Monthly Archives: March 2013

Chip and Dan Heath discuss Decisive with Inc. Magazine

DECISIVEChip and Dan Heath recently discussed their book Decisive (Crown Business, on sale 3/26/13), with Inc. Magazine for their March issue.

In Decisive, the Heaths, bestselling authors of Switch and Made to Stick, tackle one of the most critical topics in our work and personal lives: how to make better decisions.  Decisive offers fresh strategies and practical tools enabling us to make better choices. Because the right decision, at the right moment, can make all the difference.

Chip Heath is a professor at the Graduate School of Business at Standford University.  Dan Heath is a senior fellow at Duke University’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE).

Click here to read Inc. Magazine’s interview with Chip and Dan Heath.


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Coastal Carolina University Selects Start Something That Matters For First-Year Experience Program

Start Something That Matters TPCoastal Carolina University has selected Start Something That Matters for their First-Year Experience Summer Reading program for the 2013 school year.  All of CCU’s approximately 2,200 incoming freshmen will be required to read the book prior to orientation in the summer.  Start Something is the incredible story of the man behind TOMS Shoes and One for One, the revolutionary business model that marries fun, profit, and social good.  It has previously been chosen as Common Reading at Missouri State University, Philadelphia University and SUNY Buffalo.

CCU’s 2012 Common Reading was the The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Click here to learn about CCU’s Big Reading program.

Click here to view author Blake Mycoskie’s talk at the 2012 First-Year Experience conference.


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Jonathan Kozol To Speak At Indiana University East

Fire in the Ashes

Jonathan Kozol, author of Amazing Grace, Ordinary Resurrections and Savage Inequalities, will be speaking at Indiana University East’s Vivian Auditorium at 7PM on April 3.

Kozol has been working with children in inner-city schools for nearly fifty years.  His new book, Fire In The Ashes, released in August 2012, tells the stories of young men and women who have come of age in one of the most destitute communities of the United States.  The urgent issues that confront our urban schools – a devastating race-gap, a pathological regime of obsessive testing and drilling students for exams instead of giving them the rich curriculum that excites a love of learning – are interwoven through these stories.

Tickets to Kozol’s lecture, “Children and Teachers Under Siege: Race, Poverty and the Public Schools,” are free and will be available through the IU East Bursars Office.

Click here to learn more about Jonthan Kozol’s talk at IU East.


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Chicago picks The Warmth of Other Suns for One Book, One Chicago

The Warmth of Other Suns The Chicago Public Library has chosen The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson as the One Book, One Chicago selection for 2013! While the One Book, One Chicago festivities usually only last for one month, The Chicago Public Library has decided to extend them for a full year in order to fully explore Wilkerson’s powerful work.

“It’s a fascinating book,” says library spokeswoman Ruth Lednicer. “At first you’re daunted by the size, but it becomes engrossing very quickly.”

In previous years, area schools such as DePaul University have participated in One Book, One Chicago. The Warmth of Other Suns has been a popular common reading choice, adopted in Common Reading programs at schools such as Howard University, University of Northern Iowa, and University of California, Davis.

Lednicer hopes that extending the program will encourage more readers to engage with the One Book, One Chicago activities that will begin in April. Each month through April 2014, the library will sponsor a talk or panel related to The Warmth of Other Suns, and smaller discussions and programs will take place in the neighborhood branch libraries.

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Kristen Iversen To Read At Goddard College

Full Body Burden HCKristen Iversen will be reading portions of her book Full Body Burden at Goddard College on Monday, April 22 from 7:30-9:30pm.

Selected as Virginia Commonwealth University and Fort Lewis College’s 2012 Common Read, Full Body Burden is a haunting work of narrative nonfiction about a young woman growing up in a small Colorado town close to Rocky Flats, a secret nuclear weapons plant once designated “the most contaminated site in America.”  Through intensive investigative work based on extensive interviews, FBI and EPA documents, and class action testimony, as well as the powerful telling of one woman’s deeply personal story, Full Body Burden engages a key issue of our time in a profoundly unique and compulsively readable way.

Clear here to learn about Kristen Iversen’s Visiting Writers Series event at Goddard College.


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2013 First-Year & Common Reading Catalog Now Available


We are delighted to share our 2013 First-Year & Common Reading Catalog, available as a PDF, on Scribd, on ISSUU or in print (please provide mailing address).

Featured in the catalog are books ideal for common reading programs, as well as new resources such as the Post-Adoption Timeline.  This handy flowchart breaks down the steps you’ll need to pursue after you’ve made that big decision.  Also included is the Best Practices & Programming Ideas feature.

We would especially like to thank the Random House Common Reading Advisory Board for their contributions to this years catalog.  Founded in 2010 to help our engagement with first year reading programs, the Board has been expanded to include nine common-reading leaders from large public universities, mid-sized religious institutions, and small liberal arts colleges across the nation.  Please feel free to connect with them via our new email address:

Print copies of our catalog are also available by writing to the email address above.

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