3 Books Weekly #26: Featuring Yousef Tuqan Tuqan

09.00, Friday 26 Aug 2016 Link to this post

The following was first posted on the 3 Books Weekly email newsletter and has since been archived here. The intro is from Lisa Ritchie.


Hello hello,

This week our recommender is a dear friend of mine, Yousef Tuqan Tuqan. We met when I lived in Dubai and we’ve shared lots of amazing adventures, from partying at Notting Hill Carnival to visiting his hometown of Nablus in Palestine. Yousef always seems to be up to something exciting every time I speak to him. He’s just one of those people.

Yousef’s an expert on the Arab startup landscape and all things marketing in the MENA region. You can find him on Twitter at @yousef. (Yeah, badass twitter handle.)

Our vending machine bookshop continues its residency at Machines Room in Hackney, pop down and check it out :)

Happy reading!

Lisa

#1. 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, by Charles C Mann

What do European smokers, American slavery and the Irish potato famine have in common? They all have Christopher Columbus to thank. This book chronicles our world after the “Colombian Exchange” of Columbus’ arrival in America, and how his “reunification” of the continents led to the most unexpected of consequences that defined the world for centuries to come. Mann takes a heavy and complicated subject with a lot of moving parts, and clearly illustrates the positive and negative effects of globalization, with many lessons we could learn in today’s new world.

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created: Amazon / Amazon UK

#2. A Confederacy of Dunces (Penguin Modern Classics), by John Kennedy Toole

This book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1981, and remains one of the funniest books I have ever read. The chronicles of Ignatius J. Reilly, a modern-day Don Quixote who lives with his mother and rails against the world are unforgettable, and made all the more poignant by the story of the author, who committed suicide when he couldn’t get this book published. Full of brilliant quotes and colourful characters, this book is so funny you’ll want to read it out loud to someone, as my sister and I did for weeks on our couch as teenagers.

A Confederacy of Dunces (Penguin Modern Classics): Amazon / Amazon UK

#3. 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, by Charles C Mann

What do European smokers, American slavery and the Irish potato famine have in common? They all have Christopher Columbus to thank. This book chronicles our world after the “Colombian Exchange” of Columbus’ arrival in America, and how his “reunification” of the continents led to the most unexpected of consequences that defined the world for centuries to come. Mann takes a heavy and complicated subject with a lot of moving parts, and clearly illustrates the positive and negative effects of globalization, with many lessons we could learn in today’s new world.

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created: Amazon / Amazon UK

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