24 Beyond Coloring Books
Coloring books have caught fire in the gifts and sidelines category,
but publishers are on the hunt for what’s next.
32 All in the Family
Parenting books continue to address the myriad trials, challenges,
and delights of keeping a home in harmony and health.
38 Francesc Miralles
In Love in Lowercase, the Catalan author Miralles tells a sweet
love story featuring a linguistics professor in a midlife crisis
whose fortunes takes a turn for the better, thanks to a cat.
41–54 PW Select
A look ahead at self-publishing for 2016; a rundown of book fairs and
writers’ conferences for indie authors; 65 new title listings; and a
roundup of the 22 self-published titles we reviewed in the past month.
6 2015 Categories, the Hot and the Cold
Category unit sales for print books, via Nielsen, show that coloring
books thrived, while children’s fiction cooled.
7 ALA in Boston
The well-attended Midwinter Meetings, highlighted by the Newbery,
Caldecott, and Printz awards, also featured speakers such as Ken
Burns, fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, and Senator Cory Booker,
talking about their new projects.
8 Dover Looks Beyond Public Domain
Dover Publications, renowned for its reprint line, is adding a range
of original and licensed titles for which the house is acquiring rights
and paying royalties.
12 Avon Turns 75
The venerable publisher of romance titles marks its diamond anniversary with commemorative editions and an increasingly bullish list
of original books serving the insatiable romance market.
; The Math Myth:
And Other STEM Delusions
Andrew Hacker. New Press, $25.95 (240p) ISBN 978-1-62097-
Expanding on a furor-raising 2012 New York Times op-ed
that questioned Common Core math requirements, Hacker
(Mismatch: The Growing Gulf Between Women and Men),
who teaches political science and mathematics at Queens
College, takes an in-depth look at the issue and “the mandarins” behind those standards. Currently, national Common
Core standards require students to study geometry, trigonometry, and two years of algebra in order to graduate high
school—though calculus may be added to the list. Hacker
believes these requirements actually stymie student
advancement, locking out students hoping to be veterinary
technicians, actuaries, software engineers, commercial artists, and cosmetologists because they fail to understand
quadratic equations and other concepts that aren’t needed
to do the job. He also illuminates industry forces at work,
including the proliferation of tutoring and test coaching busi-nesses as well as the practice of “deskilling.” Hacker calls for
a sensible focus on adult arithmetic—the basic algebra and
statistics skills needed to understand interest rates or calculate mileage for expense reports—and reserving advanced
math for the fields where it’s actually used. Hacker’s accessible arguments offer plenty to think about and should serve
as a clarion call to students, parents, and educators who
decry the one-size-fits-all approach to schooling. (Mar.)
Too Much Math?
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