When we’re not reading emails, we love to read books at Baker & Taylor. From Advanced Reader Copies to our favorite classics, nothing beats a good book. Here are our current picks…
It’s a memoir about Rob Delaney, a comedian. He’s currently starring in a show with Sharon Horgan called Catastrophe. In the book he tells a bunch of personal, deep and hilarious stories that have happened throughout his life. From spending time in a halfway house to having Hepatitis A to being a father. — Rachel Rupert, Junior Designer
American Assassin: A Thriller | Vince Flynn
— Rachael Bussey, Relationship Manager, Axis 360
When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
I recently finished reading When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, a doctor who passed away from cancer in his late 30s. My cousin recently passed away after a two year battle with a very aggressive form of breast cancer. Like the author, her disease progressed swiftly, and she left behind a young child. Since her passing, I’ve been intentionally seeking out books about death and dying. It feels morbid on the surface, but if any experience can unite us all, it is the experience of dying. Kalanithi writes of a life cut terribly short, but a life full of bravery and optimism. Instead of endlessly wallowing in his despair, Kalanithi returns to working with patients for as long as possible. He does not deny himself his life-long dreams of a successful future.
Reading about Kalanithi’s struggle made me feel closer to my cousin: I can better imagine what it must have been like for her to face the horror of knowing her life would end soon, yet at the same time, continuing to live and embrace all the things that make us so uniquely human.
Kalanithi’s wife wrote the epilogue to the book after he passed away, and it is a lovely meditation on life and love that will leave you in tears. The book itself is a fairly short read, as Kalanithi passed away in the middle of writing it, but it is a book that will stay with you and make you reflect on the importance of moving forward, no matter the obstacle. — Deborah McGrane, Software Trainer and Documentation Writer
Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations | by Thomas L. Friedman
— Amandeep Kochar, Executive Vice President, Digital Content, Software Products Services & Sales