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Freshman Year Reading
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The Story of Stuff
The Impact of Overconsumption on the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health— And How We Can Make It Better

Americans have way too much stuff That’s the message Annie Leonard has been spreading with her short Internet film “The Story of Stuff,” which has been viewed by over twelve million people around the world This astonishing, inspiring book takes her message to an even higher level In it she outlines the perils and impact of overconsumption as she traces products back to their sources, through their life spans, and forward into their disposal The Story of Stuff works on all levels as it brings together information on the environment, the economy, and cultures around the world

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“After a rigorous book selection process, The Story of Stuff will help bring the campus’s core theme of stewardship for the 21st century into classrooms, dorm rooms, and living rooms An extension of a successful online video, the book promotes the appropriate consumption of resources, while accommodating different points of view” —Midori Yoshimura, Pacific Union College “The Story of Stuff video was a huge hit with my students and my family, and I plan on sharing this amazing book with everyone I know Leonard expertly guides us through the hard truths of our material economy, from extraction to disposal and she offers concrete and positive alternatives every step of the way” —David Naguib Pellow, Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota

Annie Leonard is an expert in international sustainability and environmental health issues, with more than twenty years of experience investigating the material economy, working with organizations like Greenpeace International In 2008, Annie was named one of TIME magazine’s Heroes of the Environment For information about speaking engagements, write to freepressmarketing@ simonandschustercom

Selected for common reading programs by Cal Poly Pomona and Pacific Union College.




The New Kids
Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens
Some walked across deserts and mountains to get here Others flew in on planes One arrived after escaping in a suitcase And some won’t say how they got here These are “the new kids”: new to America They attend the International High School at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, which is like most high schools in some ways, but all of the students are recent immigrants learning English Together, they come from more than forty-five countries and speak more than twenty-eight languages Among the students featured in this inspiring work of narrative journalism: Ngawang, who spent twenty-four hours folded up in a small suitcase to escape from Tibet; Mohamed, a 9781439163283 • HARDCOVER • 320 PAGES • $2600 diamond miner’s son from Sierra Leone whose Paperback available in Spring 2012 arrival in New York City is shrouded in mys9781451620801 • EBOOK • $1299 tery; and Chit Su, a Burmese refugee who is the only person to speak her language in the entire school The teenagers in this modern-day Babel deal with enormous obstacles: traumas and wars in their native countries that haunt them, and cultural pressures to marry or to drop out and go to work They aren’t just jostling for their places in the high school pecking order—they are carving out new lives for themselves in America

“Hauser is masterful at storytelling The New Kids is a must read for anyone interested in teaching, teens, or our new America” —Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia “Heartbreaking, hopeful, and utterly enthralling For real-life drama and a glimpse of America at its best, The New Kids is unbeatable” —Christopher McDougal, author of Born to Run “Ms Hauser’s book is a refreshing reminder of the hurdles newcomers to this country still face and how many defy the odds to overcome them” —The New York Times

Brooke Hauser has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Allure, among other publications She is originally from Miami, Florida, and now divides her time between New York City and Northampton, Massachusetts For speaking engagements write to freepressmarketing@simonandschustercom Photo Credit: Karen Wise (Karen Wise Photography)




All Things Shining
Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age

Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly illuminate some of the greatest works of the West to reveal how we have lost our passionate engagement with the world Their journey takes us from the wonder and openness of Homer’s polytheism to the monotheism of Dante; from the autonomy of Kant to the multiple worlds of Melville; and, finally, to the spiritual difficulties evoked by modern authors such as David Foster Wallace and Elizabeth Gilbert Dreyfus, a philosopher at the UC Berkeley, is an original thinker who finds a new relevance in the classic texts of our culture Kelly, a professor of philosophy at Harvard, is an eloquent new voice whose sensitivity to the sadness of the culturecaptures a generation adrift “Two distinguished philosophers from the heart of the profession offer a meditation on the meaning of life, in a sharp, engaging style that will appeal to readers both within the academy and beyond it They provide a compressed narrative of changes in Western understanding of human existence over the course of nearly three millenniums, and argue that reading great works of literature allows us to rediscover the reverence, gratitude and amazement that were available in Homeric times” —The New York Times Book Review “Occasionally brave philosophers do leap out of their professional lanes and illuminate things for the wider public [Dreyfus and Kelly] have just done this with their new book, All Things Shining They take a smart, sweeping run through the history of Western philosophy But their book is important for the way it illuminates life today and for the controversial advice it offers on how to live” — David Brooks, The New York Times

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Hubert Dreyfus is a leading interpreter of existential philosophy He has taught at University of California, Berkeley for more than forty years His lively, thought-provoking lectures have earned him a podcast audience that often reaches the iTunesU Top 40 Sean Dorrance Kelly is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University He is also Co-Chair of Harvard’s interdisciplinary committee for the study of Mind, Brain, and Behavior




Tattoos on the Heart
The Power of Boundless Compassion

For twenty years, Gregory Boyle has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world In Tattoos on the Heart, he distills his experience working in the ghetto into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith Arranged by theme and filled with sparkling humor and glowing generosity, these essays offer a stirring look at how full our lives could be if we could find the joy in loving and helping others “I highly and enthusiastically encourage the committee to select Father Greg Boyle’s Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. This book is a moving account of struggling youth in the Los Angeles area, a wonderful read that will encourage our students to be serious students and work on behalf of others in our society” —Marta Lopez-Garza, CSUN Common Reading Committee “Tattoos on the Heart will engage freshmen, draw them into reading and reflecting, and encourage freshmen to grow intellectually Tattoos on the Heart will also encourage thought and discussion in a variety of courses and it values diverse cultural perspectives and addresses contemporary social issues Father Greg has had a huge impact on my life and for these and many other reasons, I am confident Tattoos on the Heart will have the same effect on our incoming freshman class” —Antonio Gallo, CSUN Common Reading Committee Considered by California State University Northridge’s common reading program.

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Gregory Boyle is a Jesuit priest who, since 1986, has been the pastor of Dolores Mission in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, which has the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in the city He founded Homeboy Industries, whose various businesses—baking, silkscreening, landscaping—allow young people to work together, side by side, learning the mutual respect that comes from building something together Among other awards, Boyle received the California Peace Prize For information about speaking engagements, write to freepressmarketing@ simonandschustercom 7



Waiting for Snow in Havana
Confessions of a Cuban Boy Winner of the 2003 National Book Award for Nonfiction
In 1962, Carlos Eire was one of 14,000 children airlifted out of Cuba—exiled from his family, his country, and his own childhood by the revolution The memories of Carlos’s life in Havana, cut short when he was just eleven years old, are at the heart of this stunning, evocative, and unforgettable memoir “The most accomplished literary expression of exile sensibility to have appeared to date What is powerful and lasting about the book is Eire’s evocation of childhood and his extraordinary literary ability” —Los Angeles Times One Book, One Philadelphia 2007 Selection

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Learning to Die in Miami
Confessions of a Refugee Boy

In Learning to Die in Miami, Carlos Eire explores the consequences associated with the emergence of his new American identity during the Cuban Revolution “Eire writes with both levity and wisdom about the tension between Carlos the Cuban and Charles the American, describing his process of maturing as ‘learning to die’—or, more prosaically, to let go of worldly attachments such as his childhood memories of life in Cuba With each move, unrequited schoolyard crush or achievement in his adopted language, he sheds a former self Eventually he embraces this continual reinvention as itself something distinctly American” —The Wall Street Journal

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Paperback available in June 2011
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The Memory Palace

The Memory Palace is a breathtaking literary memoir about the complex impact that Mira Bartók’s mother’s schizophrenia had on her life With stunning prose and original art created by the author, The Memory Palace explores the connections between parents and children that cannot be broken no matter how much exists—or is lost —between them “Like the cabinet of wonders that is a frequent motif here, Bartók’s memory palace contains some rare, distinctive and genuinely imaginative treasures“—The New York Times Book Review “A complex web of bewitching verbal and visual images, memories, dreams, true stories and rambling excerpts from the author’s mentally ill mother’s notebooks It is an extraordinary mix” —The Washington Post

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Born on a Blue Day
Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant
Born on a Blue Day is a journey into one of the world’s most fascinating minds Daniel Tammet is virtually unique among people who have severe autistic disorders in that he is capable of explaining what is happening inside his head “Something in the way that Mr Tammet describes the beautiful, aching, hallucinatory process of arriving at his answers illuminates the excitement of all cogitation” —The New York Times

Selected for the One City One Ann Arbor common reading program.
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Day of Honey
A Memoir of Food, Love, and War

“Among the least political, and most intimate and valuable [books], to have come out of the Iraq war… Filled with adrenalized scenes from war zones, scenes of narrow escapes and clandestine phone calls and frightening cultural misunderstandings… These things wouldn’t matter much, though, if her sentences didn’t make such a sensual, smart, wired-up sound on the page… readers will feel lucky to find her” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times “A passionate argument for the idea that whether it’s your mother-in-law or a military enemy, meeting over a meal eases differences, and that knowing the world means dining in it” — Bookforum

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Paperback available in February 2012
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Kaffir Boy
The True Story Of A Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa Mark Mathabane was weaned on devastating poverty and schooled in the cruel streets of South Africa’s most desperate ghetto, where bloody gang wars and midnight police raids were his rites of passage Like every other child born in the hopelessness of apartheid, he learned to measure his life in days, not years Yet Mark Mathabane, armed only with the courage of his family and a hard-won education, raised himself up from the squalor to win a scholarship to an American university Selected for common reading programs by Norfolk State University and Lawrenceville University
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Born in Somalia and raised a Muslim, Ayaan Hirsi Ali escaped an arranged marriage and made a new life in the West, championing the reform of Islam and its attitude to women’s rights “Ayaan Hirsi Ali is one of Europe’s most controversial political figures and a target for terrorists A notably enigmatic personality… Soft-spoken but passionate” —The Boston Globe “Too potent a social critic to be tolerated any longer [in her home country]…an unflinching advocate of women’s rights and an unflinching critic of Islamic extremism” —The New York Times
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The Madonnas of Echo Park

Winner of the 2011 Hemingway Foundation/ PEN Award and the 2011 Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction
Spiralling from a single, thoughtless, and unthinkable act of violence, this sweeping novel of the unseen world of Los Angeles takes us deep inside the lives of the men and women who cook the meals, clean the homes, and struggle to lose their ethnic identity in pursuit of the American Dream “Rich and textured… Skyhorse uses elegant prose and vivid storytelling to tackle questions surrounding culture, belonging, and identity”—The Christian Science Monitor
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Selected for the Fall Semester Book Club, Occidental College, Los Angeles


The White Tiger
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2008
“Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger is one of the most powerful books I’ve read in decades No hyperbole This debut novel from an Indian journalist living in Mumbai hit me like a kick to the head—the same effect Richard Wright’s Native Son and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man had.” —USA Today “Unpretentious and compulsively readable…Aravind Adiga’s auspicious debut novel is at once a fascinating glimpse beneath the surface of an Indian economic ‘miracle,’ a heart-stopping psychological tale of a premeditated murder and its aftermath, and a meticulously conceived allegory of the creative destruction that’s driving globalization” —The New York Sun Selected for Spokane Falls Community College’s common reading program 11
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Songs for the Butcher’s Daugher
Winner, 2009 Ribalow Prize for Jewish Fiction Winner, 2009 ALA’s Sophie Brody Medal Winner, 2008 National Jewish Book Award Shortlist, John Sargent Sr First Novel Prize
Exiled from Russia, Itsik Malpesh works in New York as a typesetter He is unexpectedly reunited with his greatest love—and later his greatest enemy—with results both serendipitous and tragic “An extraordinary novel, and Itsik Malpesh is one of literature’s most stunning achievements”—Junot Díaz “Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter is a book about writing, a warm, funny, and fascinating testament to the power of words, a power that outlives a dying language and transcends love”—Jewish Book World

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An exquisitely observed, tragicomic glimpse behind the Iron Curtain at the tail end of the Cold War Brash, brilliant fifteen-yearold Konstantin is a world-class pianist of exceptional sensitivity whose propulsive rage at Soviet oppression threatens to destroy him Increasingly desperate and reckless, Konstantin struggles toward adulthood in a society where expression of any kind can come at terrible cost Like Gary Shteyngart and Jonathan Safran Foer, Grozni—himself a native of Bulgaria who was a world-class pianist in his youth—sets an electrifying portrait of eloquent adolescent turmoil “Wunderkind is a gift for all the senses Nikolai Grozni’s shimmering, visual and visceral prose unfurls like music, as if a baby grand served as his infernal typewriter” —Patti Smith 12

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Paperback available in June 2012
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World Wide Mind
The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet

“A fascinating discussion of optogenetics research… Chorost’s curiosity is contagious… [He] is not only a clear and concise science writer, but also a visionary The coming integration of humans and machines may be a bit further off than he thinks, but he convinced me that we will get there someday” —The New York Times “Michael Chorost is one of the most thoughtful writers confronting a major question of the 21st century: how will the ability to engineer human minds change the way we live, communicate, and love? This is a remarkable book” —Ed Boyden, Assistant Professor, MIT

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Paperback available in August 2011
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Shadows Bright as Glass
The Remarkable Story of One Man’s Journey from Brain Trauma to Artistic Triumph

“The fascinating story of how a chiropractor, after suffering a massive brain injury, became an acclaimed artist with an entirely new outlook on life Nutt incisively delves into the emotional and physical implications of such a shift, examining the relationship between the brain and the soul… A mindbending and inspiring book” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review “Shadows Bright As Glass is a fascinating glimpse into the mysteries of the mind, brain and creativity Jon Sarkin wrestles with the great questions of the search for self, questions that concern us all” —Alice Flaherty, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School 13

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Paperback available in 2012
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For the Love of Physics
With Warren Goldstein From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge Of Time—A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics

“For the Love of Physics captures Walter Lewin’s extraordinary intellect, passion for physics and brilliance as a teacher Hopefully, this book will bring even more people into the orbit of this extraordinary educator and scientist “ —Bill Gates “MIT’s Lewin is deservedly popular for his memorable physics lectures… and this quickpaced autobiography–cum-physics intro fully captures his candor and lively teaching style… This [book] glows with energy and should please a wide range of readers” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Paperback available in August 2011
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Here’s Looking at Euclid
From Counting Ants to Games of Chance—An Awe-Inspiring Journey Through the World of Numbers

“A smorgasbord for math fans of all abilities” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review “What Bellos calls the ‘wow factor’ of mathematics leaps out at the reader from every page of this remarkable foray into the realm of numbers…a fascinating journey of discovery The stories prove so engaging, the personalities so colorful, that readers may forget they are mastering some powerful mathematical concepts Intellectual entertainment of the first order” —Booklist

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The Big Questions
Tackling the Problems of Philosophy with Ideas from Mathematics, Economics, and Physics

Slate columnist and University of Rochester economics professor Steven Landsburg employs concepts from mathematics, economics, and physics in this sprightly tour of the deepest problems in philosophy: What is real? And how should we live? He gives us a mathematical analysis for arguments for the existence of God and carefully dissects the meaning of social responsibility on the playground, in the marketplace, and in the voting booth Stimulating, illuminating, and always surprising, The Big Questions reveals the relationship between the loftiest philosophical quests and our everyday lives

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Driving with Plato
The Meaning of Life’s Milestones

Breakfast with Socrates
An Extraordinary (Philosophical) Journey Through Your Ordinary Day

Learn to ride a bicycle with Einstein, have your first kiss with Kant, get your first job with Adam Smith, and weather midlife with Dante Let history’s greatest minds illuminate life’s turning points Grounding abstract ideas in concrete experience, Driving with Plato helps us think more deeply about the key events in our lives even as it provides a philosophical education
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Ever want to spend a day with Socrates, Mill, Herodotus, or Kant, able to pick their brains about the most mundane moments of your life? Former Oxford Philosophy Fellow Robert Rowland Smith thought he would, and so with dry wit and marvelous invention, Smith whisks you through a typical day, injecting a little philosophy into it at every turn “A thoughtful and continuously entertaining picture of human behavior A filling mental meal that should leave you delightfully satisfied” —Wired
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Paperback available in May 2012
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What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To

Winner of the Association for Psychological Science’s 2011 Janet Taylor Spence Award
In an energetic tour of the latest science, Dr Sian Beilock, an expert on performance and the brain, explains the inescapable links between body and mind; reveals the surprising similarities among the ways performers, students, athletes, and business people blunder when the stakes are high; and shows how to succeed brilliantly when it matters most Selected by the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics for their Summer Reading Program.

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Generation Me
Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled— and More Miserable Than Ever Before
Called “The Entitlement Generation” or Gen Y, they are storming into schools, colleges, and businesses all over the country In this provocative new book, psychologist Dr Jean Twenge explores why the young people she calls “Generation Me”—those born in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s—are tolerant, confident, open-minded, and ambitious but also cynical, depressed, lonely, and anxious Engaging, controversial, prescriptive, funny, Generation Me will give Boomers new insight into their offspring, and help those in their teens, 20s, and 30s finally make sense of themselves and their goals and find their road to happiness

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Big Girls Don’t Cry
The Election that Changed Everything for American Women

“Rebecca Traister is the most brilliant voice on feminism in this county” —Anne Lamott, author of Bird by Bird “Conversational, thorough, and adept, Big Girls Don’t Cry refuses to engage in an us-versusthem debate over the 2008 election and its attendant fallout Instead she articulates the ways in which American identity—white, Black, male, female, feminist, conservative, gay, straight—affects who we choose to represent us I would highly recommend this book to anyone teaching classes on American history, electoral politics, and gender studies” —Jennifer Maher, Gender Studies professor, Indiana University, Bloomington

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The Big Thirst
The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water

“An engrossing, globe-trotting narrative [and] a comprehensive, remarkably readable panorama of our dependence on—and responsibilities to—a priceless resource” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “[A] lively and invaluable assessment of the current politics, economics, and culture of water Lyrical in his descriptions of the beauty and wonder of water, Fishman is rigorous when explaining that the water we have now is all the water we will ever have” —Booklist, starred review “A wide-ranging look at thatmost precious of goods, water, and a world in which it is a subject of constantcrisis… A timely warning” —Kirkus Reviews 17
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Paperback available in March 2012
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The Geography of Thought
How Asians and Westerners Think Differently… and Why
“This landmark book by University of Michigan psychologist Richard E Nisbett shows conclusively that laboratory experiments limited to American college students or even individuals from the Western Hemisphere simply cannot provide an adequate understanding of how people, in general, think The book shows that understanding of how individuals in Eastern cultures think is   necessary if we wish to solve the problems we confront in the world today” —Robert J. Sternberg, Professor of Psychology and Education, Yale University
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The Field Guide to Democracy

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Like the field guides issued to American soldiers during WWII, this too combines illustrations and foreign policy—but with a clear eye for the inherent absurdity of our efforts to export democracy The result is an irresistible blend of journalist Daria Vaisman’s narrative journalism and illustrator Mickey Duzyj’s graphic art that provides a fresh and irreverent look at perennial foreign policy issues, infusing them with the life and richness of on-the-ground scenes and characters Guiding us into the most remote corners of Central Asia and the Caucasus, Daria introduces us to a most remarkable cast of characters and with wit and acute personal insight, explores the inner workings of democracy and power, shedding light on the outsized impact of these small states on the world at large, and reflecting on the legacy and future of American-style democracy promotion




Allah, Liberty and Love
The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom

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Paperback available in February 2012
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“Like the uprisings against Middle East dictators, Allah, Liberty and Love is a jolt of adrenalin in the struggle against enemies of humanity—those who would coerce a people’s rights or an individual’s conscience Irshad Manji is a brave woman whose moral courage brings threats against her life Now, even as she equips her Muslim brothers and sisters to ‘stay with integrity’ in their effort to replace dogma with faith, Manji challenges us who are not Muslims to take on the closed minds of our own religion, party, community, or clan This is a passionate yet practical guide for the journey of moral courage that each of us must begin if we are to live with dignity on a crowded planet” —Bill Moyers


The Faith Club
A Muslim, A Christian, a Jew— Three Women Search for Understanding
A groundbreaking book about Americans searching for faith and mutual respect, The Faith Club weaves the story of three women, their three religions, and their urgent quest to understand one another “More ‘Fight Club’ than book club, the coauthors pull no punches; their outstanding honesty makes for a page-turning read, rare for a religion non-fiction book    almost every taboo topic is explored on this engaging spiritual ride” —Publishers Weekly Includes a discussion guide in English, Hebrew and Arabic for campus faith clubs.
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Yellow Dirt
A Poisoned Land and the Betrayal of the Navajos

Winner of the J Anthony Lukas Prize
“Disturbing and illuminating Pasternak evokes the magnitude of a nuclear disaster that continues to reverberate Unfolds like true crime, where real-life heroes and villains play dynamic roles in a drama that escalates page by page Eye-opening and riveting, Yellow Dirt gives a sobering glimpse into our atomic past and adds a critical voice to the debate about resurrecting America’s nuclear industry” —The Washington Post “This story will break your heart… An enormous achievement” —The Christian Science Monitor
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Long Way Home
A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him

Nineteen-year-old Jovan Mosley, a good kid from one of Chicago’s very bad neighborhoods, was coerced into confessing to a crime he didn’t commit Charged with murder, he spent five years and eight months in a prison for violent criminals Without a trial This is a harrowing true story about justice, friendship, failure, and success It would take a triumph of human kindness, ingenuity, and legal jousting to give Jovan even a fighting chance Deeply affecting, Long Way Home is a remarkable story of how change can happen even in a flawed system and of how friendship can emanate from the most unexpected places

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The iConnected Parent
Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up

“Just let go!” That’s what parents have been told to do when their kids go to college But in our speed-dial culture, with BlackBerries and even Skype, parents and kids are now more than ever in constant contact Dr Barbara Hofer, a Middlebury College professor of psychology, and Abigail Sullivan Moore, a journalist who has reported on college and high school trends for the New York Times, offer a groundbreaking and compelling account of the positive and negative impact of communication between parents and children during the college years and beyond

9781439148297 • HARDCOVER • 288 PAGES • $2500

Paperback available in June 2011
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