Monthly Archives: January 2013

Random House Currently Offering 10 Free Galley Copies of The Dinner

Random House is currently offering free galley copies of Herman Koch’s The Dinner, coming out February 12, to the first 10 requestors.The Dinner HC

Since its initial publication in Holland in 2009, Koch’s psychologically astute and philosophically challenging The Dinner has become a vehicle for classroom debate.   The book starts when two couples meet for dinner at a high-end restaurant in Amsterdam to address a tragic event.  Over the course of the meal, and the novel, civility and friendship disintegrate, as the partners make clear what they are willing to do to protect their children from the consequences of their actions.

This controversial tale of families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives exposes philosophical and social hypocrisies in which we are all, to a degree, complicit.  The Dinner is currently one of the most popular books among teenagers in Holland, perhaps because they can relate to the ethical dilemmas that result from the senseless crime committed by a member of their own peer group.  The book is also relevant to adolescent readers in that it explores the dark side of connectivity, including YouTube and texting, as well as the generation gap between young people and their parents

The book ultimately forces the reader to confront his or her own deeply held convictions and moral values.

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A Message for Empowering Introverts

Quiet PBSusan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, which will be released in paperback on January 29, has a message to share with her readers on her own hurdles in not only finding acceptance in her introversion, but ultimately, great power. Check out the encouraging and insightful message Cain has for introverts and extroverts alike here:

I first thought about the powers and challenges of introversion some 26 years ago, when I began my freshman year at Princeton University.

From the minute I set foot on campus, I saw that college could be an extraordinary place for introverts and extroverts alike. A place where you were expected to spend your time reading and writing. A place where it was cool to talk about ideas. A place where there were so many people, each doing his or her own thing, that you could create your own brand of social life. If you were an introvert, you could find friends with common interests and enjoy their company one-on-one or in small groups; if you were an extrovert, the social possibilities were endless, just the way extroverts like them.

I was an introvert, and I thrived. Continue reading


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Random House Offering Free Copies of Chip and Dan Heath’s Decisive

Decisive eBook jacketRandom House is currently giving away free advanced copies of Chip and Dan Heath’s upcoming book Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work.  Scheduled to be released on May 23, Decisive tackles the thorny problem of how to overcome our natural biases and irrational thinking to make better decisions, about our work, lives, companies and careers.

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Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha (The Start-Up of You) to Host Webinar on January 14 at 4pm PST.

The Start-Up of YouLinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha (The Start-Up of You) will host a special one-time webinar on Monday, January 14 at 4pm PST.  The special event will provide college and university students with invaluable information on how to properly manage their careers.  Students will learn the best practices of successful start-ups such as PayPal and LinkedIn, and discover how these strategies can be applied to one’s professional development.

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Random House Currently Offering Free Galley Copies of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

A Constellation of Vital PhenomenaRandom House is currently giving away free advanced copies of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra.  A Constellation of Vital Phenomena takes place in Chechnya, and tells the story of eight-year-old Havaa, her neighbor Akhmed who rescues her after her father’s disappearance, and Sonja, the doctor tending to her, as the three ruminate on their pasts and confront the tragedy and hope that mark them and their war-ravaged land.

Marra, who is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing at Stanford, was recently awarded a 2012 Whiting Writers’ Award, a prestigious prize that honors 10 young writers with great potential.  Click here to read about Marra’s Whiting Writers Award.

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Brevity Magazine Praises Kristen Iversen’s Full Body Burden

Full Body Burden JacketFull Body Burden by Kristen Iversen, recently chosen as common reading at both Virginia Commonwealth University and Fort Lewis College, was given an outstanding review on January 7 from Brevity Magazine’s Cassandra Kircher.  Brevity, an online literary magazine that publishes essays of 750 words or less and averages 10,000 unique visitors per month, praised Full Body for its “ability to shift gears from the journalistic and factual to the aesthetic.”  Full Body Burden, which chronicles a family living in Colorado near Rocky Flats, a nuclear weapons plant, is available in hardcover.  It will be released in paperback this June.

Kristen Iversen is currently an associate professor at The University of Memphis.

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