Shifting Our Perspective on Rejection with Jia Jiang

Rejection Proof guides us to think differently about what we can accomplish.

Rejection Proof shows us how to think differently about what we can accomplish

Rejection Proof (Harmony, April 2014) author Jia Jiang

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Jia Jiang came to the United States with the dream of being the next Bill Gates. But despite early success in the corporate world, his first attempt to pursue his entrepreneurial dream ended in rejection. Jia was crushed, and spiraled into a period of deep self doubt. But he realized that his fear of rejection was a bigger obstacle than any single rejection would ever be, and he needed to find a way to cope with being told no. Thus was born his “100 days of rejection” experiment, during which he willfully sought rejection on a daily basis and learned that even the most preposterous wish may be granted if you ask in the right way. But more important, he learned techniques for steeling himself against rejection and ways to develop his own confidence. Continue reading

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Lehigh University selects The Most Human Human and Ready Player One for 2015 Summer Reading Program

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When members of Leigh University’s Class of 2019 arrive on campus during the Fall of 2015, they will begin their college experience by discussing both The Most Human Human and Ready Player One. Aligning with the Summer Reading Program’s “Technology and the Digital World” theme, The Most Human Human is author Brian Christian’s exploration of the ways in which computers, and research into artificial intelligence, are reshaping our ideas of what it means to be human. Ready Player One, set in 2044 when humans have wrecked the climate and famine, poverty and disease is widespread, focuses on teenage Wade Watts’ quest through a virtual world. Continue reading

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Helping Students Navigate the New Career Marketplace

4980_citrin_james_mby James M. Citrin, author of The Career Playbook: Essential Advice for Today’s Aspiring Young Professionals (Crown Business, April 2015)

The career marketplace for new graduates and millennials (the approximately 82 million people born between 1981 and about 2000) has never been more competitive, unstructured, and difficult to navigate.

For every appealing entry-level professional position in a given industry, there are dozens, often hundreds, and sometimes thousands of candidates. The acceptance rates at today’s most competitive colleges and universities—Stanford and Harvard—are roughly 5%; very long odds. But the number of applicants who receive job offers from today’s most prestigious and largest companies is even tougher—often 1 to 2%. Continue reading

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A Conversation with Kenji Yoshino, author of Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial

35472_yoshino_kenjiIn this post, Kenji Yoshino discusses his forthcoming book Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial (Crown, April 2015).  The renowned legal scholar’s newest work tells the definitive story of Hollingsworth v. Perry, the trial that will stand as the most potent argument for marriage equality.  Advanced copies are available, please email commonreads@penguinrandomhouse.com (limited to first ten respondents).

Q. SPEAK NOW revisits the much-publicized Hollingsworth v. Perry federal trial, which overturned Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage. Why did you feel this case warranted closer examination?
A. When I read the 2010 decision in the case striking down Prop 8, I noticed that it was different in kind from other decisions on same-sex marriage. The 136-page opinion was encrusted with facts, which were drawn from the twelve-day Hollingsworth v. Perry trial, the first federal trial ever on this topic. Then, when I read the 3,000-page transcript of the proceedings, I had the experience of many readers—perhaps the experience that defines us as readers—of “falling into” the text and not emerging into everyday life until I had turned the final page. It was a shining civil rights document—more thorough, rigorous, and dramatic than any debate I had ever encountered on the subject of same-sex marriage. Because the trial was not televised, I became obsessed with bringing the proceedings to the general public. Continue reading

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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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