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When life seems to be changing day by day, if not hour by hour, we look to sources of information that we have come to know and trust. Books like those published by SAR Press are resources that readers can return to again and again, not only for the most current thinking, but also for the long view: histories that help us to interpret events past and present so that we can work toward a better future.

In his foreword to In the Places of the Spirits, one of our featured books, N. Scott Momaday describes the kinds of questions asked by the author about the Native peoples of the Southwest—questions asked by all of our authors about people around the world.

Who were these people? What happened to them? How are we to interpret the evidence they left of their having been, the incomplete record of their human condition? These are large questions for in such knowledge, we locate ourselves in time and space; we navigate our way toward our best destiny.

A selection of this year’s resident scholars—who study everything from ancient drinking practices in Chaco Canyon to the newly built Delhi Metro—have recommended the SAR Press books they find most useful, thought provoking, or even just enjoyable. We hope you enjoy them, too.


Below you’ll find a list of SAR Press books recommended by this year’s resident scholars, along with a few others on related subjects.

The Global Middle Classes: Theorizing Through Ethnography

Rachel Heiman, Carla Freeman, and Mark Liechty (editors, 2012)

“I have several favorites,” says Weatherhead fellow Rashmi Sadana, “including Recapturing Anthropology, which I remember well from grad school days. But at the moment, the SAR Press book I seem to be turning to the most as I write my Delhi Metro book is The Global Middle Classes. It’s a great book to think with and links to key issues in urban anthropology as well. The introduction to the book by Heiman, Freeman, and Liechty is especially good.”


A History of the Navajos: The Reservation Years

Garrick Bailey and Roberta Glenn Bailey (1999)

“This book offers an overall concise history of the Navajo people that is easy to read,” says Anne Ray fellow Davina Two Bears. “I recommend it because it references and explains aspects of Navajo culture as well.”

In the Places of the Spirits

David Grant Noble, foreword by N. Scott Momaday (2010)

“As I shelter in place and write about the past,” says Weatherhead fellow Patricia Crown, “David Grant Noble’s In the Places of the Spirits, with its gorgeous photographs and beautiful prose, takes me out of this moment in time and reminds me of the beauty and mystery of the world.”

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