Archive for April, 2010

Take Students to Great Heights! Make the Impossible Possible Selected as Common Reader at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Voorhees College, and Winthrop University


Bill Strickland’s Make the Impossible Possible: One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary has been adopted for common reading at several colleges and universities, including Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Frank Phillips College, Voorhees College, and Winthrop University.  At IUP, the book was selected by a panel of faculty and staff.  To qualify for adoption in the program, a book must be relevant to today’s students, offer interdisciplinary appeal, and provide opportunities for additional and diverse programming.

To view the author’s presentation at the recent 2010 First-Year Experience conference please click here. Later this month Strickland will be conferred with honorary degrees from Babson College and Marywood University. A full listing of his honorary degrees can be found here. (more…)

April 28, 2010 at 6:19 pm Leave a comment

University of Michigan Students are Reading The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How

In The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How, bestselling author Daniel Coyle reveals the simple yet powerful mechanisms through which human beings acquire skill–the kinds of practice, motivation, and coaching that grow myelin, a substance in our brains–the fastest. Through visits to the world’s best soccer players, bank robbers, violinists, fighter pilots, artists, and skateboarders, and to the labs where myelin is being investigated. This compelling and instructive book will transform the way we view talent and enable all of us to develop our full potential and is recommended for courses on education, business, psychology, and sociology.  (more…)

April 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

Professors, Get a FREE Copy of the Greatly Anticipated Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace

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Professors: Be one of the first to adopt the book  Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself . Click here to request a free examination copy today.

This indelible portrait of David Foster Wallace, by turns funny and inspiring, is based on a five-day trip with award-winning writer David Lipsky during Wallace’s Infinite Jest tour. A biography in five days, Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself is David Foster Wallace as few experienced this great American writer. Told in his own words, here is Wallace’s own story, and his astonishing, humane, alert way of looking at the world; here are stories of being a young writer—of being young generally—trying to knit together your ideas of who you should be and who other people expect you to be, and of being young in March of 1996. And of what it was like to be with and—as he tells it—what it was like to become David Foster Wallace. (more…)

April 25, 2010 at 3:21 pm Leave a comment

Switch to Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

This just in!  Whitworth University in Washington has selected Switch by Chip and Dan Heath for their Introductory Psychology course this Fall 2010.  From the authors of the acclaimed Made to Stick, Switch combines theory and case studies from Psychology, Sociology, and Business Management, to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern—one we can use to make the changes that matter most to us.

Here’s what Professor Peter Lorenzi has to say about Switch: (more…)

April 23, 2010 at 8:58 pm Leave a comment

Purdue, Penn State, and Columbia Professors Agree! Thank You for Arguing Is One of the Best Books on Rhetoric

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Rhetoric—the art and science of persuasion—is not just an important skill but, according to journalist/author Jay Heinrichs, it is the essential skill.

Heinrichs’ bestselling book on the topic, Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion, renders the principles of argument clearly and simply — and keeps students engaged all the way.  Dozens of colleges including Purdue University (for an English 106 – English Composition course) and Columbia University have selected the book for their curriculum. (more…)

April 22, 2010 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

Enter to Win a FREE Signed Copy of Dianne Hales’s La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World’s Most Enchanting Language

For a limited time, enter to win a FREE Signed Copy of Dianne Hales’s La Bella Lingua.  To enter contest, click here.

Centuries before there was an Italy, there was Italian. Its roots date back thousands of years to the volgare, the street Latin of ancient Rome. Italian’s storia—a word that translates both as “history” and “story”—is a rich, juicy, dramatic saga virtually unknown outside of Italy. La Bella Lingua tells the adventurous tale of how Italian became Italian and follows its path through the realms of history, art, literature, manners, music, cooking, cinema and, of course, amore.

Since the publication of La Bella Lingua, Dianne Hales has been giving talks on Italy and Italian throughout the United States and Canada. Recent talks include Columbia University/Barnard College, California State University, Chico and Rutgers University.  (more…)

April 21, 2010 at 3:45 pm 1 comment

Now on the Curriculum: American Widow – for “Culture Wars” at NYU

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Beautifully and thoughtfully illustrated, American Widow,  is the affecting account of one woman’s journey during the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy. This graphically illustrated memoir by Alissa Torres (illus. by Sungyoon Choi), has been selected for NYU’s  Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development course: “Culture Wars” in America: Past, Present, and Future, Fall 2010.

Order an examination copy here.


April 8, 2010 at 7:27 pm Leave a comment

New trade fiction, non-fiction and memoir being used in the classroom.


April 2010


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