Ron Lieber Announces DonorsChoose.Org Collaboration

We are thrilled to report that Ron Lieber will be collaborating with, the online charity that helps public school teachers raise money to fund classroom projects. For every copy of Ron’s book, The Opposite of Spoiled (HarperCollins), that you pre-order, you will get a $27 gift card, effectively refunding the money spent on the book so that you and your family can pick out classroom projects to support. Sitting down to redeem the credits together gives parents an easy way to talk to kids about the importance of helping others.

Additionally, during the period of the book launch, readers who purchase the book exclusively at tour events will receive a gift card to use with their kids on You can learn if Ron is coming to your city by checking out his events page, and find out more details on the collaboration here.

The Opposite of Spoiled publishes February 3rd, 2015. In this groundbreaking book, he shows how talking openly to children about money can help parents raise modest, patient, grounded young adults who are financially wise beyond their years. Follow Ron on Facebook and Twitter for more updates on the book and upcoming tour.


The Opposite of Spoiled

Favorite Covers of 2014

We’re big fans of the work of Stuart Bache, who is Managing Designer at HarperCollins UK.  Stuart has worked on book covers for the Tolkien Estate, Lionel Shriver, Voyager, Sam Bourne, and our own Maggie Shipstead. Here are the fantastic covers Stuart designed for Seating Arrangements and Astonish Me (Bloor Door/HarperCollins UK).

Stuart asked Maggie, as well as several of his publishing colleagues, to name their favorite covers of the year. Unsurprisingly, the list makes for fun viewing and also gives you a good group of books to add to your Christmas reading or gift giving plans. Speaking of which- have you been following Penguin Random House’s #Giveabook campaign? If you buy a book as a gift before Christmas day, PRH will donate to the Save the Children Fund after you tweet their #Giveabook hashtag on Twitter or Facebook. Perhaps consider buying one of the gorgeous books in Stuart’s post right here.

A little more on book covers of 2014:

  • Designer Peter Mendelsund published two books on book covers: What We See When We Read and Cover.
  • Paste Magazine chose the US cover of Hack Attack by Nick Davies (Faber & Faber), which was shortlisted for the FT-McKinsey Business Book of the year prize, as one of their favorites of the year.
  • The Casual Optimist chose 50 best covers of the year
  • From “the archives” (aka 2013): we always like the NYT series on iterations of covers (on Stuart Bache’s site you can see versions of covers that were tried for several books as well–here in his portfolio)

Kindle Daily Deal – ASTONISH ME is $2.99 today

US Cover

Happy Tuesday- a Kindle Daily Deal coming your way for ASTONISH ME by Maggie Shipstead (Knopf). Don’t miss it at $2.99!

Recently, Bookpage picked the novel as one of the best this year, and Curtis Sittenfeld told the Guardian it was one of her favorite reads of the year as well. There’s still enough time left in 2014 that it can be yours too.

Are you following Maggie on Facebook? You can catch glimpses of her dreamy office (and dreamy dog!) and check out first draft pages of Seating Arrangements.

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Shipstead’s Office–and dog!

Weekend Reading: The Secret Life of Passwords


Not to be missed weekend reading: Ian Urbina’s fantastic piece in The New York Times Magazine (and available online now). Urbina reports that passwords do much more than protect data. They “protect dreams, secrets, fears and even clues to troubled pasts, and for some, they serve as an everyday reminder of what matters most.” The piece reveals our tendencies to imbue our passwords with nostalgia, use them to create habits, or even to move on from loss.


Monica McInerney‘s newest novel (her eleventh!), HELLO FROM THE GILLESPIES (NAL/Penguin) is out now!

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Booklist gave a great review:

When Angela Gillespie moved to Australia with her new husband, she started writing an annual Christmas
letter to keep in touch with her family and friends still in England. Over the years, her letters highlighted
the best of her life, even in difficult times. Thirty-three years later, though, Angela is tired of putting a
sunny spin on things, and when she starts the newest letter, she begins by airing all her grievances in a first
draft: her oldest children struggling with adult life, her youngest floundering in school, the family ranch
faltering, and her marriage on the rocks. But then the draft letter accidentally gets sent to everyone on her
list. Shocked and humiliated, Angela’s family is furious with her, and they must all face the many people
who now have new insight into their most personal battles. But their humiliation pales when, shortly after
the Christmas holiday, tragedy forces them to face the possibility of losing Angela forever. McInerney’s
knack for characterization and the beautiful Australian setting make this heartwarming family story an
enjoyable read.   — Cortney Ophoff

And the Sydney Morning Herald said, “[McInerney] brings Maeve Binchy readily to mind.”

Psst…added bonus: McInerney also has an e-book single out now. You can buy ODD ONE OUT here.


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