#NationalBookLoversDay Recommendations from Bauer Faculty and Staff

Looking to learn a new skill? Escape reality? Discover and explore the world? You can do all of these things, and more, simply by cracking open a book (or tapping a reader app on your phone or tablet).

To celebrate #NationalBookLoversDay, we asked the faculty and staff of the C. T. Bauer College of Business for book recommendations. Here are a few of their suggestions:
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

Gary Randazzo

Director, Executive Education Program

Thomas Jefferson – The Art of Power by Jon Meacham

“I think it is a great read. It gives the reader a pretty good idea of how Jefferson wielded power and his lasting impression on the nation.”




Poor Peoples Movements
Troy Hopkins

Director, Career Counseling

Poor People’s Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail by Frances Fox Piven

“As a poor kid from the South, this book opened my eyes about how most people in this country have had to fight (really hard) to get what many people today take for granted. The book shows that ‘We the People’ have more in common with each other than we realize. By the way: Register and GO VOTE!”




What Got You Here

Betsy Gelb

Larry J. Sachnowitz Professor of Marketing

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith and Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath

“They are practical, and you can put them to work right away advancing your career.”






Latha Ramchand

Dean and Professor of Finance

Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message by Tara Mohr

“The book is targeted to women, yet, can be used in other contexts where individuals are taught to confirm and not empowered to soar. It inspires us to seek out our calling and offers specific suggestions on how to get going. The one suggestion I really appreciated was ‘Don’t Hide,’ and instead, ‘Leap.’ Don’t wait till you are perfect to do what you are inspired to do; begin right away.”





Jessica Navarro

Director of Communications

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

“This is the historical biography that started a cultural movement. I’m OBSESSED with Hamilton: The Musical and Lin-Manuel Miranda, so after listening to the cast album no less than 500 times on my commute to and from work, I wanted to take a deeper dive into the history behind the Broadway show. I’m not finished with Chernow’s massive tome just yet, but I can totally see how it inspired LMM (although I’m not sure my mind immediately went to ‘this is such a hip hop story,’ but I guess that’s what makes him genius).”




give and take
Sarayu Sundar

Program Manager for Student Engagement

Give and Take by Adam Grant

“I love recommending this book, because it dispels the myth that nice guys finish last. The author, a professor at the Wharton School at UPenn, uses research to show that those who give the most are also the most successful. In other words, it literally pays to be nice! Unlike other nonfiction books in this genre, the tone of Give and Take isn’t prescriptive at all. But, despite that, (or maybe because of it), I found myself trying to incorporate many of the habits Grant described in the book into my own daily routine.”




Amanda Sebesta

Senior Communications Coordinator

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irnin Carmon & Shana Khizhnik

“What I thought was going to be a humorous look at Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life turned out to be a great look on what makes RBG, RBG. Being one of the only women (out of 11) to be accepted into Harvard Law, having a successful career, being a mother, all the while making her way to the Supreme Court, RBG is no doubt an example for all women to never let anything stop them from pursuing their dreams.”




shadowy horses
Britney Hudson

Program Director and Assistant to the Deans

The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley

The Shadowy Horses is a great book that allows the reader to enjoy the excitement of an archeological dig, learning interesting details of Scottish culture and the history of the Roman Empires campaign in northern England all tied up with mystery, legends, and intrigue. A delightful read.”




Colleen Davies

Bauer Honors Academic Advisor

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

“I think my favorite book is Catch 22, because I first read it in high school and enjoyed the quirkiness of each of the characters. Plus it is set in World War II era and I have an affinity for fiction based in that time frame.”




going postal

Emese Felvegi

Decision & Information Sciences Clinical Assistant Professor

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

“Terry Pratchett is my favorite author and I had a hard time picking a single book as all his novels set in Discworld, all his other series, collaborations, his body of work altogether is beyond fantastic. I am re-reading Going Postal for the third time and it works great as a standalone for those wanting an entry point into Discworld. This is the story of a con man who gets a shot to redeem himself by resurrecting the city’s long-dead postal services. He has to deliver mountains of letters, revitalize an archaic business while competing against new technologies and unscrupulous businessmen. Then there’s the unusual and diverse workforce (clerks and golems, oh my!), the no-nonsense love interest (a golem activist with a crossbow), and the Postmaster’s own devious nature he has to overcome. It’s a satire that entertains and enlightens, and as an added bonus highlights themes and concepts from our class related to competition, critical thinking, ethics, and change management. All wrapped up in a fantasy novel about with golems and assassins and dead letters.”


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