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Random House is offering, for a limited-time-only, a completely free download of the book Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas.

Funny in Farsi is fast becoming a favorite among teachers, librarians and readers everywhere, and continues to be selected for freshman year reading programs, One Book, One Community Programs and reading groups throughout the country. So, we are offering this special download to readers who are looking for a good story for their classroom, community or book group.

In addition to the full text of the book, the free download also includes: a letter and two essays from the author, a Teacher's/Discussion Guide for Funny in Farsi and an excerpt from Firoozeh's latest book Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad.

Click here now to download your free copy!

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book cover Sandra Day O'Connor Promotes Civic Learning Campaign in Schools

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has been promoting the importance of civic education in the classroom. She is the co-chair of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, a coalition of 40 organizations committed to improving the quality and quantity of civic learning in American schools.

The Campaign's goal is to increase and improve civic learning in grades K-12 by working for policies that implement the recommendations of the Civic Mission of Schools report. This includes efforts to bring about changes in national, state, and local education policy.

Click here for a list of titles by Sandra Day O'Connor
Click here to visit the CMS website
Click here to browse RHI magazine Vol. 2, Promoting Active Citizenship: Critical Literacy & Civic Responsibility

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book cover Watchmen Books In Time For The New Movie

Have your students read the graphic novel that inspired the new Watchmen movie, opening March 6?

It is available in trade paper and hardcover.

A book by Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons features exclusive art and the account of his role in the creation of the ultimate graphic novel.

Also available are behind-the-scenes books about the film from Titan Books:

Watchmen: The Official Film Companion
Watchmen: Portraits
Watchmen: The Art of the Film

news in brief

• Two Random House, Inc. titles win 2008 National Book Critics Circle awards: The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul by Patrick French (Biography) and The Forever War by Dexter Filkins (Nonfiction).

Netherland by Joseph O'Neill wins the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

• Browse these books by and about our new President: 08, The Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama For Beginners, Change We Can Believe In, and Dreams From My Father.

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