R29 Reads: The Books We’re Picking Up This December
Year in, year out, the festive season has us pining for log fires in faraway cabins. Snowy winter walks and lots of mulled wine feature heavily in this daydream but it would also include the opportunity to fall back onto a cloudlike sofa and get lost in a good book. Santa might not have gifted us this holiday just yet but we can get started on the reading part immediately.
Last month Team R29 uncovered a range of interesting new releases, including capitalist critique The Cabinet by Un-Su Kim. The South Korean novel was praised for its take on modern work culture, charting the journey of one paper pusher who discovers a cabinet full of ‘symptomers’ (aka humans with strange abilities). In a similar vein, Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki sat high on our list for its fantastical take on Faustian bargains and space-set adventures.
This month we’re turning our attention away from otherworldly stories and getting stuck into some more grounded reads. From a novel set during the height of the pandemic to a self-help book full of thoughtful, actually useful advice, we’ve got plenty of great reads on our wish list this month.
To check out everything that Team R29 is reading this December, click through the slideshow ahead…
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FRANKFURT (Reuters) -Deutsche Bank delivered its most profitable year in a decade on the back of a dealmaking bonanza, strengthening Chief Executive Christian Sewing's hand as he fine tunes a new strategy and tackles costly competition for talent. Analysts had forecast a fourth quarter loss and shares in Germany's largest bank rose by more than 5% after the surprise finale to 2021, which marked the second straight annual profit following years of losses. Deutsche had to pay up to keep its traders and dealmakers on board, with compensation at its investment bank soaring 30% in the final quarter.
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MILAN (Reuters) -Italian lender UniCredit has signed an agreement with unions for 1,200 voluntary job cuts to be partly offset by 725 new hires, the country's biggest banking union said on Thursday. The accord follows a new three-year plan https://www.reuters.com/markets/europe/unicredit-targets-2024-net-profit-above-45-bln-euros-2021-12-09 to the end of 2024 presented on Dec. 9 by Chief Executive Andrea Orcel, who had taken over in April from predecessor Jean Pierre Mustier. At the time UniCredit had not disclosed job cuts, saying it first had to negotiate with unions.
Shares in Tod's jumped more than 12% on Wednesday after the Italian luxury fashion group beat forecasts with its first increase in annual sales since 2015. Boosted by strong fourth-quarter growth in Europe and the United States, revenues rose almost 40% to 883.8 million euros ($997 million) last year, just below pre-pandemic levels, the luxury leather goods maker said on Tuesday. The sales figures will allow Tod's to report positive earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) for the 2021 fiscal year, Chief Executive Diego Della Valle said.
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