RJ Julia Newsletter

1.25.18 Newsletter

January 25, 2018

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

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.

Stuck indoors? Take a peek at our Staff Suggestions online, too! 

Without further ado, here are the books we consider the best of 2018 (so far)...

Newsletter: The Best Books of 2017

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

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.

Dear Reader New Year 2018

R.J. Julia Booksellers News: Dear Reader 1.1.18

Sometimes I wish I could find a space in the world — somewhere between this moment and the next, a place where the outside noise and distraction and the inside, my brain noise, cease.
 
You or I might have thought this yearning is new, brought on by the onslaught of media and technology. Yet, in reading a new book,  Silence In the Age of Noise, the author Erling Kagge quotes a 17th century philosopher Blaise Pascal: “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”
 
When I am here in Maine—where it is currently a tundra-like -2 degrees!—it is the enormity, proximity, and beauty of the big starry sky and the undulating, mysterious ocean that lead me to a state of silence and hence, a state of joy and wonder.

Kagge’s book, through a series of 33 brief observations and a scattering of mesmerizing photographs, reminds me that we can in fact create these moments of silence anywhere and anytime. Further, he reinforces the need we all have to experience and search for this silence.
 
This year has been one of chaos and noise at a level many of us have not ever experienced. If we are to preserve the kind of goodwill and civility that we presumably cherish, it will start from within us.
 
I do possess a general optimism and belief that kindness begets kindness, that compassion begets compassion, and this lovely little book can act as a way for us to begin the process of creating the space that allows kindness and compassion to flourish.
 
My wish for you in this new year is to find that space and silence that recreates a sense of joy.

See you in the store,

Roxanne J. Coady

Newsletter 12.14.17: Crack Open These Gorgeous Cookbooks!

R.J. Julia Booksellers News: 12.14.17

We’ve all done it and we all regret it. I print a recipe from online and three frustrating hours later I realize that it is a UK recipe and the measurements are in metric. Still with no edible gingerbread, I try to find another recipe online, but wonder as to its origin. Then I call my mother who opens up one of her baking books. 
 
With all the changes in the world coming thick and fast, there is still a huge need for good cookbooks in your personal library. They are full of reference, inspiration, and experience from a trusted source - all in one place. 
R.J. Julia Booksellers News

Since the best cookbooks arrive in stores at this time of year, and include some of the most stunning photography in the book industry, they also make great gifts. This year’s holiday catalog selections cover a range of experience levels and interests; there is even a cheese book for people like me who barely qualify as “cooks” at all! 

- Andrew, Adult Book Buyer

Newsletter 12.13.17: Teacher Bundles

Celebrate your favorite teachers this holiday season! 

We've chosen a few of our favorite things and packaged them with care. Now you can check "teacher gift" off your list! 

Below are a few examples of our unique gift bundles which may include deliciously-scented Spiced Mug Mats, fun holiday pens, colorful Book Thongs to hold their place in any book, and a set of four holiday wreath coasters.

Each bundle comes with an RJ Julia Booksellers gift card, wrapped and ready to give!

Newsletter 12.7.17 Explore The Natural World And Dive Into A Future Classic

R.J. Julia Booksellers News: 12.7.17

From the American wolf and the wild Mustang to famous trees and gorgeous birds, several books in this year's holiday catalog highlight our country's love for the natural world.

Science, politics, history, culture, and poetry weave in and out of these nature books. The winter doldrums can be a tough time of year for the outdoors type; below you’ll find perfect gifts to keep loved ones excited for spring.

- Andrew, Adult Book Buyer

Newsletter 11.30.17: Introducing Our Holiday Selections...

R.J. Julia Booksellers News: November 30, 2017

There's nothing worse than a naked coffee table (at least us booklovers think so), and fortunately more coffee table books have been released this year than any other in recent memory - including former White House photographer Pete Souza’s book Obama: An Intimate Portrait.
 
Below, you’ll find additional large format books perfect for your coffee table, all from our holiday catalog. Whether your interest is movies, animals, graphic novels, or The New York Times, these art books are sure to be revisited for years to come. 

If star power is what you’re looking for, we have a limited quantity of Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005 to 2016, signed by the great artist herself! 

- Andrew, Adult Book Buyer

Newsletter 11.16.17: Give Thanks

R.J. Julia Booksellers News: 11:16:17

During the holiday season, we tend to celebrate the big things in our lives: family, friends, country, and home. When the American populace can seem divided, it is particularly important to focus on the things that bring us together. That is not to say that I don’t argue with my family and friends, because political and social “discussions” with my brother and uncle are as eagerly awaited as the stuffing. 

Togetherness at Thanksgiving is about trust, respect, and recognizing the many bounties in our lives. We have a beautiful country that guarantees our freedoms as well as anywhere on earth. We have a home, if only a metaphoric one, held up not by concrete and wood, but the relationships that keep us safe and happy. 

In this newsletter, you’ll find books that highlight an area where we should always be giving thanks, not just at the end of November.

- Andrew, Head Book Buyer

Newsletter 11.2.17 And The Nominees Are...

R.J. Julia Booksellers News: 11.2.17

Dear Reader,

Awards season is in full swing! On October 17th, George Saunders received the Man Booker Prize for his wildly inventive first novel Lincoln in the Bardo, becoming the second consecutive American to take home this award.

A few days earlier, Kazuo Ishiguro was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his highly acclaimed body of work, which includes two of my most beloved favorites: The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go.

Of course, awards season wouldn’t be complete without the National Book Awards, the recipients of which will be announced on November 14th. Among the nominated authors are several familiar names, including Jennifer EganJesmyn Ward, and David Grann, but we also want to share under-the-radar authors and awards season dark horses.

Peruse the books highlighted below and be sure to add one or two to your to-read pile.

- Brian, Book Buyer

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