February 2012


Quiet by Susan Cain

I first thought about the powers and challenges of introversion some 26 years ago, when I began my freshman year at Princeton University.

From the minute I set foot on campus, I saw that college could be an extraordinary place for introverts and extroverts alike. A place where you were expected to spend your time reading and writing. A place where it was cool to talk about ideas. A place where there were so many people, each doing his or her own thing, that you could create your own brand of social life. If you were an introvert, you could find friends with common interests and enjoy their company one-on-one or in small groups; if you were an extrovert, the social possibilities were endless, just the way extroverts like them.

I was an introvert, and I thrived. (more…)

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Yesterday we got to hang out for a little while with author Wes Moore, who dropped by the Random House headquarters building in New York City.  We asked him to sign one copy of his memoir, The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates to give to one lucky teacher. Check out @RHhighschool on Twitter to find out how to enter to win this autographed copy! Full rules here. (more…)

Black Women For Beginners

Since 1926, The Association for the Study of African American Life and History has established the national theme for the month-long celebration. This year’s theme is “Black Women in American Culture and History.”

In addition to Black Women for Beginners—an ideal book for this year’s theme—we are happy to suggest these other great, graphic non-fiction titles also from the For Beginners imprint: African History for Beginners and Black History for Beginners. And don’t miss these great graphic offerings from the Campfire Books line as well: Muhammad Ali: The King of the Ring and Nelson Mandela: The Unconquerable Soul.

Celebrate African American History Month with your students by sharing these titles from Knopf Doubleday: The Warmth of Other Suns, the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life; The Grace of Silence, a memoir that boldly examines racial legacy and what it means to be an American, and Life Upon These Shores, a landmark book tracing African American history from the arrival of the conquistadors to the election of Barack Obama.

Feel free to browse our African American History Month calendar page for more suggestions.