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Development Guild DDI’s Favorite Books from 2017

Posted January 5, 2018

We are an eclectic bunch and our favorite reads of 2017 certainly reflects this ~ the selections range from hot-off-the-press novels, well-worn cookbooks, treasured children’s classics, and just about everything in-between. ENJOY!

Unraveling Time

by Craig R. Whitney

Recommended by

Allen Peckham

Senior Vice President

The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War

by Michael Shaara

Recommended by

Suzanne Weber, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

by Cal Newport

Recommended by

Maya Grevatt

Associate

Opting Out?: Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home

by Pamela Stone

Recommended by

Maya Grevatt

Associate

Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America

by Mary Otto

Recommended by

Maya Grevatt

Associate

This Is Not My Hat

by Jon Klassen

Recommended by

Daniel Coffin

Director of Information Systems and Operations

Rosie Revere, Engineer

by Andrea Beaty

Recommended by

Daniel Coffin

Director of Information Systems and Operations

Plenty

by Yotum Ottolenghi

Recommended by

Daniel Coffin

Director of Information Systems and Operations

Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

by Kim Scott

Recommended by

Judy Brown

Fundraising Consultant

The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts

by Peter Coleman

Recommended by

Matthew Weber

Vice President of Product

Hissing Cousins: The Lifelong Rivalry of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth

by Marc Peyser

Recommended by

Karen Lieberman-Daly

Senior Vice President

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel

by George Saunders

Recommended by

Karen Lieberman-Daly

Senior Vice President

The Sellout: A Novel

by Paul Beatty

Recommended by

Karen Lieberman-Daly

Senior Vice President

The Shadow of the Wind

by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Recommended by

Karen Lieberman-Daly

Senior Vice President

Don't Make Me Think

by Steve Krug

Recommended by

William Weber, Ed.D.

President

Never Look An American in the Eye

by Okey Ndibe

Recommended by

Motun Bolumole

Associate

Thanks for the Feedback

by Douglas Stone and Shelia Heen

Recommended by

Judy Brown

Fundraising Consultant

Gold and the Spirit

by M. Scott Peck

Recommended by

William Weber, Ed.D.

President

Daily Rituals

by Mason Currey

Recommended by

William Weber, Ed.D.

President

Jerusalem: A Cookbook

by Yotam Ottolenghi

Recommended by

Susan Bragg Meurer, M.S.

Senior Vice President of Marketing

Bringing up Bébé

by Pamela Druckerman

Recommended by

Kate Michaud

Director of Staff Development

Amoung the Reeds

by Tammy Bottner

Recommended by

Katharine Kaplan

Senior Consultant

The Little Engine That Could

by Watty Piper

Recommended by

Katharine Kaplan

Senior Consultant

Catcher in the Rye

by J.D. Salinger

Recommended by

Kieran McTague

Senior Vice President and Director, New York

Trinity

by Leon Iris

Recommended by

Kieran McTague

Senior Vice President and Director, New York

The Hobbit

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Recommended by

Kieran McTague

Senior Vice President and Director, New York

Funny Girl

by Nick Hornby

Recommended by

Deborah Brown, MBA

Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration

Fates and Furies

by Lauren Groff

Recommended by

Deborah Brown, MBA

Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration

The Nest

by Cynthia D'Aprix Swenney

Recommended by

Deborah Brown, MBA

Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration

Salt Fat Acid Heat

by Samin Nosrat

Recommended by

John Kerwin

Human Resources Associate

The Light Between Oceans

by M.L. Stedman

Recommended by

Rebecca Titlow, MBA

Director of Research

Cutting for Stone

by Abraham Verghese

Recommended by

Rebecca Titlow, MBA

Director of Research

Hillbilly Elergy

by J.D. Vance

Recommended by

Tracy Marshall

Senior Vice President of Executive Search Services

The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

by Ina Garten

Recommended by

Tracy Marshall

Senior Vice President of Executive Search Services

The rooster Bar

by John Grisham

Recommended by

E. James Kraus Jr.

Senior Consultant

The Nightingale

by Kristin Hannah

Recommended by

Emily Ames

Associate

Orphan Train girl

by Christina Baker Kline

Recommended by

Lisa Gell

Senior Consultant

A Man Called Ove

by Frederik Backman

Recommended by

Lisa Gell

Senior Consultant

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

by Jamie Sweet

Recommended by

Lisa Gell

Senior Consultant

The good Husband of Zebra Drive

by Alexander McCall Smith

Recommended by

Lisa Gell

Senior Consultant

Middlesex

by Jeffrey Eugenides

Recommended by

Lorraine Sahagian

Senior Consultant

Masters of Sex

by Thomas Maier

Recommended by

Motun Bolumole

Associate

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

by Cheryl Strayed

Recommended by

Jacqueline Ducharme

Consultant

The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel

by Milan Kundera

Recommended by

Jesse Bryan

Consultant

The Stars My Destination

by Alfred Bester

Recommended by

Jesse Bryan

Consultant

The Fire Next Time

by James Baldwin

Recommended by

Jesse Bryan

Consultant

The God of Small Things: A Novel

by Arundhati Roy

Recommended by

Jesse Bryan

Consultant

Oryx and Crake

by Margaret Atwood

Recommended by

Jesse Bryan

Consultant

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

by Elizabeth Kolbert

Recommended by

Jesse Bryan

Consultant

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel

by Amor Towles

Recommended by

Victoria Jones

Executive Vice President and Fundraising Practice Leader

Second Suns: Two Trailblazing Doctors and Their Quest to Cure Blindness, One Pair of Eyes at a Time

by David Oliver Relin

Recommended by

Josh Geary

Executive Search and Technology Assistant

A Year Up: Helping Young Adults Move from Poverty to Professional Careers in a Single Year

by Gerald Chertavian

Recommended by

Susan Bragg Meurer, M.S.

Senior Vice President of Marketing

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

by Gregory Boyle

Recommended by

Susan Bragg Meurer, M.S.

Senior Vice President of Marketing

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

by Adam Grant

Recommended by

Susan Bragg Meurer, M.S.

Senior Vice President of Marketing

Magpie Murders: A Novel

by Anthony Horowitz

Recommended by

Susan Bragg Meurer, M.S.

Senior Vice President of Marketing

Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.

by Danielle S. Allen

Recommended by

Susan Bragg Meurer, M.S.

Senior Vice President of Marketing

The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir

by Ariel Levy

Recommended by

Susan Bragg Meurer, M.S.

Senior Vice President of Marketing

Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites

by Deb Perelman

Recommended by

Susan Bragg Meurer, M.S.

Senior Vice President of Marketing

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery

by Alan Bradley

Recommended by

Susan Bragg Meurer, M.S.

Senior Vice President of Marketing

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

Recommended by

Susan Bragg Meurer, M.S.

Senior Vice President of Marketing

Thunder Boy Jr.

by Sherman Alexie

Recommended by

Susan Bragg Meurer, M.S.

Senior Vice President of Marketing

The Sympathizer

by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Recommended by

Susan Bragg Meurer, M.S.

Senior Vice President of Marketing

Kitchen Hacks: The Ultimate Collection Of Secrets, Tips, & Tricks

by Katie Mankoff

Recommended by

Susan Bragg Meurer, M.S.

Senior Vice President of Marketing

My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One

by Elena Ferrante

Recommended by

Susan Bragg Meurer, M.S.

Senior Vice President of Marketing

Last Stop on Market Street

by Matt de la Peña

Recommended by

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Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

by Krista Tippett

Recommended by

Susan Bragg Meurer, M.S.

Senior Vice President of Marketing

Corgis as Pets: The Ultimate Corgi Owner’s Guide

by Lolly Brown

Recommended by

Susan Bragg Meurer, M.S.

Senior Vice President of Marketing

Vietnamese Home Cooking

by Charles Phan

Recommended by

Susan Bragg Meurer, M.S.

Senior Vice President of Marketing

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

by Marjane Satrapi

Recommended by

Susan Bragg Meurer, M.S.

Senior Vice President of Marketing

Headhunters

by Jo Nesbo

Recommended by

Susan Bragg Meurer, M.S.

Senior Vice President of Marketing

Americanah

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Recommended by

Susan Bragg Meurer, M.S.

Senior Vice President of Marketing

Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Recommended by

Susan Bragg Meurer, M.S.

Senior Vice President of Marketing

The Trespasser: A Novel

by Tana French

Recommended by

Susan Bragg Meurer, M.S.

Senior Vice President of Marketing

We Should All Be Feminists

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Recommended by

Susan Bragg Meurer, M.S.

Senior Vice President of Marketing

The Passage: A Novel

by Justin Cronin

Recommended by

Kelly Adams

Senior Consultant

The Twelve

by Justin Cronin

Recommended by

Kelly Adams

Senior Consultant

The City of Mirrors: A Novel

by Justin Cronin

Recommended by

Kelly Adams

Senior Consultant

Firefly Lane: A Novel

by Kristin Hannah

Recommended by

Tara DiDomenico

Fundraising Consultant

Manhattan Beach

by Jennifer Egan

Recommended by

Suzanne Weber, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Lincoln’s Code

by John Fabian Witt

Recommended by

Suzanne Weber, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

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