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Newsletter: October 19, 2017

R.J. Julia Independent Booksellers

R.J. Julia Booksellers News: October 19th, 2017

 Adult Book News and Staff Recommendations

It's already a particularly good season for books and there are still books from big authors that have yet to hit the shelves. Judging from what is already in the store, though, we should all be busy through the winter. 

From award nominees like Sing, Unburied, Sing and Manhattan Beach to highly anticipated books like The Rules of Magic and Granthere are a few of our recent favorites.

With so many great books this season, we welcome a conversation with you about our favorites - come take a closer look! We're sure to help you find something to go perfectly with your apple cider and donuts.

- Andrew, Adult Book Buyer

Waiting for the Punch: Words to Live By from the WTF Podcast by Marc Maron
This book is great for fans of comedy and entertainment or someone who just needs a good quote to get them through the day. A selection of snippets from interviews Marc Maron conducted on his immensely popular podcastevery chapter is full of wisdom and humor from actors like Amy Poehler and comedians like Patton Oswalt. The excerpts, arranged by topic, are endlessly fascinating. Read the rest of Chris' review.

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
“Find Your Way Home” can be considered the theme of this book. Whether it’s through love, hope, ghosts of the past, or dreams, each character has their own struggle. Beautifully written and realistically tragic; I regularly commented out loud with concern for what was happening. Jesmyn Ward does NOT disappoint in her latest novel! - Lori


Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
I loved this book so deeply that it's hard for me to articulate all the reasons why. Anna is a fierce and relatable protagonist with many responsibilities in the absence of her father- a man she adored and whose disappearance still haunts her. Egan's first historical novel is an absolute triumph filled with vibrant details and flawed, compelling characters. Read the rest of Kelly's review.

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
The best magical realism comes from Alice Hoffman and this book is no different. The story of Franny and Jet Owens (the aunts from Hoffman’s Practical Magic), and their brother Vincent, is full of love and tragedy and hope. Oh, and the best part? It begins "Once upon a time..."; the best possible opening for any book. Read the rest of Lindsey's review. 

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II 
by Liza Mundy
Recruited by the government during WWII, young women from across America were brought to Washington, D.C. and taught code-breaking. They saved thousands of lives and yet never spoke of their heroics to anyone until the author came calling. A never before told story of WWII from recently declassified files, Code Girls is sure to appeal to fans of Hidden Figures. - Andrew

Grant by Ron Chernow
In his magisterial new biography, Ron Chernow tackles the enigmatic general who became President Ulysses S. Grant. Chernow was already a multi-award winning author when Lin-Manuel Miranda decided to use Alexander Hamilton as the inspiration for the most important Broadway musical in a decade. He is an author at the top of his craft and fame. - Andrew

 Kids' & Young Adult News and Staff Recommendations

Fall is here and I couldn’t be happier. The crisp, cool air is alive with swirling red and gold leaves and I find myself longing to be outdoors more than ever.

Whether going on a hayride, picking pumpkins and apples, or cheering my son on at his cross-country meet, I love this time of year and the glorious weather it brings. But at the end of the day, how cozy it is to curl up by a crackling fire with my family, a hot cider at my elbow, warm cookies from the oven and, of course, a roaring hot book in hand.

Here at the store we have some roaring hot reads to fit all needs. Here are just a few suggestions!

- Susan, Kids' Writer and Bookseller

Ages 0–3

Leaf Jumpers
by Carole Gerber, illustrated by Leslie Evans
I was so glad I opened this little book, because it is absolutely charming. The sweet, simple rhyming text has been paired with cheerful, bright illustrations to give your little one (and the reader!) an introduction to leaf shapes, their fall colors, and the trees they come from. A perfect read for fall! - Susan


Changing Faces: Meet Happy Bear 
by Carles Ballesteros
Oh my! This interactive book made me laugh out loud! You and your child will too. As you turn each page, watch Bear’s expression change and help Mouse cheer Bear along. Such a silly, fun book!  - Susan

Ages 3-6


Flashlight Night 
by Matt Forrest Esenwine, illustrated by Fred Koehler

This gorgeously illustrated picture book takes readers on an adventure…all within the back yard. The beam of the flashlight uncovers marvelous wonders: A tiger’s jungle, a pirate’s ship, a giant squid! This book is a fun read-aloud that inspires imagination. - Jana
Little Elliot, Fall Friends by Mike Curato
Mike Curato has certainly done it again with his latest Little Elliot book! Beautifully illustrated with recognizable New York landmarks, you’ll enjoy following Little Elliot and Mouse out of the city and into the country. A gentle, charming story for boys and girls that ties in with the season. - Susan

Ages 8-12

Going Wild #2: Predator vs. Prey by Lisa McMann
Going Wild left readers in suspense, wondering the fate of Charlie’s abducted father. In the sequel, we follow Charlie and her friends as they work to rescue him. In an exciting twist, it is not only Charlie that has a magical bracelet, but also her friends. They must learn to harness their new animal powers as they fight evil. This book is action-packed, never leaving the reader with a dull scene. Read the rest of this review from Hannah C., age 12!

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke
When we last saw Jack, in Mighty Jack, he was setting out to find his lost sister, Maddy. When the second book begins, he thinks he’s getting close. But then he finds himself in a mysterious new world, inhabited by trolls, goblins and giants, along with other strange creatures. Luckily, his
friend Lilly is with him; and even though they get separated, she comes back stronger and more awesome than ever! Read the rest of this review by Lucy H., age 10!

Ages 12+

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo
The Language of Thorns is a delicious collection of six homespun fairy-tales, rooted in cultural myth and folklore. Complete with gorgeous illustrations that build from one page to the next, this compendium is an excellent choice for cold weather reading: crisp, haunting, and just a tad sweet. Maybe you’ll savor each tale in little bites, like a decadent meal, or maybe you’ll choose to gulp down the entire book in one setting. Whatever you decide, know either way, you’re in for a real treat. - Jana
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
Farway (“Far” for short) and his team are leading a life of crime, plundering treasures from across the timeline until they meet a mysterious girl named Eliot, who seems to always be one step ahead of them. With the treasure hunting adventure of Tomb Raider, the slickness of James Bond, the time-traveling shenanigans of Doctor Who, and the mystery of Sherlock Holmes, this book will hook you from the first page and never let you go. Read the rest of this review by Fisher H., age 14!



Pumpkins and pinecones, we're ready for cooler weather
and changing leaves! As the temperature drops, add a bit of
autumn fun to your decorations and your place settings. 

We can't imagine anything better than lighting a candle
in a pinecone centerpiece and sipping soup out of a pumpkin bowl,
all while snuggling under a blanket with a good book.  

Not sure what to pick? A Gift Card is always a great gift!