Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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What's Oxford Exchange's Laura Taylor reading?

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Laura Taylor

We caught up with Taylor, the book buyer for the Book Store at Oxford Exchange in Tampa, as it is celebrating its fifth anniversary. When it comes to her work, Taylor, 45, has learned to adjust the store's offerings for its clientele. Currently, nonfiction is selling more than fiction. "Right now 60 percent of sales would be nonfiction, although literary fiction is strong,'' she said. "Those who visit us here seem to be looking for books to keep, not quick read paperbacks. Subjects like history or business; maybe they are building resource libraries at home.''

Taylor, who studied art history and humanities at Florida State, is a Plant High graduate who admits she's always been addicted to books. She first realized her passion as a young girl, when she was sneaking Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume "under the covers when I was supposed to be asleep,'' she said.

What's on your nightstand?

Tom Perrotta's Mrs. Fletcher.

That's kind of racy, Laura.

It is, kind of. It's fun, and it's just my personal choice. I also really like Ruth Ware, so the next one I want to read is The Lying Game. She's a good page turner. And, I just finished a new book by Kristin Hannah, The Great Alone. She also wrote The Nightingale. This one is based in Alaska, and I really love it. It's a young family. They build a homestead in Alaska, and we see different issues. There is an abused spouse, there are issues about relocating, and there's political issues about feeling alienated about choices your government makes. It's also about urbanization in that type of environment, small-town Alaska where people are trying to get away from everything, but really, you can only run so far. Civilization follows you no matter how far you go. I really love the book.

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