Best Adam Ruben books

Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School

Adam Ruben

Best price for this book: $ 7.5

This is a book for dedicated academics who consider spending years masochistically overworked and underappreciated as a laudable goal. They lead the lives of the impoverished, grade the exams of whiny undergrads, and spend lonely nights in the library or laboratory pursuing a transcendent truth that only six or seven people will ever care about. These suffering, unshaven sad sacks are grad students, and their salvation has arrived in this witty look at the low points of grad school.

Inside, you’ll find:
  • advice on maintaining a veneer of productivity in front of your advisor
  • tips for sleeping upright during boring seminars
  • a description of how to find which departmental events have the best unguarded free food
  • how you can convincingly fudge data and feign progress
This hilarious guide to surviving and thriving as the lowliest of life-forms—the grad student—will elaborate on all of these issues and more.

Pinball Wizards: Jackpots, Drains, and the Cult of the Silver Ball

Adam Ruben

Best price for this book: $ 11.63

Pinball’s history is America’s history, from gambling and war-themed machines to the arcade revolution and, ultimately, the decline of the need to leave your house. The strangest thing about pinball is that it persists, and not just as nostalgia. Pinball didn’t just stick around—it grew and continues to evolve with the times. Somehow, in today’s iPhone world, a three-hundred-pound monstrosity of wood and cables has survived to enjoy yet another renaissance.
Pinball is more to humor writer Adam Ruben than a fascinating book topic—it’s a lifelong obsession. Ruben played competitive pinball for years, rising as high as the 80th-ranked player in the world. Then he had children. Now, mired in 9,938th place—darn kids—Ruben tries to stage a comeback, visiting pinball museums, gaming conventions, pinball machine designers, and even pinball factories in his attempt to discover what makes the world’s best players, the real wizards, so good. Along the way, Ruben examines the bigger story of pinball's invention, ascent, near defeat, resurgence, near defeat again, and struggle to find its niche in modern society. 

Rubens: His Palette (Study Palette)

Arron Adams

Best price for this book: $ 9.99

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was the most versatile and influential Baroque artist in northern Europe in the seventeenth century. Highly gifted and internationally oriented, the Flemish artist received commissions from almost all of Europe's major courts. His art blends the High Renaissance of Italy, with which he was familiar from an eight-year stay on the Italian peninsula, with northern realism. Having a phenomenal knowledge of classical antiquity, he was the prototype of the intellectual artist.

Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School by Adam Ruben (2010-04-13)

Best price for this book: $ 19


Folk Finishes: What They Are and How to Create Them

Rubens Teles

Best price for this book: $ 6.89

Shows examples of graining, marbleizing, sponging, scene painting, and antiquing, and demonstrates furniture finishing techniques

Educating Elites: Class Privilege and Educational Advantage

Best price for this book: $ 38.26

The gaze of educational researchers has traditionally been turned 'down' toward the experiences of communities deemed at-risk, presumably with the purpose of improving their plight. Indeed, theorizing about the relationship between education, culture, and society has typically emerged from the study of poor and marginalized groups in public schools. Seldom have educational researchers considered class privilege and educational advantage in their attempts at understanding inequality and fomenting social justice. This collection of groundbreaking studies breaks with this tradition by shifting the gaze of inquiry 'up,' toward the experiences of privilege in educational environments characterized by wealth and the abundance of material resources. This edited volume brings together established and emerging scholars in education and the social sciences working critically to interrogate a diversity of educational environments serving the interests of influential groups both within and beyond schools. The authors investigate the power relations that underlie various contexts of class privilege. They shed light into the ways in which the success of a few relates to the failure of many.

Lonely Planet Nicaragua (Country Travel Guide)

Lucas Vidgen

Best price for this book: $ 32.55

Lonely Planet knows Nicaragua. This 2nd edition helps you build the perfect itinerary, whether it includes climbing a volcano on the Isla de Ometepe, strolling through colonial Granada and Leon, drinking organic coffee at sunrise on a cooperative farm, or watching perfect waves crash onto an empty beach.

Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip.

In This Guide:

Nicaraguans weigh in on their favorite towns, bars, sunset views and more
Comprehensive and cross-referenced chapter on outdoor adventures
Unique Green Index and Green Nicaragua chapter make ecofriendly travel easy

Curriculum Work as a Public Moral Enterprise

Best price for this book: $ 89.2

Reflecting the current turn in curriculum work that underscores the relationship between theory and practice, this volume brings together the voices of curriculum theorists working within academic setting and practitioners working in schools and other educational settings. The book traces their collaborative work, challenging the assumption that practitioners should be only consumers of the theory produced by academics. Thus, this collection engages readers in the complicated conversation about the relationship between theory and practice, between theoreticians and practitioners. Although every author is, to some degree, a practitioner as well as a theorist, their collaboration emerges from the particular positions and identification that each assumes in the practice of their craft. From working with homeless youth to deepening one's personal commitment to antiracist pedagogy in schools, each author's experience implodes the false binary of the theory/practice dichotomy, illuminating a different dimension of the challenges therein.

Refusing to Grow 2: The mother that took out $1,000,000 in loans, because she couldn't fire her son. (Volume 2)


Best price for this book: $ 16.31

The Do's and Don'ts of the private and public sector continue with Arthur trying to help grow a business as he clashes with a high-driven personality of the owner's eccentric son. From growing the $2.6 million company into a fledging $9.6 million in less than two years during a recession, Arthur must also balance romance as he enters into a relationship with the owner's daughter.

Titian and Rubens: Power, Politics, and Style

Hilliard T. Goldfarb

Best price for this book: $ 20

Aiming to bring an understanding of the contexts of treasures of the past closer to contemporary concerns, three experts discuss Titian's Europa and Rubens's Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel, as well as Rubens's Rape of Europa from the Prado Museum and Titian's Francesco Maria della Rovere from the Uffizi. By exploring the dynamic relationship between art and power and how both artists manipulated their style to express the political power of their clients - no less a relevant issue today - an important era comes to life for today's readers.