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Random House, Inc. – Publishing the Best in Fiction and Non-fiction

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

If a book cover is printed with the symbol and signature of Random House then be sure about quality and reliability of the book. Directed towards giving the best in fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, Random House, Inc. is one of the world’s largest general-interest trade book publisher, and is owned by Bertelsmann AG, one of the world’s foremost media companies.

With the headquarter in New York, U.S.A., Random House gets hold of a global reach with Random House publishing companies in nineteen countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, U.S., and Venezuela.

History

Random House was founded in 1927 by Americans Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer, two years after they acquired The Modern Library imprint, reprints of classic works of literature, from publisher Horace Liveright. A quote by Cerf saying, “We just said we were going to publish a few books on the side at random,” suggested the name Random House.

Random House entered reference publishing in 1947 with the American College Dictionary, which was followed in 1966 by its first unabridged Random House Dictionary of the English Language.

Did You Know

Random House also possess an entertainment production arm for film and television, Random House Studio. The company also creates story content for media including video games, social networks on the web, and mobile platforms.

The company first made international news by successfully defending in court the U.S. publication of James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses, setting a major legal precedent for freedom of speech.

RH’s decades long dedication towards publishing the best literature by writers from the United States and the abroad has brought the company the privileges of publishing many award winning books. Books published by Random House, Inc. have won an unrivalled number of Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes.

Divisions, Groups And Imprints

Its American division currently comprises the Crown Publishing Group, the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, the Random House Publishing Group, Random House Children’s Books, and RH Digital Publishing Group. Some of their popular imprints are Amphoto Books, Back Stage Books, Billboard Books, Broadway Books, Crown, Crown Business, Doubleday Religion, Harmony Books, Image Books, Alfred A. Knopf, Pantheon Books, Vintage, The Modern Library, Spectra, Villard Books, Beginner Books, Kids@Random, Nickelodeon Books, Prima Games, Fodor’s Travel, Living Language, Princeton Review, etc.

The Random House International Division includes more than 200 publishing companies with their famous imprints like William Heinemann, Hutchinson, Goldmann, BBC Books, Ebury Press, Virgin Books, Lumen, Plaza & Janés, Knopf Canada, Seal Books, Douglas Gibson Books, etc.

Some of the Associated Authors

Christopher Paolini, Dan Brown, Jean M. Auel, Linda Howard, John Twelve Hawks, E. L. James,  Laura Hillenbrand,  Jane Austen, Paul Auster, John Grisham, Maya Angelou, Eric Blehm,  Stieg Larsson, Abraham Verghese, Barack Obama, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Lisa See, James Frey and Mitch Albom.

Some Popular Books Published by RH in 21st Century

Fifty Shades Freed by E L James (2012)

Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James (2011)

The Confession by John Grisham (2010)

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (2009)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (2008)

The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (2007)

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by  Lisa See (2006)

Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats by Rachael Ray (2005)

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (2004)

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (2003)

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Malcom (2002)

Seabiscuit: An American Legend by  Laura Hillenbrand (2001)

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5 Most Popular Books on Books

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Do you have irresistible desire for books? Do you feel passionate about reading or has the book changed your life? If yes then read about some interesting plots that revolve around books or book connoisseurs resembling you.  Here goes a list of top 5 well-received titles that celebrate books as the main theme, and that can best demonstrate to the readers what difference books can make in one’s life. Take a look:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Set during World War II in Germany, this groundbreaking novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist – books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield - Biographer Margaret Lea receives a letter from one of Britain’s most prolific and well-loved novelists, Vida Winter. Old and gravely ill, Vida wants to recount her life story in the words of Margaret.

 As Margaret doesn’t know the author, nor has she read any of Miss Winter’s dozens of novels, she begins to read her father’s rare copy of Miss Winter’s Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation.. She is spellbound by the stories and confused when she realizes the book only contains twelve stories. Where is the thirteenth tale? Intrigued, Margaret agrees to meet Miss Winter and act as her biographer. This leads both the women into their pasts and makes them confront the long hidden family secrets, as well as the ghosts that haunt them still.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – First published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 is a classic novel set in the future when books forbidden by a totalitarian regime are burned. The hero, a book burner, suddenly discovers that books are flesh and blood ideas that cry out silently when put to the torch.

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, keeping on his duty every day. But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear, and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde - Welcome to a surreal version of Great Britain, circa 1985, where time travel is routine, cloning is a reality, and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost in a Wordsworth poem, militant Baconians heckle performances of Hamlet, and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection, until someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature. When Jane Eyre is plucked from the pages of Brontë’s novel, Thursday must track down the villain and enter the novel herself to avert a heinous act of literary homicide.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke – Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can “read” fictional characters to life. Characters from books literally leap off the page in this engrossing fantasy. When Meggie was three, her father read aloud from a book called Inkheart and released characters into the real world. At the same time, Meggie’s mother disappeared into the story. After her mother, Meggie only has her father, Mo, to herself. The two share a mutual love of books.

This “story within a story” will delight not just fantasy fans, but all readers who like an exciting plot with larger-than-life characters.

Must-Read Books For Sports Fans

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

A sports carnival has started worldwide with the opening of Olympic Games 2012 in London, bringing the umpteenth of pleasure for sports enthusiasts. With an intent to add more colors in this celebration, we have brought forth for our sporty readers a list of Books featuring about different sports and their legends. The following titles are the ones that have received high acclamation from their readers, and that we suppose would be the best read for those sports as well as book lovers who haven’t read them yet.

Here’s the list:   

Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand - This is the heartwarming story of a racehorse, Seabiscuit, who was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. With his smallish stature, knobby knees, and slightly crooked forelegs, he looked more like a cow pony than a thoroughbred. But, the painstaking effort of his owner, trainer and jockey made him to stand against his bad fortunes and become a legend in American Sports history.

Author Laura Hillenbrand brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story that would be a feast for the souls of the horse racing fans.

Moneyball: The art of winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis – If you are a baseball aficionado then Moneyball is a fuel to your interest. This book is a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can’t buy: the secret of success in baseball. It sheds light on how to win in the Major Leagues with a budget that’s smaller than that of nearly every other team.

In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Lewis shows us how and why the new baseball knowledge works. He also sets up a sly and hilarious morality tale: Big Money, like Goliath, is always supposed to win . . . how can we not cheer for David?

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis – The bestselling author of “Moneyball” and “Liar’s Poker” delivers a multidimensional story that traces the upbringing of a young boy through to young adulthood, all through the lens of sports and his community of support. In this book, Lewis takes a statistical X-ray of the hidden substructure of football, outlining the invisible doings of unsung players that determine the outcome more than the showy exploits of point scorers. This bestselling epic has also made a successful movie of the same name in 2009.

Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H.G. Bissinger - With frankness and compassion, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist H.G. Bissinger’s national bestseller chronicles the dramatic 1988 season of the Permian Panthers of Odessa – the winningest high school football team in Texas history. This bestselling book shows how the town’s single-minded devotion to the team shapes the community and inspires (or shatters) the teenagers who wear the uniforms. Written with great style and passion, this volume offers an American snapshot in deep focus; the picture is not always pretty, but the image is hard to forget.

Ball Four by Jim Bouton – This is one of the most controversial books of the time, which every sports fan should read. When first published in 1970, Ball Four stunned the sports world. The commissioner, executives, and players were shocked. Sportswriters called author Jim Bouton a traitor and “social leper”. Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force him to declare the book untrue. Fans, however, loved the book. And serious critics called it an important social document. Today, Jim Bouton is still not invited to Oldtimer’s Days at Yankee Stadium, but his landmark book is still being read by people who don’t ordinarily follow baseball.

The Race: A Novel of Grit, Tactics, and the Tour de France by Dave Shields – The white-knuckle pace of a bicycle race drives this novel about a young American’s opportunity to compete in the Tour de France. Complex relationships with teammates, personal and professional obstacles, and a terrible disaster cause the young cyclist to redefine his limits. An insider’s perspective on the world of professional bicycle racing reveals that the required tactics and skills create a culture in which pain is the ultimate currency and endurance is the most powerful force. The intense pressure the competitors experience offers an instructive look at personal formation beyond the sports world.

Books on True Stories: Both Heartening and Heartbreaking

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Enlisted here some popular but selected Books based on True Stories — stories that are both heartening and heart breaking; that are thought-provoking and will make the readers to take solemn pauses at various points while reading them. Take a look:

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank – This is a poignant memoir of a teenage girl victim of holocaust, Anne Frank. Discovered in the attic in which Anne spent the last years of her life, this remarkable diary has become a world classic as a powerful reminder of the horrors of the holocaust in Nazis occupying Holland and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – In this anecdote, Mitch Albom describes the fun-coated and inspiring incidents of his reunion with his old university professor, Morrie Schwartz who is in the final months of his life. This is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie’s lasting gift with the world. It is the story of an old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson, which must be read by everyone.

A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer – This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games -games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother’s games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave, and no longer a boy, but an “it”.

Slave: My True Story by Mende Nazer – Mende Nazer lost her childhood at age twelve, when she was sold into slavery. It all began one horrific night in 1993, when Arab raiders swept through her Nuba village, murdering the adults and rounding up thirty-one children, including Mende.

Slave is a story almost beyond belief that depicts the strength and dignity of the Nuba tribe. It recounts the savage way in which the Nuba and their ancient culture are being destroyed by a secret modern-day trade in slaves. Most of all, it is a remarkable testimony to one young woman’s unbreakable spirit and tremendous courage.

Against All Odds by Paul Connolly – Inspiring and touching, this is the success story of Paul Collony’s life started as an abandoned child in an infamous children’s home and later acquired the position of a successful businessman in his adulthood. This book demonstrates how someone with such a bad start in life can turn things around and go on to be a successful businessman with great family values.

They Cage the Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Burch – This book takes the readers to a journey through a world of hostile strangers, abusive adults, and suspicious children. At the age of eight, the author began a three-year odyssey through a series of orphan asylums and foster homes, punctuated by episodes of living in the streets, which he eloquently recounts in this bestselling memoir. This is a heart breaking true story.

No More Tomorrows by Schapelle Corby & Kathryn Bonella – This is a heart wrenching story of an innocent woman sentenced to twenty years in a hellhole prison. An excellent true story; must-read for everyone.

It was meant to be a two-week holiday to celebrate her sister’s birthday, but for Schapelle Corby it ended up a waking nightmare. Arrested at Denpasar airport after marijuana was found in her luggage, she became the victim of every traveler’s darkest fear. Over four kilograms of drugs had been planted in her bag after she’d checked it in and she was forced to face the consequences of someone else’s crime in a country where the penalties for drug smuggling are among the harshest in the world.

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