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Read to Grow presents Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, "Coach Wooden and Me"

Read to Grow presents Kareem Abdul-Jabbar! 

The author and sports Hall of Famer discusses the new memoir of his decades-long friendship with UCLA coach and mentor John Wooden

Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
College Street Music Hall
238 College Street
New Haven, CT 06510

Abby Wambach, "Forward" Book Signing

Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
R.J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443

Lenny Dykstra Book Signing, "House of Nails"

Please call the store for tickets: (203) 245-3959

"Tough, straight, upsetting, and strangely beautiful. One of the best sports autobiographies I've ever read. It comes from the heart." —Stephen King

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
R.J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443

Kendama Workshop

Join the latest craze!

Popular on the West Coast, we’re bringing it here! 

Event Date: 
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
R.J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443

Kate Hudson, "Pretty Happy"

 I didn't just wake up one day understanding how to take care of myself. I had to learn how to do so over time, and I continue to learn—each and every day. This is a process, and my body is constantly changing. So is yours. And when I learned how to accept that I will always be like this, I relaxed. Our bodies do not stand still for time.

Event Date: 
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
First Congregational Church of Madison
26 Meetinghouse Lane
Madison, CT 06443

WSHU & R.J. Julia Present: George Bodenheimer, "Every Town is a Sports Town"

WSHU and R.J. Julia Booksellers present:

GEORGE BODENHEIMER, EVERY TOWN IS A SPORTS TOWN: Business Leadership at ESPN, from the Mailroom to the Boardroom

This event takes place at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Conn.

 

Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Sacred Heart University
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT
$28.00
SKU: S9781455586097

Jeff Goldberg, "Unrivaled: UConn, Tennessee and the Twelve Years that Transcended Women's Basketball"

For twelve years the women’s basketball rivalry between UConn and Tennessee was the most iconic matchup in women’s sports. Even now, twenty years since the annual series started, the competition between these two storied programs still provokes heated argument and bitter resentment.

 

Led by Hall of Fame coaches Geno Auriemma and Pat Summitt, UConn and Tennessee combined for nine national championships, with the UConn Huskies winning five—including four against the Tennessee Lady Vols. In all, UConn won thirteen of twenty-two matchups during the rivalry, and along the way the two coaches—with distinctive and brash personalities and a shared determination to rule their sport—clashed privately and publicly, generating enough heat to make women’s basketball relevant in the national sports landscape as never before.

 

On the court, the two teams produced a series of memorable games, from overtime thrillers to timeless classics that defined the sport. Off the court, the coaches’ encounters were often marked by their seemingly genuine dislike for each other, until the conflict reached a breaking point in 2007 and Summitt stunned the basketball world by canceling the series for reasons neither side has ever revealed.

 

Now, eight years after the last game, Unrivaled uncovers the on-court and behind-the-scenes story of this intensely personal rivalry between coaches, players, and the two most passionate fan bases women’s sports has ever known.

Jeff Goldberg was the UConn women’s basketball writer for the Hartford Courant from 2001 to 2006 and is the author of Bird at the Buzzer: UConn, Notre Dame, and a Women’s Basketball Classic (Nebraska, 2011). Rebecca Lobo played for coach Auriemma at UConn and on three teams in the WNBA. She is now a television basketball analyst for ESPN. 

 

This event is FREE. Click here to register.

 

 

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
768 Boston Post Rd.
06443 Madison
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Unrivaled: Uconn, Tennessee, and the Twelve Years That Transcended Women's Basketball Cover Image
By Jeff Goldberg, Rebecca Lobo (Foreword by), Alysa Auriemma (Afterword by)
$27.95
ISBN: 9780803255203
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Nebraska Press - March 2015

Joe Valerio, Second to None

In Second to None, author Joe Valerio tells the incredible story of the Buffalo Bills: the perpetual almost-champions and their indomitable fans.

 

The Bills' incredible skill and teamwork on the field was matched only by their single-minded determination as, in the four years spanning 1991 to 1994, the team won four consecutive conference championships, and lost four consecutive Super Bowls. The peaks and nadirs of their record reflect a fascinatingly dynamic, uneven, and—at times—uncontrollable array of talents. Valerio renders in sharp detail how the Bills' unique culture was formed by an unlikely ecosystem of world-class athletes hunkered down in bleak western New York, far away from the celebrity playgrounds of other pro teams.

 

Meticulously researched and carefully crafted, this one-of-a-kind look inside the Super Bowl-era Buffalo Bills is based on extensive interviews with the key players, coaches, and management, including Hall of Famers Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith, as well as coach Marv Levy, general manager Bill Polian, and many others, including players and coaches from opposing teams, and the reporters who covered them.

 

 

Joe Valerio is a sportswriter and producer who covered sports for People and Sport magazines, among others. For more than 10 years, he was a producer with ABC News and CBS Sports, where he won multiple Emmy awards for writing and producing. He has produced the Sports Reporters numerous other programs for ESPN for 23 years. He lives in Westport, Connecticut. Steve Tasker is a former NFL player who played for the Buffalo Bills for 12 seasons. He currently works as an analyst for CBS sports. He lives in Buffalo, New York.

 

Marv Levy is a former coach for the Buffalo Bills who brought the team to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances, four AFC championships, and six AFC East titles. He is ranked as the 13th all-time winningest coach in NFL history and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He lives in Chicago.

 

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Event Date: 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
768 Boston Post Rd.
06443 Madison
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Second to None: The Relentless Drive and the Impossible Dream of the Super Bowl Bills Cover Image
By Joeseph Valerio, Steve Tasker (Foreword by), Marv Levy (Introduction by)
$25.95
ISBN: 9781600789267
Availability: Special Order
Published: Triumph Books (IL) - September 2014

Bob Ryan, "Scribe"

Ever since he joined the sports department of the Boston Globe in 1968, sports enthusiasts have been blessed with the writing and reporting of Bob Ryan. Tony Kornheiser calls him the “quintessential American sportswriter.” For the past twenty-five years, he has also been a regular on various ESPN shows, especially The Sports Reporters, spreading his knowledge and enthusiasm for sports of all kinds.

Born in 1946 in Trenton, New Jersey, Ryan cut his teeth going with his father to the Polo Grounds and Connie Mack Stadium, and to college basketball games at the Palestra in Philadelphia when it was the epicenter of the college game. As a young man, he became sports editor of his high school paper—and at age twenty-three, a year into his
Boston Globe experience, he was handed the Boston Celtics beat as the Bill Russell era ended and the Dave Cowens one began. His all-star career was launched. Ever since, his insight as a reporter and skills as a writer have been matched by an ability to connect with people—players, management, the reading public—probably because, at heart, he has always been as much a fan as a reporter. More than anything, Scribe reveals the people behind the stories, as only Bob Ryan can, from the NBA to eleven Olympics to his surprising favorite sport to cover—golf—and much more. It is sure to be one of the most talked-about sports books of 2014, by one of the sports world’s most admired journalists.

 

Bob Ryan is one of America’s most respected sports reporters, writers, and columnists. He retired from daily work at the Boston Globe in 2012 after some forty-five years at the paper. He is the author of many books including Forty-Eight Minutes: A Night in the Life of the NBA, The Four Seasons, Wait Till I Make the Show: Baseball in the Minor Leagues, and The Boston Celtics: The History, Legends, and Images of America’s Most Celebrated Team. He continues to appear regularly on various ESPN shows. He lives in Hingham, Massachusetts. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeBobRyan.

 

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Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
768 Boston Post Rd.
06443 Madison
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Scribe: My Life in Sports Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781620405062
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - October 7th, 2014

Jack Cavanaugh, "Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside"

Heisman Trophy winners Glenn Davis and Felix Blanchard—renowned during their playing days at West Point as “Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside”—were the best-known college football players in the country between 1944 and 1946, and Army was the nation’s top-ranked team under legendary coach Red Blaik. Acclaimed author Jack Cavanaugh takes readers through the Black Knights’ three consecutive National Championship seasons, including the 1946 “Game of the Century” between Army and Notre Dame, the only college game to date to have included four Heisman Trophy winners. Cavanaugh also examines the impact the war had on Army’s success—because its players were already considered to be in the military and thus deferred from active duty while students at West Point, Army featured many outstanding high school and prep school players in those years. A unique look at the changes that took place in sports and almost every aspect of American life in the wake of World War II, this book a must-read for fans of college football and military buffs in addition to Army fans.

 

Jack Cavanaugh is a veteran sportswriter whose work has appeared most notably on the sports pages of The New York Times, for which he covered hundreds of assignments over 25 years. He was a news reporter for ABC for five years and CBS for two years, and was an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Cavanaugh is the author of five other books, including Season of '42, Giants Among Men, The Gipper, Damn the Disabilities, Full Speed Ahead!, and Tunney, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in biography. In addition, Cavanaugh has been a frequent contributor to Sports Illustrated and has written for Reader’s Digest, Tennis and Golf magazines as well as other national publications. Cavanaugh has taught at Fairfield and Quinninpiac Universities in Connecticut. He lives with his wife, Marge, in Connecticut.

 

Pete Dawkins was an All-American halfback for Army who won the 1958 Heisman Trophy and the 1958 Maxwell Award. A Rhodes Scholar, he served with the 82nd Airborne and won two Bronze Stars for valor in Vietnam. After a 24-year career in the Army, he retired as a Brigadier General in 1983 and moved on to a successful business career.

 

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Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
768 Boston Post Rd.
06443 Madison
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Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside: World War II, Army's Undefeated Teams, and College Football's Greatest Backfield Duo Cover Image
By Jack Cavanaugh, Pete Dawkins (Foreword by)
$25.95
ISBN: 9781600789298
Availability: Special Order
Published: Triumph Books (IL) - September 2014

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