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Year-End Staff Picks (Part II)

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Staff Picks Post 2

 

To celebrate the end of the year we’ve picked out a few of our favorite titles to share with you. Browse all of our staff picks here and stay tuned to the blog for more posts explaining why we love these books. All of our recommended books, including those below, are now 40% off—and everything else on our site is 25% off through the first week of January!

 

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The National Park to Come »

The National Park to Come

RECOMMENDED BY:
Marthine Satris, Associate Editor

Walking onto the National Seashore lands bordering my hometown always felt like trespassing, but also like possession. The National Parks are both wilderness and tourist destination, belonging to everyone and to no one, writes Margaret Grebowicz in The National Park to Come. Even more, they disrupt politics, environmentalism, and ideas of home. A great read to reorient your vision of the National Park Service, one hundred years after its founding!

 

2

Lead and Disrupt »
How to Solve the Innovator’s Dilemma

Lead and Disrupt

RECOMMENDED BY:
Margo Beth Fleming, Senior Editor

Twenty years after the The Innovator’s Dilemma, O’Reilly and Tushman show us how best to avoid the trap of disruption. Based on decades of research and consulting, they make an incredibly compelling case that ambidextrous leadership is the key. Sink into the well-told stories of companies that have won or waned, and you will come away with so much more insight to take back to your desk.

 

 

 

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The Courtesan and Gigolo »
The Murders in the Rue Montaigne and the Dark Side of Empire in Nineteenth-Century Paris

The Courtesan and the Gigolo

RECOMMENDED BY:
Margo Irvin, Acquisitions Editor

I have a soft spot for this book because it was the first manuscript that I handed over to production when I started at SUP earlier this year. But I also love it because Aaron Freundschuh manages to strike that elusive balance between engrossing narrative and rigorous scholarship. True crime meets scholarly monograph, set against the backdrop of a fascinating period of French history that in many ways mirrors our own.

 

 

 

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Morbid Symptoms »
Relapse in the Arab Uprising

Morbid Symptoms

RECOMMENDED BY:
Kalie Caetano, Digital Media Specialist

Whereas mainstream narratives around the Middle East typically depict the region’s political contests as a struggle between autocratic rulers and religious reformers, Morbid Symptoms draws attention to the beleaguered (and often under-acknowledged) Left of the Arab world. Renowned analyst, Gilbert Achcar, highlights how leftist struggles and activism propelled the Arab uprisings and how their efforts to create a viable “third way” for the Middle East have been challenged by powers both at home and abroad. His book is an eye-opening read on both the region and U.S. foreign policy—a must-read now, perhaps more than ever.

 

5

Last Scene Underground »
An Ethnographic Novel of Iran

Last Scene Underground

RECOMMENDED BY:
Kendra Schynert, Marketing and Publicity Assistant

This marvelous story captures what it feels like to be an artist with a community of other artists in a scene under threat from an authority. I was struck by the nuanced characters and impressed with the way Varzi utilizes the fleeting and anthropological residue as a storytelling element.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Burnout Society »

The Burnout Society

RECOMMENDED BY:
Emily-Jane Cohen, Executive Editor

What better thing to read about during the holidays, when you’re finally allowed to rest? Reading this book will make you realize why multitasking is not such a great use of time and why we should spend more of our lives doing less.

 

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