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2013 Holiday Gift Guide

We've compiled gift picks from the MIT Press staff members to help with your holiday shopping:

Emily, Acquisitions:

Breaking Out: An Indian Woman's American Journey by Padma Desai

This revealing and beautifully written memoir chronicles Desai’s strict upbringing in a traditional Gujarati Anavil Brahmin family and her transformation into an independent American woman. Desai talks frankly about her experiences being trapped in a disastrous first marriage due to the lack of women’s legal rights in India at the time, and how she was able to overcome the challenges of her early life and rise to academic eminence at Harvard and Columbia, while starting a family with celebrated economist Jagdish Bhagwati. This is a deeply moving story told with grace.

Marcy, Editorial:

Penguins in the Wild by David Tipling

This would be a great gift for anyone who loves penguins—and isn’t that everyone? The photos of the world’s 17 species of penguins are glorious, with some adorable penguin family shots.


Kate, Production:

The Well-Played Game: A Player's Philosophy by Bernard De Koven

My cousin is getting his BA in Philosophy so my mom excitedly ordered him this book for Christmas. This would be a good choice even for those without a background in philosophy as it is a very approachable read.




Dave, Publicity:

Feelings are Facts: A Life by Yvonne Rainer

This book is the fascinating autobiography of the renowned dancer, performance artist, film maker, and activist, Yvonne Rainer. The well written memoir spans decades of her life, detailing her childhood in San Francisco up to the present. There’s something for everyone—dance and performance art history, stories of encounters with legendary artists, and candid reflections on personal struggles.


Marc, Acquisitions:

The Soul at Work by Franco "Bifo" Berardi

The holidays are upon us! Heading out of the office and on to vacation? Taking your laptop with you? Staying plugged into your phone? Miss the days when leaving work meant leaving work (when you're lucky enough to have a job in the first place)? Gift yourself a copy of this book. You've earned it.

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