I've noticed that there are more literary western novels coming out now than I’ve ever seen before. And by western I don’t mean John Steinbeck’s epic novels. I mean horses, six shooters, wagon trains, hardship, and vengeance.
It could be that populism is leading us back to this great American invention. Maybe we are attracted to the trials and victories of a simpler time. Either way, I couldn’t be more thrilled that some of the best novels of the year (so far) are set in an environment ruled by grit, dust, and desire.
Whether you want man vs. man, man vs. nature, or man vs. society, there is nothing that crystallizes conflict better than the stark values and methods of the great American western.
It has now been over a year that I have been recording podcasts. In fact, there are 71 episodes uploaded on iTunes. These are recorded weekly, and some weeks I feel like Lucille Ball trying to keep up with chocolates coming down the conveyor belt. Most weeks, it is thrilling to read a book and then have the opportunity to have an engaging conversation with the author...
About a month ago, I introduced you to a number of my favorite new non-fiction releases. As I peruse the shelves for fiction books to mention this month, I’m struck by the books that stand out.
Though there are plenty of light, entertaining books currently available, the titles of note seem to address the big issues of our time. Police corruption, extreme weather, PTSD, racism, and LGBTQ history anchor the four novels we’re presenting today.
If you’re a novelist looking for inspiration, pick up a history book or newspaper. The writers below, and countless others like them, explore familiar topics in new and fascinating ways, often getting ideas from a headline or article ripped right from the news.
With #MeToo, #TimesUp, and additional similar movements making daily headlines, this March promises to be an extra noticeable Women’s History Month. Having long been silenced, marginalized, and often ignored, women's voices are standing tall in both the media and the book world.
Many new books celebrate women’s accomplishments from the hearth to the halls of justice, ball-fields to battlefields, and science to scouting. With examination and awe, it is about time we all took a more complete look at the history of women and their place in the world.
If this short list has you wanting even more, stop by and browse our Women's History Month tables both upstairs and down for a wider selection of books on, and written by, inspiring women!
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.!)
The spirit of competition is high right now, so when the greatest awards and honors for children’s literature were announced yesterday, we cheered for our favorites!
Among other prestigious awards, this list includes the Newbery and Caldecott. We have been featuring many of the nominees throughout the year and look forward to putting the winners front and center for you.
These are books that will broaden your world and touch your heart, from the littlest readers to the young adults (in all of us). I hope you find a few books and authors you were rooting for on the list below!
While we may not necessarily get warmth from the weather, we should all seek out that cozy, fuzzy, interior warmth we deserve. Time with those we love is the best way to beat the chill, but winter is also the perfect time to curl up with some of these Valentine appropriate books.
Handmade Origami Valentines, dating advice from a local, and what could be the first big novel of the year make up just a few of our favorite February picks. We also have some of the best chocolate in town. Never forget my tried and true Valentine’s Day formula: Book + Chocolate = Happy!
It's hard to call anything “hot” at this time of year, but we know a few popular books that may be the only thing in New England to qualify!
To start, unless you’ve been under a snow bank for the past couple of weeks, you’ve probably heard the hullabaloo over Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff. At long last, the publisher has caught up with demand and we have in stock the media’s most talked about book in quite some time!
Hoping to curl up with more than one book this winter or looking for something fictional? Our most recent favorites are listed below and, of course, we are always excited to share more of our favorites when you visit us at the store.
January is rife with lists. A natural time of reflection, you’ll see lists from every source of the year’s top books, movies, restaurants, TV shows, athletes, albums... you name it. You'll even see our list, below, of the Best Books of 2017.
At RJ Julia, we judge our Best Books of the Year list very seriously. Harshly, if necessary, because this is for posterity. We want to be sure that we are truly giving you the best of the best from the year past.
Without further ado, please peruse below our Best Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Children’s Books of 2017. Questions and comments are encouraged, as long as they are passionate.