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7.12.18 Newsletter

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Adult Staff Suggestions
Kids' and Young Adult Staff Suggestions
Beach Days Are the Best Days

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

Tuesday mornings are my favorite time of the week.

I am most definitely NOT a morning person, but on Tuesdays I pop out of bed with minimal effort. As I walk to my car, I notice that I have a little extra pep in my step. I can assure you that I adhere to the rules of the road, but on my Tuesday morning commute, I am Lord of the Passing Lane, driving just ever so slightly faster than I do on other mornings. I must. I am powerless to do otherwise. I have no choice.

Why? Because they’re waiting for me. The books—the brand new books, still snuggly packed in their cardboard boxes— are waiting for me to release them.
Every Tuesday, the new releases make their way to the shelves for the first time. For me, and all of my fellow booksellers here at RJ Julia, there’s only one thing more exciting than seeing our favorite new books arrive and that is putting those books in the hands of you, our loyal customers.
Some came out last Tuesday, some came out this Tuesday, and some don’t come out until two Tuesdays from now—but we’re excited and passionate about all of them and we hope you will be, too. Here are a few of the best summer fiction reads of 2018!

The Incendiaries 

by R.O. Kwon
A remarkable debut, this novel vibrates with heart and conflict. Will loves Phoebe deeply, even in the face of her increasingly dangerous ties to an extremist cult. The familiarity and depth of their fears, desires, and regrets touched me profoundly. 

Read Kelly's review.


by Caroline Kepnes
Thirteen-year-old Jon loves Spider-Man, fluffernutters, and his best friend Chloe. Then he gets kidnapped. Providence is a unique combination of mystery and heartbreaking love story, with a dash of Lovecraft thrown in. I found it completely addicting. 

Read Lindsey's review. 

The Devil's Half Mile 

by Paddy Hirsch
Paddy Hirsch initially started writing this as a nonfiction book about Wall Street after the panic of 1792, but then he was inspired to transform it into a riveting noir crime novel. What you end up with is a twisty, authentic portrait of New York City at a pivotal time.

 Read Jamie's review. 

My Year of Rest and Relaxation 

by Ottessa Moshfegh
Utilizing an array of pharmaceuticals and an irresponsible psychiatrist to escape into a year-long hibernation may seem like a terrible idea, but Ottessa Moshfegh has masterfully turned that very premise into one of my absolute favorite recent novels. 

Read Kelly's review.

The Banker's Wife 

by Cristina Alger
This book has all the ingredients of a summer hit. In the wake of a tragic plane crash, two women—a widow and a journalist—try to solve the same mystery from completely different vantage points. Elevated by truly outstanding twists, this thriller stands out from all the rest. Trust no one!

- Jamie

Plum Rains 

by Andromeda Romano-Lax
This portrait of the lives of 110-year-old Sayoko San, her Filipino nurse, and a robot will give you a bit of Japanese history while framing the moral dilemmas of the future of Artificial Intelligence. Set in Japan in 2029, this is a unique and thought-provoking not-quite-science-fiction story. 

Read Tonya's review. 

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

I was chatting with a small customer the other day who revealed that she doesn’t go anywhere without a book. Early chapter books with science-loving characters are her favorite!
I remembered my own kids did the same thing because, let’s face it, every summer kids spend an unhealthy amount of time…..waiting! Waiting for their playdate to arrive, waiting for their little brother’s swim lesson to start, waiting for their big sister’s dance lesson to finish. Waiting, waiting, waiting!
Arm yourselves, Moms and Dads, with a bag of books! An absorbing book can take the kids miles away from an endless car ride or teach them things that are weird but true! Head off those bored exasperated sighs and hand them a book. They will thank you (“Can I just finish this chapter first please?”).

Ages 0 - 3

Goodnight, Seahorse 

by Carly Allen-Fletcher

Introduce your child to sea creatures as a little seahorse makes his way to sleep. Gorgeous colors inhabit each page and the story is sure to lull a tired toddler to bed!

- Lindsay

Ages 0 - 3

Contrary Dogs by Élo

Interactive board books are so clever and exciting! Contrary Dogs introduces opposites to children in a unique, fun way.


Ages 3 - 6

Geraldine by Elizabeth Lilly

Moving can be a very scary experience, especially for kids. Geraldine the giraffe does NOT want to move... until she makes a new friend who is just as unusual as she is! A great book for kids struggling with the idea of moving.

- Lindsay

Ages 3 - 6

We Don't Eat Our Classmates 

by Ryan T. Higgins

Ryan Higgins, author of Mother Bruce, is BACK! Penelope the dinosaur is excited to meet some new friends at school...until she finds out they are children! Can Penelope control her hunger? Hysterical and sweet, Ryan Higgins hits it out of the park again with this great story.

- Jamie

Ages 6 - 8

The Truth About My Unbelievable School 

by Davide Cali,
illustrated by Benjamin Chaud

Cali and Chaud are back at it again and this time they take us on a tour of the craziest school of them all! Ninja skills are required in this new tale of imagination from the author and illustrator of I Didn’t Do My Homework Because..

- Jamie

Ages 6 - 8

Heartwood Hotel, Book 4: Home Again

by Kallie George,
illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

Heartwood Hotel fans rejoice - the next adventure in the lives of the Fernwood Forest creatures is here! Full of weddings and life saving rescues, this book is sure to satisfy fans and new readers. 

- Lindsay

Ages 8 - 12

Nightbooks by J. A. White

This is one of my new favorite books! It’s suspenseful, mysterious, and has so many twists and turns you don’t know where the story is going to go. I highly recommend this book to lovers of fantasy and scary stories. 

Read the full review by Kennedy A., age 10

Ages 8 - 12

The Lifters by Dave Eggers

I was intrigued that award winning author Dave Eggers had written a middle grade story and I had to read it! What I found is a heartwarming and funny tale about a boy with plenty of family struggles. This book will surely be found on the 2018 best books lists. 

Read Jamie's review.

Ages 12+

Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen

A well-plotted story from start to finish! Scott Reintgen knows how to hold back just the right amount of information to keep you on the edge of your seat. In fact, he so totally kept me wondering what would happen next that I read this book in three days! 

Read Susan's review. 


Pre-order Nyxia Unleashed now! The first five pre-orders will receive a FREE copy of NyxiaNyxia Unleashed hits shelves 7/17.


Ages 12+

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe 

by Lauren James

Living in outer space is difficult. Living in outer space alone is even worse. Romy must find her way home after her astronaut parents die, but the crew coming to save her may have other plans than just a rescue mission. This sci-fi thriller leaves you anticipating every chapter!

- Lindsay


Upcoming Kids' and Young Adult Events

See our Events Calendar for Fun
Kids' Events throughout the Summer! 

Beach Days Are the Best Days

Beach days are here and we have a few suggestions for what to pack,
including a large, beautiful tote to pack it all in! 

Start with a Turkish towel - light, easy to pack, and perfect for the beach!

As the heatwave continues, remember to stay hydrated! Our brand new RJ Julia Corkcicle Canteen is stylish and triple insulated to keep your favorite beverage cold for up to 25 hours! Prefer a hot drink? It will stay hot for 12 hours in a Corkcicle!

Don't forget a hat! We have two great choices:
fun beach hat inscribed with "I Need a Cocktail" or a Connecticut
pride baseball cap
 featuring a cute heart centered right on Madison!

Happy Summer! 



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