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6.28.18 Newsletter

June 28, 2018

In this Newsletter
Adult Staff Suggestions
Kids' and Young Adult Staff Suggestions
Sparkle with Red, White, and Blue!

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

Of all the newsletters that I write in a year, I look forward to this one with great anticipation! Once we reach late June, almost all the best summer reads have hit the shelves. Indeed, we are already looking at many of the best books of the entire year - soon to be featured on all the "best of" lists to come.   

Since I enjoy doing this summer review so much, I’m even splitting it in two and making you wait 'til July for fiction picks. Without further ado, here are our best non-fiction summer reads of 2018!

The Electric Woman 

by Tessa Fontaine
This book is for anyone who’s ever dreamed of running off to the circus but didn’t have the courage to do it. Tessa Fontaine’s story invokes a can’t-look-away feeling; I read every word and still couldn’t put it down once I was done! 

Read Terri's review.

Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life 

by Laura Thompson
Reading this captivating biography offered me incredible insight into THE supreme mystery writer. Her journey from young beauty to literary fame during the Edwardian era is fascinating.

Read Julie's review. 

The Weather Detective 

by Peter Wohlleben
Bestselling author Peter Wohlleben has reflected on The Hidden Life of Trees, now he explores the weather. Using elements of the natural world familiar to us all, he translates the latest science breakthroughs into language we understand and emotions that hit home.
- Andrew

A Franchise on the Rise: The First Twenty Years of the New York Yankees

by Dom Amore
As the Bombers march toward October, it's revealing to look back at their origin years of 1903 to 1923 - when they began establishing dominance. What's even more fascinating is to find that successes and failures achieved today are usually accomplished the same way they were 100 years ago.

- Andrew

Bella Figura: How to Live, Love, and Eat the Italian Way 

by Kamin Mohammadi
A trip to Florence, Italy, is now at the top of my bucket list! Part travel memoir, part self-help guide, this treasure of a book will have you embracing the concept of bella figura: making every aspect of life as beautiful as it can be.

Read Tricia's review.

Free the Beaches 

by Andrew W. Kahrl
In 1970, only seven of the 253 miles of coastline in Connecticut was accessible to the public, despite laws guaranteeing it to the public. Learn the fascinating story of activist Ned Coll, who helped bring attention to this cause and caused ripples all across America when Andrew comes to discuss his book on 8/13! 

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

When you’re small, problems can sometimes feel very big—even bear-sized, but in The Bear in My Bed, the long-awaited sequel to The Whale in My Swimming Pool, thoughtful co-operation once again saves the day. Among the stars of this summer’s must-have reads, including The Bear in My Bed, we are seeing more kindness and diversity in subjects and characters than ever before.
You’ll find clever picture books for older children who are ready for a more complicated story but still love the format, alongside books with giraffes who snore ( and you thought a bear in your bed was bad!).
Middle-grade readers will discover a fabulous new graphic novel that is flying out of the store and a realistic fiction novel with a swimming theme you won’t want to miss! For young adults, and adults who love young adult books, we have new science fiction by the co-author of the blockbuster Illuminae Files, and new fantasy novels to take you to a whole other universe. Jot down the titles below and get started on your best summer reading yet!

Ages 0 - 3

10 Little Ninjas 

by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Nate Wragg
Instead of monkeys jumping on the's ninjas! A contemporary take on a great classic. - Jamie

Ages 0 - 3

Beach Day 

by Karen Roosa,
illustrated by Maggie Smith

What better way to start your beach day than with a book? Reading this book makes me want to lay in the sun and swim in the salt water! - Lindsay

Ages 3 - 6

Two Problems for Sophia

by Jim Averbeck,
illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail

This is one of our favorite picture book releases of the summer! Imagination and a humorous narrative all wrapped into one perfect summer read. Also, Sophia’s grandmother may be my favorite character ever! - Lindsay

Ages 3 - 6

The Bear in My Bed 

by Joyce Wan
The silliness of There’s a Whale in My Swimming Pool is continued and reimagined in this hilarious sequel! An enjoyable read for any age. - Jamie

Ages 6 - 8

Smart Cookies (Quinny & Hopper #3) 

by Adriana Brad Schanen, illustrated by Charles Santoso
Quinny and Hopper are back in an all new quest to bring sweets back to the school! I really love their relationship and how different their personalities are. Don’t miss out on another crazy adventure! - Lindsay

Ages 6 - 8

Shai & Emmie Star in To the Rescue!

by Quvenzhané Wallis,
illustrated by Sharee Miller

It’s the summer of sequels! Dive into another story starring Shai and Emmie, two characters who really remind me of the great friendships I’ve formed throughout the years. - Lindsay

Ages 8 - 12

Tiny Infinities 

by J.H. Diehl
I was completely drawn in by this story about learning to balance being a kid and taking charge of your own life. Alice’s 12th summer is threatened by change, but staying true to what is important to her leads to the “tiny infinities” that mark the difference between sinking and success. This is a realistic, engaging, and ultimately hopeful novel. 

Read Laura's review.

Ages 8 - 12

Be Prepared 

by Vera Brosgol
Vera has always felt like the odd one out, even at a camp where everyone is Russian like her. I really enjoyed reading this book because at times all of us can relate to what Vera feels. I don’t usually pick up graphic novels, but if you’re looking to explore a new kind of book, this one will not disappoint! 

Read the full review from ARC reviewer Micaela, age 10.

Ages 12+


by Stephanie Garber
Stephanie Garber brings the immersive world of Caraval back! Reading this book felt like a wonderful roller coaster without all the sickness. I watched as the girls were finally free, only to see them dragged back into the crazy competition once more. I cannot get enough of this book! 
- Lindsay


Ages 12+


by Jay Kristoff
One page is all it takes for Lifel1k3 to completely immerse you in its world. Strap yourself in for a science fiction adventure across a world that is the unexpected, yet, masterful fusion of Blade RunnerMad Max, and Anastasia. Do not deprive yourself the pleasure of reading this summer blockbuster for one moment! 

Read Will's review.


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