

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Girls as Boys: Disguising Identity & Changing Gender in Afghanistan

9780307952493By Jenny Nordberg, author of The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan (Crown, September 2014)

Bacha posh, the practice of dressing a girl like a boy, offers a window into a system of severe gender apartheid—a system that exists not only in Afghanistan, but in many countries where women are oppressed. The Underground Girls of Kabul is about disguising oneself to survive in such a place.

Resistance to this kind of patriarchy has occurred throughout history when women were excluded from education and unable to freely choose who they married, or whether to have children. Many girls and women beyond Afghanistan, and in our own history, have had to pretend to be boys and men to reach for rights that society dictated were not theirs.

I wanted this book to be urgent. Because I am, frankly, angry that my own education did not include a conversation about why women have historically been seen as less valuable and less important than men—nor where these ideas come from. It was always presented as an accepted, unexamined fact. In my book, I’ve searched for the roots of these beliefs, in religion, biology and culture. Continue reading

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