New Year, New Book: Upcoming Releases We Can’t Wait to Read

From the looks of it, 2018 is going to be a great year for readers. To help stock your library’s shelves for the coming year, we’ve compiled a list of highly-anticipated books and when they’ll be released.

January

Carnegie’s Maid | Marie Benedict (Jan. 16)

With captivating insight and heart, Carnegie’s Maid tells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie’s transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world’s first true philanthropist.

Brave | Rose McGowan (Jan. 30)

BRAVE is McGowan’s raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto—a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a millennial icon, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be BRAVE.

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This Year, Listen With Your Ears

It’s undeniable—there’s just something special about holding a physical book versus reading off a screen. But there’s also something especially remarkable about being able to read (or listen) wherever you are, whenever you want. A morning commute becomes an opportunity to listen to another chapter in the book you just can’t put down. Audiobooks have transformed the way we read and we, at Baker & Taylor, are embracing it fully.

Here are some of our favorite audiobooks this year…

Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward

This story is full of emotion from the beginning to the end.  It’s a story about a very hope and struggle, as well as giving us a glimpse of still living in the rural South.  I enjoyed the audiobook because it added additional feeling to each of the characters as they shared their stories. — Patti Logan, Pricing & Promotions Specialist

Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders

This experimental novel, loosely based on the son of Abraham Lincoln’s death, features so many characters that I found myself getting lost when reading it on the page. With the audiobook, though, I got to explore each character more deeply. As I got to know all the voices, I was hooked. Lincoln in the Bardo is truly a unique read that is only enhanced on audio. — Emma Way, eMarketing Specialist

 

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Our Favorite Books of 2017

So many exceptional books were released this year, and our staff devoured them all. Here are some of our favorites…

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Little Fires Everywhere | Celeste Ng

The characters and their dialogue were well-developed and meaningful, and the story lines were intricately woven together. So often in fiction writing I see characters react to conflict in unrealistic ways. Sometimes it’s better for the plot, but what I appreciated about the teen characters specifically in Little Fires Everywhere was how their true-to-life reactions to trauma and stress elevated the authenticity of the story. — Katie Moore, eMarketing Specialist

Running With Raven | Laura Lee Huttenbach

A great story about life, commitment and perseverance. A must read for all of us who are wacky and run. — Jeff McDaniel, Vice President, International Business Development

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Author Spotlight: Ryan T. Higgins

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Bruce the bear is on the move. Ryan T. Higgins, author and illustrator of the popular Mother Bruce and Hotel Bruce picture books, has written a sequel featuring the beloved, curmudgeonly bear and his unlikely brood. In Bruce’s Big Move (Disney-Hyperion (Disney Book Group), September 2017), Bruce’s house has become crowded, so Bruce sets off to find a new home for himself and the four geese that call him Mom. But things don’t turn out as expected. Growing Minds, Baker & Taylor’s digital catalog dedicated to children’s and teen titles, talked with Higgins about his hilarious new book.

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What We’re Reading

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…

Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.| Rob Delaney

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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

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Our Picks: Books, Movies, Music & More

It’s no shocker we love books at Baker & Taylor. But beyond books, there’s no denying that, now and again, we also love binge-watching our favorite television show or singing along with our favorite band. We’re not just a bookseller after all. From books to movies to music, here are some of our current picks…

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Reading with Patrick | Michelle Kuo
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane | Lisa See
I have two favorites from the last couple of weeks: Reading with Patrick, the incredibly moving true story of a young Chinese-American teacher and her life changing work with an African-American teenager coming of age in the poorest county in Arkansas; and The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, a novel of the enduring connection between mothers and daughters set alternately in California and a remote province of China. — David Cully, President

The Handmaid’s Tale | Margaret Atwood
I love this book! I read it around 25 years ago and again 15 years ago. It’s always been one of my favorite books. I decided to read it again since the adaptation is out on Hulu. — Josie Wrucke, Relationship Manager, Digital Customer Management

Kasher in the Rye | by Moshe Kasher
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Ill Will | by Dan Chaon
It’s an fractal adventure into how many individual memories are needed to piece together the full story. Reality and fantasy get mixed up and sometimes mirror the other. I can only read it in the daylight :-).  — Katie Moore, eMarketing Specialist

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Relaxer | Alt-J
Signs of Light | The Head and the Heart
Waiting for Alt-J’s newest album, Relaxer, to be released has been tortuous—ironically, not relaxing at all. Both singles are great, but while I wait for the album’s release in early June, I’ve been listening to the latest The Head and the Heart album on vinyl. — Emma Way, eMarketing Specialist

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— Julie Walker, Marketing Specialist

Humanz | Gorillaz
In true Gorillaz fashion, the album is an eclectic mix of artists, sounds and genres that I think long-time fans will enjoy. Favorite tracks are “Ascension,” “Andromeda” and “Carnival.” — Brad Richmond, Marketing Analyst

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As an avid Alabama fan (Roll tide!) and a native of Alabama, this movie is a home-run for me. — Ashley Dixon, Event Specialist

What are you favorites right now? We want to know! Comment below.