December 18, 2006
News & Opinion: Rebecca's Best of 2006
2006 was, by far, one of the "changiest" years for me. I changed addresses, changed jobs, changed Internet providers. I saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time. I bought an iPod. I spent a lot of time with my family and met a wonderful and hilarious new friend. The most recent change was my move in November from the retail side of Dicken's Books Ltd. to the business division, 800-CEO-READ--a change that meant new and exciting opportunities for career growth, and also the chance to work with a great team of people. One of the best perks of working for a bookseller is meeting lots and lots of authors. Through my adventures in the bookshops, I met a lot of interesting people this past year, including: Paul Rusesabagina, Temple Grandin, Jonathan Safran Foer, Sara Gruen, Nando Parrado, Alan Alda, Lemony Snicket, Barack Obama, Anna Quindlen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jerry Kramer, John Updike, Alice Hoffman, John Hodgman, Ann Patchett, Elizabeth George, Elinor Lipman, and many more who I can't even remember right now. I also got to hang out with cool Milwaukee authors like John Gurda, CJ Hribal and Liam Callanan. During my first week at 800-CEO-READ, I met 22 business book authors at our Author Pow-Wow in Chicago. I can't wait to see Dan Heath again for his Milwaukee event (coming up in February). I'm excited to read these business books that came out in 2006: Citizen Marketers Wikinomics The Walmart Effect (coming out in paperback next week) And here are a few of my favorites from the bookshop side: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen The Thirteenth Tale by Dianne Setterfield An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina The Demon Under the Microscope by Thomas Hager And, one of my favorite books in recent years came out in paperback (check it out--it's wonderful). I hope 2007 is as great as 2006. It looks like it'll be off to a terrific start.