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.