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This I Believe

This I Believe

320 pages • $17.00
ISBN: 9780805086584
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The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women

Edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman

Foreword by Studs Terkel

Introduction by Jay Allison

“This cumulative effect of the these ‘personal credos’ is inspiring and invigorating.”

—Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago Tribune

Based on the National Public Radio series of the same name, this book features eighty essayists—from the famous to the unknown—completing the thought that begins the book’s title. Each piece compels readers to rethink not only how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs but also the extent to which they share them with others. Featuring a well-known list of contributors—including Isabel Allende, Colin Powell, Gloria Steinem, William F. Buckley Jr., Penn Jillette, Bill Gates, and John Updike—the collection also contains essays by a Brooklyn lawyer; a part-time hospital clerk from Rehoboth, Massachusetts; a woman who sells Yellow Pages advertising in Fort Worth, Texas; and a man who serves on the state of Rhode Island’s parole board. The result is a trip inside the minds and hearts of a diverse group of people whose beliefs—and the incredibly varied ways in which they choose to express them—reveal the American spirit at its best.

Included are guidelines for students writing their own This I Believe essays.

“Essays from the original series are interleaved with contemporary essays (selected from more than 11,000 submissions) to create a resounding chorus.”—Donna Seaman, Booklist

Jay Allison © Nubar Alexanian

© Nubar Alexanian

Dan Gediman © Nubar Alexanian

© Nubar Alexanian

Jay Allison is an independent broadcast journalist and a six-time Peabody Award winner. He hosted and produced This I Believe on NPR and is the founder of the public radio station on Cape Cod.

Dan Gediman is currently the Executive Director of This I Believe, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Louisville, Kentucky.

This I Believe has been adopted for more than ninety First-Year Experience programs:

Aquinas College (MI); Avila University (MO); Baker University (KS); Barry University (FL); Bates College (ME); Bellarmine University (KY); Bethel College (KS); Bluefield College (VA); Bowling Green State University (OH); Bucknell University (PA); California State University, San Marcos; Cathedral High School (MA); Cedar Crest College (PA); Central Washington University; Clemson University (SC); Coker College (SC); College of Dupage (IL); Columbus State University (GA); Concord University (WV); Craven Community College (NC); Dakota Wesleyan University (SD); Dominican College (NY); Eastern Illinois University; Elmhurst College (IL); Endicott College (MA); Florida Atlantic University; Florida State University; Georgia College; Georgia Highlands University; Gettysburg College Ascent Program (PA); Harrison High School (NY); Jacksonville State University (AL); Jacksonville University (FL); Kaskaskia College (IL); Kent State University (OH); LIM College (NY); Lindsey Wilson College (KY); Louisburg College (NC); Louisiana Tech University; Loyola University, Chicago; Medaille College (NY); Middle Tennessee State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Mitchell College (CT); Morehead State University (KY); Northern Arizona University; Northern Kentucky University; Pace University (NY); Penn State Berks (IL); Penn State Berks (PA);  Ripon College (WI); Roberts Wesleyan College (NY); Roosevelt University (IL) (two consecutive years!); Seton Hall University (NJ); Seton Hill University (PA); Shepherd University (WV); Shorter University (GA); Southern Connecticut State University;  Southern Vermont College; Springfield College (MA); Stonehill College (MA); St. Mary’s High School (NY); SUNY, Binghamton; SUNY, Brockport; Tufts University (MA); University of Alabama; University of Central Arkansas, Honors College; University of Dayton (OH); University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; University of Louisiana, Monroe (two years!); University of Louisville (KY) (three consecutive years!); University of New Orleans; University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; University of Vermont; Washburn University (KS); William Paterson University (NJ); William Woods University (MO)

This I Believe II

This I Believe II

288 pages • $18.00
ISBN: 9780805090895
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More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women

Edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman

With John Gregory and Viki Merrick

“By turns moving, thoughtful, cheering and heartbreaking, in an age of irony these essays offer a little something to believe in.”

—Colette Bancroft, St. Petersburg Times

This second collection of This I Believe essays gathers seventy-five more essayists—including writers known and unknown—who complete the thought that begins in the book’s title. Among the contributors are musicians Yo-Yo Ma and Bela Fleck, Elie Wiesel, the founder Craigslist.org, and an anthropology student at the University of Chicago. Each piece, whether poignant or humorous, compels the reader to think about how they have formed their own personal beliefs and about the extent to which they express them to others. This edition also contains an appendix on how to write a This I Believe essay.

Jay Allison © Nubar Alexanian

© Nubar Alexanian

Dan Gediman © Nubar Alexanian

© Nubar Alexanian

Jay Allison, the host and curator of This I Believe, is an independent broadcast journalist.

Dan Gediman is the executive producer of This I Believe.




This I Believe II has been adopted for more than thirty First-Year Experience programs:

Aquinas College (MI); Barry University (FL); Broward College (FL); Eastern Illinois University; Endicott College (MA); Hanover College (IN); Ivy Tech Community College, Kokomo (IN); LIM College (NY) (two consecutive years!); Lindsey Wilson College (KY); Longwood University (VA); Lynchburg College (VA); Marietta College (OH); Miami University at Ohio; Middle Tennessee State University; Middlesex Community College (MA); North Central College (IL); Northern Illinois University; Penn State University, Brandywine; Rivier University (NH); Rowan University (NJ); Stockton College (NJ); Tennessee Tech University (two consecutive years); Texas Woman’s University; Union College (KY); University of Dayton (OH); University of Wisconsin, Parkside; Virginia Tech; Washington & Jefferson College (PA)

A Long Way Gone

A Long Way Gone

Sarah Crichton Books/
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
240 pages • $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-374-53126-3

Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Ishmael Beah

“[Beah’s] honesty is exacting, and a testament to the ability of children ‘to outlive their sufferings, if given a chance.’”—The New Yorker

This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. At the age of twelve, Beah fled attacking rebels in Sierra Leone and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he had been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. At sixteen, he was removed from fighting by UNICEF, and through the help of the staff at his rehabilitation center, he learned how to forgive himself, to regain his humanity, and finally, to heal. “Everyone in the world should read this book. Not just because it contains an amazing story, or because it’s our moral, bleeding-heart duty, or because it’s clearly written. We should read it to learn about the world and about what it means to be human.”—Carolyn See, The Washington Post Book World

Ishmeal Beah © John Madere

© John Madere

Ishmael Beah is a UNICEF Ambassador and Advocate for Children Affected by War; a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Advisory Committee; and president of the Ishmael Beah Foundation. Radiance of Tomorrow, his first novel, is also published by Sarah Crichton Books. You can follow him on Twitter at @IshmaelBeah.

A Long Way Gone has been adopted for more than sixty-five First-Year Experience programs:

Adams State College (CO); Appalachian State University (NC); Ball State University (IN); Boston University; Central College (IA); Coastal Carolina University (SC); College of the Holy Cross (MA); College of Wooster (OH); Columbus State University (GA); Community College of Baltimore County; Cushing Academy (MA); Durham Technical Community College (NC); Eastern Kentucky University; Florida Community College, Jacksonville; Florida Gulf Coast University; Grand Valley State University (MI); Greensboro College (NC); Gwynedd-Mercy College (PA); Henderson State University (AR); Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; Iowa Lakes Community College; Johnson State College (VT); Juniata College (PA); Kennesaw State University (GA); Lakeland College (WI); Millersville University (PA); Morningside College (IA); New York Institute of Technology; Newbury College (MA); Northern Arizona University; Otterbein College (OH); Pennsylvania State University, Abington; Ramapo College (NJ); Rhode Island College; The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey; Roger Williams University (RI); Stockton College (NJ); Stonehill College (MA); SUNY, Brockport; SUNY, Buffalo; SUNY, Old Westbury; SUNY, Potsdam; Syracuse University (NY); Texas A&M International University; University of Akron; University of Iowa; University of Kentucky; University of Maine; University of North Carolina, Greensboro; University of North Carolina, Wilmington/University College; University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown; University of Tennessee; University of Toledo; University of Utah, Logan; University of Vermont; University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; Utah State University; Valparaiso University (IN); Washburn University (KS); Webster University (MO); Wright State University (OH)

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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Nickel and Dimed

Nickel and Dimed

256 pages • $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-312-62668-6

On (Not) Getting By in America

Barbara Ehrenreich

The Tenth Anniversary Edition Featuring a New Afterword by the Author

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

“A valuable and illuminating book . . . [Ehrenreich] is our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism.”—The New York Times Book Review

Millions of Americans work for poverty-level wages, and one day, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired, in part, by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that any job equals a better life. But how can anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 to $7 an hour?

Ehrenreich reveals low-wage America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity. Instantly acclaimed for its insight, humor, and passion. Nickel and Dimed has become an essential part of the nation’s political discourse. “This book is thoroughly enjoyable, written with an affable. up-your-nose brio throughout. Ehrenreich is a superb and relaxed stylist, and she has a tremendous sense of rueful humor, especially when it comes to the evils of middle-management, absentee ownership, and all the little self-consecrating bourgeois touches gracing the homes she sterilizes, inch-by-square-inch, as a maid in Maine.”—Stephen Metcalf, Los Angeles Times

Barbara Ehrenreich © Sigrid Estrada

© Sigrid Estrada

Barbara Ehrenreich is the bestselling author of twenty books, including Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch, Bright-sided, This Land Is Their Land, Dancing in the Streets and Blood Rites. A frequent contributor to Harper’s and The Nation, she has also been a columnist at The New York Times and Time magazine.

Nickel and Dimed has been adopted for more than one hundred First-Year Experience programs:

Adelphi University (NY); Appalachian State University (NC); Ashland University (OH); Ball State University (IN); Baruch College (NY); Boston University; Bridgewater State University (MA); Bryant University (RI); California State University, Bakersfield; California State University, Northridge; Central Methodist College (MO); Chardon High School (OH); Clark University (MA); Coe College (MA); Colgate University (NY); College of New Jersey; Colorado College; Corning Community College (NY); Duquesne University (PA); Eastern Kentucky University; Eastern Michigan University; Elon University (NC); Fairfield University (CT); Florida Atlantic University; Francis Marion University (SC); Hamline University (MN); Illinois College; Illinois Wesleyan University; Indiana State University; Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Indiana University, South Bend; Ivy Tech Community College (IN); Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington (IN); Lehigh University (PA); LeMoyne College (NY); Lincoln University (MO); Lone Star College-CyFair (TX); Loyola Marymount University (CA); Loyola University (LA); Madonna University (MI); Madonna University (MI); Mansfield University (PA); Miami University at Ohio; Montana State University, Bozeman; Montgomery College (MD); Mount Holyoke College (MA); Mount Union College (OH); Mountain View College; Mt. Saint Mary College (NY); Murray State University (KY); Nazareth College (NY); New Mexico State University; Niagara University (NY); North Idaho College; Northern Arizona University; Northern Kentucky University; Oakland University (MI); Ohio Northern University; Ohio State University; Ohio University; Ohio Wesleyan University; Pennsylvania State University, Hazleton; Pennsylvania State University, New Kensington; Pennsylvania State University, Schuylkill; Rockhurst University (MO); Rollins College (FL); Rutgers University (NJ); Saint Francis University (PA); San Diego State University; San Jose State University; Seton Hall University (NJ); Seton Hill University (PA); Siena College (NY); Slippery Rock University (PA); Smith College (MA); Southern Methodist University (TX); Southern Oregon University; Springfield College (MA); State Fair Community College (MO); SUNY, Brockport; SUNY, Buffalo; SUNY, Geneseo; SUNY, LaGuardia Community College; Texas Lutheran University; The Taft School (CT); University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; University of Massachusetts, Lowell; University of Missouri, Columbia; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; University of Saint Joseph (CT); University of South Carolina, Upstate; University of Southern Mississippi; University of Tampa; University of Toledo; University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire; University of Wisconsin, Marathon County; University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point; Virginia Commonwealth University; Washburn University (KS); Western New England College (MA); Whittier College (CA); Williams College (MA); Windward Community College (HI); Wright State University (OH) York College of Pennsylvania; York County Community College

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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

Soul of a Citizen

Soul of a Citizen

St. Martin’s Griffin
400 pages · $17.99
ISBN: 978-0-312-59537-1

Living With Conviction in Challenging Times

Paul Rogat Loeb

New and Revised Edition

“The new version of Soul is even more powerful than the original.”—Maria Roca, Department of Communication, Florida Gulf Coast University

Assigned on hundreds of campuses in every conceivable discipline and from first-year programs to graduate seminars, Paul Loeb’s Soul of a Citizen has become a classic of civic engagement. The book has helped students of all backgrounds and perspectives learn to make a difference in their communities and in our country. It has inspired them make their voices heard and actions count—and to begin journeys of involvement that could last their entire lives. Now in a new edition, this book includes classic stories with powerful new profiles and explorations of contemporary citizen involvement. It also highlights Paul’s personal journey, from his own student activism to a fifteen-state non-partisan campus election engagement project, which he created to help faculty and administrators involve their students in national campaigns and elections. “Soul of a Citizen has been a powerful resource to get thousands of students involved in their communities, giving them the opportunity to apply their learning in meaningful ways. This updated edition is both timely and exceptionally useful to campuses that want to reclaim higher education’s central role in educating responsible, democratic citizens.”—Carol Geary Schneider, President, American Association of Colleges and Universities

Paul Rogat Loeb © Peter Lindstrom

© Peter Lindstrom

Paul Rogat Loeb is the author of five books. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and blogs regularly at The Huffington Post. For more comments and classroom study questions, visit: paulloeb.org/soul-classroom.html

Soul of a Citizen has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Allegheny College (PA); Barry University (FL); Bates College (ME); Butte Community College (CA); Concordia University (IL); Drexel University (PA); Eckerd College (FL); Elizabethtown College (PA); Georgia Southern University; Greensboro College (NC); Hiram College (OH); Kansas Wesleyan University; Kennesaw State University (GA); Kings College (PA); Mercer University (GA); Millikin University (IL); Rollins College (FL); Roosevelt University (IL); Saint Martin’s University (WA); Southern Vermont College; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Thomas University (MN); SUNY, New Paltz; Texas A&M University; Tusculum College (TN); University of North Carolina, Pembroke; University of Tampa; University of the Pacific (CA); West Georgia State University; Western New England College (MA)

Class Matters

Class Matters

Times Books
288 pages • $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8050-8055-1

Correspondents of The New York Times

Introduction by Bill Keller

Class Matters collects all fourteen articles from the highly acclaimed New York Times series.

“It is gratifying to find that, obversely, many deadline-stressed journalists have within them a research scholar wishing to get out, one who carries out that sustained, academic research that is impossible under the pressure of daily assignments . . . Class Matters is just such a journalist-led research effort, the culmination of an extraordinary decision by The New York Times to carry out a year-long research project on social class, based on a commissioned survey as well as much ethnographic legwork. The resulting book (14 chapters written by 13 reporters and editors) includes topics intended to demonstrate the complex and changing ways in which ‘class matters’ for health, family relations, consumption and lifestyle, educational decisions, and much more. The authors often draw smartly on the survey commissioned for the project . . . Class Matters puts the brute facts of inequality before us in a compelling, discomforting way. In a world where inequality is everywhere, we become necessarily inured to it, and Class Matters works admirably to make us see it again freshly and feel it again deeply. We all know that the world is massively unequal, but the force of the known is lost on us as we live with it on a daily basis . . . Does Class Matters outperform the standard scholarly journal article in this regard? Indisputably. Does there come a time when the exalted scientific method is beside the point and high-quality journalism is the order of the day? Absolutely. In this important sense, Class Matters is a resounding success, and the New York Times is to be commended for making it happen.”—David B. Grucky, Contexts

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A team of New York Times reporters spent more than a year exploring ways that class—defined as a combination of income, education, wealth and occupation—influences destiny in a society that likes to think of itself as a land of unbounded opportunity.

That team comprises: Anthony DePalma, Timothy Egan, Geraldine Fabrikant, Laurie Goodstein, David Cay Johnston, Peter T. Kilborn, David D. Kirkpatrick, David Leonhardt, Tamar Lewin, Charles McGrath, Janny Scott, Jennifer Steinhauer, and Isabel Wilkerson.

Bill Keller was the executive editor of The New York Times from July 2003-September 2011 and continues to write for the paper.

Class Matters has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Bowdoin College (ME); Bryn Mawr College (PA); Lehigh University (PA); Pace University (NY); University of Massachusetts, Lowell; Western Illinois University