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4.19.18 Newsletter

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Adult Staff Suggestions
Kids' and Young Adult Staff Suggestions
Dig In to Gardening!

A Note from Brian, RJ Julia's Adult Book Buyer:

Allow us to introduce you to a few debut darlings as well as some old pros!

First up is non-fiction: Prior to her untimely death in 2016, Michelle McNamara spent the last 30 years hard at work researching and writing her first and, sadly, only book. Then there’s Robert Kurson, who has been delighting history buffs since his ever-popular Shadow Divers was published in 2004. And let’s not forget Timothy Snyder, author of the vital and seemingly unstoppable On Tyranny – he’s been a major voice in history and politics for decades.

On the fiction side, we have the always reliable and inimitably creepy Josh Malerman, followed by Jane Delury, whose debut is already garnering heaps of praise from the likes of Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. Last, but surely not least, is one of my favorites, Richard Flanagan, a seasoned master of his craft capable of writing a sentence that could stop a freight train in its tracks.

Next time you're in the store, be sure to ask a bookseller about books - new and old - from these authors! 


I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer Cover Image

I'll Be Gone in the Dark 

by Michelle McNamara

I've been on a mystery streak of late, thrilling in that AHA! moment when the killer is revealed. Would a true crime book, so unresolved that the author even dies before completion, work for me? Yes! 

Read Sharon's review. 

Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon Cover Image

Rocket Men 

by Robert Kurson

This fascinating book takes readers back to the beginning of the lesser known, and by far the riskiest, mission to the moon - Apollo 8. Kurson’s latest is incredibly well researched and packed with surprising facts. 

Read Lynette's review. 

The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America Cover Image

The Road to Unfreedom

by Timothy Snyder

Snyder's latest book reads like an intellectual true crime novel! The Road to Unfreedom is a well-researched, contemporary history explaining how our world has lost its way and providing a road map to getting back on track. 

Read Jamie's review.

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The Balcony 

by Jane Delury

Elegantly written and extremely insightful of the human condition, The Balcony dives deeply into the lives of the residents of a manor house and caretaker’s cottage located in a tiny village near Paris over the course of 100 years. 

Read Marlene's review.

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Unbury Carol 

by Josh Malerman

Malerman has already proven himself to be an original thinker (see his first novel, Bird Box) and now he has outdone himself. This one is like an Edgar Allan Poe story set in the old West! 

Read Mary's review.

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First Person 

by Richard Flanagan

Blending his characteristically stunning prose with a palpable sense of danger found in the best thrillers, Flanagan has crafted an emotional, chilling, and darkly comic parable for our age of alternative facts. 

Read Brian's review. 

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

When I see exotic plants and animals, I can barely believe they are real.

Many new books, like those exotic creatures, are feasts for our imaginations. Artwork from around the world has left us gasping. Nuanced characters from other cultures become as familiar as friends in the house next door.

Kids will return to these books again and again! Welcome to the jungle!

Jungle Animals (Baby Basics) Cover Image

Ages 0 - 3

Jungle Animals 

by Xavier Deneux 

Bright contrasting colors will entertain a toddler while also introducing them to new animals!


Awesome Is Everywhere Cover Image

Ages 0 - 3

Awesome is Everywhere

by Neil Pasricha

Take your little one on an interactive journey through the ocean waves and puffy clouds! Even the littlest things can be amazing!


Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag Cover Image

Ages 3 - 6

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Steven Salerno

This book balances the facts and celebration with sensitivity. It is an excellent introduction to Gay Pride. A good one to read together as it offers opportunities for child-led questions.

- Laura

What If... Cover Image

Ages 3 - 6

What If... 

by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Mike Curato

Get inspired! The beautiful mixed illustrations in What If... are really a testament to the meaning behind the book, you can find inspiration anywhere!


Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl Cover Image

Ages 6 - 8

Jasmine Toguchi: Drummer Girl 

by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Elizabeth Vukovic

Jasmine learns a traditional Japanese instrument for the talent show. Great for kids who are struggling with the concept of trying your best!


G.I. Dogs: Judy, Prisoner of War Cover Image

Ages 6 - 8

G.I. Dogs: Prisoner of War

by Laurie Calkhoven

Judy the dog gives readers an inside look at World War II after she is captured by the enemy. G.I. Dogs weaves a tale of bravery and courage and brings new meaning to man's best friend!


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Ages 8 - 12

Hurricane Child 

by Kheryn Callender

Adventure, mystery, the supernatural, a strong-willed protagonist, LGBTQ themes: this book has a little of everything! I loved getting sucked into Caroline's story and wrapped up in the vivid descriptions of her surroundings. 

Read Ethan's review.

The Parker Inheritance Cover Image

Ages 8 - 12

The Parker Inheritance 

by Varian Johnson

Candice and Brandon just have the summer to solve a mystery that has haunted her family and his town for three generations. A fun story with mystery, history, adventure and a treasure hunt!


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Ages 12+

Emergency Contact 

by Mary H.K. Choi

The main characters of this book would certainly not describe themselves as charming, but I was completely charmed by them anyway. A wonderful and heartfelt YA debut with more edge than you might expect. 

Read Kelly's review.

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Ages 12+

The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth       

The second book in the Carve the Markseries is here! Dive back into the world of Cyra and Akos and find that some relationships are more complicated than you realize. Signed First Editions are available while supplies last!

- Lindsay

Dig In to Gardening!

The weather is warming and, yes, gardening season has finally begun!

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