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2.22.18 Newsletter

A Note from Andrew, RJ Julia's Adult Book Buyer:
In this particular newsletter we’re going to address the facts. 

I’ve come to believe that it is non-fiction books that keep us timely and on our toes here at RJ Julia Booksellers. In how many environments can you see new, well thought out, cogent, diverse arguments all laid out on tables and wooden bookshelves by section and relevance? 

The arguments and ideas on the internet have become difficult to navigate and trust, whereas a true publication has a bit more time, care, weight, and research, lending it a bit more credence and perspective. 

Below are a few books that focus on important issues including immigration, the environment, and even the Olympics. (Go U.S.A.!)

Zadie Smith Feel Free


Feel Free by Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith burst onto the scene with her novel White Teeth, and follow ups like On Beauty have established her importance. 

In her second collection of essays, Smith covers modern topics with a journalistic flair that comes from writers with great fiction chops.





Norwich: One Tiny Vermont Town's Secret to Happiness and Excellence by Karen Crouse

Welcome to Norwich, Vermont, a town of just 3,000 people that boasts three Olympic medals and an incredible history of sending athletes to the winter games. 

With a few more years like 2018, maybe Madison will get a book like this.



The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu

Descended from immigrants, Francisco Cantu worked for the U.S. border patrol from 2008 to 2012. 

Nightmares drove him away from the work, but his personal life led him back towards it. Learn about immigration first hand from a talented writer on the rise.



The Wizard and the Prophet


The Wizard and the Prophet by Charles C. Mann

Few in the modern writing landscape tackle science with the ease and success of Charles C. Mann. The Wizard and the Prophet is sure to become an essential environmental perspective, asking do we, as a species, shrink our demands to meet the restrictions of our planets yield or do we innovate to increase that yield?

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A Note from Jamie, RJ Julia's Kids' Book Buyer:

I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to slowly and quietly ease into a grey February day with a cup of morning coffee; but I've learned that the best way to harness the cooped-up energy of a three-year-old is through an exciting book. Just reading Play! Play! Play! makes me happy.

If you’re lucky enough to have teens who sleep until noon, but who need a great book for those quiet hours in the late evening, there are two very different but equally absorbing novels listed below.
Bring a spot of sunshine to the grey days of winter with these new books we’re loving.

Ages 0 - 3


When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Laura Dronzek

Prepare for spring with this new board book by beloved author Kevin Henkes! Snow melts and flowers bloom in this delightful story about the anticipation of spring. 

- Lindsay





Play! Play! Play! by Douglas Florian, illustrated by Christiane Engel

Fun is to be had this winter (or any time)! Your little one will have a blast rhyming and reading this action-packed story. 

- Lindsay


Ages 3 - 5


I Am a Cat by Galia Bernstein

I know you’re going to love Simon and the clever way Galia introduces us to all kinds of cats, as much as I do!

- Susan




Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Jen Hill

A beautiful story about a young girl trying to figure out what it means to be kind. She finds that doing small acts of kindness can help spread positivity around the world.

- Lindsay


Ages 8 - 12


The Art of the Swap 

by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malone

Two girls swap places and time periods to solve a famous art crime in this historical fiction novel that has readers jumping from one century to the next. 

- Lindsay



The Ambrose Deception 

by Emily Ecton

Three kids are chosen to compete in an epic, high stakes scavenger hunt around Chicago for a cash prize. As the game continues, they secretly join forces to get to the finish line. This book will keep you on your toes!

- Lindsay


Ages 12+


All We Can Do Is Wait 

by Richard Lawson

This riveting book follows teenagers who are anxiously awaiting news about their loved ones after a bridge collapse. Centered around a single moment of time in the waiting room of a hospital, this is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and brave debut novel.

- Lindsay


Down and Across 

by Arvin Ahmadi

Fans of John Green will LOVE this book! Ahmadi tells the story of a young man struggling to see a successful future for himself. He sneaks off on an adventure to Washington, D.C. to try and find out who he is and what he is good at. A great coming of age novel. 

- Lindsay


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Gifts to Brighten Your Kitchen

Spring really is just around the corner! Brighten your kitchen with these beautiful handmade stoneware pieces, perfect for entertaining. The mini bakers are great for individual soup, soufflés, cream brûlées - the list is endless. Choose from a variety of Caribbean cool colors (teal, navy, and jade) to create an adorable set!