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Our Better Angels

Our Better Angels

St. Martin’s Essentials
240 pages • $24.99
ISBN: 9781250237798
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Seven Simple Virtues That Will Change Your Life and the World

Jonathan Reckford

With a Foreword by Jimmy Carter

Jonathan Reckford, the CEO of Habitat for Humanity, has seen time and again the powerful benefits that arise when people from all walks of life work together to help one another. In this uplifting book, he shares true stories of people involved with Habitat as volunteers and future homeowners who embody seven timeless virtues—kindness, community, empowerment, joy, respect, generosity, and service—and shows how we can all practice these to improve the quality of our own lives as well as those around us. A Vietnam veteran finds peace where he was once engaged in war. An impoverished single mother offers her family’s time and energy to enrich their neighbors’ lives. A Zambian family of nine living in a makeshift tent makes room to shelter even more. A former president of the United States leads by example with a determined work ethic that motivates everyone around him to be the best version of themselves. These stories, and many others, illustrate how virtues become values, how cooperation becomes connection, and how even the smallest act of compassion can encourage actions that transform the world around us.

Jonathan Reckford


Jonathan Reckford has served as chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International since 2005. Under his leadership, the global housing organization has grown from serving 125,000 individuals per year to more than 8.7 million people in 2018 alone. Reckford also served as executive pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina, Minnesota.

In the Country We Love

In the Country We Love

St. Martin’s Griffin
272 pages • $16.99
ISBN: 9781250134967 
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En el país que amamos: Mi familia divida
Spanish Language Edition
304 pages • $16.00
ISBN: 9781627798334

My Family Divided

Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford

In the Country We Love is a necessary story for our times . . . A heartrending memoir that humanizes the story of America’s immigration policies.”

San Antonio News-Express

Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the mega-hit Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career for herself, without the support system of her family. In the Country We Love is a moving, heartbreaking story of one woman’s extraordinary resilience in the face of the nightmarish struggles of undocumented residents in this country. There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., many of whom have citizen children, whose lives here are just as precarious, and whose stories haven’t been told. Written with bestselling author Michelle Burford, this memoir is a tale of personal triumph that also casts a much-needed light on the fears that haunt the daily existence of families like Guerrero’s and on a system that fails them over and over.

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Diane Guerrero is an actress on the hit shows Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin. She volunteers with the nonprofit Immigrant Legal Resource Center, as well as with Mi Familia Vota, an organization that promotes civic involvement. She has been named an Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization by the White House. She lives in New York City.

Michelle Burford is a founding editor of  O, The Oprah Magazine and writer of many best-selling books including memoirs by Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, singer Toni Braxton, and Cleveland kidnap survivor Michelle Knight.

In the Country We Love has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Bethel College (KS); California State University – East Bay; Guilford College (NC); Metropolitan State University of Denver; University of Houston; University of South Carolina, Beaufort


Beautiful Souls

Beautiful Souls

208 pages • $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-250-02408-4

The Courage and Conscience of Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times

Eyal Press

“[Beautiful Souls] provides rich, provocative narratives of moral choice . . . Press makes us wonder if we would have the strength to act against the crowd, and in so doing spread a bit of light in our own dark times.”—Michael S. Roth, The Washington Post

On the Swiss border with Austria in 1938, a police captain refuses to enforce a law barring Jewish refugees from entering his country.

In the Balkans half a century later, a Serb from the war-blasted city of Vukovar defies his superiors in order to save the lives of Croats.

At the height of the Second Intifada, a member of Israel’s most elite military unit informs his commander he doesn’t want to serve in the occupied territories.

History has produced many specimens of the banality of evil, but what about its flip side, what impels ordinary people to defy the sway of authority and convention? Eyal Press explores the flip side of banality through dramatic stories of unlikely resisters who feel the flicker of conscience when thrust into morally compromising situations.

Press shows that the boldest acts of dissent are often carried out not by radicals seeking to overthrow the system but by true believers who cling with unusual fierceness to their convictions. Drawing on groundbreaking research by moral psychologists and neuroscientists, Beautiful Souls examines the choices and dilemmas we all face when our principles collide with the loyalties we harbor and the duties we are expected to fulfill. The book culminates with the story of a financial industry whistleblower who loses her job after refusing to sell a toxic product she rightly suspects is being misleadingly advertised.

Eyal Press © Todd France

© Todd France

Eyal Press is the author of Absolute Convictions. His work has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, The Raritan Review and numerous other publications. He lives in New York City.

Beautiful Souls has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Brown University (RI); College of the Holy Cross (MA); Middlesex School (MA); Pennsylvania State University; Pennsylvania State University, Berks; St. Joseph’s College (NY); Queens University (NC); Washington College (MD)

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The Thinking Life

Choosing Civility

St. Martin’s Griffin
192 pages • $12.99
ISBN: 978-0-312-62572-6

How to Thrive in the Age of Distraction

P. M. Forni

“[Forni] offers sound advice on how to incorporate thinking into a hectic lifestyle.”—Portland Book Review

Professor Forni, founder of the Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins, is America’s civility expert. In his first two books, Choosing Civility and The Civility Solution, he taught readers the rules of civil behavior and ways of responding to rudeness. Now, in The Thinking Life, he looks at the importance of thinking in our lives: how we do it, why we don’t do enough of it and why we need to do more of it.

In twelve short chapters, he gives readers a remedy for the Age of Distraction, an age fueled by the internet, video games, smartphones, and tablets—all of which make constant demands on our attention, diverting it from one thing to another. “Mr. Forni goes into great detail about how to make good decisions, ones made critically, ethically and rationally. His advice is simple but non-patronizing as he instructs on how to avoid emotional decisions while thinking things through. The book winds down by making the case that the practice of true thinking, when placed at the center of one’s life, can make for a much more rewarding life experience . . . P.M. Forni’s book should help anyone who wants to learn how to think in the din of endless cable news channels, cellphone conversations, Facebook obsession and tweeting.”—Perry Munyon, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

P.M. ForniP. M. Forni is a professor at Johns Hopkins University. He is author of Choosing Civility, The Civility Solution, and The Thinking Life. His work has been featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post. He has appeared on NPR and Oprah. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Thinking Life has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Cincinnati Christian University; Coppin State University (MD), Martin Methodist College (TN)

Choosing Civility

Choosing Civility

St. Martin’s Griffin
208 pages • $12.99
ISBN: 978-0-312-30250-4

The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct

P. M. Forni

“A slim but powerful book.”—Linell Smith, The Baltimore Sun

Most of us would agree that thoughtful behavior and common decency are in short supply, or simply forgotten in hurried lives of e-mails, cellphones, and multitasking. Forni’s book identifies and explains twenty-five rules that are most essential for our connecting effectively and happily with others. He provides examples of how to put each rule into practice and so make life—and the lives of others—more enjoyable, companionable, and rewarding.

P.M. ForniP. M. Forni is a professor at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Choosing Civility, The Civility Solution, and The Thinking Life. His work has been featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post. He has appeared on NPR and Oprah. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Choosing Civility has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Clayton State University (GA); Frank Phillips College (TX); Grand Rapids Community College (MI); Howard Community College (MD); Johnson C. Smith University (NC); Kalamazoo Valley Community College (MI); Lynn University (FL); Mount Union College (OH); Muskingum College (OH); New York Institute of Technology; Occidental College (CA); Pennsylvania State University, Berks; San Diego Mesa College; Southern Utah State University; Spelman College (GA); St. Cloud State University (MN); SUNY, Potsdam; University of West Georgia

The Civility Solution

Civility Solution

St. Martin’s Griffin
192 pages • $12.99
ISBN: 978-0-312-36964-4

What to Do When People Are Rude

P. M. Forni

“Forni will be remembered as one of the greatest generals in our nation’s struggle for civility.”—Smithsonian magazine

Though confronted with rudeness every day, many people don’t know how to respond. P. M. Forni shows how to respond to others’ negative behavior by being assertive as well as civil. In doing so, he suggests that the cycle of rudeness can be broken. In a simple and practical handbook, Forni takes a closer look at the challenges of human interaction and presents logical solutions that reinforce good behavior and make our world a more civil place. “Though his new book deals with many kinds of incivility, Dr. Forni has devoted a sizeable chunk of it to workplace and high-tech rudeness . . . his approach to incivility is rooted in his academic career researching and teaching Italian literature. Some fundamentals of good behavior, he says, go back hundreds of years.”—The Wall Street Journal

P.M. Forni

P. M. Forni is a professor at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Choosing Civility, The Civility Solution, and The Thinking Life. His work has been featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post. He has appeared on NPR and Oprah. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

What Money Can’t Buy

What Money Can't Buy

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
256 pages • $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-374-53365-6

The Moral Limits of Markets

Michael J. Sandel

“Sandel is just the right person to get to the bottom of the tangle of moral damage that is being done by markets to our values.”—Jeremy Waldron, The New York Review Review of Books

Should we allow corporations to pay for the right to pollute the atmosphere?

Is it ethical to pay people to test risky new drugs or to donate their organs?

What about hiring mercenaries to fight our wars? Auctioning admission to elite universities?

Selling citizenship to immigrants willing to pay?

In What Money Can’t Buy, Michael J. Sandel—“the world’s most relevant living philosopher” (Newsweek)—takes on one of the biggest ethical questions of our time: Is there something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale? If so, how can we prevent market values from reaching into spheres of life where they don’t belong? What are the moral limits of markets? In recent decades, market values have crowded out nonmarket norms in almost every aspect of life—medicine, education, government, law, art, sports, even family life and personal relationships. Without quite realizing it, Sandel argues, we have drifted from having a market economy to being a market society. “There is no more fundamental question we face than how to best preserve the common good and build strong communities that benefit everyone. Sandel’s book is an excellent starting place for that dialogue.”—Kevin J. Hamilton, The Seattle Times

Michael J. Sandel © Kiku Adatto

© Kiku Adatto

Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University. His work has been the subject of television series on PBS and the BBC.

What Money Can’t Buy has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Skidmore College (NY); University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; University of Texas at Austin