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A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense

Written by Normand Baillargeon
Illustrated by Charb
Translated by Andrea Schmidt

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 5, 2008
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-765-7 (1-58322-765-2)

What is the relationship between democracy and critical thinking? What must a citizen in a democracy know to make the word democracy meaningful? In A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense, historian and educator Normand Baillargeon provides readers with the tools to see through the spin and jargon of everyday politics and... Read more >

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Sticks and Stones
Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy
Written by Emily Bazelon

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: February 19, 2013
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9280-9 (0-8129-9280-6)

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Being a teenager has never been easy, but in recent years, with the rise of the Internet and social media, it has become exponentially more challenging. Bullying, once thought of as the province of queen bees and goons, has taken on... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Dictatorship of Virtue
How the Battle Over Multiculturalism Is Reshaping Our Schools, Our Country, and Our Lives
Written by Richard Bernstein

Format: Trade Paperback, 396 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 29, 1995
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76398-7 (0-679-76398-8)

Bernstein offers an examination of multiculturalism--from its noble roots to the abuses and excesses that he sees being perpetrated in its name. Dictatorship of Virtue takes us to the front lines of this war for America's intellectual future: battles of school curricula, local legislation, college reading lists, censorship and freedom of... Read more >

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The Best Old Movies for Families
A Guide to Watching Together
Written by Ty Burr

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9686-2 (1-4000-9686-3)

If a child can watch Barney, can’t that same child also enjoy watching Charlie Chaplin or the Marx Brothers? And as they get older, wouldn’t they grow to like screwball comedies (His Girl Friday), women’s weepies (Imitation of Life), and westerns (The Searchers)? The answer is that they’ll follow because they’ll... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Power of Forgetting
Six Essential Skills to Clear Out Brain Clutter and Become the Sharpest, Smartest You
Written by Mike Byster

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: March 18, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-98587-3 (0-307-98587-3)

Does learning how to forget actually make someone a more efficient and effective thinker?

According to Mike Byster, the creator of the award-winning memory system Brainetics, the answer is yes! In The Power of Forgetting, Byster demonstrates how mastering this extraordinary technique—forgetting unnecessary information, sifting through brain clutter, and focusing only on... Read more >

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What Color Is Your Parachute? For Teens, 2nd Edition
Discovering Yourself, Defining Your Future
Written by Carol Christen and Richard N. Bolles

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-1-58008-141-2 (1-58008-141-X)

In today’s highly competitive climate, students need to be prepared when they graduate and count on finding a great job. It pays to figure out interests early, so they can decide what additional schooling—and tuition debt—makes sense for his or her chosen field. In What Color Is Your Parachute? For Teens... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Student Loan Scam
The Most Oppressive Debt in U.S. History and How We Can Fight Back
Written by Alan Collinge

Format: Trade Paperback, 184 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 1, 2010
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4231-1 (0-8070-4231-5)

Named one of CNN Money’s financial heroes, Alan Michael Collinge argues that student loans have become the most profitable, uncompetitive, and oppressive type of debt in American history. In an unprecedented analysis of this $85-billion industry, Collinge covers the history of student loans, the rise of Sallie Mae, and how universities... Read more >

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I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had
My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High
Written by Tony Danza

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Crown Archetype
On Sale: September 11, 2012
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88786-3 (0-307-88786-3)

I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had is television, screen and stage star Tony Danza’s absorbing account of a year spent teaching tenth-grade English at Northeast High -- Philadelphia’s largest high school with 3600 students.

Entering Northeast’s crowded halls in September of 2009, Tony found his way to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The One Who Made the Difference
Written by Mark Edmundson

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70854-1 (0-375-70854-5)

In 1969, Mark Edmundson was a typical high school senior in working-class Medford, Massachusetts. He loved football, disdained schoolwork, and seemed headed for a factory job in his hometown—until a maverick philosophy teacher turned his life around.

When Frank Lears, a small, nervous man wearing a moth-eaten suit, arrived at Medford fresh... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Relentless Pursuit
A Year in the Trenches with Teach for America
Written by Donna Foote

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27823-4 (0-307-27823-9)

When Locke High School opened its doors in 1967, the residents of Watts celebrated it as a sign of the changes promised by Los Angeles. But four decades later, first-year Teach for America recruits Rachelle, Phillip, Hrag, and Taylor are greeted by a school that looks more like a prison, with... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Pen Commandments

Written by Steven Frank

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 14, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3229-7 (1-4000-3229-6)

Thou Shalt Honor Thy Reader, Thou Shalt Not Waste Words, Thou Shalt Not Kill Thy Sentences—these are three of the “pen” commandments through which, with humor and an engaging sense of purpose, Steven Frank inspires his readers not just to write but to write well.

Thou Shalt Take Pleasure in Thy Pen... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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American Teacher
Heroes in the Classroom
Written by Katrina Fried
Foreword by Parker J. Palmer

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Welcome Books
On Sale: September 30, 2013
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-59962-127-2 (1-59962-127-4)

IPPY Gold Medal for Peacemaker Book of the Year
Nautilus Books Silver Medal in Social Change

Celebrating educators, who go far above and beyond the call of duty, American Teacher shines a spotlight on one of the most underappreciated, undercompensated, yet critically important professions in the world. Over two years, Katrina Fried has interviewed and... Read more >

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The Schools We Need
And Why We Don't Have Them
Written by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 17, 1999
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49524-0 (0-385-49524-2)

Now in paperback with a new introduction, The Schools We Need offers a powerful, compelling, and unassailable argument for reforming America’s schooling methods and ideas—by one of America’s most important educators, and author of the bestselling Cultural Literacy.

For over fifty years, American schools have operated under the assumption that challenging... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Elvis Is Titanic
Classroom Tales from Iraqi Kurdistan
Written by Ian Klaus

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27689-6 (0-307-27689-9)

In the spring of 2005, twenty-five-year-old Rhodes Scholar Ian Klaus took a semester-long appointment at Salahaddin University in Arbil, the largest city in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Officially he was there to lecture on American history and to teach English. Unofficially he was there because he felt obliged, as a... Read more >

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Light without Fire
The Making of America's First Muslim College
Written by Scott Korb

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 16, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0163-9 (0-8070-0163-5)

The first extended look into the nation’s first Muslim institution of higher education, Zaytuna College
Light Without Fire closely follows the inaugural class of Zaytuna College, the nation’s first four-year Muslim college, whose mission is to establish a thoroughly American, academically rigorous, and traditional indigenous Islam. Korb offers portraits of the school’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Shame of the Nation
The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America
Written by Jonathan Kozol

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 1, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5245-5 (1-4000-5245-9)

"The Shame of the Nation is a national wake-up call... It should be required reading."--Marian Wright Edelman, CEO and Founder, Children's Defense Fund

Over the last 15 years, the state of inner-city public schools has been in a steep and continuing decline. Since the federal courts began dismantling the landmark ruling in... Read more >

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The Essential Conversation
What Parents and Teachers Can Learn from Each Other
Written by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 28, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-47580-0 (0-345-47580-1)

With the insights she has gleaned from her close and subtle observation of parent-teacher conferences, renowned Harvard University professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot has written a wise, useful book about the ways in which parents and teachers can make the most of their conversation.

“The essential conversation” is the crucial exchange that occurs between... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare

Written by Ken Ludwig

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: June 11, 2013
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95149-6 (0-307-95149-9)

Williams Shakespeare’s plays are among the great bedrocks of Western civilization and contain the finest writing of the past 450 years. Many of the best novels, plays, poetry, and films in the English language produced since Shakespeare’s death in 1616—from Jane Austen to The Godfather—are heavily influenced by Shakespeare’s stories, characters... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Other Wes Moore
One Name, Two Fates
Written by Wes Moore

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52820-7 (0-385-52820-5)

Winner, 2011 BCALA (Black Caucus of ALA) Literary Award, Nonfiction
A 2011 Booklist Top 10 Black History Nonfiction Book

Selected for Common Reading at:

Colleges & Universities
Bay Path College (Springfield, MA)
Becker College (Worcester, MA)
Berry College (Mount Berry, GA)
Blue Ridge Community College (Flat Rock, NC)
Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH)
Brookhaven College (Farmers Branch, TX)
Bunker... Read more >

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Push Has Come to Shove
Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve--Even If It Means Picking a Fight
Written by Dr. Steve Perry

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-72032-0 (0-307-72032-2)

“Have you been to a school lately? Have you sat through the six hours and forty-five minutes of excruciating tedium we send our kids to every day? When we ask our kids, “What’d you do in school today?” and they mumble, “Nothin’,” they’re telling the truth.”

Steve Perry is like no other... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Young, Gifted, and Black
Promoting High Achievement among African-American Students
Written by Theresa Perry and Claude Steele
Edited by Asa Hilliard, III

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 2, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3105-6 (0-8070-3105-4)

Young, Gifted, and Black is a unique joint effort by three leading African-American scholars to radically reframe the debates swirling around the achievement of African-American students in school.

In three separate but allied essays, Theresa Perry, Claude Steele, and Asa Hilliard place students’ social identity as African-Americans at the very center of... Read more >

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Conscientious Objections
Stirring Up Trouble About Language, Technology and Education
Written by Neil Postman

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 3, 1992
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73421-5 (0-679-73421-X)

In a series of feisty and ultimately hopeful essays, one of America's sharpest social critics casts a shrewd eye over contemporary culture to reveal the worst--and the best--of our habits of discourse, tendencies in education, and obsessions with technological novelty. Writing in the traditions of Orwell and H.L. Mencken, Postman sends... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The End of Education
Redefining the Value of School
Written by Neil Postman

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 29, 1996
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75031-4 (0-679-75031-2)

Postman suggests that the current crisis in our educational system derives from its failure to supply students with a translucent, unifying "narrative" like those that inspired earlier generations. Instead, today's schools promote the false "gods" of economic utility, consumerism, or ethnic separatism and resentment. What alternative strategies can we use to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Schools That Learn (Updated and Revised)
A Fifth Discipline Fieldbook for Educators, Parents, and Everyone Who Cares About Education
Written by Peter M. Senge, Nelda Cambron-McCabe, Timothy Lucas, Bryan Smith and Janis Dutton

Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: July 31, 2012
Price: $37.50
ISBN: 978-0-385-51822-2 (0-385-51822-6)

Revised and Updated edition
Schools that Learn is a magnificent, grand book that pays equal attention to the small and the big picture - and what's more integrates them. There is no book on education change that comes close to Senge et al's sweeping and detailed treatment. Classroom, school, community, systems, citizenry---it's... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Art of the Handwritten Note
A Guide to Reclaiming Civilized Communication
Written by Margaret Shepherd

Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 22, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0745-3 (0-7679-0745-0)

The Art of the Handwritten Note gives thorough instruction to students who are adept at typing away at a forgiving computer, but who are daunted with the prospect of hand-writting notes. From overcoming illegible penmanship to mastering the challenge of keeping straight margins, avoiding smeared ink, and choosing stationery that is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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