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Spare Parts

Spare Parts

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Paperback
240 pages • $14.00
ISBN: 9780374534981
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Los Inventores
Spanish Language Edition
Paperback
224 pages • $14.00
ISBN: 9780374284503

Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream

Joshua Davis

Finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize

Spare Parts is a delightful book . . . Davis writes well, and he keeps his plot moving swiftly . . . A great American story.”

—Peter Carlson, The Washington Post

In 2004, four Latino teenagers arrived at the Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They were born in Mexico but raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where they attended an underfunded public high school. No one had ever suggested to Oscar, Cristian, Luis, or Lorenzo that they might amount to much—but two inspiring science teachers had convinced these impoverished, undocumented kids from the desert who had never even seen the ocean that they should try to build an underwater robot.

And build a robot they did.

They were going up against some of the best collegiate engineers in the country, including a team from MIT backed by a $10,000 grant from ExxonMobil. The Phoenix teenagers had scraped together less than $1,000 and built their robot out of scavenged parts. This was never a level competition—and yet, against all odds . . . they won!

But this is just the beginning for these four, whose story—which became a key inspiration to the DREAMers movement—will go on to include first-generation college graduations, deportation, bean-picking in Mexico, and service in Afghanistan. Joshua Davis’s Spare Parts is a story about overcoming insurmountable odds and four young men who proved they were among the most patriotic and talented Americans in this country—even as the country tried to kick them out.

Spare Parts is an unforgettable tale of hope and human ingenuity. Joshua Davis offers a moving testament to how teamwork, perseverance, and a few good teachers can lift up and empower even the humblest among us.”—Héctor Tobar, author of Deep Down Dark

“It’s the most American of stories: how determination and ingenuity can bring triumph over long odds. There are too few stories like these written about Latino students. Poignant and beautifully told, Spare Parts makes you feel their frustration at the obstacles and indignities faced by Cristian, Lorenzo, Luis, and Oscar—and to cheer as they rise to overcome each one of them.”—Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey 

“This is important reading . . . Young adults will benefit from from reading and discussing this realistic, eye-opening chronicle . . . Davis pulls no punches as he describes the grim sociopolitical atmosphere that allows the oppression of talented people for no morally acceptable reason. The four young inventors and their struggles helped spur the DREAMers movement.”—Donna Chavez, Booklist (starred review)

“A gratifying human interest story that calls attention to the plight and promise of America’s undocumented youth.”Library Journal

“Davis takes what could have been another feel-good story of triumphant underdogs and raises the stakes by examining the difficulties of these young immigrants in the context of the societal systems that they briefly and temporarily overcame.”Publishers Weekly

Joshua Davis © Sebastian Mlynarski

© Sebastian Mlynarski

Joshua Davis is a contributing editor at Wired and a cofounder of Epic magazine. He lives in San Francisco with his family.

Spare Parts has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Alamo Heights High School (TX); Broward College (FL); The Browning School (NY); Cedar Valley College (TX); Chemeketa Community College (OR); Concordia University (TX); Hesston College (KS); Hood College (MD); Johns Hopkins University (MD); Kansas State University; Lafayette Public Library and School District (LA); Lewis University (IL); Metropolitan Community College – Maple Woods (MO); Miami University (OH); Monroe Community College (NY); Naugatuck Valley Community College (CT); Nash Community College (NC); North Iowa Area Community College; North Lake College (TX); Norwalk Community College (CT); Oakland University, The Honors College (MI); Pasadena City College (CA); Providence College (RI); Queensborough Community College (NY); Rutgers University, Honors College (NJ); Salem State University (MA); Santa Ana College; Stony Brook University (NY); Texas A&M University, University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science; University of Michigan College of Engineering; Washington State University, Vancouver; Winthrop University (SC)

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The Book of Beautiful Questions

The Book of Beautiful Questions

Bloomsbury
Hardcover
288 pages • $28.00
ISBN: 9781632869562
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The Powerful Questions That Will Help You Decide, Create, Connect, and Lead

Warren Berger

When confronted with almost any demanding situation, the act of questioning can help guide us to smart decisions. By asking questions, we can analyze, learn, and move forward in the face of uncertainty. But “questionologist” Warren Berger says that the questions must be the right ones; the ones that cut to the heart of complexity or enable us to see an old problem in a fresh way. Drawn from the insights and expertise of psychologists, innovators, effective leaders, and some of the world’s foremost creative thinkers, he presents the essential questions readers need to make the best choices when it truly counts, with a particular focus in four key areas: decision-making, creativity, leadership, and relationships. The powerful questions in this book can help you: identify opportunities in your career or industry; generate fresh ideas in your own creative pursuits; check your biases so you can make better judgments and decisions; and do a better job of communicating and connecting with the people around you. In The Book of Beautiful Questions, Berger shares illuminating stories and compelling research on the power of inquiry.

Warren Berger © Jerome Levine

© Jerome Levine

Warren Berger, an expert on design thinking and innovation, is the author of The Book of Beautiful Questions and A More Beautiful Question—both published by Bloomsbury. Berger also writes for Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, and was a longtime contributing editor at Wired magazine. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, ABC World News, many times on CNN, and as a frequently-used expert source on NPR’s All Things Considered. He lives in New York.

How to College

How to College

St. Martin’s Press
Paperback
272 pages • $16.99
ISBN: 9781250225184
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What to Know Before You Go (and When You’re There)

Andrea Malkin Brenner and Lara Hope Schwartz

Available in May 2019

The transition from high school—and home—to college can be stressful for students and their families. Students and parents arrive on campus unprepared for what college is really like. Academic standards and expectations are different from high school; families aren’t present to serve as “scaffolding” for students; and students have to do what they call “adulting.”
Nothing in the college admissions process prepares students for these new realities. As a result, first-year students report higher stress, more mental health issues, and lower completion rates than in the past. In fact, up to one third of first-year college students will not return for their second year—and colleges are reporting an increase in underprepared first-year students. How to College is here to help. Andrea Malkin Brenner and Lara Hope Schwartz guide first-year students and their families at any point in the transition process, during the summer after high school graduation and throughout the school year, to prepare them to succeed and thrive as they transition and adapt to college. The first practical guide of its kind, this book draws on the authors’ experience teaching and working with thousands of first-year college students over decades.

Andrea Malkin Brenner

© Carly Glazier

Lara Hope Schwartz

© Mike Olliver

Andrea Malkin Brenner  consults with colleges who wish to create their own first-year transitions courses. She was a faculty member in the Department of Sociology at American University for 20 years.

Lara Hope Schwartz teaches in the Department of Government at the American University School of Public Affairs (SPA) and is the Director of the Project on Civil Discourse. She came to the SPA after a career as an attorney, civil rights advocate, and strategist.

Choose Wonder Over Worry

Choose Wonder Over Worry

Wednesday Books
Hardcover
256 pages • $25.99
ISBN: 9781250175250
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Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential

Amber Rae

“If you are a fan of impactful memoir, or a devotee of advice columns, you’ll probably love Choose Wonder Over Worry—and if you’ve been side-eyeing self-help for as long as you can remember, now might be the time to forget everything you thought you knew.”

Bustle

Why do we hold back from pursuing what matters most? Why do we listen to the voice inside our head that tells us we’re not good enough, smart enough, or talented enough? How can we move beyond the fear and doubt that prevents us from creating a life that reflects who we truly are? Choose Wonder Over Worry is your official invitation to face your fears, navigate your discomfort, and rewrite the “worry myths” in your mind that keep you from being your best and truest self. Journey with inspirational speaker and artist Amber Rae as she connects you with your voice of worry and wonder, teaches you to listen to your emotions rather than silence them, and encourages you to seize your dreams. Through a thoughtful blend of vulnerability, soulfulness, and science, Amber Rae guides you in expressing the fullness of who you are and the gifts you’re here to give. You don’t have to be held back by worry when wonder awaits you every moment of every day. Worry or wonder: which will you choose?

Amber Rae

© Masha Maltsava

Amber Rae is an author, artist, and speaker devoted to inspiring people to express the fullness of their gifts. She’s been featured on the BBC, ABC World News, The New York Times, Time, Fast Company, Tim Ferriss’s blog, and more. Previously, Amber helped launch six best-selling books as chief evangelist of Seth Godin’s publishing experiment and started an “accelerator for your life” called the Bold Academy. She lives in Brooklyn and around the world.

 

 

 

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College Success

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Connections

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback
416 pages • $60.00 (net)
ISBN: 978-1-4576-2840-5
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Connections

Empowering College and Career Success
First Edition

Paul A. Gore, Wade Leuwerke, A. J. Metz

Are you looking for a college success resource that speaks to the all aspects of a student’s college experience? Connections is an innovative new text that offers the ideal balance of motivation, academics, and life skills. It starts with comprehensive coverage of the topics typically covered in the introductory course but has a unique emphasis on goal-setting, life skills and career planning. In every chapter, students are encouraged to take a positive, success-oriented approach to this course—and to life in general—by working to strengthen their strengths, celebrate progress, and use setbacks as opportunities for growth.


Your College Experience, 12e

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback
400 pages • $63.00 (net)
ISBN: 978-1-4576-9966-5
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Your College Experience

Strategies for Success
Twelfth Edition

John N. Gardner and Betsy O. Barefoot

Your College Experience by John Gardner and Betsy Barefoot offers today’s diverse students the practical help they need to make the transition to college and get the most out of their time there. While maintaining its hallmark theme of goal setting, the new edition provides practical strategies across all topics of the book to help students be successful from the start. The book features a fresh new design and a strong new emphasis on the ten research-based High Impact Practices suggested by the American Association of Colleges and Universities. Chapters on Emotional Intelligence, Thinking, and Wellness have all been thoroughly updated with tools and strategies students use on campus right now.


Your College Experience - Two-Year College Edition

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback
400 pages • $56.00 (net)
ISBN: 978-1-4576-6576-9
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Your College Experience

Strategies for Success
Two-Year College Edition

John N. Gardner, Betsy O. Barefoot, and Negar Farakish

An authoritative, research-driven guidebook for two-year students.

This new textbook has been built from the ground up to offer today’s diverse students the practical help they need to make the transition to college and get the most out of their time there. Authors John N. Gardner (founding executive director of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina) and Betsy O. Barefoot (co-director and senior scholar in the Policy Center on the First Year of College) are joined by Negar Farakish, Provost at Union County College.

Each new copy of the text can be packaged with LearningCurve, a new adaptive, online assessment tool.

John N. Gardner is the founding executive director of the National Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina.

Betsy O. Barefoot is co-director and senior scholar in the Policy Center on the First Year of College and Vice President of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.

Negar Farakish is the Provost and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Union County College in New Jersey. She has served in various administrative and faculty positions at a number of community colleges and understands the academic and non-academic needs of the student population at these institutions.


Step by Step

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback
208 pages • $37.00 (net)
ISBN: 978-1-4576-7251-4
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Step by Step to College and Career Success

Sixth Edition

John N. Gardner and Betsy O. Barefoot

An essential toolkit for college success.

In this new edition, the authors have focused on the most crucial skills and the most important choices students make in order to succeed in college and beyond. This edition covers pressing topics that affect students’ lives and how they learn, with a particular focus on technology and how students can use technology to learn while avoiding its distractions and dangers.

John N. Gardner is the founding executive director of the National Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina.

Betsy O. Barefoot is co-director and senior scholar in the Policy Center on the First Year of College and Vice President of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.


Your College Experience - Concise 11th Edition

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback
256 pages • $52.50 (net)
ISBN: 978-1-4576-7252-1

Your College Experience

Strategies for Success
Concise Eleventh Edition

John N. Gardner and Betsy O. Barefoot

A concise edition of the popular guidebook by the leading authorities on college success.

This less expensive, streamlined edition of Your College Experience presents a straightforward, realistic, and intelligent review of the skills students need to succeed in college. The text focuses on the academic skills taught in college success courses, providing students with tools and strategies for building a solid base of critical thinking, time management, research, study, and test-taking skills. Additional coverage of emotional intelligence, learning styles, diversity, and money help students get off to a great start.

John N. Gardner is the founding executive director of the National Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina.

Betsy O. Barefoot is co-director and senior scholar in the Policy Center on the First Year of College and Vice President of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.


A Pocket Guide to College Success

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback
256 pages • $25.00 (net)
ISBN: 978-1-4576-1981-6

A Pocket Guide to College Success

Jamie Shushan

“The text is an accessible, concise answer to a first-year student’s most pressing concerns.”—Joanna Kourtidis, University of St. Francis, Illinois

Short and to-the-point, A Pocket Guide to College Success offers practical coverage on the topics typically covered in a full-size college success text, from academic skills like managing time, critical thinking, note taking, and college technology to life skills such as health, stress reduction, and money management.

Rather than include too much content, Jamie Shushan focuses on helping students ask the right questions of the right people so that they drive their own college success.

Jamie Shushan ‎is the Associate Director at Crimson Summer Academy at Harvard University.


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Insider’s Guides

Bedford/St. Martin’s presents a series of concise and student-friendly booklets on topics critical to college success. Insider’s Guides are perfect complements to your textbook and course.

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IGT to Time Management

Insider’s Guide to Time Management
Second Edition

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback • 16 pages • $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-4576-5383-4

IGT to Credit Cards

Insider’s Guide to
Credit Cards
Second Edition

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback • 16 pages • $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-4576-5382-7

IGT to College Etiquette

Insider’s Guide for Returning Veterans

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback • 16 pages • $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-4576-5384-1

IGT to Beating Test Anxiety

Insider’s Guide to
Beating Test Anxiety

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback • 16 pages • $3.99
ISBN: 978-0-312-61435-5

IGT to Academic Planning

Insider’s Guide to
Academic Planning

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback • 16 pages • $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-4576-1217-6

IGT to College Etiquette

Insider’s Guide to
College Etiquette

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback • 16 pages • $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-4576-1219-0

IGT to Ethics and Personal Responsibility

Insider’s Guide to
Ethics and Personal Responsibility

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback • 16 pages • $3.99
ISBN: 978-0-312-67825-8

IGT to Building Confidence

Insider’s Guide to
Building Confidence

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback • 16 pages • $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-4576-1218-3

IGT to Global Citizenship

Insider’s Guide to
Global Citizenship

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback • 16 pages • $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-4576-1219-0

IGT to Getting Involved on Campus

Insider’s Guide to
Getting Involved on Campus

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback • 16 pages • $3.99
ISBN: 978-0-312-61438-6

IGT to Community College

Insider’s Guide to
Community College

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback • 16 pages • $3.99
ISBN: 978-0-312-61436-2

IGT to Career Services

Insider’s Guide to
Career Services

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback • 16 pages • $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-4576-1219-0